Category Archives: Dental Implants

What to do when your front teeth are too big?

I can’t tell you how much I hate the way my two front teeth look. They are big and long and they stick out in front more than the others.

I’m finally ready to do something about them, I just don’t know what to do. I have been trying to research and figure out what kind of cosmetic dentistry option is right for me. But I get the feeling that anything cosmetic will end up making them bigger and uglier than they look already.

Maybe I just need to have them removed and replaced with dental implants? Do you know if that will work or do you have any ideas? Please help!

– Kathryn in South Carolina

Kathryn,

Having your teeth extracted and replaced with dental implants is a very extreme measure. Please, don’t remove your otherwise healthy teeth.

You need to consult with an expert cosmetic dentist. It is excellent that you are doing your homework but you don’t have to do this all on your own. A great cosmetic dentist is passionate about creating beautiful smiles and will go out of their way to make sure you absolutely love your new smile.

It is always challenging to make recommendations to someone without having actually seen their case. So again I’ll mention working with a true cosmetic dentist. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is a world-renowned organization so if a dentist is a part of the AACD it is likely they do excellent work.

One option to reduce the appearance of teeth is to have them trimmed down with diamond strips to make them both shorter and narrower in appearance. After that has been done, a retainer would help to reposition them.

Another option that may work is Invisalign. This innovative system has a very high patient satisfaction rating and repositions teeth to their proper position. They are invisible too.

Or if they are really large and the appearance needs to be greatly reduced, porcelain veneers could be placed after the teeth are prepared and shaved down a bit.

You are on the right track and well on your way to a beautiful new smile. Just make sure you seek the talent of a cosmetic dentist that is experienced and has a beautiful portfolio of work. You need to focus more on which dentist you choose instead of choosing the treatment.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

My dental implant bridge isn’t aligned correctly.

Hello,

I recently had some dental work done to replace four of my bottom right teeth. I ended up having a new implant bridge, using two dental implants. The problem is that when I bite down, it seems like my teeth don’t line up. What I mean by this is that the top and bottom teeth are off when my mouth is closed. Do you know if this is typical?

– Ruth from New Hampshire

Ruth,

From what you described, something is not right. Your teeth should be aligned correctly and naturally. When your mouth is closed, they should come together. If this isn’t taken care of so your bite does close properly, you may end up with TMJ disorder.

Dental implants require a lot of additional training beyond dental school, but implant dentistry is not a recognized specialty within the profession. Unfortunately, this means that any dentist can claim to be an implant dentist.

At this point, you may want to consider a second opinion. When you are researching a dentist’s credentials, there are a few organizations that will help to qualify them; the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Their involvement or any special designation, like fellowship or diplomate status is especially impressive within these prestigious organizations.

As far as what happened in your case, it is difficult to make any observation without actually seeing you in person. But it may be that they were placed incorrectly during the surgical phase. Maybe the surgery was done by one dentist, while another did the restoration? Communication can become a stumbling block when multiple dentists are involved.

Best of luck to you.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

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An implant and a veneer?

I have a missing tooth and want to get a dental implant to replace it. But, I also want to get a full set of porcelain veneers. I want my teeth whiter along with some reshaping. Is it possible to get veneers and a dental implant and it still look good?

Jenny- from Idaho Falls

Jenny,

Yes, it is possible to do this and it still look aesthetic. However, you need to make sure you go to an expert cosmetic dentist. This is not a time for price shopping. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty. Therefore any general dentist who learns a few cosmetic procedures can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. Unfortunately, learning the procedures does not guarantee artistry.

If you’re going to go through the time and expense of getting a smile makeover, you want to make sure you are going to be satisfied with the results.

I would have the implant placed first, then you can have the dental crown (that covers the implant) and the porcelain veneers made at the same time so they will match each other perfectly.

This blog is brought to you by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Steve Bader.

Missing front teeth

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

Seliana,

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.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.