After getting my teeth whitened, I noticed that my porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns looked unnatural. I looked into replacing the four of them with more natural looking porcelain, but was unable to find a dentist willing to work with me. One cosmetic dentist wanted to do 8 crowns, not the four like I wanted. Also, all the places I looked were too expensive, so I ended up going to my general dentist. Now, my crowns are off-color and my mouth will not even close all the way. I’m angry at my dentist for thinking this quality was acceptable, but I’m more angry at myself for letting myself get such poor quality work.
Is there anything left I can try? Or is it too late, and I’m stuck with jaw pain and bad crowns forever?
Gregory from Kansas City, KS
Unfortunately, crowns do not bleach, and your dentist that did the whitening should have informed you of that. They should have tried to match your bleaching to your crowns, otherwise the bleaching would make them more noticeable.
It is understandable why you would want to replace your porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. While these crowns are functional, they are not aesthetically pleasing in the least.
However, you found out the hard way that there is no such thing as cheap cosmetic dentistry. You either pay for high quality, or opt for a cheaper dentist, which may cost you more in the long run. Also, it is usually always better to see a qualified cosmetic dentist than to get cosmetic work from a general dentist.
You will need to see a dentist sooner as opposed to later. Your jaw not closing due to the crowns is a serious problem, and can lead to TMJ disorder if not rectified.
As far as 4 crowns vs. 8 crowns, sometimes dentists are stubborn. The dentist that recommended 8 is used to doing 8 crowns, and felt it would turn out better than if he or she did 4 crowns. It’s understandable that you would not want to pay for the extra crowns if there was nothing wrong with your teeth. Try to put your past frustrations behind you and seek out a new cosmetic dentist, one willing to make you the crowns you want, and fix the damage that has been done without breaking the bank.
This blog post is brought to you by Colorado Springs TMJ specialist, Dr. Joseph Rota, of Rota Advanced Dental Care.