I got my first dental crown. I was already embarassed about having a fake tooth, but when he put the crown in I burst into tears. It doesn’t look at all like my other teeth. Technically it is the same color, but it doesn’t look right. I don’t know if this makes much sense, but it looks “flat”. What it boils down too is I can tell it’s different and I’m embarassed. My dentist says it looks fine. Is there anything I can do?
Elaine T. – New York
I’m sorry this has happened to you. Obviously you have a more artistic eye than your dentist. Unfortunately, if your dentist isn’t willing to do it again, there isn’t much you can do. The “standard” for dental care is functional, so you’re unlikely to win a refund in court if the crown functions properly. I know that seems unfair, but currently there is no ethical standard of aesthetics.
This doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with an ugly crown. It just means it has to be re-done to a higher standard. I don’t think you currently have the best dentist to do this. Creating beautiful dental work takes more than technical skill. It takes an artistic eye. I’d look for someone who is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
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