I’m disappointed about needing to leave my holistic dentist due to an issue with a dental crown. She replaced my porcelain fused-to-metal crown with a CEREC crown she made in her office. The dentist cemented the crown before checking it for fit and bite. It felt off when she checked my bite, so she sanded the crown and said it should feel better. But it doesn’t feel better.
I returned to the office the following week, and the dentist said the crown was hitting the opposing upper teeth too far, so she sanded the tooth. Then, she sanded my front center teeth for further bite correction. My bite was still off, so the dentist referred me to an orthodontist. I don’t need an orthodontist. When I checked out, I did not reschedule.
Last week, I saw another dentist (not a holistic dentist) for a second opinion. That dentist said I needed a new crown and possibly an orthodontist. I don’t know who to trust, but I want my money back for the crown. Doing nothing about the crown or my bite is not an option, but I don’t know what to do. Could I really need braces? – Thanks. Valentina from IL
Although few dentists are completely holistic in their treatment philosophy, you can find dentists willing to accommodate your holistic concerns. The best option is to find a dentist with advanced training in occlusion and bite who is willing to meet your holistic preferences.
Your description of your dentist’s care violates the standard of care. Correcting your bite may take much dental work and perhaps orthodontic treatment.
Although your dentist made the new crown with CAD/CAM technology, your dentist’s technique—not the technology—was at fault. Crowns made with CAD/CAM technology are biocompatible and should fit precisely.
We recommend finding a highly skilled dentist for a third opinion but ensure the dentist has post-graduate occlusion and bite training. You compare this dentist’s findings with the second-opinion dentist to help you feel comfortable about treatment recommendations.