THE RISKS OF SMILE REMOVAL
The number of dental practices offering a quick fix Dental Clinics in DHA Lahore. Has increased dramatically in recent years, but is patients’ dental health being jeopardized in order to achieve the perfect cosmetic result?
Written by Ben Lees
While there has always been a market for aesthetic dentistry Dental Clinics in DHA Lahore., The number of dental practices offering ‘quick fix’ smile makeovers has increased dramatically. According to a recent article in ‘The Dentist,’ there has been a 34% increase in cosmetic dentistry since 2009. While it is understandable that people with hectic schedules might prefer a quick and convenient solution, we at the Dental Negligence Team know all too well that quick does not always imply safe.
What exactly is cosmetic dentistry?
Simply put, cosmetic dentistry is dental treatment that is performed to improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth rather than for therapeutic reasons. Orthodontic work such as ‘Invisalign’ braces (invisible braces to realign the teeth), crowns, veneers, and teeth whitening through bleaching are among the treatments available Dental Clinics in DHA Lahore.
The treatments are almost always provided privately and can be very expensive, often costing thousands of pounds. These cosmetic procedures, however, are not without risk. For example, preparing a tooth for a veneer entails filing down the tooth enamel to make room for the veneer. Teeth are frequently ‘over prepared’ (too much enamel removed), resulting in micro-cracks in the underlying dentine. This, in turn, can cause nerve damage and ‘pulp death.’ When the tooth pulp dies, additional intervention in the form of root canal treatment is required to save the tooth, and this is only a temporary solution – root filled teeth have a limited lifespan. When a tooth is lost, it must be replaced with a denture or an implant (the latter is more permanent, but can cost up to £3,000).
Cosmetic treatment, rather than improving the cosmetic appearance of a patient’s teeth, can result in the unnecessary damage of perfectly healthy teeth. This can result in more treatment, higher costs, and an end result that does not meet a patient’s original aesthetic requirements.
Along with the rise in cosmetic dentistry. The Dental Negligence Team has seen a steady increase in the number of claims filed against dentists who failed to prioritise patients. Dental health over costly treatment plans aimed at giving the patient a ‘Hollywood Smile.’ A number of my clients have told me that the risks of the cosmetic treatment were not adequately discussed with them, and that they feel cheated because their teeth are in worse condition now than when they first started.
One of my clients spent around £7,000 on a series of crowns and veneers to improve. The aesthetic appearance of her smile. She has since discovered that a large number of her previously. Healthy teeth have been damaged and will require root filling or extraction and replacement with implants. The estimated cost of correcting the cosmetic dentist’s treatment was nearly double that of the original treatment.
Patients are understandably enticed by the smile makeover. However, I believe that many dentists are failing to inform patients about the risks of procedures, properly assessing. Patients’ suitability for treatment, and taking unnecessary risks with patients’ dental health. More needs to be done, in my opinion, to ensure that dental health, rather than aesthetic appearance, is prioritised.
If you believe you have received negligent cosmetic dental treatment Smile Makeover Dentist. Please contact a member of the Dental Negligence Team, who will gladly advise. You on your specific circumstances and whether you have grounds for a compensation claim.