When my dentist did the wax-up of my denture, I told him that the teeth are too long. He said that he would ensure the lab got the length right. I did not see another wax-up. Three weeks later, I got a call from my dentist’s office that my final denture was ready. I asked about the length, and without answering, my dentist put the denture in my mouth and told me to look at my pretty smile. My dentures looked like gopher teeth. I told my dentist that the denture is unacceptable, and he assured me that the denture teeth almost matched the length of my teeth in smile pictures that I brought in. But they do not. I asked my dentist to do nothing further until I think about what I want to do. I cannot accept the denture as is, but I’m unsure of what resolution he will give me. Can the lab file down the teeth, replace the teeth, or will I have to start all over? And can I trust my dentist? I don’t expect you to answer that, but I’m lost. Please help. Thank you. Jacob from S. Carolina
Jacob– Thank you for contacting us. We are so sorry to hear about your experience. We can imagine your disappointment in trying new dentures that do not look good and make you self-conscious.
Can Denture Teeth Be Shortened?
If your denture teeth are too long, your dentist can trim the teeth. And he must ensure your bite is correct afterward. If your dentist chooses to replace the denture entirely, insist on a wax try-in. If the second wax-up is not precisely what you want, you can ask your dentist to try it a third time. Or you can switch to a cosmetic dentist.
You are not responsible for paying for a denture that is not what you wanted. You disapproved the first wax-up, but your dentist had the denture made anyway. Your dentist’s lack of concern for your satisfaction is unsettling.
Schedule a Dentures Consultation With a Cosmetic Dentist
It may help to schedule a consultation with an advanced cosmetic dentist. Speak with another dentist and learning what they do to ensure you love your new smile. The consultation may help you decide whether to give your dentist another change or select a dentist whose process gets predictable results.
Best wishes for a speedy resolution.
David Finley, DDS, a Monroe, LA fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, sponsors this post.