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Avoiding a Dental Implant Horror Story

I keep hearing you have to be careful with who does your dental implants or it can be a complete disaster. I’ve read countless horror stories online. How do I find the best dentist to do my dental implants? I don’t want to end up another story on the internet.

Celina Y.

Dear Celina,

Illustration of dental implants in three parts

You’re wise to check ahead of time. I don’t know if you’ve already talked to your dentist about this. It could be that your dentist will be the best dentist for you, but let’s go through a few things first.

The Best Implant Dentist Will Have Extensive Post Graduate Training

There are several very reputable schools for dental implant study. General Dental school does not give enough training in such an advanced procedure. Never hesitate to ask a dentist where he received his (or her) implant training. Here are some of the best programs for that study:

  • The Misch International Implant Institute
  • The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI)
  • Dawson Academy

The Best Implant Dentist Can Do Both the Surgery and the Restorative Crown

Many mistakes are made regarding dental implants because of simple miscommunication between the dentist and the surgeon. If the surgeon places the implant in the wrong place, then what? You’ll have to have the implant completely re-done, which would mean the additional procedure of bone grafting and then a second surgery. Believe it or not, this happens more often than you’d think.

When the dentist and the surgeon are the same, there isn’t that danger. The dentist knows exactly where the implant needs to be placed for optimum security and aesthetic value.

The Best Implant Dentist Can Give You a Beautiful Restoration

You don’t want to just have a secure implant. You’ll also want a beautiful restoration. Check out your dentist’s smile gallery to make sure the dental crowns they craft are natural looking.

If your implant is being placed in a visible spot, and you’re not completely satisfied with the color of your teeth you’ll want to get them whitened before you have the implant crown made. Once the crowns completed, the color cannot be changed.

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Dental Crowns for a Tooth Gap? Run Away From This Dentist!

I need some advice. I have a tooth gap which I finally decided to take action on it. I spoke to my dentist about repairing. The gap is between my two front teeth. It’s not huge, but it is always on my mind when I smile. I want to feel confident. My dentist suggested I get two dental crowns put on my front teeth. I’m not keen on that because the teeth are healthy. Grinding them down to nubs means I’ll always have to wear dental crowns, right? Are there any other options that are less invasive?

Jill R.

Dear Jill,

I’m really relieved you wrote and asked before moving forward with your dentist’s disastrous treatment plan. It’s incredible to me that you recognize the fallacy in this type of “solution”. Yes, you’d be stuck with dental crowns for the rest of your life. Why get rid of all that healthy tooth structure when there are much simpler solutions. However, because your dentist didn’t suggest them it likely means he’s not comfortable doing them. Dentists are proud creatures. If you pressure him into it, he’ll do it rather than admit he’s not good at it. The results will be disastrous. This is not the best dentist for you. I’d really plan on you finding a new one.

So, planning on getting a new dentist for this treatment, what options are available to you?

First, you could close the gap with orthodontics. It used to be that even adults were stuck with a mouth full of metal if they wanted to straighten their teeth. That’s no longer true. In fact, you can straighten your teeth without anyone even knowing that you’re doing it. The aligners truly are invisible, even at a conversational distance.

However, if the only thing wrong with your teeth is that small gap, then you may feel that full blown orthodontics is a bit of an overtreatment. In that case, you can just do dental bonding to close the gap. It uses a white composite filling material to match the color of your teeth. It takes an artistic cosmetic dentist to do this procedure because he will sculpt it by hand.

This next option only should be considered if you’re interested in a complete smile makeover. Using porcelain veneers, you can completely change the shape and character of your smile. It can change not just the shape, but the size and color, as well as cover things like chips and gaps. Like dental bonding, this procedure also requires an expert cosmetic dentist. Ideally, you’d want a dentist who’s reached accreditation level with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Accredited Cosmetic Dentists are among the top 1% in the world in both skill and artistry. Any smile they create for you will be stunning. In fact, most of them even have a beautiful smile guarantee.

