Can you help me find a different dentist. I just had a total smile makeover that included both dental crowns and porcelain veneers. This was done to fix both the damage done from my teeth grinding as well as cover my tetracycline stains. They look really opaque, which does give them a fake appearance. However, the thing I’m worried about is my jaw has been hurting. It didn’t hurt like this before the crowns and veneers were placed. I did have some low level aching because of the teeth grinding. However, now my jaw really hurts all the time. So much so that it is distracting. My dentist insists not only does everything look great but that he has passed all the check marks for proper placement. I’m at my wits end and have already spent $30,000 on this.
Under normal circumstances, it would be very hard for you to get this repaired without paying for the whole thing all over again. If the only problem is the appearance it is nearly impossible for you to get a refund. You’d think that wouldn’t be the case when you are talking about cosmetic work, but that is currently where it stands. However, you seem to be dealing with some functional issues. I don’t know how he thinks the markers for proper placement would not include your patient not being in pain.
It sounds like your bite may be thrown off a bit, which could be leading to complicating issues such as TMJ Disorder. This can work in your favor because it means that the case isn’t truly functional. We’ll go over how to get this diagnosed in a moment. First, I want to go over the difference between a general dentist and a true cosmetic dentist. Even though there is not a recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry, there are some distinct differences.
One of those differences is the amount of training they get. Smile makeovers are not taught in dental school. In order for a dentist to truly learn the techniques and artistry required, they would need post doctoral training. Another important difference is how they treat the patient. A true cosmetic dentist would not be satisfied with the work if you weren’t. They would first do a temporary try in and allow you to look at it in several different lights and make sure you are completely thrilled with the results. Even a little hesitation would cause them to ask, “What do you wish was different?” and it would go back to the lab to make the changes.
The easiest way for you to find one of these dentists would be to go to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s (AACD) website. They have a “find a cosmetic dentist” link. Make sure you check the box that says you want an Accredited Cosmetic Dentist. These are among the top 1% of cosmetic dentist’s in the country. Have one of them examine your case. It will be helpful if they also have TMJ training. They can tell you if your current dentist’s work threw off your bite. If that is the case, then they can help you secure a refund so you can get this done properly by a qualified dentist.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.