Oral Health

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Posted by: debby | 2011-03-25

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Apologies in advance, I''m not quite sure that all of the terms I will be using are correct, hopefully it will make enough sense.

Some of my teeth are extremely damaged and broken. When my dentist removed my braces a couple of years ago he immediately tried to rebuild my front teeth with ceramic. These ceramic caps (I''m not really sure whether they qualify as caps, they do not actually cover the entire tooth) haven''t worked out so well for me. They break or fall off, and seem to stain extremely fast/easy. I can also feel my actual teeth getting worse, I think the ceramic is actually trapping things in places that I can''t clean. My dentist replaced some of the ceramic just a few months ago and they are already turning yellow...

The ceramic seems horribly expensive for the time that they last. Are there alternatives? And how expensive are they? Wouldn''t it be better to simply pull and replace them? Or is that a stupid move at age 20 as my dentist has pointed out to me?

I have battled with bulimia and won! All I want now is regular looking smile :(

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it seems as thoughyou have COMPOSITE venners- these do not last long usually.
Considering your history of bullemia it may be a good idea to get crowns on your teeth. these are more expensive then veneers- discuss this with your dentist.
i definitely would not advise extractions

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Posted by: dental expert | 2011-03-25

it seems as thoughyou have COMPOSITE venners- these do not last long usually.
Considering your history of bullemia it may be a good idea to get crowns on your teeth. these are more expensive then veneers- discuss this with your dentist.
i definitely would not advise extractions

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