Today it has been 4 months later & that same veneer fell off while chewing a pancake. I felt the same intolerable sensitivity again. I asked the dentist why this happened when he said it would last 10 years? He replied because your bite is off so now we need to make it a full porcelain crown. I really don’t want to ruin my healthy natural tooth. Is it normal for the underlying tooth to be extremely painful w/the veneer falls off & should I be concerned about proceeding to a crown? He claims to have 1 year training in a cosmetic dentistry course & has 5 years experience in general dentistry. Please help I’m so stressed & afraid to bite w/the other front teeth.
(Note – I asked Kelly to tell me the name of her dentist so I could do a little research on him, but I won’t mention the name here.)
He says that the veneer came off because your bite was off on that tooth. Now I can’t tell you anything about your bite from here, but the explanation doesn’t fully cut it, especially since it came off a second time after he adjusted your bite.
A properly bonded porcelain veneer will chip or crack before it will pop off. So there had to be something not quite right with the bonding. And then re-bonding a porcelain veneer is advanced cosmetic dentistry and I’m skeptical, after researching his credentials, that your dentist has the training to do that.
If you have the veneer, it should be a fairly straightforward and quick procedure for a dentist who knows what he or she is doing to rebond it. I can recommend someone close to you who can do this for you. Don’t let him turn this into a porcelain crown—that is way more aggressive than you need.
On the sensitivity, that doesn’t surprise me. Your dentist may have prepared your tooth deeper than usual, which leaves you with exposed dentin when your porcelain veneer falls off, which would make it quite sensitive. But even a tooth with a shallow veneer preparation can in some patients be quite sensitive.
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Dr. David A. Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does advanced internet marketing for dentists.
Jamie S says
Sounds like it’s time to move and found a more experienced cosmetic dentist!