I inherited periodontal
disease from my mother but through much effort and care over a lifetime, have been able to maintain for the most part a healthy, cavity
-free mouth. I have had a missing 13 tooth for a long time. For the first time in many years, I went to a dentist
and had x-rays and an exam. They pointed out the loss of bone and receding gum lines of course. By the way, I have a gold bridge on the upper right side of my mouth from 35 years ago when an impacted molar
or wisdom tooth was removed and they propose a bone graft there to build up the bone tissue and prevent the two remaining rear teeth from slanting forward anymore. Actually that is a question for another time but wanted to fill in the entire history.
My question is for the upper left. They propose a 06750, Crown
- porcelain fused to gold for 12 & 14 with 13 receiving a pontic. They also include a 02950,Core buildup incl. any pins when required, and porcelain margin on 12.
This all sounds reasonable to me except the 02975, three Coping charges for 12,13,14. The coping costs as much as the above described crown and core work. My insurance
covers less than 10% of the coping fees. I did ask a second dentist for an opinion over the phone and he just told me Coping is for implants, not crowns. Now I am really confused. Please clarify for me so I have confidence to go back to the dentist or try the second one.