When my daughter was in elementary school, she had a playground accident that damaged her two front teeth. They ended up having root canals and crowns put on them. She keeps getting these bumps on her gums that indicate infections. She’s 22 now, and we’re thinking these teeth need to be replaced. She’s very self-conscious about her teeth. My husband and I want her to feel good about her smile. Is there a tooth replacement specialist? What should we look for? I don’t mind paying extra for good care. I just don’t want to pay exorbitant fees.
Seliana G. from Oklahoma City
I would recommend getting dental implants and crowns. When done right, they look and function just like healthy natural teeth. She’ll feel very good about her smile. You do have to be careful you go to someone with adequate expertise both in placing implants and in artistic cosmetic dentistry.
Make sure the dentist you choose has done a lot of post-graduate training with dental implants. This isn’t a regulated part of dentistry, so any general dentist can place them. That is fine if they’re qualified. One way to find a good cosmetic dentist is to look on the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend artistic cosmetic dentists by state. You’ll still want to ask about their implant training.
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