My wife recently had porcelain crowns on front upper teeth. At a follow-up appointment, the dentist attempted to “buff” the crowns to make the color match color of surrounding teeth. Now her color is still off and the crowns have no shiny appearance. The dental assistant who says she was present during buffing says the color is as close a match as possible with what was available and that porcelain won’t be shiny like natural teeth. Unfortunately, the dentist is not a cosmetic dentist. We are seeing him because he’s on our insurance approved list.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated-
– Charlie from Indiana
A couple of points.
First, yes, you are right, the porcelain should be shiny. But it’s worse than you think. Besides looking dull, when the dentist buffed off the glaze on the porcelain, he or she made them so that now they will stain, so they will look even worse as time goes on. But a cosmetic dentist can bring the shine back with a diamond polish.
Second, you have to decide if you just want your teeth “fixed” so they are functional, or if you want them to look nice, because if you want them to look nice, you will have to pay for it. You will not get a beautiful result from a dentist that is on any insurance company approved list. Dental insurance companies make these approved lists by finding dentists who are willing to cut corners and thus cut costs. That approach is simply incompatible with good cosmetic dentistry.
My advice would be to find a cosmetic dentist near you from our list, and have that dentist bring back the shine and make these look as good as possible. The dentist you are going to may be a good “fixer,” but does not appear to even understand the esthetic problem he or she has created.
– Dr. Hall
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About David A. Hall
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.