When I was nine I wiped out on my skateboard and put a chip in my left front tooth. My dentist at that time did a nice job fixing it, but now all these years later that tooth is noticeably darker than the others around it. I talked to my current dentist about this, but she says that she would not be comfortable doing a crown because the tooth is dead. She did say that she wants to refer me to a friend of hers that does cosmetic dentistry, but I am a little nervous about the cost. I’ll be paying for this procedure out of pocket, and expect that a cosmetic dentist will be a lot more expensive. I’ve always been really happy with my dentist’s work, and can’t really figure out why she seems to reluctant to do this. I mentioned Lumineers, and she said that I should discuss them with the other dentist, but that she has heard of some issues with them.
Can you shed some light on why she might be dragging her feet on this?
Zachary in South Fork
Your dentist is actually demonstrating extremely ethical behavior. Though any dentist can SAY they do cosmetic dentistry, only about 5% really have the artistic sense and training to do exceptionally beautiful work. Your dentist is telling you that this is not her area of expertise, and referring you to someone she trusts to do superior work.
Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers, and there have been some issues with them. The cosmetic dentist you talk to may like to work with them, though, so make sure you chose the dentist with care and let the dentist guide you towards the best solution. A porcelain crown may not be the best solution, as your current dentist suggests but again, the cosmetic dentist you consult will give you all the options and then let you decide what to do.
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