Here’s the thing. About twelve years ago I had crowns placed on all my front teeth as a cosmetic solution. Looking back, I wish I’d had porcelain veneers done, but hindsight is 20/20. Now one of them started wiggling. I had it checked out. He said it’s picked up decay at the edges and needs to be replaced. My dentist said I’ll need to replace them all in order for them to match. Is that really necessary?
Elle J. – Colorado
Are you positive this dentist is a cosmetic dentist? My guess is he isn’t. Is this the same dentist who placed crowns instead of porcelain veneers?
To answer your question, no, you don’t have to replace all the crowns for them to match—not if you have a decent cosmetic dentist. They will definitely be able to match a single crown to the rest of your teeth.
If your dentist can’t, find a better one. However, that being said, you may want to consider replacing all of the crowns for a different reason. You’ve had them for twelve years. While they may last for several more, and could last even longer, it’s likely if one is failing the others will too. Replacing them all at once will keep you from having to go to the dentist’s office over and over again as they fail one at a time.
Truthfully, the choice is yours.
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