One of my veneers hurts


I’ve had 8 porcelain veneers since May 2014. For the past 2 months or so, I’ve been feeling pain in one of the veneered teeth. I’ve had a dental appointment about it, and my dentist says that he doesn’t see a problem. What could be going on? Marci

Marci – The problem with the tooth can be due to a change in your bite. It is also possible that there is a problem with the tooth itself.

The pulp in the tooth may be infected and irritated. A closer examination is needed, and a diagnostic study—an x-ray may be required to identify the problem.

If necessary, the veneer can be removed and re-made. An infected tooth is addressed by a root canal treatment.

Ask your dentist to take another look at your tooth. You can also choose to receive a second opinion from another dentist. He or she will need to examine your tooth and perhaps perform an x-ray to identify the cause of the pain.


This post is sponsored by Lowell accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.

Can I get a mini implant for a missing molar that never grew in?


I have a top left molar that never grew in. If I smile wide enough you can see that it’s gone. What I am really concerned about though is that my teeth are starting to move because of the empty space. I read online about implants and cheaper mini implants. Can I get a mini implant for a molar? Esteban

Esteban – There is significant force on molar teeth from biting and chewing. These teeth are noticeable wider, longer, and stronger than other teeth because of the daily force they are under. A mini implant is smaller and weaker than a standard implant. Using a small implant for a large tooth is not a wise move.

You should first see an orthodontist to determine how much your teeth have shifted and what needs to be done to correct them. The sooner you seek orthodontic treatment, the shorter your treatment period will be.

After your teeth are aligned, a standard implant can be used to replace the molar. After your jawbone fuses with the implant, a dental crown will be secured to the implant.  The steps we’ve described are the healthiest and safest way to protect your oral health.

This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.