Dr. Katz, last question for today (!).... first, yes, I do have 3 crowns, on the #7, 8, and 9, and the surrounding teeth have veneers (from the canines inward). My #8 was damaged quite a bit in the Army, and the the #7 looked like 3/4 of a tooth as well, so he opted for 3 crowns and 3 veneers. Yes, the veneers do look much larger than expected. I really never expected them to be so large though...they clearly look to big, still, for my mouth...I am actually wondering if he is just doing the best he knows, thus my appt with another dentist (for my own sanity) next week....I need to ask if I can actually have these looking smaller, so I'm going for a $233 dollar consult...yep, crazy, but I need to do this before I go to the final stages with my current dentist. I feel bad, as he has been my dentist for 5 years, but I feel the lack of communication could've been prevented, which I am at fault as well. So, my question (finally) is, am I wrong to think it would be practical to switch dentists if I'm not happy with the final delivery (before final cementing)? I hope I like them, but if not, I have to have a back-up plan. I would even pay a portion of the lab cost, but feel he did not have my best interest in mind when ordering the last set, or in overall planning - it was just too quick from my vantage point. Wow, hindsight is 20/20. THanks again for the education on this...much appreciated.
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 48
Welcome to Justanswer.I will do my best to answer your question.I am not a great typist,be patient and feel free to ask if anything is unclear.I think $233 for a consultation is overpriced if you already have your own xrays.It really should not take more than 15 minutes to assess your situation.Personally,I would ditch the veneers and have crowns done.Crowns are more versatile,they are stronger,they can be shaped any way that you want,they are protective and if you take good care of your teeth,they could last you 40 years.Veneers are just a shell glued to the front of your tooth.They can sheer off,they can leak,they are usually a little bulky.If you are going to do it over..do it right.Forget the veneers.I see too many people come to my office from other offices that have placed veneers, in a panic because they either break or fall off.There is very little you can do temporarily for them when they fracture unless you have special temporaries as spares.Crowns can be made as small and flat as you like because the prep allows lots of leeway.
Dentist and Anesthesiologist for 33 years