I had ten veneer crowns done on my top teeth and several on the bottom. Since then, I’ve had to have five root canal treatments on those teeth. When I first agreed to this my dentist told me there are no risks with a smile makeover. Since then, it has been a nightmare. I asked him about all these teeth needing root canals and he told me this is a fluke and rarely happens and he doesn’t know why my teeth are responding this way. He has agreed to pay half of the root canal treatment costs. I am worried this will continue to be a problem and one by one a new tooth will “go”. Have you seen this before? What do you recommend I do?
I am curious about the fact that you called them veneer crowns. Do you know if you received porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns? They are two completely different procedures. My big concern here is that you thought you were getting a smile makeover with porcelain veneers, but ended up with porcelain crowns.
With porcelain veneers, hardly any tooth structure needs to be removed. It’s usually about the depth of a fingernail. Then the porcelain is bonded over the prepared teeth. These rarely, if ever have any problems like you are describing. My concern is that isn’t what you’ve received.
Porcelain crowns, on the other hand, require the teeth to be ground down more. In many cases, they are ground down to little nubs. Some dentists are overly aggressive with this tooth preparation. This can lead to pulp exposure and tooth infection like you are describing. Sometimes, if you have significant decay, a large amount of preparation is necessary. That is not the case, however, with smile makeovers.
In that case, I think your dentist should take responsibility for the damage he’s done to your teeth. It also seems like you weren’t told any of these risks upfront, which means he is even more in the wrong here.
Smile makeovers aren’t taught in dental school and many dentists don’t know how to do porcelain veneers. Because of that, they’ll point their patients in the direction of crowns, which they do know how to make from an engineering standpoint. However, without the cosmetic training on the aesthetic side of things, they rarely end up looking good. Whenever someone wants a smile makeover, I always emphasize how important it is they see an expert; someone who has invested a great deal of time in post-doctoral training. If you ever decide to have this makeover redone, I would suggest you go to mynewsmile.com and choose one of the dentists recommended on their site. They are among the top cosmetic dentists in the country.
You’ll have to have the root canal treatments in order to save the teeth. I’m sorry this happened to you. Again, I would tell your dentist he needs to cover the entire cost of the root canal treatments.
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