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Old 12-31-2007, 11:06 AM   #1
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Dentist Shaved My Teeth Down Unnecessarily

Hello,
I recently had four molars filled on the back lower left side of my mouth. One filling was too high, so I went in to have it sanded down. While he was working, I mentioned to the dentist that the other three fillings felt a little rough and there was a sharp spot in one place. He then proceeded to sand down both the fillings AND the points of three of my teeth.

There was no medical reason for him to sand the points of my teeth, and he did not ask my permission to do so. Now I get very little contact between my upper and lower teeth; this is uncomfortable and nervewracking.

When I went back to the dentist, he treated me as if I were being paranoid. He claimed he sanded very little of my enamel down-- but he couldn't give me a good reason as to why he had done so in the first place.

What can I do? I would like to have my bite back to normal (or close to it) but I am afraid of having someone just make it worse in some other way. I feel like what this dentist did was, at the least, unethical, if not illegal. I would like him to be held accountable, but I am unsure as to how I should proceed.

Any advice about any of this would wonderful, ie coping strategies (I'm really freaking out), ways to fix it (2nd opinion, dental, orthodontic, etc.). legal strategies.

Thank you all,
Jeremy

 
Old 12-31-2007, 01:16 PM   #2
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Re: Dentist Shaved My Teeth Down Unnecessarily

Hi Jeremyscott,

If I were you, I would visit an orthodontist (An orthodontist is a dental specialist who works to prevent or correct misaligned teeth and jaws) they would be able to tell you what/why the dentist did what he did (although, like you I would not be pleased by the dentist shaving uneccesarily. My dentist suggested shaving mine so they would be flat as well....when are these guys gonna learn that natural teeth are not supposed to look like veneers anyway? LOL). But...in any case the orthodontist will be able to tell you the best way to get your bite in proper shape, what caused it and what your options are. If nothing else, switch your dentist and never be afraid to get 2nd and third opinions. Many times dentists are FAR more concerned with cosmetic looks than they are the proper functions of your teeth/bite. Besides, any dentist that is gonna give you attitude for asking questions about your mouth and taking it upon himself to perform any procedure is NOT good. Hope this helps.....

 
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:41 PM   #3
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Re: Dentist Shaved My Teeth Down Unnecessarily

Chomper,
Thanks for the timely and sober advice. I was planning on just seeing another general dentist about the misalignment, but I think you are right about seeing an orthodontist. But then again, it's New Years Eve, so maybe I'll get lucky and some drunken brawler will knock my teeth out for me and then I can just get some new ones. (kidding, I'm kidding).
Thanks again for the advice, and
Happy New Year!
Jeremy

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Old 01-05-2008, 08:17 AM   #4
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Re: Dentist Shaved My Teeth Down Unnecessarily

I think the Orthodontist is probably the best bet as well. I had a crown put on two years ago that has always been uncomfortable but 3 dentists have not given me any satisfaction as to the problem. Two of them also "adjusted" or shaved on different teeth. I finally went to an orthodontist who said that my bite was "way off". I feel due to all the adjustments. Evidentally my jaw is coming out of the socket when eating in order to avoid the discomfort of biting on the crown and how my teeth now fit. His suggestion is braces and then perhaps jaw surgery. Amazing how having one little crown has led to so much. Not just the discomfort but the money!! It is driving me nuts - am also thinking maybe pull and start with some new teeth. Would eliminate "deep pockets", fillings that need to be redone, and, and. Good luck to you!

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Hello,
I recently had four molars filled on the back lower left side of my mouth. One filling was too high, so I went in to have it sanded down. While he was working, I mentioned to the dentist that the other three fillings felt a little rough and there was a sharp spot in one place. He then proceeded to sand down both the fillings AND the points of three of my teeth.

There was no medical reason for him to sand the points of my teeth, and he did not ask my permission to do so. Now I get very little contact between my upper and lower teeth; this is uncomfortable and nervewracking.

When I went back to the dentist, he treated me as if I were being paranoid. He claimed he sanded very little of my enamel down-- but he couldn't give me a good reason as to why he had done so in the first place.

What can I do? I would like to have my bite back to normal (or close to it) but I am afraid of having someone just make it worse in some other way. I feel like what this dentist did was, at the least, unethical, if not illegal. I would like him to be held accountable, but I am unsure as to how I should proceed.

Any advice about any of this would wonderful, ie coping strategies (I'm really freaking out), ways to fix it (2nd opinion, dental, orthodontic, etc.). legal strategies.

Thank you all,
Jeremy

Last edited by annaluisa; 01-05-2008 at 08:22 AM.

 
Old 01-05-2008, 09:01 AM   #5
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Re: Dentist Shaved My Teeth Down Unnecessarily

Well I am sorry for your discomfort but you did ask him to fix a problem you were having and you expected him to do whatever it took to fix it....so I doubt you can now say he did it wrong unless you can prove he did this wrong. You would have to go to other dentists and ask them how they would proceed with such a request then get them to be willing to testify in a court of law....it just isn't going to happen. Why not just wait and see if you can get use to this and if not then go to another dentist for a second opinion. If you don't know any dentists then it is hard to say who is good and who isn't good. Good luck.

 
Old 01-06-2008, 01:42 AM   #6
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Re: Dentist Shaved My Teeth Down Unnecessarily

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Hello,
I recently had four molars filled on the back lower left side of my mouth. One filling was too high, so I went in to have it sanded down. While he was working, I mentioned to the dentist that the other three fillings felt a little rough and there was a sharp spot in one place. He then proceeded to sand down both the fillings AND the points of three of my teeth.

There was no medical reason for him to sand the points of my teeth, and he did not ask my permission to do so. Now I get very little contact between my upper and lower teeth; this is uncomfortable and nervewracking.

When I went back to the dentist, he treated me as if I were being paranoid. He claimed he sanded very little of my enamel down-- but he couldn't give me a good reason as to why he had done so in the first place.

What can I do? I would like to have my bite back to normal (or close to it) but I am afraid of having someone just make it worse in some other way. I feel like what this dentist did was, at the least, unethical, if not illegal. I would like him to be held accountable, but I am unsure as to how I should proceed.

Any advice about any of this would wonderful, ie coping strategies (I'm really freaking out), ways to fix it (2nd opinion, dental, orthodontic, etc.). legal strategies.

Thank you all,
Jeremy
Report the dentist to your state Dental Board. Make sur you provide all documentation and a full account of what happened. Medical and Dental Boards are not that efficient, which is a shame because they are suppose to protect the patient.

Also, your state should have its own dental association or society. They sometimes mediate between a patient and dentist.

You can also contact a malpractice attorney.

 
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