I already had crowns on my center front teeth. In October, my dentist replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant. I had worn a partial denture for 12 years to replace the tooth. Now, my smile looks worse than before. My dentist could not get the implant crown to match the front crowns and my natural teeth. The color is still off, so my dentist said he would buff the implant crown to get a match. He could not match my teeth, so he also buffed the crowns on my front teeth. It looks and feels like my dentist used sandpaper on my teeth. The crowns feel rough to touch and when I glide my tongue across the front of my teeth. I contact my dentist regularly to remind him that the issue is not over. But I am thinking about how to resolve it. I just cannot trust him to resolve the issue. Will I need a new implant crown and crowns for my front teeth? – Thank you. Felix from Memphis
We are sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience with your new implant crown and existing crowns.
Why Do Your Dental Crowns Look Dull?
Your dental crowns are dull because your dentist buffed away the glaze on the porcelain. Not only do your crowns look dull, but they are also at risk of staining quickly and turning yellow.
Can a Dentist Restore the Shine on Your Crowns?
A cosmetic dentist can polish your porcelain crowns to restore the shine as much as possible. A dentist with advanced cosmetic dentistry training understands how to use diamond polishing instruments, polishing paste, and ultra-fine diamond polishing paste to help your crowns look glossy and smooth.
Be prepared for an out-of-pocket expense if you do not have dental insurance or if your insurance limits your benefits for cosmetic dentistry. But you will get results and feel relieved about your smile.
Choose a dentist with advanced cosmetic dentistry training to avoid another disappointing experienced.
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