I think my dentist is in over his head, but I can’t be certain. I have a tooth which needed to be extracted. I also needed some bone grafting done. My dentist did the grafting and then placed a Maryland Bridge as a temporary replacement. The problem is in the two weeks I’ve had this it has had to be replaced three times. Maybe this is normal, but I tend to think he’s not sure what he’s doing. Would I be better off finding a different dentist to finish this procedure? Is that even possible?
Your gut feeling is correct. Your dentist seems to be in over his head. A Maryland Bridge is composed of a false tooth suspended between two metal wings. The wings are etched, and the backs of the adjacent teeth are etched, and then a bonding composite is sandwiched between the wings and the tooth. The fact that it keeps coming off means one of these things were done incorrectly.
There are a few things which bother me about this. First is the fact that he used a Maryland Bridge as a “temporary” replacement to begin with. It’s not temporary because it causes a permanent change in your adjacent teeth. He should have chosen a true temporary replacement.
Second, he can’t seem to do the bonding correctly. There’s a flaw in one of the parts of the procedures and he can’t figure out which one.
Finally, placing dental implants is a much more advanced procedure than the bridge. Not only that, but the consequences for getting it wrong are more severe. You can lose part of your jaw due to infection. You could end up without teeth. One woman had such a disastrous encounter with a supposed dentist in Colorado she ended up losing 70 pounds and is confined to a wheelchair.
Finding a Qualified Implant Dentist
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Getting a Beautiful Smile with Dental Implants
I’m a big believer in making something good come out of bad situations. You may want to consider using this as a chance to get a mini smile makeover. You could whiten your teeth before having your implant crowns made. Then the crowns can be made to match the new white color. That’s not by any means required. It’s just a way to give yourself a treat.
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