What is the Warranty on a Molar Dental Crown Which Cracked and is Less Than 1 Year Old?

My #31 crown cracked on the outside as I was eating a creamy peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It still has temporary cement on it. I have no idea if there is a warranty on a crown. I have been careful on what I have eaten since it's temp. cement. I had it put on 9 months ago.

Doctor Answers 6

Crown warranties

I would encourage you to call your dentist and tell him what happened.  Most dentists want to make you happy and if it was only temporarily cemented, there must have been a future plan about permanent cementation.  Most dentists will do work over at no charge or reduced charges if patients are not having success with their work.

Best of Luck,

Scott LeSueur, DDS

Mesa Dentist
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Warranty on a Molar dental crown

Our office feels you should have at least 1000 meals on your dental crown which is one year at 3 meals a day.  We feel that if a problem is to exist it will occur sooner than later.  There are instances when a patient is warned that the situation is not ideal and the patient chooses the least expensive alternative which is not the best.  In those cases, we do not warrenty the tooth if the patient was told that this is not an ideal fix.

David S. Frey, DDS
Beverly Hills Dentist
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Dental Warranty On A Crown

Most dental practices do not warranty their work legally, but they want to make their patients happy and satisfied with their teeth and smile. The crown had temporary cement and you have had it only for nine months. Unless you grind or clench your teeth, or did something that would your hurt your teeth, as taking of bottle caps, I would think your dentist would replace it free of charge. Go back to your dentist and see why it happened and what he will do that would remedy the problem.  Some dental offices do warranty their work and will stand by what they say. Go see him and discuss the problem. I am assured you will be able to work this out!  I would replace it free of charge!

My new crown cracked less than one year old, is there a warranty

Each and every office differs in how they handle work that has failed.  For a crown that is less than one year old in my office I would replace it at no charge.  I would discuss your concerns with your dentist and see what they have to say.  Best of luck

Leonard Tau, DMD
Philadelphia Dentist
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Crown crack withing a year

The porcelain fracture in posterior areas is a common complication. That is why the check of occlusion is extremely important with side to side movements. In majority of the cases, when the patient has multiple PFM crowns the nightguard is highly recommended to protect the porcelain from chipping. The warranty on the crown should be discussed with your treating dentist. Usually it is around 12 months, but can vary from office to office.

Dental warranties are illegal in some states

However, most practices understand good business principles and have stated or implied warranties   There is no law regulating what a practice does when a crown fails in less than a year, but if it broke due to the patient behaving poorly, do not expect a free replacement.  If it is something the dentist did, then perhaps.

Why the temporary cement?  Was it a temporary crown?  If so, nine months is GREAT as they are not designed to last that long.
It is best to simply work it out with your dentist.  Insurance won't contribute, but the dentist may give a price break.  In MY office (and this is my PERSONAL policy, not something I am told to do) any material failure within the first year is just simply replaced.  After that, we come up with a prorated fee, and at 5 years there is no discount.

Lance Timmerman, DMD, MAGD
Seattle Dentist
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