I had a tooth with composite bonding chip on me. Unfortunately, my long-time dentist retired and his replacement indicated a need for veneers. Then, when he learned my I had fillings, he said crowns were my only option. I know nothing about dentistry, so I had no reason to question him or feel the need for a second opinion. The end result was several porcelain crowns on my front teeth which all look awful. The color of the front two teeth is grayer than others and fail to blend in with the other crowns. Is there anything I can do?
Unfortunately, your options are limited to having at least the front two crowns re-done. Your dentist should do this without charging you if he or she cares enough about his work and your satisfaction. However, you should insist on a try-in before any bonding takes place. You should also be sure to look closely at the crowns before bonding or cementing takes place. The try-in should be done with a clear paste. This will prevent a false indication of the final color by helping to relay the color of the natural teeth through the porcelain in the crowns. It seems like the dentist may have little experience in cosmetic dentistry, therefore he or she is unlikely to have try-in pastes. If this is the case, clear glycerin, or a clear water-soluble gel will work.
If the dentist is not willing to do this or gives you any opposition, I would find an experienced cosmetic dentist.
This article is brought to you by Colorado cosmetic dentist, Dr. Joseph Rota.