I’m in a quandary. My front tooth had dental bonding on it because of a small chip. Believe it or not, I fell again and now I chipped it again. I’ve got three left feet and they all seem to tangle. Here’s my problem. I live in a totally new state since this bonding was placed and therefore have a new dentist. She said dental bonding is a one time deal and can’t be replaced. She said I’d need a dental crown. I wasn’t keen on doing a dental crown just for a chipped tooth, so we settled on a compromise where she’d do a porcelain veneer. The day the veneer was ready, I came in and she bonded it. I never got to look at it until I got in my car. Something seemed off, but I felt like my rear-view mirror wasn’t the best option for viewing and wanted to wait until I got a good look at it in my bathroom mirror before panicking. But, when I got home it was not better. This porcelain veneer is longer than my other teeth and it feels as if there’s a gap between the veneer and my natural tooth. It’s as if there was a little shelf on the top of the veneer. I called the office and it was as if they got offended. They said the chip is covered and the veneer is fine. What do I do?
You’ve probably guessed this by now, but your dentist is incompetent when it comes to anything to do with cosmetic dental care. Additionally, she’s lied to you. Or, she’s even more incompetent than I thought. Where shall I start?
First, dental bonding is most definitely NOT a one time deal. It can be repaired or redone. Either she lied to you because she doesn’t know how to do dental bonding and didn’t want to admit it, or she’s a complete moron.
Second, a dental crown for a chipped tooth is a massive overkill. Why would you ever want to grind down healthy tooth structure unnecessarily? A more honest dentist would have referred you to another dentist if she couldn’t do the correct procedure.
Third, when a patient gets a porcelain veneer done, they should be placed on with a temporary try-in paste so the patient can get a good look at them.
When Porcelain Veneers Need to be Re-done
For the most part, the sad standard for whether or not you deserve a refund for dentistry is if it’s functional or not. Them being ugly would not be reason enough for a refund. You’re in luck, though. That “shelf” you spoke about should save you. If it’s what I think it is she didn’t get the veneer flush against your teeth creating what is known as bulky margins.
This will cause food and other things to get caught in the margin, leading to a growth of bacteria and eventually decay and gum disease. This is not functional. It’s actually bad for your teeth, which will give you the right to a full refund.
If she’s unwilling to give you the refund, you’ll need to get a second opinion. I suggest you go to a skilled cosmetic dentist for your second opinion. I’d look on the mynewsmile.com website. They will tell you who the best cosmetic dentists in your area are. They’re all experts in their field and most of them even have a beautiful smile guarantee.
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