I need a crown, and my dentist wants to do a “post and core” also. My insurance will cover the crown, but not the “post and core.” Is the “post and core necessary?”
– Marilyn in Pennsylvania
I could give you a whole discussion about dental insurance companies, but why don’t you just click the link and check out our pages where we explain how they operate.
Your dental insurance company is trying to economize. They’re not really that interested in your health or in the long-term, because people change jobs a lot. And while some dentists are opportunists, the great majority are really sincerely trying to take care of you, in my experience.
Many dental insurance companies want the dentist to just put a crown over an old filling and be done with it. However, we were all taught in dental school that when we do a crown we should clean out all the old filling material and build up everything fresh so that we know that any decay or other problems that may become visible when we do that are taken care of. Plus the post and core help reinforce the tooth so it doesn’t break later, and help hold the crown on.
Bottom line – I’d listen to your dentist and not your insurance company.
– Dr. Hall
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