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Old 09-02-2019, 08:52 AM
 
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This is a lower molar, #18 I think, that has a lot of decades-old fillings. Only one has needed to be replaced so far. But at my recent cleaning, the hygienist noticed a kind of a chip off the back of the tooth. Meaning, maybe 80-85% of the tooth is still there.

I have to see the dentist next week, & I'm wondering if he might propose a crown. Has anyone else been in this situation? (In this area, a crown is around $1400). I'm just trying to be prepared &--figure out if I'd agree to do that.

Or--maybe he might propose something else? Or, I've made it this long with the tooth (I'm in my '60's)--just keep going with the tooth & hope it doesn't break further. I've had a couple of awful experiences with with drastically broken teeth over the years, so I know what can result.

TIA for any feedback.....
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Old 09-02-2019, 12:51 PM
 
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Those old leaky amalgams give up eventually. At this point, it is no longer performing its function. You might as well just get the crown and get it over with.
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Old 09-02-2019, 04:37 PM
 
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I just had this same situation on an upper molar. Piece chipped off, lots of fillings -I doubt I had 80% left though. Also in my 60's. Dentist suggested but did not insist on a crown, so I went for it.
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Old 09-04-2019, 08:40 AM
 
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I just had this same situation on an upper molar. Piece chipped off, lots of fillings -I doubt I had 80% left though. Also in my 60's. Dentist suggested but did not insist on a crown, so I went for it.
You're in New England?--do you mind if I ask what that crown cost? I'm about 60 miles N. of Boston--last time I needed a crown I called maybe 6 dentists in NH & MA, & all right around $1400. I suppose I could get some kind of dental ins., & wait the year (probably) for them to pay for a crown, or some of it (?), but.......the dental ins. is not cheap, & every time I look at it it seems like a wash, probably.
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