Wow! First off....I understand how hard this is for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br>
I am questioning....Did I understand you right? Is he talking about putting the composite material on the front of the stainless steel cap???<br>
My dd had caps put on that have a porcelein veneer that has been previously fused on (before the procedure). We paid out of pocket $400.00 for 4 caps. (Our insurance would only cover stainless steel) Five months later, the two middle top teeth (capped) abscessed and we pulled them out. 3 months later one of the the other veneers came off the cap, so instead of just "glueing" it back on, the dentist drilled the front of the cap and filled it with the composite. I didn't ask enough questions before hand. I was totally surprised by this procedure, and am not happy with it....but the other option was to numb her, pull that cap off and put another on. Much more work and more trauma for dd. However, the composite is kind of translucent so her capped tooth looks grey like it is dead<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Now, I am wondering if she is more prone to absess here....If this is what your dentist is doing, and you do cap, I would consider just leaving them stainless steel.<br>
About pulling the teeth....I don't think the front teeth being pulled is an issue as are the molars which are holding space and are there for many more years.<br>
I have to go now. Hopefully this is a start to your answers needed. Do you know about the use of Rescue Remedy, Peace and Calming, and Roman Chamomile oils???? Its in the archives. I will check back with more if you don't get any other advice.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
Thanks for answering. Yes, that re-do of the cap your dd had sounds like what he said he will do--put stainless steel in, and then drill off the front and fill with composite. He did say it would look grey. Hmmm, sounds like you weren't happy with it. I will call tomorrow and ask about the one with the veneer; he didn't present that as an option. He said caps other than stainless steel fall off a lot more often. Maybe I'm vain, but I can't stand the thought of ds having two silver teeth in the front of his mouth! I know he'll still have a beautiful smile no matter what, but still....<br><br>
I found more in the archives (it's been a while since I read parts of them)....looks like Smilemomma in general thinks it's better to fix teeth vs. extract, as long as possible, so I'm leaning that way.<br><br>
Yes, I got the Rescue Remedy. Took some tonight, actually, since I'm already going crazy!<br><br>
Thanks for the support--thank goodness for this board!
I can completely understand not wanting a "silver" smile. That is why we paid to do the veneer. Which are still stainless steel. They just have the veneered front.<br>
Yes, Smilemomma says that most dentists will do all they can to save a tooth. In all her years of practice, she has only done like 2 caps!<br>
Our dentist did not do a pulptomy when he did the caps.....I have wondered if maybe this was the reason that dd's absessed. (Because it wasn't cleaned out).<br>
Are you doing any kind of sedative? Or local anethesia? Either way, I would highly recommend doing the work in a couple of sittings. Easier to deal for 15-20 minutes at a time than 40-60 minutes. YKWIM?