I had a complete smile makeover with veneer crowns. When I went in for my consultation I specifically asked about any risks involved. He told me there weren’t really any. I went forward with the procedure confident and excited. Since then, four of the teeth have needed root canal treatments. He suggested I see an endodontist. I did and was informed even more teeth are likely to need root canals soon enough. I thought there wasn’t much risk with these. What happened? Have you seen this before?
I think there is some confusion here. There are porcelain veneers and there are porcelain crowns, but there aren’t veneer crowns. So, I’m not sure which you received. However, based on the number of root canal treatments you received, my guess is it was porcelain crowns. I’m going to show you two photos below. The first image is what a tooth would look like with porcelain veneer preparation. The second with dental crown preparation.
Porcelain veneer preparation will take off maybe a 1/2 millimeter of tooth structure. It is rare for this procedure to end up needing even one root canal treatment, let alone the amount you are ending up needing.
On the other hand, a porcelain crown preparation goes much deeper into the tooth structure, which puts you at a greater risk of exposing the pulp of your teeth. That in turn leads to a tooth infection.
What is a Smile Makeover
You said you were getting a smile makeover. Unless there are other issues such as extensive decay or TMJ Disorder, you would use porcelain veneers for this. Giving you the number of dental crowns he gave you is more of what would happen with a full-mouth reconstruction.
If you really only needed porcelain veneers than your dentist was much more aggressive than he should have been and should be liable for the damage he caused to your teeth. That means paying for the root canal treatments you need. This is especially true because he told you there weren’t really any risks. If he prepped for crowns, there are always risks.
Hopefully, you at least like how these teeth look.
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