'Confessions of a Former Cosmetic Dentist' Author attacked by Dental Authorities over his book?
UPDATE: In August 2015 Dr. Zuk faced disciplinary charges for writing his 'Confessions' book. The author is extremely concerned dental associations are hiding the truth and now discretely 'over-policing' aesthetic dental treatment and subjecting good cosmetic dentists to malicious prosecution in an attempt to limit the use of porcelain veneers simply because a few have overused the procedure with inadequate consent. This is NOT what should be happening. Patient should be able to get whatever treatment they wish after they are informed of their choices. All treatment has risks and it is irresponsible for dental associations to try to punish dentists who have gone to great lengths to educate their patients. Root canals and loss of the teeth are severe examples of complications that can occur following veneers, crowns, orthodontics and deep fillings. The dispute with the dentist is not usually the risk that a complication may occur, but who is responsible for the fees dealing with the complication.
How can you choose a good 'cosmetic dentist'?
To begin with, as discussed in the book, there is not a recognized specialty in cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry. Any dentist may call him/herself a 'cosmetic dentist' and it simply implies the doctor has an interest in promoting services that are appearance related. While some situations can be treated appropriately with porcelain veneers, it is important to know when other choices may be better. Check out some of the author's insider tips on this website.
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'Confessions of a Former Cosmetic Dentist' book written by Dr. Michael Zuk is now available on a very limited aftermarket on Amazon.com.