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Bite Not Aligned & Rapid Work Being Done

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Hello,

I have avoided going to the dentist for 10 years due to fear. My old dentist who I loved retired and I tried one new person 10 years ago and did not like them. So stopped going. Also, had a long history of dental phobias and I had a scary pediatric dentist growing up.

I finally got dental insurance and decided to overcome my fear and use the insurance while I had it. It only covers cleanings, xrays and fillings - no other work.

Went to a dentist that had good reviews. I have been wanting to get rid of all of my amalgam fillings for a long time and after this dentist's exam and xrays she concluded that all my amalgams needed to come out anyway due to their age / leaking (the lower 6 molars have had those fillings in for around 30 years and the uppers not quite that long). She also said I needed 2 new crowns and the one gold crown I already had needed to be replaced. I also wanted to get the 6 veneers I have on my front top teeth replaced as they are 23 years old and have some issues.

Since my insurance will only cover the fillings I got care credit for $12,000 to cover the 3 crowns and the 6 veneers.

Went to my 1st appointment 2 weeks ago. Had 3 lower right molars filled and replaced with the composite fillings. Found out at that time one of those 3 was very deep and now needs a ROOT CANAL and a crown. I thought I would die just hearing that...ugh!!! Things went well during that appointment and I survived.

Went to my 2nd appointment a week ago. Had the 3 lower left molars filled and replaced with composite fillings. When she was testing to see my bite adjustment it was very hard to tell how it felt and she just kept doing the carbon paper thing and filing. Also, the shots in my jaw were much worse this time. My jaw hurt for days afterward. During that visit the only thing I could tell is that my bottom front teeth were now touching the inside of my upper teeth. She didn't say anything about it. I left there and for the next 4 days I felt like my bite was off to a degree. And my top and bottom front teeth were touching inside. And I also felt some rough areas when flossing those teeth.

Went to my 3rd appointment 4 days after my second appointment to get 5 - yes FIVE fillings done on my upper right side - one which we knew ahead of time needed a crown. These shots were very tough as that is a sensitive area. Also half way through the drilling I could feel it and she had to give me 2 more shots. So while they are working on them I hear the dentist take one of the brackets off of my molar and the assistant asks if the is planning on redoing it and the dentist says yes and that she could see something (not sure what she was talking about). Then the dental assistant says "well sometimes you can just move this" and she moved the bracket down lower on my tooth and asked the dentist if she could still see it and the dentist said no and they proceeded. When the dentist was adjusting the bite it felt like my back 3 molars weren't touching at all. I stopped her during the carbon paper / filing part and said "fyi...I don't think they are touching at all in the back". She said "well we do take into account what the patient is saying" and then she kept drilling.

Left and once the Novocaine wore off I could tell the right side of my mouth where the back 3 molars are on the top and bottom do not touch at all. And now I have more of my front teeth touching. Also, the work seemed very sloppy. Between the middle molar and the back one it is really rough and has like filling material between the two teeth that seems odd. The one molar they were discussing redoing is now sensitive to hot and cold. And feels achy. And when I floss that tooth it seems like there may be filling missing near the gumline and there is a ridge up there and the floss catches it on the way down. I have to now chew on my left side of my mouth because my right side can't chew properly now.

I am SO upset that I finally had the courage to get this dental work down and I made it though these appointments and now I may have to have part of it fixed / redone!!! I am so stressed.

I have an appointment scheduled in 2 weeks to work on the upper left teeth but I called them and said my bite was off and I wanted us to address that and get it fixed before me move on to the upper left because I wasn't about to have 2 sides of my mouth off.

I am going in on Thursday this week for them to look at the situation, adjust the fillings, and also work on the one crown that my upper right molar needs.

Is this NORMAL to have these issues when doing so many teeth at one time??

How will she figure out how to adjust these fillings?

Can she add some of the composite to the new fillings to build them up?

Also, she is suggesting that SHE do the one root canal - says she is good at it and she can see the root very clearly in the xray.....should I let her or should I go to a specialist.

The dentist is very kind and everyone there is nice. I am hoping we can get things adjust and move on but I feel so upset. My alignment was perfect when I went it. I have spent many years and money in my childhood and early adult hood to have my teeth and bite aligned (braces, having 4 adults molars removed, having 4 wisdom teeth removed, getting veneers, etc...) and it is so upsetting that something is going wrong.

I have handled my anxiety regarding all this the best that I can. After the 1st visit's shots my hands were shaking uncontrollably, the 2nd visit I did better, but the 3rd visit I had shaking and I had to be reminded to breath several times through everything.

Would love some advice!! Sorry so long, loly!

Sabrina
 
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MountainMama

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Not a dentist, but I just wanted to offer sympathy as I am going through something similar. Mine is more jaw related, though. My bite has been way off for almost a year, after going through a lot of dental procedures. My jaw hurts off and on. In trying to fix it, things just snowballed. I am finally seeing a TMJ specialist to figure all this out. I have an evaluation next week.

I hope you can get your bite sorted out. It is miserable and painful.
 
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Not a dentist, but I just wanted to offer sympathy as I am going through something similar. Mine is more jaw related, though. My bite has been way off for almost a year, after going through a lot of dental procedures. My jaw hurts off and on. In trying to fix it, things just snowballed. I am finally seeing a TMJ specialist to figure all this out. I have an evaluation next week.

I hope you can get your bite sorted out. It is miserable and painful.
I feel for you as well...one of my friends has had a jaw issue for years and it is so miserable. I hope the TMJ specialist will finally get it figured out for you. It is so frustrating when things go wrong...ugh! XOXO
 
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thisisme

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Hi Sabrina10,

Again, not a dentist but I did start visiting one after 16 years of avoidance. I’m in my early 30s. I had two fillings left side one week and four right side (two were amalgam replacements). He said two were pretty deep and one he put medication on the nerve to hopefully help. So that seems normal. Sometimes dentists can’t tell how deep until they start filling.

However, I noticed things don’t seem quite right for me after having 4 done on my right. It seemed like too much work at once. One of my teeth now give me a sharp pain when biting. It’s not one he said was deep either or one I had issues with before. It’s super annoying. I know I’ll be back and I think you did the right thing by wanting to fix your bite first. Know that some adjustment period is normal after any work, especially a lot, but I totally know where you’re coming from.

As far as letting her do the root canal, that is up to you. If you’re feeling brave, you could get a second opinion from a specialist and then decide who you would be most comfortable with.

I wish you the best of luck and know that you are super brave for going back to the dentist. I know how hard that is.

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