Looking for advice re crown being replaced with composite/cosmetic bonding

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Hey I went to my dentist to get my two crowns redone ( front teeth) I was also getting the two teeth next to my front teeth in composite bonding

So when I went for my crown prep appointment my dentist asked me if I would let him try something he hasn’t don’t before but he has seen it done in the states. So instead of renewing my crowns he popped my existing crowns off and replaced both in composite/cosmetic bonding the price was the same as it took so long.He said that if they fail or crack he will replace at his cost with crowns.

Aesthetically I’m amazed my teeth look perfect much better than I imagine crowns could ever look on my front teeth.

I’m super worried about them failing especially when he hasn’t given me a time frame for replacing them if they do fail. So much that I had myself in tears over it I’m scared to eat anything that isn’t soft. He has assured me that it is safe to do so but I just can’t help but worry.

I have always fully trusted my dentist I’ve been with him for 10 years and I moved 2.5 hours away and travel to him after trying a few others that I didn’t feel were upto standard.

Am I being silly and worrying over nothing?

Looking for other peoples opinions on this and if anyone has had the same done and it’s been fine?

Also k should mention it’s a private clinic not nhs
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The main disadvantages of composite bonding, is the fact that they will discolor over time. Crowns don't change colour, but any filling material does. Composite fillings are also not usually as strong as normal crowns. Although the dentist did check the bite, to make sure they don't take too much pressure, there is still a risk of fracture if biting into anything that is too hard.
The results look good.
Hopefully the dentist sticks to his word of replacing it free of charge, if they break.
 

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The main disadvantages of composite bonding, is the fact that they will discolor over time. Crowns don't change colour, but any filling material does. Composite fillings are also not usually as strong as normal crowns. Although the dentist did check the bite, to make sure they don't take too much pressure, there is still a risk of fracture if biting into anything that is too hard.
The results look good.
Hopefully the dentist sticks to his word of replacing it free of charge, if they break.
Thank you so much for the reply I appreciate it. When you say fracture do you mean fracture to the composite bonding or to the tooth underneath?

The reason he has opted for this I understand is because anytime one and crowns they are never quite right and look two wide and bulky. The reason I wanted new ones was due to a receding gum line around the crowns. I underwent gum contouring beforehand. The worry was that the gum would reject the new crowns again.

It’s catch 22 really 😅. I’m going to ask him what sort of time frame he is giving me with them when I return.
 

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Usually the composite fillings fracture. Not the teeth underneath. In terms of the crowns, crowns usually have a very smooth margin, and if placed in the correct area, i.e not in the biological zone, they should not have any effect on the gums receding. Has your dentist investigated other causes for the receding gums? A lot of times it is due to habits, such as brushing too hard or using the incorrect brushing technique.
 

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Thanks again for the reply. I actually went to see a gum specialist regarding the recession and he said my front tooth was over erupting and it possibly could have been a factor but other than that he said that he could see no reason why my gums would be receding 😞 said that there ere perfectly healthy couldn’t understand it.

As I am happy with the results of the composite on my next visit I am going to ask what time frame my dentist is giving me with these and I’ll take it from there. I’m starting to feel more comfortable with them ( they felt very alien at first )
 

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