I have eight porcelain veneers on the top arch and six on the bottom. A few months after they were placed, I chipped one in a fall. The dentist buffed the tooth down so it would be even. Then he had to buffer down the partner tooth on the other side so they would be even. Fast forward a few months and now one of her teeth has turned bluish and has a darker spot underneath. I went back to the dentist and he said that he had no idea what I was talking about. He was pretty put out and said he was “excellent with color design.” His professional opinion is that I’m being too picky. However, I assure you that the color has changed. I don’t know what to do and I am worried that this veneer will fall off. Do you have any recommendations?
First, I am going to tell you that your dentist does not sound like a true cosmetic dentist. A dentist who has done a significant amount of post-doctoral training would never tell a patient they are being too picky. Their goal is to make sure the patient has the smile of their dreams.
Bear in mind that I haven’t examined you or even seen images. However, going solely on your description it sounds like you have a leaky veneer. This means that the bond between your tooth and your porcelain veneer is failing. The changing color is debris getting caught between your porcelain veneer and your tooth.
This needs to be fixed or you can end up with severe decay on that tooth. My suggestion is to go back to your dentist and have him fix this tooth. You may need to show him this blog post. If that doesn’t work, get a second opinion from an expert cosmetic dentist that examines you. One way to find an expert cosmetic dentist is to go to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Website (aacd.com). In their “Find a Dentist” link make sure you check that you want a dentist who is accredited. AACD accredited dentists are among the top 1% of cosmetic dentists in the country with proven skill and artistry.
When you get that second opinion, make sure it is a blind one. They should not know who your dentist is or what he said about the veneer that you are concerned about. If it turns out that it is a leaky veneer and needs to be replaced/rebonded, then he or she can give that recommendation to your dentist. Peer pressure is a thing, even in professional circles.
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