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I think I may have made a mistake choosing my dentist

One month ago, I went to a cosmetic dentist for a sile makeover. The dentist completed 12 lower crowns and 6 veneers on the front upper teeth. I’ve been in pain ever since and generally can’t even chew. My dentist she said to take ibuprofen for a few weeks because so much work was done in such a short amount of time. Also one of the teeth that hurts does not touch any of the top teeth when I clench. I’m concerned that I’m having to take so much ibuprofen. I take 800mg of Ibuprofen every 4-6 hrs.

Jennie D. – Minn.


I’m concerned about your being in pain for so long and how much ibuprofen you’re taking. This obviously wasn’t the best dentist for this procedure.

I can’t believe the dentist told you to take ibuprofen for so long. That much ibuprofen over that period of time can damage your organs. You are taking 3200 to 4000 milligrams a day. I think the maximum recommended dose is about 2400 mg per day over short periods.

Also, something isn’t right. You shouldn’t still be in pain this far out. the most that should happen is some tenderness for a few days. Another big concern is the fact that your teeth aren’t touching evenly. This can lead to serious problems.

My suggestion is getting a second opinion. Preferrably someone with cosmetic expertise.  Go to the mynewsmile.com website and see who their recommended dentists are for your area.  You’ll be safe with one of their dentists. I highly doubt your current dentist is on the list.

This blog is brought to you by Naperville Cosmetic Dentist Dr. David Newkirk.