I thought I was going to get porcelain veneers until I got to my 3rd consultation with a dentist. The first 2 dentists I saw agreed that after I have a few cavities filled, I would be good to go for veneers. Yesterday I went for my 3rd consultation and the dentist said I have 3 teeth that are badly decayed. He told me if I chose veneers they wouldn’t look good nor would they last long. He doesn’t think it’s a good idea to just cover up the badly decayed teeth with veneers. He also said that he would only do crowns on me. If I insist on veneers he would ask me to see another dentist. Now I’m not sure if my first two consultations gave me good advice or if I really need crowns. Ezra
Ezra – Although x-rays can help detect cavities, it’s difficult to determine the amount of tooth decay. When the tooth is prepared for restoration and the dentist opens the area to clean out the decay, he or she might find some surprises as to the extent of decay. In that case, porcelain crowns might be recommended instead of veneers. But the decay has to be correctly assessed and treated before you can receive porcelain veneers or crowns.
Dentists decide different treatment based on their experience and judgement. Some dentists will fill the cavities with dental composite, while others recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth from further damage.
Although you’ve already spoken with three dentists, at this point it’s best to get another opinion from an accredited cosmetic dentist. An accredited dentist has passed a series of tests and exams, and submitted actual patient cases as proof of his or her skill.
After an examination and a review of your x-rays, a skilled cosmetic dentist can determine if porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns are best to restore your smile.
This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.