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Old 01-23-2010, 09:46 AM   #1
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what happens if i cant afford a crown on my root canal

I had 4 root canals done on my top four front teeth jan 19 2010... they put putty on the back of them until they find out if caresource will cover the crowns or not... Mean while i am 7 months pregnant & its hard to eat avoiding the front teeth. if caresource declines me for the crowns, will my dentist at least put fillings in them? I dont see why not becuase they already did 6 cavities and filled those from caresource... but i am just worried ill never be able to eat on my front teeth again or do normal everyday things... what will happen? i just need some reassurance i think fillings are better than nothing if caresource wont pay for my crowns..

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Old 01-23-2010, 11:47 AM   #2
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Re: what happens if i cant afford a crown on my root canal

Fillings are better than nothing and to be honest front teeth sometimes don't have to be crowned just b/c they have root canals - I had one upper front tooth root canaled after a childhood accident at age 12 and it lasted without a crown for 20 yrs with no problem. To correct the darkening or greying of the tooth as a result of the rc the dentist bleached the tooth from within by inserting a bleaching agent into the tooth after the root canal was completed. Thereafter the only thing my dentist did was check the filling from time to time to ensure it was intact and I think once or twice during those 20 yrs he had to re-fill it. Root canaled teeth do tend to become brittle over time and hairline cracks may develop but if you really take care of it you shouldn't have a problem. A crown is not always the best thing to do - especially in the front - where exposed margins (a dark line at the base of the tooth next to the gum line) are more visible and can be unsightly - plus they can sometimes pop off when biting into things

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