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Old 11-22-2011, 04:28 PM
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Does anyone know how this is going to work? I have a big cavity on a tooth that got a root canal a few years ago, and now I'll be getting a crown to fill this same tooth. Does anyone know if there's going to be a root canal preceding the crown? I'm going for this appointment next week and I want be in less surprise as possible..
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:09 PM
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Crowns don't fill teeth. Crowns cover teeth. If you had a root canal, then you won't be getting another one. They'll carve away the cavity, shape the tooth down so it can fit a crown, and place a crown over the whole thing to protect it and give it a "facade" so it looks and chews like a whole, healthy tooth again.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:22 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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Unless the cavity is so big that there is insufficient wall left to fill and still hold the crown securely. In that case the tooth has to come out and an implant
put in. Those run $6,000, with good dental insurance less than $1,000. They take close to a year with healing time between steps. Hopefully your dentist has established that yours will be OK for a crown already by the x-rays.

You can guess how I know all this. I think my teeth paid for his swimming pool and Mercedes.
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:37 PM
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Root canals are done before the crown. Now, let's say you do get a crown on a tooth that didn't have a root canal, which is possible, there are ways of doing the root canal thru the crown to preseve the crown, but it's much harder and I usually refer those. Think of a crown as a haircut for a tooth, we shave the tooth down to a certain dimension and take an impression and stick a temporary crown on it. Next visit you'll come in, take the temporary crown off, cement the real crown, check the occlusion and fit and off you go.
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