If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, you should be sure to talk to your cosmetic dentist about the associated risks of any procedure. In the video below, Dr. Betty Jo Schope discusses the possible risks for any cosmetic dentistry procedure:
“I think anytime you do any dentistry that does require anesthesia, obviously there’s going to be some risks with that, but they’re pretty few and far between people who have allergies or issues with anesthetic … the most common one to be somebody who’s a little sensitive to the epinephrine that goes into the them, or helps their anesthetics stay there longer, we just don’t use that type of anesthetic for them. So, that would be one area.
As far as discomfort, one of the things that we try to work really hard at as far as the discomfort side of things is, doing that really great thorough exam up front to see if there’s any underlying issues with that tooth as to what we’re doing causing an additive effect to that. And, in some situations we’ll be right upfront. If we’re going to try to get this tooth to come back in alignment, there’s no way we’re going to be able to that without this tooth being treated maybe with a root canal or it has this infection that we need to clear up first. You know. So, we’ll take care of those things to have it be the least costly and least uncomfortable … for the patient, both in time and for money … ok, and obviously sensivitivity … um, that’s probably the most common thing that I can think of – and it doesn’t happen, I say most common, but the – something that aside of it that can happen is if a tooth becomes sensitive over time. And usually on that across the board, it’s only say, ah, maybe 8 to 10 percent of teeth that need to have a crown or a veneer – (veneers probably not even this high) but a crown, only one – like 6 to 10 percent of those will end up having sensitivity where a root canal will be necessary. But there’s probably some underlying problems already in that.
And that would be something in that new patient exam, we would review and say this is an area, I think, that if we’re going to have problem, it’s probably going to be this tooth. And, so when that bottom line – they’re already going to know that that could be a risk and is that something they want to take on. But it could be that in their lifetime with that tooth, that tooth would need to be treated anyway. So, we’ll talk about those kind of things.
Sometimes with bleaching, people have some temporary sensitivity – or cold sensitivity. But usually that’s transient – that will go away. But some people will experience that. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t be a bleaching candidate – some patients have kind of sensitive teeth anyway they want to lighten. Sometimes we take it a little bit slower or we can introduce medication into the trays on the off day that can help. So that they can lighten but it not be uncomfortable. Those are probably the most common, maybe, side effects I see. As far as the dentistry itself being risky to the patient – unless they have some really odd medical conditions that we would want to definitely evaluate before we treated there really isn’t a risk in that I can think of.”
More About Cosmetic Dentistry Risks
If you don’t know already, you should … ANY procedure has risks. As you’ll learn in this video, any procedure (invasive or non-invasive) introduces the risk of infection, or the possibility of undesired outcomes. An ‘invasive’ procedure means that tools or medicines will enter your body in either the form of an injection, cut, or probe. Any time an invasive device enters your body, bacteria can spread and cause an infection.
Mitigating risks comes from choosing a highly trained specialist, like Dr. Schope, who also has vast experience in their specialty to perform your cosmetic procedure.
Be sure to check the background of your cosmetic dentist. Make sure they have the proper training. Make sure they are board-certified. Ask to speak to past patients about their experiences. Check the local state board association for any complaints about the cosmetic dentist.
If you do your home work, you’ll feel a lot more confident ahead of time that you’re working with the best cosmetic dentist who will not only deliver desirable outcomes, but will do so safely.