I had a tooth gap that my dentist closed and talked me into a smile makeover at the same time. I had porcelain crowns done from one canine tooth to the other. Ever since then I have had problems speaking, closing my mouth, my mouth is dry all the time, and my neck hurts constantly. Is there a way to put the gap back? Everything was fine with those things before. I just didn’t like the gap.
I want to start with the fact that crowning six teeth is a massive overtreatment for a tooth gap. It wouldn’t even be my solution for a smile makeover. Generally, tooth gaps are closed with dental bonding, which is much less evasive, doesn’t remove healthy tooth structure, and is much less expensive.
However, let’s say you really wanted a total smile makeover. As I said above, porcelain crowns still would not be the best choice. The go-to procedure for a smile makeover is porcelain veneers. The reason a dentist would suggest a porcelain crown if you don’t already have crowns there is because he or she doesn’t feel qualified to place porcelain veneers. That’s not a good reason. It would be better for them to refer you to a cosmetic dentist who would be able to give you a beautiful smile without having to grind down all your teeth. Unfortunately, once all that tooth structure is removed, you are stuck with crowns for the remainder of your life.
As to the issues you are facing, they are not from the gap being closed. Opening that back up won’t help. However, the issues are serious and are a result of the dental crowns not being placed properly. Based on your description, it sounds like your dentist opened your bite too far. This means he’s either made the crowns too thick or too big for the shape of your mouth. It is imperative this is repaired–The sooner the better.
Here’s what is leading to the problems you’re facing. The neck pain is a result of your bite being thrown off and now you’re straining. Until that is restored, you will continue to be in pain.
Not being able to close your mouth properly is called lip incompetence. This is leading to the dry mouth you are experiencing. While I’m sure you know why the pain has to be dealt with, the lip incompetence is also a serious issue. Our saliva is a major force in fighting decay in our mouth. Whenever you have dry mouth, you no longer have the minerals from your saliva to protect your teeth. It will lead to massive decay.
To get this properly fixed, I want you to get a second opinion from an experienced cosmetic dentist. Find an AACD accredited dentist in your area. These are the top cosmetic dentists in the country. They can help you get a refund from your dentist and then you can get this done properly so you have the proper function of your bite. Not only will you have a functioning bite, but it will also give you a stunning smile.
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