I had crowns put on all my teeth, top and bottom. Ever since the procedure, I’ve had a hard time keeping my mouth closed all the way and I’ve got horrible dry mouth as a result. My dentist did what he called opening my bite so that you could see more of my smile. I was really looking forward to having a beautiful smile but this is miserable. Should I have him grind them down? I feel all the money I saved up for this has been wasted.
Putting crowns on all your teeth is known as a full-mouth reconstruction. This procedure is extremely complicated and is usually reserved for some of the more serious dental cases, such as advanced TMJ Disorder. It’s unusual to use it for cosmetic reasons. The standard procedure for a smile makeover is to use porcelain veneers. Substituting crowns for this tells me he doesn’t have advanced training in cosmetic dentistry so he did crowns, which he felt confident in. The problem is placing one crown is much different from than crowning all the teeth, which would take advanced reconstructive training. It appears your dentist does not have that either.
It appears when he opened your bite, he caused what is known as lip incompetence. This means your mouth does not close while it is in repose. There is good news and bad news here. First, the good news. Your dentist messed up and he messed up badly enough that this case will need to be redone AND it should be redone at his expense. You will get a second chance for that smile you have always wanted.
Now for the bad news. Lip incompetence, which leads to the dry mouth you are experiencing, can destroy the health of your teeth. Because of that, you will need to get this repaired rather quickly. Dry mouth means you are not getting enough saliva in your mouth. Most people don’t realize this, but saliva is one of the main defenses our teeth have in fighting decay. Saliva is loaded with bacteria killing minerals. Without your saliva, your teeth will quickly start decaying.
I want you to get a second opinion from an expert in reconstructive dentistry. Look for someone with qualifications like you can read about in Dr. Marion’s bio. If what I is think is going on, he or she can fix this at your original dentist’s expense.
Unfortunately, because you have dental crowns, you will always need dental crowns.
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