I’m having a really hard time with dry mouth ever since getting all my teeth crowned. I know it was a cosmetic procedure, and while the teeth look okay, I have to really focus on keeping my mouth closed. Never in my life did I think I’d be what my kids call a “Mouth Breather.” Is there a way to fix this or is it normal and I’m just not used to a wider smile?
No this isn’t normal. Was there a particular reason your dentist did dental crowns instead of porcelain veneers. You mentioned it was cosmetic work. Generally, when someone is getting a smile makeover, porcelain veneers are the go-to. It removes less tooth structure.
Some inexperienced cosmetic dentists will do porcelain crowns for smile makeovers because that is what they’re familiar with, but it unnecessarily grinds down healthy tooth structure. It’s water under the bridge at this point as it is already done. I just wondered if there was a functional/mechanics reason for doing something so drastic. That leads me to my next question.
Why every tooth? Most smiles are about eight to ten teeth wide. Doing every tooth is excessive, not to mention expensive.
What your dentist did is known in dentistry as a full-mouth reconstruction. It’s an advanced procedure that isn’t typically taught in-depth, if at all, in dental school. Instead, dentists would seek out post-doctoral training.
Lip Incompetence is Dangerous
When you can’t close your lips naturally and are having to consciously force it, we call that lip incompetence. It is going to rain havoc on your teeth and oral health. While many people think brushing is our biggest defense against decay, the reality is our saliva has an even greater impact. It contains bacteria-fighting minerals that protect your teeth. Dry mouth deters saliva and allows that bacteria to multiply unhindered.
In creating this problem, y our dentist made a serious mistake. He (or she) needs to pay to get this fixed. Don’t just ask for a refund because the fix will likely be more expensive than the original procedure. If he complains about this, you may want to hint to him that another dentist told you that you have a valid case for malpractice damages. That should get his attention.
A Word about Smile Makeovers
You said the smile was “okay”. An okay smile would not be what you were stuck with when it came to a true cosmetic dentist. When you go to get this full mouth reconstruction done correctly, I want you to look for a dentist who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
AACD accredited dentists are in the top 1% in their field. Not only will you be able to close your mouth naturally and comfortably, but you’ll also have a stunning smile you will be thrilled to show off to the world.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.