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Old 11-12-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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What should I do? (front teeth issues)

I've always had too many teeth in my mouth, but as a child my parents couldn't afford braces. At around twelve, a friend's little sister sitting on my lap when she bucked her and head collided with one of my permanent front teeth. It broke it in half and over the following week I went to the dentist and had to get a root canal and get the bottom half of the tooth replaced. The top half is still real, but it's just 'dead.' Now, as an adult I am self conscious about how much darker the top of that front tooth is. It looks even worse each time I get my teeth cleaned or whitened. It's almost brown compared to my eggshell teeth. I once asked my dentist what could be done
about it, but since I was in my 20's she tried her best to convince me to get braces first and correct the problem later when my teeth were 'straight.' I'm older now, and I still just can't afford the time or money for braces...I'm in the market for professional jobs as well as dating so I really don't want a mouth full of metal. I can deal with crooked bottom teeth...I just want something done about that one top tooth that bucks out a little and is discolored...the rest of my top teeth look fine.

Long story I have any options? Could I get it shaved down and have a veneer put over it? Could I have it pulled and have a full false tooth? Have it and the smaller tooth to it's right pulled and get a partial put in?

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Old 11-12-2012, 04:55 PM   #2
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Re: What should I do? (front teeth issues)

hi my two upper front teeth overlapped and I had them crowned and it straightened them out I don't know if that's an option for you, Cathy

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:44 PM   #3
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Re: What should I do? (front teeth issues)

For your situation, I would also go with a crown. There are more bad stories than good stories regarding veneers. A crown would definitely be more durable in the long run.

Having it pulled and getting an implant is also an option. But if the tooth is strong enough, I strongly advice against this. At the end of the day, there's no better substitution than your natural teeth!

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Old 11-13-2012, 08:31 AM   #4
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Re: What should I do? (front teeth issues)

no34evr, that's exactly how I would describe my front overlaps the other.

Thanks both of you for the advice! So it seems a crown is my best option? I'll be sure to bring it up to my dentist at my next visit. I hope it's affordable!

Old 11-13-2012, 09:13 PM   #5
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Re: What should I do? (front teeth issues)

A veneer is good for a tooth that has had some damage - not larger like you have (with a root canal procedure). Both procedures will grind down your tooth - so what's left of your tooth will be reduced. Both a veneer and a crown can be fitted to correct any overlap issues as well as match the color of your teeth. To do this, make sure you go to a GOOD cosmetic dentist. Some dentists advertise themselves as "cosmetic" but one doesn't necessarily take more classes to get this "title". A good cosmetic dentists works with you, your teeth and your goals to get the best possible result. And if you don't like it, he/she should be willing to work with you to help fix it.

What I wrote above is why there are horror stories about veneers. Dentists worry more about fixing the teeth than actual aesthetic result.

I have a veneer and it's ever so slightly off (maybe 0.5 mm). My dentist is willing to shave some of it and polish it as much as possible to make it work - and if I'm still unhappy, she will replace it. Given it's so minor, I think replacement is too extreme, but it's nice to know she's willing to do this.

But going back to your situation, a crown is probably better than a veneer. I had a far smaller chip in my tooth, but bonding just never worked. So the veneer was a good option for me. A crown is best for you - but again, make sure you have a dentist will to work with you on this. After all, it's a front tooth and it has to look good.

Good luck!

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