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Old 01-24-2011, 05:45 PM   #1
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Dentist Filing Teeth Down

This is exactly what I have been looking for! I recently switched dentists, and he immedatley want to give me a bite adjustment. Is it the new trend for them? I have never officially been daignosed with tmj, only hinted around that i could have it... so I dont know what to do here. I have read so many stories like this one that i'm terrified of calling them to set up a consultation so I can ask how it will help. the pain is on the right side, so he wants to file away on the left side, but wouldn't that put more pressure on the right side and cause more pain?

 
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Hello, I have been searching for months fro someone with the exact same problem I have. This is exactly what I am going through right now and I would love your response even though I realize this post is very old. Please respond if you get this.

 
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I have been going thrugh this for the past 2 months ever since my old dentist put in 5 filings in my top teeth they have felt off.. I went back about 4 times to have her adjust them and she ended up filing off too much of the filings on the left so it left my bite lopsided. I went to another dentist and she is currently trying to fix my bite but Im worried it will never be fixed...

 
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I have been going thrugh this for the past 2 months ever since my old dentist put in 5 filings in my top teeth they have felt off.. I went back about 4 times to have her adjust them and she ended up filing off too much of the filings on the left so it left my bite lopsided. I went to another dentist and she is currently trying to fix my bite but Im worried it will never be fixed...
I had the EXACT same thing happen to me Haley and it is just AWFUL. I opted to skip more bite adjustments and go straight into braces to fix my bite. I have only had them on for a week. Do you have any spaces in your teeth or crooked teeth?? If so you may want to get braces first before you get any more adjusting if any at all. I'm not a doctor or anything but I am going through it myself and I wish you all the best. Although I really don't have any advice to offer please know that I know what u are going through and I am here for you! I too am worried that the adjustments have caused permanent damage, but I cannot go backwards in time at this point and fix that, I can only move forward as frustrating and confusing as it is!!!!!

 
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Its horrible isn't it! I love my new dentist.. she is so patient with me with all of my questions and keeps reassuring me everything will get better.. I just had another appointment with her today and she did a bite test on my teeth with a very thin piece of paper. She said I was def hitting harder on my right side.. more than my left (the side with filings) so she said why don't we try putting this glossy sealent type stuff they usually put on after completing the filings and see if that might help. She put it on and instantly it felt so much better! She did tell me it wears down but for right now I feel okay with it.. still not perfectly even but def a lot better! I have another app with her next week for her to check my bite again.. I had braces in the past but developed a few spaces in my top teeth from not wearing my retainer :/ She mentioned I would benefit from getting braces again but she says lets try and get your bite adjusted first. Its nice to know Im not alone in dealing with these bite issues

 
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Its horrible isn't it! I love my new dentist.. she is so patient with me with all of my questions and keeps reassuring me everything will get better.. I just had another appointment with her today and she did a bite test on my teeth with a very thin piece of paper. She said I was def hitting harder on my right side.. more than my left (the side with filings) so she said why don't we try putting this glossy sealent type stuff they usually put on after completing the filings and see if that might help. She put it on and instantly it felt so much better! She did tell me it wears down but for right now I feel okay with it.. still not perfectly even but def a lot better! I have another app with her next week for her to check my bite again.. I had braces in the past but developed a few spaces in my top teeth from not wearing my retainer :/ She mentioned I would benefit from getting braces again but she says lets try and get your bite adjusted first. Its nice to know Im not alone in dealing with these bite issues
I am so relived to know that you are getting to feeling better. My ordeal went on and on for over a year. I went back to my dentist about 4 times trying to get him to adjust the bite to no avail. He recommended I wear an NTI which is a special bite splint. It sits on the front teeth allowing the jaw and molars to settle in their correct position. Well, I ended up saying no to that and switching to another dentist. EXACT same problem you had where teeth came together harder on the right because of a bunch of fillings at the first dentist. She checked with the paper and said the fillings needed to be ground down a bit. Well that didn't work because after that my teeth made these awful squeeking noises and food would get stuck in the fillings!! So now I went and got braces with an orthodontist. Even though my dentist is licensed to do braces, I chose to go with an actual orthodontist because they have an extra 2 yrs of schooling. My only regret is that I should have gotten the braces sooner and not let the dentist grind on my teeth but like I said in my last post I can't go back in time and change it now. You know the saying "Woulda Coulda Shoulda" I will let you know how the braces are coming along. I hope for you the painting the glossy stuff on was enough and you are fine now. What I have realized through all this is that the teeth are SO important to a person's health and well being! They are such a delicate complex system and if one thing is off it throws everything completely out of wack. Feel free to check in with me any time. I truly do CARE!!!!

