I had some porcelain veneers placed a few months ago. Shortly after, one of the veneers on a canine tooth popped off while I was eating toast. My tooth instantly became unbearably sensitive. I went back to the dentist and he said the problem is that my bite is off. He did some shortening of the porcelain veneer and the tooth. When I asked if I needed to be numbed first, he told me it wasn’t necessary. That was a mistake. The procedure was very painful. Now, that same tooth has fallen off again. I had to go back, again because of the sensitivity. He told me the issue was still my bite and that now he needs to switch it to a dental crown. I’m a bit confused here. I was told these were supposed to last me ten years. I don’t want to destroy a tooth that is healthy. I did ask this dentist about his qualifications before going forward with the procedure. He told me he had a year training in cosmetic dentistry. What do you recommend here?
* Note to readers. I asked who the dentist was so I could check up on this training.
After looking up some information on this dentist, I see no post-doctoral training in cosmetic dentistry. My guess is that he is considering his one-year residency his training. This would not be adequate cosmetic training for smile makeovers even with the most liberal of definitions.
I also do not think your bite is the problem here. I think he does not know how to bond it properly. If it were your bite, then the repair he did to the bite should have fixed the problem. Plus, if a porcelain veneer is properly bonded, then if something is wrong with the bite the porcelain veneer will chip instead of fall off.
Please do not allow this dentist to put a crown on your tooth. He does not know what he is doing. Plus, your porcelain veneer can be bonded back on properly so that it will stay on. Go to either mynewsmile.com or aacd.com. These are two safe ways to get a recommended cosmetic dentist. Anyone on the mynewsmile recommendation list can bond this on properly for you. If you use the aacd site, make sure that you check the box saying that you are looking for an accredited cosmetic dentist. These are the only ones with the right credentials.
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