Are your teeth in less than perfect shape? Has your dentist recently said that you need one or more dental crowns, but you're concerned because you've never had one put in before? Even a simple dental exam can make a person anxious and worried, so it's understandable to be nervous about getting a crown for the first time. In order to ease your mind, it's a good idea to have a list of questions to ask your dentist the next time you go in for an appointment. Some of the questions that you may want to have on your list include:

What anesthetic options are there? Although dentists tend to have a go-to anesthetic that works for most of their patients, there may be other options available depending on the work you're having done and the dentist in question. For instance, dental crowns sometimes require a root canal before the crown can be added. For some people, this is a procedure that they would prefer to be fully sedated for. Discussing your pain concerns with your dentist and reviewing your options is going to be the best way to ensure that both you and your dentist are on the same page when it comes to anesthetics. 

How much is covered by insurance? It's not uncommon for dental crowns to not be covered by dental insurance and to instead be classified as optional cosmetic procedures. If your insurance is like this, you may think that you have to go with a different and less effective treatment that won't break your budget. But it's also possible that your dentist can charge part of the procedure to your insurance company, bringing down the cost. Your insurance company may be willing to pay for the root canal itself but not any dental crowns that might be required for your teeth to be whole once again. 

How long will this take? Some dentists prefer to do the root canal and put in a temporary crown in place on one day, then in a few days or a week, you come back to have the permanent crown put into place. Other doctors will do everything in one appointment if desired. You should never assume that your dentist is one way or the other unless you ask him or her. Both same-day and multi-visit options have their pros and cons that must be discussed with s qualified professional before you make a final decision. 

For more information, talk to a dentist, like those at Pembroke  Pines Dental.