 
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Hello, I woke up this morning and my right side still feels like im hitting harder than the left.. its awful I feel so lopsided when I bite down... I have another app with my dentist on wed and she was talking about if she was gonna start grinding down the right said she would need to make a model of my teeth to look at before she grinds anything else down.. She specializes in how people bite so I feel pretty confident with her.. I am so mad that this happened to me.. I wish I could go back in time and just leave the filings how they are cause now my mouth feels worse.. My dentist told me Im a candidate to go back into braces but but wants to fix my bite first... Did your orthodontist say having braces will fix your bite being lopsided?

 
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Hello, I woke up this morning and my right side still feels like im hitting harder than the left.. its awful I feel so lopsided when I bite down... I have another app with my dentist on wed and she was talking about if she was gonna start grinding down the right said she would need to make a model of my teeth to look at before she grinds anything else down.. She specializes in how people bite so I feel pretty confident with her.. I am so mad that this happened to me.. I wish I could go back in time and just leave the filings how they are cause now my mouth feels worse.. My dentist told me Im a candidate to go back into braces but but wants to fix my bite first... Did your orthodontist say having braces will fix your bite being lopsided?
I am sorry to hear that you are still feeling lopsided and let me tell you first that I totally believe you and this is the most annoying feeling ever. I believe your dentist is right about taking a model. I went for a third opinion at a dentist who prescribed the exact same thing, taking a model doing the grinding and then if that didn't work, proceed to braces. So I asked him if I could go right into braces and he said yes but usually grinding is the first step. SO I went to the orthodontist who said some of my molars and eye teeth are rotated. He wants to get them straightened out and then in a few months I will get rubber bands put on to pull my molars down and together correctly. Why I chose not to do the grinding is because I had already been adjusted so many times I thought "Gee how much enamel do I have left??" So to answer your question, yes my ortho believes he can get my bite level again. But you should take your questions to an ortho and get a free consultation. They will be able to advise you, I have no credentials to do so. They can tell you which way to turn. Although I know you feel that this is all so baffling and you have no clue where to turn there are answers out there. Another option is waiting for the teeth to "settle" (but waiting it out can cause other problems). After a year or so the teeth will level on their own I was told by another orthodontist. This didn't work for me. But the free consultation with an ortho couldn't hurt. Again don't hesitate to post as much as you need to. I know this is hard. It kept me up at night, affected my marriage, and even made me very sad. I can assure you that if you pray every night for God to give you direction he will. I don't know if you are a person of faith but if you are try to use your faith at this time. I am here anytime you need to talk.

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Old 03-18-2011, 03:11 PM   #9
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I really do appreciate you replying to me.. I think I am making my mom, bf and friends crazy because all I do is talk about it...One thing I don't understand is why cant the dentist just re do the fillings on the upper left (Since its the right that feels more like my natural bite) and raise my bite up on the left.. I asked her and she said she was apprehensive because the filings I have are so small and are intact very good she doesn't want to re do them just to find out it made it worse or something. As the days going on after eating something it makes it feel more even. Thats so weird to me I guess giving it a week is good because maybe it will even out a little in the week time and go back in on Wed and let her know how it feels.. I am very very scared about having any teeth filed down.. They haven't filed down a lot of my natural teeth. They filed down a veneer that was hitting hard on my upper tooth and filed a few on my left hand side.. I was also diagnosed with OCD and anxiety so I'm not sure if its making it worse than it really is.. I am so beyond confused..My dentist tells me to try and forget about it because I do spend a lot of time checking my bite during the day and that might be making it worse..

