I had a few teeth with composite bondings to repair some chips. They needed some repair. My dentist retired and said the man who took over his practice said they’d need to be replaced with porcelain crowns because you can’t just replace composite bonding. I didn’t realize at the time that wasn’t true and allowed him to do six dental crowns. The two front teeth look a darker grayish compared to the other teeth. Is there any way to fix this? My dentist insists they’re the exact same color as the others. It almost feels like I’m being gaslighted.
I’m very sorry you’re going through this. I can tell you the biggest obstacle you face is you have a bread and butter family dentist trying to do cosmetic dental work. One of the big problems in dentistry right now is the fact that cosmetic dentistry isn’t a recognized specialty. This means any general dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist regardless of the amount of training they’ve received.
This puts patients in a difficult position. They may not know that smile makeovers and other advanced cosmetic procedures are not taught in dental school. In order for a dentist to become skilled in those areas, it requires a significant amount of post-doctoral training. The best dentists invest in this type of training on a regular basis and are constantly improving their skills. My guess is your dentist didn’t receive that. This is what landed you in this position.
Getting Your Smile Disaster Fixed
A true cosmetic dentist would never tell a patient their smile looked fine when they were unhappy with it. Instead, they would re-do the work until the patient was thrilled. Because they want total patient satisfaction, they’ll use a temporary try-in paste. This allows the patient to get a good look at their smile before it is permanently bonded on.
It is unfortunate you now have dental crowns. You’re stuck with those the remainder of your life because it required your teeth to be ground down. The good news is he misrepresented to you the options available. It is not true that dental bonding could not be replaced. My guess is he said you had to have dental crowns done because that is all he knew how to do. In your place, I would ask for a refund and then go elsewhere to get them done properly.
If you’re happy with all the crowns except the two front ones that don’t match the adjacent teeth, you can just get those re-done. Either way you are going to need to find a top of the line cosmetic dentist. The best are AACD accredited cosmetic dentists. They’ve passed stringent exams as well as demonstrated their artistry on a large number of cases they’ve done.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.