I need some help and advice. I had old porcelain veneers that needed to be replaced. I’d had them for 27 years and they’d served me well. My new dentist has been nothing but a disaster with this. First, he said he needed to open up my bite a bit to get the upper teeth to show more. He provided a replacement for the veneers as well as two additional crowns and a dental bridge. With all of the temporaries, I had trouble. Each day I called and told him they don’t feel right. He assured me the permanent ones would. They didn’t. I can’t shut my lips properly. My mouth is totally dry. I’m having trouble speaking. Plus, my jaw is in pain. He told me there is nothing to be done because his case is textbook and met every checkpoint. Where do I go from here? It’s been over a month and I’m in agony.
I’m going to be blunt. You need to switch dentists. This one is in over his head and he has no idea. When you try to open up a bite, it has to be done carefully and methodically. It also requires what is known as a full mouth reconstruction, which means crowing every tooth.
I don’t care if he’s said he met every checkpoint. He didn’t. First, your bite is uncomfortable, which you pointed out to him several times. Second, you have lip incompetence, which means they are not closing when your mouth is relaxed. This is also leading to dry mouth, which is a serious problem for the health of your teeth.
Why Dry Mouth is a Big Deal
Your saliva is a major defense system for your oral health because it contains bacteria-fighting minerals. When your mouth is dry, that means you don’t have enough saliva. You are now missing those key minerals and the bacteria is given free rein to flourish. You are going to end up with an extensive amount of decay.
This needs to be fixed right away. Unfortunately, that will entail having your entire case re-done from the beggining. I don’t suggest you allow this dentist to try a second time. Based on what you’ve shared with me he is either incompetent or unethical. Neither of those bode well for you as his patient.
Finding the Best Dentist for a Full-Mouth Reconstruction
When you’re talking about the type of extensive restorative work you are describing, you need the best dentist available. It takes a great deal of post-doctoral study in both cosmetic and restorative work. When this isn’t done correctly, you can have bigger problems than just an ugly smile. If he throws off your bite, as yours has done, you will suffer from lip incompetence, decay, constant pain, and TMJ disorder.
Look at some of Dr. Murphree’s qualifications to get an idea of what type of dentist you want to find in order to get this fixed and done correctly.
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