Although my dentist replaced the first mismatched implant crown he gave me, the second crown is no better. Twice I went to the lab that my dentist uses for color assessment. But my dentist attached the crown without assessing the color. He did not even ask my opinion. I thought he was putting the crown on for me to check—not cementing it on. On top of that, I felt like my jawbone would break because my dentist had trouble attaching the crown to the implant. Well, now the crown is the wrong color, and it hurts. Should I ask for a refund and find a better dentist? Am I wrong for thinking this is ridiculous? Thank you. Sherry from Utah
Your frustration is understandable. Unfortunately, you are the victim, but your case shows the difference between dentists who understand aesthetics—creating beautiful dental work—versus those who want to fix it and get it done.
It seems that your dentist has little or no interest in aesthetics, so your crown does not match. And your description makes it seem that your dentist is not interested in your satisfaction with the work either. A cosmetic dentist would ensure the color is right before cementing it. And if the color is off, they would return your crown to the lab to correct it.
When a dentist sends you to the lab for a color check, it is a clue that the dentist is not skilled in matching restorations (e.g., a crown) to your tooth color. Your dentist should be more qualified than the technician and instruct the technician with notes on what to do to color match the crown to your natural teeth. A cosmetic dentist also sends a shade guide and pictures of your smile to help the lab tech craft an accurate match.
We think that you realize that you cannot rely on your dentist. If you want your implant crown to match your natural teeth, you need to find a dentist trained in aesthetics and having artistic inclination. A skilled cosmetic dentist is your best option for getting predictable results.
How to Find a Reliable Cosmetic Dentist
We recommend that you look for a dentist with advanced cosmetic dentistry training. How can you find a trustworthy cosmetic dentist?
- Check for accreditation from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or a winner competition awards as a reliable sign that a dentist is skilled in aesthetics.
- Look at a few dentists’ websites and their smile galleries to see the quality of their work.
- Then, schedule consultations with two of them, discuss your concerns, and decide who you can trust to finish the work.
Best wishes for a beautiful new implant crown.
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