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Back Molar crown chipped from grinding. What will Dentist do?

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Old 01-02-2012, 07:07 PM   #1
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Back Molar crown chipped from grinding. What will Dentist do?

I am a 30 year old male who has a fairly bad "OPEN BITE" and I require braces and surgery to get the issue under control. My back molars are the only teeth in my mouth that actually "HIT" so I literally only have four working teeth in my mouth. I wear a bite guard and this is actually what wound up causing the shift in my bite to go from normal to "open" but I don't like to NOT wear it for fear of cracking the only four teeth left working as functional teeth in my mouth. Well, last night I wound up passing out for the first time in probably 10 years without putting my guard in and woke up a few hours later with a chunk of tooth in my mouth. It is a piece of a crown that I had put on maybe 2 years ago (I'm guessing). It has metal underneath it but the porcelin part of it is broken. I have included a picture. I don't have an appointment for the dentist for a couple of days but am curious as to what is normally done in this kind of situation. I literally just paid about 3 thousand dollars out of pocket for 2 crowns and a root canal a month ago and am currently out of work. I am kind of freaking out about the cost of what they will potentially do. Is it their responsibility seeing as the crown is not that old or will I have to purchase a new one??? Hopefully the picture uploads and you can see the back molar and the "chip" missing from it that I ground out during my sleep and let me know what they most likely do for that kind of situation.

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