Earlier this week, I had a gold dental crown fall out and when I brought it in to the dentaist’s office, he inspected it and said part of the tooth cracked off due to decay under the crown and I’d need a new crown. After building up the area, he used the old crown as a temporary replacement until the permanent one is ready.
So far so good. But then while making an appointment for the followup, the receptionist tells me that since I got the old crown less than 5 years ago, and since it’s a new crown, not just a replacement, my insurance won’t cover ANY of it ($1200)
Now some people I’ve talked to say that the original crown should have prevented any further decay and the dentist should be liable for replacement.
Before I bring it up to my dentist, I’d like to have the straight dope on whether a properly made crown should have prevented this.
Thanks. Dental Dopers!