I recently broke a front tooth and had it fixed through the Cerec method. As I was going out of town the next day I agreed to this procedure and was told it would be a permanent crown requiring only the one office visit. The next day when I had reached my destination at the home of a friend I was visiting the crown came off. Needless to say I was frantic to find a dentist who could at least put the crown back on. My friend was able to contact her dentist who was familiar with the Cerec procedure and said he uses it himself. Apparently the bonding was bonded to my tooth and not sufficiently to the crown itself so he rebonded it. Upon returning to my home five days later I went to see my dentist and told him what had happened. He said he would redo the whole thing. After reading the very informative information provided on you website, I realize my dentist is probably not as experiened in this procedure as is necessary. The present crown is a bit longer than my other front tooth and the color is lighter also. I have another appointment with my dentist to discuss this whole situation before any further work is done. My main concern now is since the crown was rebonded by my friend’s dentist and is probably permanent, what risks might I be facing to other teeth if and w! hen the crown is removed and the procedure is repeated. I am now thinking of having the regular procedure of making a mold and temporary crown and going back for the permanent crown. I’m not even sure if I should continue with this dentist as I feel the original work was not done correctly; try to seek a refund and find another dentist or just what. I know these coments are long, but I hope you can find the time to give me your opinion. Thank you very much.
Shirley from Texas
I don’t think I can advise you what to do, not being able to see the situation myself and not knowing anything else about your dentist. But I’ll try to be helpful.
Matching a crown to a single front tooth is tough to do. Is this tooth that broke one of your two front teeth? If so, it’s not surprising that the color is off. Usually it takes a lot of back and forth and custom coloration to match a single front tooth. Now a CEREC crown is milled from a single block of ceramic that comes from the factory. To match this factory shade to your front tooth, it would have to be custom stained and would take quite a bit of skill. I know of dentists who have CEREC machines but don’t use them for single crowns on front teeth. Others are artistic enough to pull this off. Is your dentist capable of this? I don’t know. It doesn’t inspire confidence that the crown wasn’t bonded properly in the first place, and that both the shape and color are off. But it is nice that he is offering to redo it for free. Sort of makes me think that he’s honest and a nice guy, but maybe in a little over his head. But I could be wrong in that – I’m just trying to figure things out based on what you’re telling me.
I would be inclined to get a second opinion from one of our expert cosmetic dentists in Texas.
– Dr. Hall