Can a Dental Bonding Technique Give My Mom Teeth Again?
I’m kind of at a loss for words here, but I’m basically wondering if there is dental bonding technique or something else along those lines that can help my mom right now. She’s getting up there in age and doesn’t always think about things, or rather, she’s inherently trusting of any kind of physician. This past week, she went into a new dental office just for a check up, and the guy told her she needed a bunch of crowns done across her front teeth due to “excessive wear.” Let me be clear. My mom is 73. Her teeth are going to be worn down and I have no idea what this guy was thinking by putting her through this crazy procedure. But that’s not even the worst part. He left her with no teeth. He shaved them all down and left her with pointy little pegs. She can’t eat. Her mouth is sore all the time. She says it sometimes even hurts to breathe. I called up the office and they said that they sometimes make temporaries, but that they tend to fall off, and they were worried about them being a choking hazard for her, so they didn’t do them. I don’t know if I even want her to go back, but they’ve already charged her several thousand dollars and they say her teeth are already on order.
What are our options here? Can I take her somewhere else to fix the work or do we have to go back to this place? If we have to go back, isn’t there something they can do in the meantime to give her some teeth that won’t come off?
Oftentimes, there is a dental bonding technique that will work in situations like this, but it’s a little unclear what your mom had done. It sounds like maybe she had crowns made, in which case the temporaries have to wrap around the whole tooth. With it being front teeth, you may be looking at something made in the dental office or something they’d have in stock for situations like this. They do sometimes come off because they don’t want them on so firm that they damage the teeth or cause discomfort when they’re being removed. It seems a little odd that they’d consider them a choking hazard, though. People do sometimes swallow crowns and they generally pass right through, like food does. Although it’s theoretically possible she could choke, it’s not likely at all.
It’s more than a little odd they didn’t offer to give her any temporaries, and it’s twice as concerning that they aren’t doing anything to make her more comfortable now. It’s worth having this checked out by another dentist. Depending on how close-knit your city is, you may want to take your mom a little further away, so you can be sure you’re getting an unbiased opinion on what’s happening here.
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