 
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I really do appreciate you replying to me.. I think I am making my mom, bf and friends crazy because all I do is talk about it...One thing I don't understand is why cant the dentist just re do the fillings on the upper left (Since its the right that feels more like my natural bite) and raise my bite up on the left.. I asked her and she said she was apprehensive because the filings I have are so small and are intact very good she doesn't want to re do them just to find out it made it worse or something. As the days going on after eating something it makes it feel more even. Thats so weird to me I guess giving it a week is good because maybe it will even out a little in the week time and go back in on Wed and let her know how it feels.. I am very very scared about having any teeth filed down.. They haven't filed down a lot of my natural teeth. They filed down a veneer that was hitting hard on my upper tooth and filed a few on my left hand side.. I was also diagnosed with OCD and anxiety so I'm not sure if its making it worse than it really is.. I am so beyond confused..My dentist tells me to try and forget about it because I do spend a lot of time checking my bite during the day and that might be making it worse..
I also asked if I could have my fillings redone and I was told "no we can't build teeth up with fillings only with onlays or crowns" Yep I too went on and on and on about this to everyone, my parents, husband, friends. They all thought I was making a mountain out of a mole hill. I can't tell you if this is your OCD, but what I can tell you is this really does happen to a lot of people, from reading the boards you will find tons of stories especially because of the white composite fillings. What I believe is that you are not getting the answers you need and it is leaving you feeling confused. If you get the answers and the right treatment you will feel that the issue is resolved and move on. Until then you will feel anxious because your body knows something feels off. I had to go and get a 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th opinion! I am not sure if all the decisions I have made for what treatment I chose was right. I may never know. What I do know is I just need to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward until I can put this all behind me. And for me I still have a long road ahead of me. I have another 14-16 months in braces and once the braces come off, I may need more done then but I don't know at this point. The answers are out there but the internet is unable to diagnose or treat your condition. Look for a 2nd opinion if you don't feel 100% confident in your dentist. Look for a specialist to take a look. Don't give up, I believe you will find and doctor or specialist to explain this all to you and how it can be fixed.

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Old 03-18-2011, 11:30 PM   #11
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My anxiety is getting so bad over this I had a full blown panic attack at work this evening! My next appointment with my dentist is in 5 days. She told me the next step would be to do the model of my mouth and I am fine with that... I just wish she could re do the filings on the left. My old dentist said she only filed down the filings not my original tooth structure and the filings were very small so I am hoping they might be able to re do them. The reason my dentist told me she was apprehensive was she said we try to keep composite fillings out of occlusion of the rest of your teeth so your teeth dont bang against them and cause sensitivity. I trust her judgement especially since she is experienced in bite I guess I just have to go with what she suggests. She is the 4th dentist Ive been too and the only one I fully trust and feel comfortable with. One thing that is making this harder is I went in the other day because it felt like I was hitting pretty hard against the upper left hand side when I bite down so one of the hygienist started filing down very lightly in that area and some of my front bottom teeth. (Apparently she went to school for bite) And I believe now it made it worse because not only does it feel lopsided when I bite down but not the front feels strange..My dentist told me this will be fixed but I have to have patience.. At this point Its hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel..

 
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My anxiety is getting so bad over this I had a full blown panic attack at work this evening! My next appointment with my dentist is in 5 days. She told me the next step would be to do the model of my mouth and I am fine with that... I just wish she could re do the filings on the left. My old dentist said she only filed down the filings not my original tooth structure and the filings were very small so I am hoping they might be able to re do them. The reason my dentist told me she was apprehensive was she said we try to keep composite fillings out of occlusion of the rest of your teeth so your teeth dont bang against them and cause sensitivity. I trust her judgement especially since she is experienced in bite I guess I just have to go with what she suggests. She is the 4th dentist Ive been too and the only one I fully trust and feel comfortable with. One thing that is making this harder is I went in the other day because it felt like I was hitting pretty hard against the upper left hand side when I bite down so one of the hygienist started filing down very lightly in that area and some of my front bottom teeth. (Apparently she went to school for bite) And I believe now it made it worse because not only does it feel lopsided when I bite down but not the front feels strange..My dentist told me this will be fixed but I have to have patience.. At this point Its hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel..
I agree it is very hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our teeth are so important. They are used in speech, eating, they effect the jaws and overall health and are also our smile!! And people who have never been through this do not understand!!!! So the dentist you are going to now, make sure she knows the whole story, who has filed your teeth why and when. Please know that a lot of people have this after white fillings, they are very hard to do right and if I had it to do all over again I would have gone to a real cosmetic dentist to have them done and only had 1 or 2 done at a time. I know that sometimes when getting molds and things like that done it takes a while like 10 days or longer for them to get the results. So you will have some waiting whether you go with this dentist or an orthodontist or another specialist. In the meantime talk to as many people as possible. You will find a friend or neighbor or someone who has been through something similar. I talked to a lady the other day who lost all her teeth at age 16 except the bottom front 6 teeth. She told me all about her story and it made me feel much better. She dealt with it met someone got married and has had a great life and we can too!!! If you do have OCD and that is playing into this it is probably making things much more intense. That is when you just need to have faith, that things are going to be okay. Faith is trusting that something will be that isn't YET. Look at the glass half full. You HAVE all your teeth and this can be fixed!! Think of the poor lady who lost her teeth at 16, she probably wishes she were in our shoes! You are in my thoughts Haley, and I believe you will make the right decisions and you will sort this all out. The trick is to stay optimistic and find things to keep your mind off of it between appointments. I am here and I know exactly what you are going through!

