I went for years grinding my teeth without any intervention or knowledge that it was happening. I moved to a new city, which meant a new dentist. He was the one who told me about the grinding. I would explain why my jaw always hurt. I am wearing a night guard now, but he also suggested a full-mouth reconstruction. I was a bit nervous about that because I have a very sensitive mouth. I once had Zoom Whitening done and it was absolute agony. I did (and do) trust this dentist so I went ahead with the reconstruction. He’s finished the first half, which is the bottom arch. While it does make that part of my smile look much better, it almost looks too perfect. I liked the quirky look of my old smile. Plus, like the Zoom, the procedure was agony for me. I’m no longer hurting, since he did the first half and I’m wondering now if it is necessary to finish. There is a color difference wtih my bottom teeth being whiter. If Zoom weren’t such a painful experience for me I’d just do that. Do you have an opinion?
You’ll need to bear in mind that I haven’t examined you, nor have I seen any x-rays. I can give you some generalities. I am not usually one to recommend half of a full-mouth reconstruction. In general, restorative material is harder on your teeth than natural tooth structure. That could cause a problem with your upper teeth, including increased sensitivity–something you definitely don’t need.
If not having the quirkiness bothers you, there is an easy solution for that. Most cosmetic patients want the perfect smile look. My feeling is your dentist and his ceramist would LOVE the opportunity to be more creative and add some quirkiness. You mentioned having some pain with the reconstruction. If the numbing medication isn’t working it is likely because with your sensitive teeth you have had enough bad experiences to give you dental anxiety. There is something about how the anxeity affects your body chemistry that causes it to interfere with the effectiveness of your medication. Oten, doing something as simple as using nitrous oxide before the procedure starts will relax you enough to enable the numbing medication to do its job.
All of that being said, if you feel the first half of your reconstruction has served the purpose you needed and all you truly want at this point is the whitening, you don’t have to use Zoom Whitening, which can be a tad strong for people with sensitive teeth. Instead, you can do home whitening trays. You will wear the gel at your convenience for as long as you can comfortably tolerate. You may find that a better solution for you. There are a variety of teeth whitening options.
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