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Posted by: livernash  (11 years ago)

I found this page by coincidence. Since I have always had problems with my teeth and because I am looking for a good dentist in Vienna, I would like to ask you for your opinion.

When I was about 14 years old, I had an accident and my anterior incisors underwent root canal treatments. Now, 10 years later, they are getting darker and darker and a dentist recommended pivot teeth to me.

Because this step should be well thought out and because I would like to have a really good dentist for this procedure, I want to become informed regarding costs and treatment methods. (What are the costs for two teeth? Is there a possible co-payment by health insurance since the teeth are incisors? What about anesthesia, time requirements, etc.?)

I hope you can help me.

Kind regards,

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Posted by: ABrowneRDH  (10 years ago)
It is entirely possible that the tooth is becoming necrotic. Usually this is not the case with root canal teeth, but, nevertheless, can happen. Cosmetically and structurally, getting pivot teeth would probably be in your best option. The pin/post will give the teeth a solid inner structure, while the crown will provide a more cosmetic appearance. In my office, this occurs in a series of appointments (usually 2-3) over the course of 4 weeks. An initial "provisional" crown is cast from acrylic after the posts are placed (each appointment for posts and provisional crowns take about 2 hours in our office). Impressions are taken throughout the procedure to be sent to a lab that will make the final crown. After about 3 weeks, our lab returns the final crown and the crown is seated with final cement. The cost and time is contingent on your insurance coverage and your dental office fees.

If the tooth is still structurally sound, you may also want to look into the option of Lumineers or Veneers to provide a more cosmetic appearance. It's less invasive, however, most insurances offer little to no coverage for cosmetic procedures. Good Luck!
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Posted by: jelly09  (10 years ago)
Hi there!

I got a root canal done on one of my premolars when I was 15. The tooth turned black also but it was treated by an internal bleaching.