I used to think I had the best dentist. But since I received my dentures in March, I’ve cried almost every day. I am 66 year old. I feel good. I look good for my age, but I just needed dentures. Genetically, I have bad teeth even though I have taken pretty good care of them. I received my dentures in March of this year. After many conversations with my dentist, we arrived at a mutual agreement about the best option for my dentures. Quality teeth, the look, the color – we went through what I thought was every possible discussion and several try-ins to ensure that I got exactly what I wanted. So the new dentures came in and the teeth were protruding. No problem. We sent them back. That happened twice. The third time is not the charm, because the teeth are still protruding. My natural teeth didn’t protrude. Obviously my dentist is missing something. I’ve been his patient for more than 30 years and I am afraid that I have to leave this dentist because he can’t get this right. Am I going to have to start all over? – Gert

Gert – Your experience is unfortunate, but not uncommon. It takes skill to produce cosmetic dentures that look natural. We recommend that you schedule an appointment to have your mouth and dentures examined by another dentist for a second opinion. Maybe your dentist is missing something. Or perhaps the laboratory that is being used to make the dentures is causing the problem.

Finding the Best Dentist to Replace Your Dentures

A second-opinion dentist who produces quality dentures can help. You can schedule an appointment with just one cosmetic dentist, or choose to have a consultation with a few dentists to find one with whom you are comfortable. Try to find experienced cosmetic dentists. Sometimes consultations are complimentary, but if not, it’s worth it to get to the source of the problem so that you can have dentures that compliment your smile.

Take notes during your consultations so you can compare the following about each dentist:

  • Credentials
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Number of cases like yours he or she has completed
  • Photos of actual patients with dentures
  • Cost
  • Whether or not your dental insurance is accepted
  • Expected results
  • Chairside manner

You will be able to find the best dentist to give you dentures that fit well and look natural.

This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.