My Dentist Has Said A Plastic Crown Can Last Between 5 And 10 Years. Does This Sound Reasonable?

Q.
My question is about using a plastic crown as a permanent solution for a cracked tooth. I have an upper left tooth (#26) that has had a root canal and recently cracked from the surface down into the root. The dentist has said that because the root is cracked they can’t put a post in, and because of that they can’t use a porcelain crown. So far he has cemented the crack, prepared the tooth, and taken imprints to make a plastic crown. He said the plastic crown should last about 5 to 10 years. Everything I’ve read only mentions plastic crowns for very short term use. Does this sound like a reasonable treatment?
A.
Hello and thank you for getting in touch. Plastic is used to make temporary crowns. You should seek a second opinion and see what they say, as it’s difficult for me to assess you without seeing you in person. If you’d like more information on crowns you can find it through this website. I hope this helps. Best wishes, Dr Andrew Moore.
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