In April 2020, I got six dental implants for an upper denture. I was so excited to get my permanent dentures, but I immediately hated my smile when my dentist temporarily attached it. The good news is that the oral surgeon did a fabulous job with my dental implants. The surgeon and my dentist worked hard to fit my denture perfectly. And the denture feels great. But it looks awful. Like someone else’s teeth.
I lost confidence in my dentist when he told me that my denture looks excellent, but I need to get used to it. So, I insisted on him redoing the denture, which he did. I don’t understand the disconnect, but the wax model and my final denture do not look alike. I want to smile again without dentures that look like costume teeth.
I have no energy to fight for a refund; I just want to get it right. And I know that I must switch dentists to do it. I’m sending photos for you to see what I mean. Too bad your office is so far away. I would have to fly there because of my health, and I cannot afford it after spending so much money on implants and a denture. – Thank you. Iyona from GA
Thank you for your message and for sending photos. We are sorry to hear about your experience. You invested in a stable, beautiful smile, but it stopped with getting your denture stable with implants. Although it is good that you are pleased with the oral surgeon, dental implants do not show when you smile. But your denture does. An artistic cosmetic dentist cares about giving you a natural-looking smile, never hinting that you need to get used to it or tell you that it looks good when it does not.
Get a Second Opinion for Dentures
You are wise to get a second opinion on dentures. It seems that your dentist doesn’t care much about how your smile affects you or how it reflects on his limited skill. We suggest the following:
- Please follow up with a trained cosmetic dentist—one with post-graduate training in dental aesthetics.
- Your experience was so disappointing that we recommend looking for an accredited cosmetic dentist in your area.
- Although you may have to travel outside of your town or city, it will be worth the few trips you need to get a natural-looking smile with dentures.
- Look for accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. Dentists with accreditation from either organization must prove their skill through rigorous exams and a series of successful patient cases.
- Schedule a consultation with the dentist before signing up as a new patient. A consultation will increase your confidence that you are making the right choice.
Best wishes for a complete resolution and being happy to smile again.
David Finley, DDS, a Monroe, LA fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, sponsors this post.