I’m not sure what to do at this point. I’ve had a crown for just a few months. It’s been nothing but trouble from the beginning. My dentist adjusted it several times because it’s been so painful. But, a piece broke off. I’ve been tired of dealing with this dentist so I decided to go to an emergency dentist. He did get me in fairly quickly which was nice, but then said he wouldn’t repair the crown. He is, however, willing to replace it. How lovely. He’s willing for me to spend a ton of money I’ve already spent. Is this legit?
It’s hard to say with certainty if the crown needs replacing or not without examining it. However, you mentioned it broke. Sometimes that can be repaired and sometimes it cannot. If you’re concerned the emergency dentist is taking advantage of you it may be worth it to get a second opinion. Some dentists will even give you a free second opinion.
I’m sorry you’ve had so many problems with the dentists you’ve been to visit. That’s not typical. One bad apple, maybe, but two in a row would be unusual. If it does need to be replaced, you’d be within your rights to ask for a refund. You haven’t had the crown long enough to even justify a minimum of usage.
You’re not bound to either dentist. I’m not sure why your first dentist had so much trouble with your crown.
If you’re in need of finding a new dentist, look on the mynewsmile.com website. They list out dentists by area. Additionally, the dentists are highly skilled. They can’t just pay to be listed on the site. Instead, they have to demonstrate both technical skill and artistry. So, they’d make fantastic cosmetic dentists as well.
I always recommend when patients are looking for a new dentist to determine what type of services they’re looking for in the long run. If you just need general dentistry services, any nice family dentist will do who does good work and has a pleasant chairside manner.
However, if you’re interested in other more specialized skills, such as a smile makeover with porcelain veneers, then choosing a dentist with incredible cosmetic skills is a must. In that case, look for a dentist who is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
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