I have had several crowns over the years (I'm 59 years old). Something to keep in mind is, they don't last forever. The first time I had to get a tooth retreated, I was upset. I thought that since is had a root canal and crown, it was good to go. I recently had two of my teeth pulled because they both had root canals and crowns and were decaying. I have not had any implants. I'm not telling you this to be negative. I'm just saying dental seems to be ongoing no matter what you do.
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A lot of your questions depend on what's going on with your teeth. I have a crown on one tooth because an old filling caused it to break. No need for a root canal. the root was totally fine. just lost part of the tooth. Ended up with a porcelain crown. for the first few weeks, it felt a little weird. now it feels like a regular tooth.
Implants replace a whole tooth. A coworker of mine recently had this procedure done to replace a tooth that got knocked out. My cousin had it done as well. it's a very long process as well as painful. My coworker during the oral surgery phase was on a liquid and soft food diet. pasta/ravioli and smoothies were the only things he could eat for a couple of weeks. As well as being expensive, the process took a couple of months. He had to take days off from work to get it done. Even my crown took three trips to the dentist. There are crowns that can be done in a day. Those aren't porcelain. they're made of some resign. You'll need to see what dentists in your area offer the one day crown.
Another thing to consider is which procedures are covered and which aren't. dental insurance will only cover 50% of the cost of a crown. Even oral surgery isn't completely covered.
If you opt for something like veneers, forget insurance because veneers are considered cosmetic and not a necessity. Veneers can cost $1500 or more per tooth. but they do make it look like you have perfect teeth.
Have you talked to a dentist about what's going on with your teeth ? That should be your first stop. What does your dentist recommend ? If you don't like their recommendations, you can always get a second opinion.
If anyone is willing to share. What do you think is better and more cost effective?
Bridges or implants? Bonding? Veneers or Crowns?
If you can share any pros and cons of what work you or someone you know had done. Did it affect your/their eating habits? Are you happy with the work? I understand that some may not want to talk about it and that is fine. Just wondering. Any dentists here have any insight?
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