I had two crowns placed on front teeth. Since then, my gums have been inflamed and painful. I went to see my dentist and he couldn’t figure out what was going on. I saw a prosthodontist and she said the dentist went too deep and close to the bone. She also said it’s going to cause severe problems if I don’t have gum surgery to fix this. But, she also said it is no guarantee and there will be cosmetic damage as a result. I don’t know what to do.
I’m puzzled why your dentist couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I’m also annoyed that the prosthodontist left you feeling like you were in limbo. The only real answer is to have the gum surgery.
Go see a periodontist who can give you documentation for the dentist going too deep into the bone. He essentially caused you to get gum disease. He should take responsibility for his actions.
As for the guarantee, that’s her way of covering her back. No dentist will ever guarantee a procedure. The human body is too complex. Each person’s body responds differently.
While you may be worried about any cosmetic concerns. Truthfully, there is cosmetic damage already, which will only get worse without the treatment. Plus, as your gum disease progresses, it will cause loss of bone which will lead to you losing teeth.
Then, you’ll be looking at tooth replacement options, such as dental implants, which in your case because of the gum disease will require you to deal with the gum disease anyway, as well as an additional bone grafting procedure.
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