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
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.
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