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Afraid the Dentist Will Kill Me

I have to find a dentist. Normally, I get my teeth looked after by our local hygiene school. They’re thorough and do a good job. But, if an issue pops up you have to go to a dentist. I’ve never had an issue pop up so never really worried about it. But, that all changed at my last appointment. I need to get a tooth looked after and they said it could be saved with a crown, but I need to be prepared for the fact that it will likely need to be extracted. I’m quite afraid of the dentist. I realize that you probably consider that silly. But, I keep seeing stories like this one where people die from sedation. How can I be sure the dentist won’t kill me?

Stephanie – Boston

Stephanie,

It’s not silly to be afraid of the dentist. In fact, many patients are. Sedation dentistry has done a lot to help with that. But, when you have tragedies, such as the one suffered by that little boy, it can make frightened patients more frightened.

My understanding of that case is the dentist wasn’t certified, though for certain types of sedation that’s not required. However, he also gave a significantly excessive dose of sedative drugs to the child, well above the recommendation. I was appalled when I realized how much medicine he gave that preschooler.

So, how do you prevent such a tragedy from happening to yourself?

When you’re looking for the best dentist in this type of situation, the first thing I’d ask is whether or not the dentist is DOCS certified (The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation). You’ll also want to be certain your vital signs are monitored at all times. There should be a separate person doing this, not the dentist. He or she will be too busy with the procedure to give your vitals adequate attention.

Additionally, it would be great if the dentist and their staff are ACLS certified (Advanced Cardiac Life Support). In any medical procedure there are risks, whether there’s sedation or not. Every medical professional should be prepared for the worst-case scenarios in order to give their patients the best care possible.

Hopefully, a crown will be available to you. An extraction should always be a last resort.

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I Want to Find the Best Cosmetic Dentist

I have always hated my smile.  Always. I’ve never had the money to do anything about it–until now. I’ve just inherited a ton of money and the very first thing I want to do is feel pretty.  Shallow? Maybe. But, you don’t understand how embarrassed my smile has always made me.  Now that I can do something about it, I want the BEST cosmetic dentist there is.  How do I find him or her?

Dana P. – Ohio

Dana,

You are not alone in being embarrassed about your smile.  One poll showed that over 50% of Americans were unhappy with some aspect of their smile. It’s great that you’ve been given the resources to do something. You’ll find that not only will a smile makeover improve your smile, but your confidence will soar as well.

You’re wise to ask questions before just jumping in. There isn’t a recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry, so any general dentist can claim to have the skills required to do a smile makeover. While they might be able to give you a basic makeover, there’s no guarantee that it will be beautiful.

If you want a gorgeous smile, your safest bet is to go to a dentist who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).  There is a difference between a member of AACD and someone accredited with the AACD.  Any dentist can join and become a member. To be accredited, you have to pass stringent exams as well as demonstrate your artistic skill with cosmetic procedures.  Many accredited dentists also have a beautiful smile guarantee.

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My dentist wants me to get Lumineers, but I want something better

I feel stupid writing another dentist, but I don’t know what else to do.  I want to get a new smile.  My dentist said he could give me Lumineers.  I’d done some research and read that they can be kind of bulky.  I was hoping to get something better. But, he said that anything else would cause him to have to grind down my teeth.  I don’t want that either.  I don’t want to spend all this money and end up with bulky teeth, but I don’t want my teeth ground down to nubs either.  Is there another alternative?

Sammie M. – Florida

Sammie,

I’m going to say that this is probably not the best dentist to do you smile makeover. It sounds like he is your basic family dentist, who took a lumineers course. It sounds like he’s trying discourage you from getting any other brand.  That could be because he thinks that is the best brand for you, or it could be because he doesn’t know anything outside of Lumineers.

There is something that he miscommunicated that I want to make sure you’re clear on.  While Lumineers are are a no prep type of veneer, there are other brands of ultra thin veneers as well.  More importantly, even if you don’t get a no prep veneer, it does NOT mean your teeth need to be ground down.

Your teeth will only be prepped about the thickness of a fingernail.  You can’t even tell a significant difference between a prepped and unprepped tooth.

