Category: Adult Dentistry, Dr. Advocate's Insight
When considering dental crowns, it is essential to understand that dentists may have different opinions and recommendations regarding the necessity and materials used for the procedure. This issue can be a real head-scratcher for patients. As a dentist, there are many factors to this dilemma.
This can be due to factors such as their level of experience, personal preferences, and the latest technologies available. As a result, seeking a second opinion before making any decisions about your dental health can be beneficial.
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After years of training, education and clinical practice, there are many reasons why dentists have varying opinions. For example, I’ve encountered many patients confused and frustrated with their previous dentist’s treatment plan. Our diagnosis and recommended treatment plan are often similar; however, occasionally, I disagree. Why is that? Well when it comes to a dental crown there are many factors to consider.
For example, does the patient grind or clench their teeth? If so, a filling may fracture and break under stress load, whereas a crown would be more durable and provide longevity. Other factors include:
Let’s look more in-depth at other factors, including dental crown materials, dental insurance and practice location.
Different material options are available for dental crowns. Traditional options include gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and base metal alloys. However, newer options such as zirconia, lithium disilicate, and e.max have become increasingly popular due to their durability and aesthetic appeal.
In addition, it’s now possible for porcelain crowns and occasionally zirconia crowns to be fabricated and delivered in-office the same day. Therefore, the dentist will need unique scanning, designing and milling equipment. The most common technology is CAD/CAM units. Some dentists may recommend these crown options over traditional ones, depending on the patient’s needs and goals.
Additionally, dentists may have different opinions on the necessity of a dental crown. For example, some dentists may recommend a filling instead of a crown for a less invasive option. Others may recommend a crown as a long-term solution for a heavily decayed or damaged tooth. In addition, if you grind or clench your teeth, a crown will be more durable.
An inlay, onlay or partial crown may be recommended if a filling is inadequate and a crown would be overkill. An onlay or partial crown covers only a portion of the tooth, leaving healthy tooth structure remaining to support the restoration. Seeking a second opinion can provide you with alternative treatment options and ensure that the recommended treatment is appropriate for your needs.Recommended Reading: 10 Reasons You Need a Second Opinion on Dental Work (Dentist’s Thoughts)
When seeking a second opinion, it is vital to look for a provider who has the necessary experience and expertise in the procedure, is up-to-date on the latest techniques and technologies, and is willing to take the time to answer all of your questions and explain the risks and benefits associated with the procedure.
Several different types of materials can be used. Each type of material has unique benefits and drawbacks, and the best option for you depends on your individual needs and goals.
The choice of material for your crown will affect your treatment’s longevity and success. Your dentist may recommend a specific type of crown material based on the tooth’s location, function, aesthetics, health, function, and personal preferences.Recommended Reading: Should I get a Second Opinion on Cavities? (Potentially Save Thousands)
Regarding dental treatment, the cost is often a primary consideration for patients. Dental crowns, in particular, can be a significant investment, and it’s essential to understand the costs associated with the procedure and how to ensure you are getting the most cost-effective option for your specific needs. Cost differences depend on these factors:
Different materials have different costs: As mentioned earlier, varying materials used for dental crowns have variable costs. Gold crowns, for example, can be more expensive than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, but they may last longer. On the other hand, Zirconia, lithium disilicate or E.max may have higher costs but offer better aesthetics and durability. Therefore, it is essential to understand the costs associated with different materials and how they compare to your specific needs and goals.
The cost of the procedure can vary depending on the dentist and location: The price of a dental crown can vary depending on the dentist’s location, their level of experience and expertise, and the type of materials used. Research dentists in your area and understand the costs associated with the procedure before making any decisions.
Dental insurance: Dental insurance plans can have different coverage for dental crowns. You should check with your insurance company to understand what your policy covers and the out-of-pocket costs.
Financing options: Some dental offices offer financing options to help make dental crowns more affordable. It’s essential to understand the terms of these financing options and how they compare to other options available.
Second Opinion: It’s recommended to get a second opinion and compare costs; the dentist you visit may recommend alternative treatments that could be less expensive but still meet your needs.
Considering long-term costs: Consider the immediate costs of a procedure and the long-term costs. While a cheaper option may seem more attractive initially, it may be less cost-effective in the long run if it requires frequent replacements or repairs.
By considering these factors and being proactive in researching the costs associated with dental crowns, you can make an informed decision about the best option for your individual needs and budget. The most important thing is to work with a dentist you trust and willing to discuss all options, costs, and benefits with you, to make the best decision for you and your oral health.
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My Dental Advocate provides a valuable service for patients seeking a second opinion on their proposed dental treatment. By offering asynchronous telehealth consultations, My Dental Advocate allows patients to securely upload their treatment plans and x-rays and receive a response from a board-certified dentist within 24 hours.
We provide a convenient and efficient way to review proposed dental treatment and receive a non-biased report, giving you peace of mind about any expensive dental work you may be considering. In addition, if patients have any questions or concerns about their treatment, they can reply to the email and message the dentist for further clarification.
My Dental Advocate is a helpful resource for patients looking to ensure they receive the best care for their dental health.
What is the My Dental Verification Report, and why is it important? Our board-certified dentists will review your case and provide an unbiased second opinion on how you should move forward with your proposed dental treatment. We respect all dentists suggested treatment; however, we desire clarity for your dental needs. You should understand what dental work is necessary to move forward with treatment confidently.
With My Dental Advocate, patients of all ages now have an unbiased, expert second opinion to securely review their proposed dental treatment and gain the knowledge to improve their oral health.
The questionnaire includes a brief medical history, oral hygiene habits, and an opportunity to explain your dental concerns.
Contact your provider to request your x-rays or take a photo of them at the office. You can also upload dental photos, current treatment plans, periodontal probings, and other supporting documents.
We will privately send your information to a board-certified dentist who will securely assess your case and provide a detailed second opinion for your proposed dental work.
We will email your MDA Verification Report second opinion within 24 hours for review at your convenience and from the comfort of your home.
When it comes to dental crowns, it’s important to understand that different dentists may have different opinions and recommendations regarding the necessity and materials used for the procedure. Seeking a second opinion can provide alternative treatment options and ensure the recommended treatment is appropriate for your needs and goals.
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