Doctor shortened my healthy teeth for bite adjustment

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3 months ago my dentist told me to redo both of my molars in the bottom left side. I had no pain or biting problems in both of them before his job. He did both teeth fillings in one session. However, they were too tall and one of them was pretty painful when I bite. So I went back there after 3 days and he shortened them. After that my bite was ok, however, I still had so much pain when I tried to bite anything with one of the fillings even after 1.5 month after filling. I was thinking it might need root canal treatment so got back to my dentist and he disagreed and insisted on adjusting my bite. This time not only he shortened a little of both tooth fillings, but also he shortened their upper molar teeth. He said the crack in your first filling might come from the pressure of the upper tooth. He asked me to come back if I still have pain after 2 weeks. I still had the same pain in one of the filling when I tried to chew with it. I got back to him and I was thinking that he is going to do something else. But he still insisted on bite adjustment. This time he shortened too much of not only the two healthy molar theeth on top of the filled teeth but also shortened the premolar beside them on top. Now my bite is really uneven. When I put together my right side teeth, non of my left side top and bottom molars and pre molars has contact. And the filled tooth still pain when I am biting. I have done orthodentical treatment for five years and my teeth and bite were completely oriented and adjusted before all of these happened for me. Now I am freaked out and don't know what to do. I scared that he shortened so much from three upper healthy teeth. I also scare that my teeth start to move because now my bite is completely uneven. Please help me. What is your recommendation?
 
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Wait for a while and let things even themselves out before you start messing about with your bite any further.

Teeth are able to move around to compensate for small bite irregularities quite well, but it takes a few weeks to a couple of months, so if possible can you leave them alone for a bit and see if they can sort themselves out?
 
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So I left my teeth with no change for 1.5 month after first bite adjustment. However, my pain in the filling didn't reduce. I assume in the first place the pain was due to something else not bite problem. Since even right now that my top molar does not touch the bottom molars, I have pain when I am chewing with left side .Also I even feel a weak pain continue to my ear and under my neck for a while after I chew something with that filling.
 
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Composite filling? See the long thread started by UserUser a few months back about this.
 
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Yes that's the one. Basically small fillings done, poor bonding technique and resulting symptoms, hopefully might be useful for you?
 
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After 1 month, my left teeth still couldn't meet each other when I bite. My composite filling has so much pain when I bite down. My jaw still in so much pain so that I cannot sleep well at nights. My jaw started to be oriented and misaligned noticeably in one direction. I met another dentist and they surprised from my previous careless awful dentist job. They said in the first place, my filling should be redone and if the pain continues I need root canal treatment. After treating my tooth pain, I must visit a jaw and orthodontist specialist to treat my jaw problem due to shortening all of my molars and premolars by my crazy dentist. All of these happen for me after a simple check-up with an awful dentist. Now I face different problems from my teeth pain to my bite and jaw misalignment, which besides the pain costs me a lot of money and time. Heading to fill out a complaint against my dentist.
 
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After 1 month, my left teeth still couldn't meet each other when I bite. My composite filling has so much pain when I bite down. My jaw still in so much pain so that I cannot sleep well at nights. My jaw started to be oriented and misaligned noticeably in one direction. I met another dentist and they surprised from my previous careless awful dentist job. They said in the first place, my filling should be redone and if the pain continues I need root canal treatment. After treating my tooth pain, I must visit a jaw and orthodontist specialist to treat my jaw problem due to shortening all of my molars and premolars by my crazy dentist. All of these happen for me after a simple check-up with an awful dentist. Now I face different problems from my teeth pain to my bite and jaw misalignment, which besides the pain costs me a lot of money and time. Heading to fill out a complaint against my dentist.
Hi, I’m going through the exact same thing unfortunately. Do you have an update or advice you can give me? Thank you!
 
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Hi Sandy,

Hope yours isn't as bad as mine since after 2 years I am still dealing with the outcomes. So after refilling my two teeth with another dentist in September 2019, I visited several TMJ specialists and orthodontists to get their ideas for my treatment, I ended up using a 24 h mouthpiece for a few months to first diminish my jaw pain to some point so that I don't use pain killers and after that got my braces in Jan 2020 to adjust my bite. It was pretty difficult to find the right orthodontist for that since I got a dental phobia and also some orthodontists (less experienced ones) didn't quite understand my bite issue and said your front teeth are beautiful and don't need orthodontic treatment. Finally, I found an OSU professor who had great knowledge and experience in TMJ treatment and I felt comfortable with them. Now after 1.5 years still I have my braces on but so close to remove them. My bite is much better now. My left side teeth again meet each other and I somehow got back the feeling of my muscles again on my left side last month.
My advice for you:
-definitely visit a great TMJ specialist. They help you to reduce your pain by TMJ massages and mouthpieces and guide you for further treatment to a specialist for crowns or an orthodontist if your bite won't be treatable by teeth contouring
-find a great specialist who has experience and knowledge about TMJ pain and bite issues
-File a complaint against your bad dentist both on the dental board (to avoid them hurting other people) and a separate complaint with a lawyer if your dentist doesn't accept embracement for your treatment costs.
If you had any questions now or later please don't hesitate to ask. I know this situation is frustrating but don't worry with a good doctor and patience everything is getting better.:)
 
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Thank you so much for replying! I am truly grateful for your response. I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through all of this but I’m glad you’ve found a solution and are in treatment.
I’m going through something very similar right now. I had an old filling on my back molar. I’ve also had braces about 10 years ago and I think I’ve had some shifting but nothing that’s affected my bite tremendously. I had a dentist appointment a few weeks ago and brought up the fact that my teeth have either shifted or my filling was too high. He shaved some of that tooth down but he also shaved down the tooth next to it. This has affected my bite as I can’t eat properly and have pain. I’m starting to get jaw pain as well.
I’ve gone back several times and had one of the worst experiences of my life. They completely dismissed my concerns and were gaslighting me the whole time. Blaming it on my teeth shifting. They’ve told me I need braces again to correct my bite and there’s nothing they can do (even though they’ve cause this problem). My teeth have shifted even more because my bite doesn’t fit together anymore. The dentist that did the bite adjustment wouldn’t even see me. I’ll be changing dentists immediately, I’m still looking for one.
I’ve seen an orthodontist (They’ve complimented my smile as well as my teeth are straight, my back molars are the ones that have shifted) Braces would cost me another $7000. There is a large space between my top and bottom molars when I close my mouth. This is something I can’t afford now and I shouldn’t have to go. This is something I’ll have to live with until I can afford it.
I’ll take your advice and hopefully everything will be okay. Sorry this was so long, it’s just been a very frustrating experience.
Again, thank you. I hope you are doing much better now and can put this behind you soon.
 
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I am sorry to hear this. I understand how much it is frustrating since I had this problem. Beside the pain, the treatment cost is really high. For me so far it was about $11000. Unfortunately my dentist who did this to me didn't accept to visit me and got vanished and couldn't find him. Therefore I got a lawyer and sued him. I also filled another complaint in Ohio detal board. At that point I decided my health is the most important than money at that point even if I will never receive my treatment cost. So spent all of my saving and financed my orthodontic treatment cost. However my case settlement with my dentist insurance is scheduled in a few months. So I can at least reimbursed for my treatment costs.
Difinatly find a TMJ specialist who perform a complete test on your jaw and bite. They usually perform a dental scan with T-scan (search on google) to get an idea of your bite. It perfectly shows what you say about your bite which is helpful for orthodonic treatment and also its an evidence.
 
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