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Prosthodontist recommendation for crown in Toronto

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Prosthodontist recommendation for crown in Toronto

I had a root canal treatment and the tooth now needs a crown. I'm based in Toronto.

Has anybody used the services of Dr. David Chvartszaid or Dr. Izchak Barzilay at Prosthodontic Associates at Yonge & Eglinton? Or Dr. Philip Haddad at Yorkville Toronto Dental Specialists?

If so would you please comment on your experience, and the prosthodontist's chairside manner, quality of work and care? It's important that in addition to technical competence, the prosthodontist has a consultative attitude and the patience to explain things thoroughly and answer questions.

Or if you have any other prosthodontist recommendations in GTA area please feel free to post them here and if possible include details of your experience with them.

Money is not a concern as the crown will be fully covered regardless of the cost. I know a prosthodontist can charge double or more the price of a GP and that's fine. The priority is minimal chance of redos/complications/headaches. Since I travel frequently for work, I really need the crown placement process to be perfect on the first go. Even if I had to pay out of pocket, the cost of any downtime caused by delay/hiccup during any part of crown placement process would easily exceed the premium charged by a prosthodontist. Some may feel getting a prosthodontist to do a crown is overkill but that's ok.

Thanks a lot guys :)
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Noticed that you asked the same question almost one year ago..... good-dental-crown-specialist-toronto-pr ... e-2098926/

Curious why you have the same question a year later. What happened last year? Did you get a root canal and a crown last year? I hope it's not the same tooth and you've waited almost a year to deal with it.
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multimut wrote: Noticed that you asked the same question almost one year ago..... https://forums.redflagdeals.com/good-de ... e-2098926/

Curious why you have the same question a year later. What happened last year? Did you get a root canal and a crown last year? I hope it's not the same tooth and you've waited almost a year to deal with it.
Last year it was unclear whether the pulp would survive or necrotize but I wanted to be prepared just in case. Recently it became clear that RCT was indicated so I went ahead with my endodontist of choice.

Waiting for a year was not due to negligence. It was intentionally done to give the pulp a chance to recover and heal. Didn't work out unfortunately.
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I came across your original post from last year when I was researching root canals and crowns earlier this year. And your post did lead to me looking into seeing a prosthodontist for the crown.

I agree with your view that if paying a more out-of-pocket costs increases the odds of a better long-term outcome then it is worth it. But after research, I had my crown done by regular dentist.

Final deciding factor is I asked the endodontist for his opinion. I went with one of the top endodontists in the city for the root canal -- lots of experience, teaches, excellent chairside manner and took the time to explain every step. I asked this top endodontist about possibly going to a prosthodontist for the crown. I was choosing to go with the specialist for the root canal, even though a root canal for the tooth in question is considered simple. So I asked him if it would make sense to see a prosthodontist for the crown. He said sometimes the simple option is the best option and that going to a prosthodonist for the crown may unnecessarily complicate the process.

Of course, if you feel more comfortable going with a prosthodontist, by all means go for it. The one thing a prosthodontist can do is more precisely customize the shade/colour of the crown; but the range of shades that a regular dentist can select from is fine for most people.
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Multimut: thanks for your reply. Would you elaborate on how going to a prosthodontist for the crown would unnecessarily complicate the process, compared to a GP?
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saitojohn: As I mentioned, your post from last year did lead to me looking into getting a prosthodontist to do the crown. I asked my endodontist about this, as I'm sure one of the top endodontists who does lots of root canals would have some insights. I don't recall the exact answer, but it was clear he thought a regular dentist was just as good for a simple crown, and while I don't recall his exact words, it was basically that the simple option is sometimes the best option. I was satisfied with his answer, and didn't feel the need to ask him to clarify further.

Note, I also asked the endodontist for his opinion on another issue, and he suggested I see a periodontist on my other issue rather than a regular dentist. That was another reason why I didn't ask further on my crown question. I asked him about one issue, and he suggested seeing a specialist (periodontist); I asked him specifically about seeing a prosthodontist for the crown, and he basically says no reason not to just go to your regular dentist for that.

But again, if you will sleep better if you have a prosthodontist do your crown, by all means go for it. I don't think there would be any severe "complications", it's just my endodontist clearly didn't think there was any need to see a prosthodontist for my crown.
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Thanks multimut for sharing.

Does anybody else have experience with, or know about, Dr. David Chvartszaid or Dr. Philip Haddad in Toronto?
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Feb 20, 2019
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Hi, Saitojohn, I am looking for a prosthodontist and a endodontist. because my teeth need root canal treatment and a crown as well. have you find a skilled and experienced prosthodontist and endodontist? if yes, could you please email me their names to [email protected]? I will appreciate. thanks a lot
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jennypage wrote: Hi, Saitojohn, I am looking for a prosthodontist and a endodontist. because my teeth need root canal treatment and a crown as well. have you find a skilled and experienced prosthodontist and endodontist? if yes, could you please email me their names to [email protected]? I will appreciate. thanks a lot
Hi Jenny,

I haven't checked rfd for a long time until now, and I hope I am responding in time.

For prosthodontist, I decided to go with Dr. Philip Haddad at Yorkville Toronto Dental Specialists and he's great. I had consulted with 3 prosthodontists, 2 of them proposed jumping straight to complicated "solutions" that would've involved surgery, pain, and lots of recovery time, due to the unique anatomy of the tooth in question. Only Dr. Philip was willing to first attempt the simple, straightforward solution, evaluate, and then escalate to more invasive procedures only if they become necessary. I can't guarantee he's the best prosthodontist for your case, but it would be worthwhile to at least book a consultation with Dr. Philip and compare him to other prosthodontists.

For endodontist, I had my root canal done in LA because I was there for work when the tooth started acting up. I had anticipated this possibility, done research ahead of time, and managed to be seen by one of the top endos over there who uses (and teaches) advanced laser technology, and biocompatible root filling material instead of gutta percha.

I did consult with a few endodontists in Toronto before that, and I would've gone with Dr. Gary Glassman at Endodontic Specialists had I been in Toronto at the time. His credentials are great, chairside manner is good, and he seemed very confident. He did not perform RCT for me so I cannot attest to his quality of work. I suggest you start with booking a consultation with Dr. Gary, see how you feel and then go from there.

If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.

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