My 10 year old broke half of her front tooth. Our dentist made a composite for it, but said she’ll not be able to use her front tooth to eat for several months. I’ve had composites done before at my retired dentists and it was ready quickly. Do you know what the problem is for this one?
Janice in Connecticut
No, it doesn’t make sense to me. Either the tooth is strong enough to eat on or it isn’t. I can’t imagine what your dentist thinks will happen to the composite in the next few months. However, I would never advise going against the instructions of your dentist. Maybe he or she knows they didn’t make it very strong, though I’m not sure how several months will fix that. The best repair for this would have been to glue on the broken piece with bonding technology. Your dentist would have to be familiar with advanced bonding techniques. I’m guessing your current one isn’t.
My recommendation is once your daughter is around 12-14 years, go to an expert cosmetic dentist and have an all porcelain crown put on that front tooth. I want to stress expert cosmetic dentist, because they will have to match the adjacent front teeth. This is very difficult to do and requires color mapping. Not many dentists are capable. If you’re not sure how to locate an expert cosmetic dentist, you can go to the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend cosmetic dentists in each state that have the training, skill, and artistry you’d need. I see there are some for Connecticut when I look on there. It is not easy to get recommended on that site. Dr. Chal is and he had to demonstrate his training qualifications as well as show the results of his work to make sure they were artistic enough. You’ll be safe with a dentist on that site.
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