If I were in your place and were about to put down a significant amount of money on a smile makeover, I would want the best dentist possible. Get someone who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).  These dentists are amoung the top 1% of cosmetic dentists in the country.

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Finding the best dentist for dental implants

I plan on getting a couple of dental implants.  I’m a little concerned about choosing the best dentist for the procedure.  Are there certain qualifications to look out for?

Matt L.- Denver, CO

Matt,

That is an important question. Dental implants are an advanced and complicated procedure.  I can’t tell you how many horror stories there are about dental implant complications and failure that could have been prevented.

The best dentist you can find for your dental implants are those who’ve had a significant amount of post-graduate training in neuromuscular dentistry, such as the Misch Institute or LVI. I, personally, wouldn’t be comfortable with someone performing that procedure without that caliber of training.

It would be a huge benefit to you, but not necessary, if your dentist was also accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). This will mean that your implant will be as gorgeous and natural looking as possible.

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Incompetent dentist

Can you help me with something?  I got a dental implant. It became loose so I went back to my dentist. He x-rayed it and said the implant itself was fine, which meant the crown was loose and it was an easy fix. He was trying to recement the crown, he could get it to budge. He said he was going try something else, but when he did the implant came out with the crown. Is this a common problem?

Olivia E. – Ohio

Olivia,

Absolutely not. In fact, I’m having trouble not thinking of your dentist as completely incompetent. Even if the x-ray was unclear, when the crown didn’t budge, it should have been pretty obvious the problem wasn’t the crown, but the implant.

A loose crown is serious and needs to be dealt with right away. Obviously, your dentist will have to deal with it now that it came out. However, his competence is in doubt and I doubt he’s the best dentist for this procedure. You might want to get a second opinion. It’s imperative to find out the reason for the implant failure. You’ll also need to bone grafting done in order to get anything reimplanted.

In this case, you could demand your dentist pay the cost of the repair. There’s enough bad dental care here for you to have legal leverage.

Sorry this happened to you.

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Having trouble with my dentist

I kind of had the type of smile I wanted in my mind when I went to see my cosmetic dentist. The problem is he keeps arguing with me and suggesting something else.  First he thinks I want the teeth too long, then he thinks I want them too white.  I just brought him a picture and showed him what smile I wanted.  I don’t see what the problem is.  The girl in the picture I bought has a similar face structure to me, Do I stick it out with this dentist or look for another one?

Mandy P. – Illinois

Mandy,

I think you should look for a different dentist. In most procedures any general dentist will do. However, there are some procedures, such as porcelain veneers and dental implants, that really require the best dentist possible.

Here is the reason why.  There is no recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry. Any general dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. However, that doesn’t mean they are truly qualified.  For a dentist to be really qualified in cosmetic dentistry it takes considerable post-graduate training.

One of the things we’re taught is that the patient dictates whether they are pleased with their smile, not the dentist.  I would look for someone who is AACD accredited.  Those dentists reach the highest level of expertise with cosmetic dentistry.  They’ll be able to give you any smile you want.

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Lemon Juice for Teeth Whitening

I read online that you can use lemon juice and baking soda mixed together into a paste to whiten your teeth. I’ve done it a few times. Now my friend says that using lemon juice is bad for your teeth. Who is right, the internet article or my friend?

Darra Lynne- Atlanta

Darra Lynne,

Unfortunately, your friend is right. You must be very careful of what you read on the internet.  Though it is a great resource, not everything is reliable.  Lemon juice is highly corrosive, because lemons contain citrus acid. That is one reason you can find citrus juices (like lemons and oranges) in household cleaners. They’re good at eroding things, which includes your teeth enamel.

In fact, if you are in the habit of drinking citrus juices or sodas (which have another type of acid), be sure you wait 30 minutes after consuming them to brush your teeth. It wouldn’t hurt to swish some water around your mouth first too, in order to help nuetralize the acids.

The best way to whiten your teeth, is with professional teeth whitening.

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