I'd suggest when you see your dentist next time ask him/her all the questions you have in your mind, it's their job to explain to you exactly what they're doing. If you think of anything now... write them down so you won't forget to ask. That should help you settle your nerves a bit by understanding everything that's going on. and you should ask is how confident is your dentist on the longevity of the tooth with a new post/crown/possible crown lengthening. What are the chances that things will break again in a short time?ammaretto wrote: ↑ hi,,,no he did not explain the procedure. my current crown is about 18 yrs old & it became "wobbley" so he removed it & cleaned under it said there was some decay. ;-( a few wks went by & I went back for a mold for my new crown...that's when the post broke. I have no idea if part of it is still in my gum/tooth...
I was just reading about Crown lengthening"...it takes 1-2 weeks to heal.....does that mean I wont have a tooth for that time?......lol...oh lordy
Sounds like the post was on it's way out anyways if the old crown is " wobbly" in the first place.
As for crown lengthening ( if that's whats being recommended..) don't worry about having no tooth.. if they can temporize it now... it'll be the same. They don't have to remove the temporary crown. The point of the whole procedure is to expose more tooth for the crown to wrap around, since that's where the stability of the crown depends on. It shouldn't be relying on the post for overall structural support. As for time frame, it depends on how your gum heals after the procedure. But usually impression can be taken within 3-4 weeks since the gum will rebound... some say longer.. but depends on the case.