I am hoping you can tell me I’m not crazy. I honestly feel helpless. Anyway, it has been a little over a year since I got my dental implants. Now, I finally got my dental bridge completed on my front teeth and on the bottom. It has taken this long because the dentist had problems with the laboratory he uses. That should have been a red flag when I first heard about it.
All the work looks fake and the scale isn’t right. My dentist tells me that they look fine and after some time, I’ll get used to them. But, I know they don’t look right. Everyone I ask agrees with me. I’ve had it and am going to see a cosmetic dentist for a consultation. Do you think a cosmetic dentist will be able to help at this point?
Any pointers you can give me before I go in again would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your insight.
-Paul in Michigan
I’m so sorry to hear you have had such a negative experience with your dentist. It is difficult to give specific recommendations without seeing you in person. So, if you are willing, please send over some photographs of the end results.
Unfortunately, these types of dental implant horror stories occur all too often. The response of “getting used to them” really isn’t acceptable. Many dentists simply don’t have the training in cosmetic dentistry or they are more trained in the function and mechanics, versus aesthetics. The problem for the patient is that often times they don’t realize that both cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry are not regulated specialty areas within the field of dentistry. Therefore, anyone can say the do dental implants or cosmetic dentistry without the high level of training that is required to be successful.
Less than two percent of cosmetic dentists have the eye for appearance-related work or passion to create beautiful results. So, be sure to do some research to check out your cosmetic dentist’s credentials, training, industry affiliations and also photographs of cases similar to what you have going on.
An expert cosmetic dentist will NOT tell you that you’ll get used to it. They are perfectionists by nature and will want nothing less than for your to fall in love with your new smile. There are many implant dentists that are also excellent cosmetic dentists. So, it may take a little bit of time to find the right fit and one you can trust, but it will be worth it.
Excellent cosmetic dentists will give you multiple opportunities to see exactly what your new restorations will look like before they are permanently placed. It doesn’t sound like this happened for you. Also, they will go as far as sending the work back to the laboratory until it is just right.
It’s time to move on like you are planning to do. You should never feel like you have to “settle” for work that is substandard or that doesn’t meet your expectations.
Thank you for your questions. Hopefully, this will also encourage others who are considering dental implants to do their homework and find the best dentist in their area before moving forward with the work.
This post is sponsored by Petaluma dentist Rick Lane, DDS.