I need some advice. I had four porcelain veneers put on my front teeth. One of them fell off just a week after it was bonded on. My dentist said my bite was off and that caused it to pop off. He shortened the veneer and then put it back on. He didn’t use any numbing medication and the pain was pretty unbearable. Now it’s just over a week later and it has fallen off again. I went back and he wants to do a dental crown because he said my bite is still off. I’m not sure I trust him any more, so I scheduled the appointment but I’m not sure I’m going to keep it. He swears he has a year of training in cosmetic dentistry, but I’m just not confident in his abilities anymore.
You have good reason to not trust this dentist. First, do NOT let him put a crown on your tooth. There is no reason to grind down healthy tooth structure. I have serious doubts about your dentist’s cosmetic training. It sounds like he is counting his general practice residency as cosmetic training. To be frank, that doesn’t cut it. It takes post-doctoral training to know how to do a smile makeover properly.
If your bite was off and the porcelain veneer was properly placed, it would have chipped the porcelain veneer before it popped off the way it did. This sounds more like a bonding issue to me. Then, it happened a second time and he’s trying to blame your bite. Didn’t he ‘take care” of that issue when he adjusted your porcelain veneer?
Getting this Fixed
Bonding this on properly should be fairly simple for an experienced cosmetic dentist. I’d like you to look on the mynewsmile.com website. That website is run by a retired cosmetic dentist and he pre-screens every dentist who wants to be listed for both their technical knowledge (including their post-doctoral training) as well as the artistry of their results. A dentist cannot simply pay to get listed.
Also, I would ask your dentist to pay for the repair. He’s had two tries.