My dentist tried to adjust the color of my implant crown, but it still isn’t right. I want a uniform smile. It’s a shame that the shade of my dental flipper was closer to my tooth color than my implant crown. My dentist doesn’t think this is a big deal. What is he doing wrong? Will I damage my implant if I find a new dentist to replace the crown? – Milan from NM
We are sorry to hear about your frustrating experience with your implant crown.
You can find an excellent cosmetic dentist to replace your crown, and it won’t damage your implant. It takes artistry, skill, and patients for a dentist to perfectly match a crown to your tooth shade. Dr. LeSage won’t bond crowns unless he achieves a perfect match.
Some cosmetic dentists use these steps to customize crown shade:
- Send written instruction for a master ceramist that specify a basic shade
- Draw areas where the ceramist must add specific tints
- Try in the crown before cementing it to the tooth
- Take a picture of the try-in if the ceramist needs to adjust the color
You’re probably in the wrong dental office to receive crowns that match your natural teeth. Although most dentists aren’t concerned about a high level of aesthetics, your dentist doesn’t seem to be concerned at all.
We recommend that you find a cosmetic dentist with extensive training who partners and communicates with a master ceramist to achieve the perfect shade for your crown. Your smile shouldn’t be a source of stress. Look for a dentist with credentials in the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry or the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Beverly Hills dentist Brian LeSage, DDS, FAGD, FAACD, sponsors this post. Dr. Lesage achieved fellowship status in both the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.