I’ve been getting crowns placed on twelve teeth. I had decided between a prosthodontist and a cosmetic dentist for this procedure. I decided to go with the prosthodontist because I felt there would be more expertise with the technical aspects of it. I was very specific with him about what I wanted in the appearance of the teeth and he assured me he could do it. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. I’ve already had him re-do the first set twice. They just don’t look natural. It looks like I’ve got a set of badly done dentures. I think I should have gone with the cosmetic dentist. Can I switch or is it too late?
Desi J.- Anaheim, CA
You can absolutely switch. Your dentist is under an ethical obligation to make sure the transition goes smoothly. The two dentist will need to get together to work out what needs to be done and what payments will need to be made to whom.
I understand your thinking behind getting a prosthodontist, however, they tend to be engineers and are not experienced with aesthetics. Getting a cosmetic dentist is a good step, but not everyone who calls themselves a cosmetic dentist is actually skilled in the artistry required to give you the type of smile you are looking for. You want to find an expert cosmetic dentist. See if someone in your area is accredited by (not just a member of) the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). If so, they will be completely qualified. If you can’t find one close enough to travel to, then look on the mynewsmile.com website. They list expert cosmetic dentists by state. You’ll also be safe with anyone listed on their website.
If you choose the right dentist, you will have beautful, natural looking porcelain crowns.
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