This quarantine has almost destroyed me. First, I tried to cut my own bangs which were almost down to the tip of my nose. Then, the other night I had WAY too much to drink and tripped, which resulted in chipping my front tooth. I seriously look like Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. Help! My dentist still isn’t open but tell me there is a solution for this once he is. For now, I’m just going to hide indoors and ignore the doorbell. No one can see me like this.
For the benefit of those who may not know Jim Carrey or the role he played in Dumb and Dumber, I’ve posted a picture above. Don’t feel too bad. This quarantine has been hard on us all. There are more than a few bad haircuts in the grocery stores these days. You’re also not the only one to hit the wine bottle either.
While a dentist can’t do anything about the cereal bowl haircut, you can certainly get that tooth repaired. The first thing the dentist will want to do is make sure there is no underlying damage to the pulp of the tooth from the trauma. If everything is okay there, the standard repair for a chipped tooth is dental bonding. This uses a composite resin that the dentist will sculpt on your tooth to make the tooth whole again. This is done freehand, so you don’t want your average dentist to do it. Dental bonding takes experience and artistry to make it look natural.
Finding an Expert Cosmetic Dentist
Your family dentist may also be an expert dentist. Just make sure before having him work on your tooth. The top cosmetic dentists are AACD accredited. This means they have passed stringent exams on the technical knowledge and procedural process in cosmetic work. In addition to that, they also had to submit visual evidence of a substantial number of cases they’ve personally done to be examined by a board of experts for the quality and beauty of their work. Any dentist who reaches accreditation is in the top 1% of cosmetic dentists in the country.
What if Your Dentist Isn’t Accredited?
Just because your dentist isn’t accredited, doesn’t mean he can’t do beautiful work. This is a process which takes many years and there are some artistic dentists out there who are still in that process. I would first look to see if he is listed on the mynewsmile.com website. If not, then your next step would be to ask for before and after images of dental bonding cases he’s personally done. Don’t settle for stock photos. If you are not absolutely thrilled with the results, don’ t let him near your smile.
Expert cosmetic dentists are used to having patients come to them just for the one procedure and then staying with their family dentist when that is through. There is no shame in that. He’ll understand and your dentist should understand as well.
I hope this helps. Try to keep away from the booze for a while, you don’t want to end up needing dental implants. Hopefully, this whole Coronavirus mess will be over with soon. I know dentists are ready to get back to work!
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.