 
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I am having a hard time tonight dealing with this.. One of the teeth the lady filed down was one of my front ones and she filed behind it because my bottom tooth was banging up into it when i bite down... Now it is starting to hurt. My mind goes straight to omg what If i lose my tooth.. why is it hurting.. I wish she never filed it down but I can't go back and change it.. I am so beyond scared of whats going to happen. I wish she would just try and re fill the fillings that were filed down too low.. Ill bring that up to her again and see what she says... At this point Im willing to do anything to get this fixed.. My bite doesn't have to be perfect but I just want it to feel even on both sides...

 
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I am having a hard time tonight dealing with this.. One of the teeth the lady filed down was one of my front ones and she filed behind it because my bottom tooth was banging up into it when i bite down... Now it is starting to hurt. My mind goes straight to omg what If i lose my tooth.. why is it hurting.. I wish she never filed it down but I can't go back and change it.. I am so beyond scared of whats going to happen. I wish she would just try and re fill the fillings that were filed down too low.. Ill bring that up to her again and see what she says... At this point Im willing to do anything to get this fixed.. My bite doesn't have to be perfect but I just want it to feel even on both sides...
You said she was a hygienist who ground those teeth right? I am unclear as to why a hygienist would be able to perform a dental procedure, I thought they could only do cleanings and xrays. I would ask a dentist about that. You said you are constantly checking your bite by clenching your teeth, when I was doing this it was making my front teeth and eye tooth hurt. One time I bit down hard on a straw with my front tooth and it hurt for a week. My front bottom tooth hurts SO BAD right now from my braces! Maybe ask your dentist if she could just add some filling material to your left molars because the fillings are too low instead of completely redoing them. I understand your feeling of regret you are having over the grinding and adjusting you had done. I have this same feeling. Like I said before my fillings get food stuck in them now because they are to low. It is SUPER annoying and it only happens on those 2 teeth. My orthodontist says I can get those fixed after I get my braces off, but he said once my teeth are realigned it may not even be a problem for me anymore. Do you look at your teeth in the mirror a lot? If you do this this made my OCD much worse. Checking your bite and researching online also made my OCD much worse. Like you I have been told I may have OCD. I am the type who gets straight A's and has to have my hair and clothes perfect at all times. I have always taken really good care of my teeth that is why this is so disappointing to me. Some people don't care about their teeth, well I am not one of those people. I have been praying for you every day Haley. You will get through this!

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Hi,
I have read through this thread about your dentists wanting to grind down teeth as your bite feels incorrect, but I'm unclear as to whether you also have TMJ dysfunction.
I haven't ever had teeth grinded down, so I cannot give my opinion of grinding down teeth based on experience, but I have TMJ dysfunction and displaced discs in my TMJ. If the TMJ discs are displaced, the joints will be unstable and would cause the bite to feel wrong. There are some dentists who will grind down the teeth so that they all mesh nicely together, but they probably have no idea about the importance of the TMJ position and jaw function. These types of dentists are usually known as equilibration dentists. Really the teeth need to meet properly, and at the same time the condyle of the TMJ needs to be correctly positioned. While I still have any TMJ dysfunction and displaced discs, I would not allow any dentist to file down any of my teeth. You can treat the TMJ dysfunction with a 24/7 splint, which is what I currently have. I am also having functional orthodontics, so that eventually the splint can be removed and my lower jaw will still remain in the better position.

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