Do my crowns mismatch because one is CEREC?

I have two adjacent crowns. One is a normal dental crown. Then the second one I only got this week. It’s a CEREC crown. They don’t match one another. Is it because one is CEREC and one isn’t? The CEREC one is whiter.

Kate B. – New York

Kate,

The problem isn’t that one is a CEREC crown and the other isn’t. The problem is the artistry of your dentist.  Color can be matched if the dentist is skilled enough.

There is one way in which CEREC and other all porcelain crown. The CEREC crowns are milled from a single block of porcelain. A dentist can use more than one for traditional all porcelain, which can do some more subtlties than a single block.

If the color difference is obvious, I would go back and ask my dentist to fix it.

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My cater to cowards dentist is a disaster

I recently went to a new dentist who advertized as catering to cowards. It was a total disaster. All he did was give me some nitrous oxide, which does nothing for me. I kept telling him I could feel it, but there was nothing else given to help. Are all caters to coward dentists like this or did I just get a dud?

Christie- Boston

Christie,

I’m sorry that you had such a distressing experience. You’ve picked up on the fact that not all dentist can do what they claim to do. As you put it, you got a dud.

Each Cater to Cowards Dentist is a little different. You obviously have a high dental anxiety level (and will even more after this last experience), so you need something much stronger than nitrous oxide.  That is designed mostly to take the edge off your fear and allow your local anesthetic to work.

You need something like oral conscious sedation.  This is strong enough that you’ll likely not even remember the appointment. You certainly wouldn’t feel any pain.

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Dental Implants Have Come Loose

I got dental implants over a year ago.  Now one of them has come loose and three others feel like they’re getting loose.  I went back to my dentist, but he said if it was a problem with how he did the implants it would have shown up quickly.  I don’t know what to do.  I went to him  because he was so much less expensive.  Now I’m wondering if I’ve made a huge mistake.

Deborah K. – Maine

Deborah,

I’m very sorry for what you’re going through.  First, I will say, your dentist is mistaken. It can take several years before any problem shows up.  If you’ve had no pain, then hopefully, you’ve managed to avoid any kind of infection.  You’ll need to be checked as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, most people who go for the cheapest dentist on their dental implants find out the hard way that it can cost them a fortune.

If it is not an infection than it is likely that either the implants were placed prematurely, before your jawbone had enough structure or they were placed improperly.  Either way, you’re going to need to have them re-done and more than likely will need bone grafting.

I know you’re looking affordable dental implants, and there are ways to get that without having to take risks.  Talk to a dentist who has significant (successful) experience in placing dental implants. Talk to them about the financial situation.  They may be able to help you with finances and creative solutions.

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