I needed to replace some old veneers and two crowns. When I saw my dentist, he said that he’d need to open my bite a bit so my teeth would show more. I never considered that a problem, but figured there was a reason. The temporaries are very uncomfortable I asked him to redo them twice. Then when the permanents came in, he put them in so fast, I hardly had a chance to check them out before they were permanently bonded on.
I’ve had massive problems since and can’t even shut my mouth all the way. I have been drinking water and sloshing it around my mouth constantly. If I don’t, my lips stick to my teeth. I spoke to my dentist about it and he said he’s hit all the checkpoints and his work is perfect. What do I do? I don’t feel like I can continue like this.
This is unacceptable for you. When your dentist tried to open your bite, which I am not convinced was necessary, it sounds like he was in over his head as well. Additionally, it doesn’t sound like he cares. He ignored every concern you had during the temporaries. This is the stage that is imperative to help ensure the bite is perfect. He should never have moved forward until your bite was completely comfortable. He blew past that and placed the permanent ones in a rush.
Now that they’re on and not doing well, he’s ignoring you again. This time, putting your oral health at risk. What you are experiencing is lip incompetence because he opened your bite too much. He’s really messed up and doesn’t want to admit it.
The only way to fix this at this point is to completely have the case re-done. However, you don’t want to have this dentist do it. To be frank, he doesn’t know what he’s doing. You need another dentist to do this for you. I also think your dentist needs to be the one to pay for it. It is his mistake.
Who Should Re-Do This?
You need a dentist with both cosmetic and restorative training. When you do, make sure the temporaries are exactly the way you want them before the case goes any further. A good dentist will know this, but I don’t want you suffering the same way again, so I just want to make sure you don’t allow anyone to move forward without satisfactory temporaries.
What that means is, your lips will come naturally together, your bite “feels” normal to you, and you love how they look. Unfortunately, smile makeovers and advanced restorative procedures aren’t taught in dental school. A dentist has to study this in a post-doctoral setting, though it isn’t required for them to practice. If at all possible, you should get an AACD accredited dentist to do your case. They will be the most likely to have the training and the skills necessary to do this for you.
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