I am not sure what to do. I had a teeth grinding problem that led to some chipped teeth, plus I wanted to update the color on my teeth. I decided to get veneers. However, since getting them my life has become one humiliating nightmare after another. First, the teeth keep popping off. When they do, the smell is horrifying. Then, I have to go back in to get them placed back on. In the meantime, I have tiny little nubs for front teeth. When I do go in to get them fixed, she blames me because I grind my teeth but I’ve been wearing the night guard I got from HER. I don’t know what to do. We have to go look for homes because my husband is being transferred to another state. Do I just need to keep super glue with me? Will this be my life from now on?
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that you’re experiencing a cosmetic dentistry horror story. It’s a story that happens way too often to good people, like yourself, who are putting their trust in the competence of their dentist. Unfortunately, yours is incompetent. I’m not just talking about cosmetic dentistry either. She’s blown it in the general dentistry front as well. Here’s what is going on.
First, based on what you’ve described, your dentist provided you with porcelain crowns not porcelain veneers. With veneers, only a few millimeters of tooth structure is removed from the front of your teeth. If they’ve been ground down to nubs, that is what is done for dental crowns. That is a misrepresentation on her part.
Additionally, she hasn’t even done that competently. Every dentist is taught how to do crowns in dental school. She can’t seem to get the work done properly. Most dentists go their entire careers without a single crown coming off, let alone the disaster of fails you’ve experienced. The smell you are experiencing is because when the crown is coming loose, bacteria is getting in and building up. This puts your oral health at risk. You have a great case for dental malpractice.
Getting this disaster Fixed
The one thing that can’t be fixed is getting your tooth structure back. Her overtreatment means you are stuck with dental crowns from now on. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t be done correctly. When they’re re-done, you can have a gorgeous smile you are very proud of. The first thing I suggest you do is tell her that you want her to pay to have this fixed with the dentist of YOUR choosing. You may be better off waiting until your husband’s transfer, depending on where you’re going.
If your dentist balks at that at all, tell her you’ll see her in court. I believe her insurance will quickly tell her to settle. If she doesn’t, you’ll probably end up getting money to get it repaired plus damages. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that though. Courts take forever. You’ll want to get your smile back faster than that.
When you are looking for the dentist who will fix this. I suggest you get an AACD accredited dentist. They have proven skill and artistry.
This blog is brought to you by La Jolla Cosemtic Dentist Dr. Stephen Doan.