Take a minute to think about YOUR business and your profession. If we gave you a piece of paper, a pen, and ten minutes, you could make a list of people you know who are in your business who don’t always do a great job.
We’re not here to judge other dentists. However, since opening our practice in 2001, we’ve helped patients who have experience problems with cosmetic dentistry performed elsewhere. To be fair, cosmetic dentistry has a “shelf life” and some patients come to us because it’s simply time to “update” their cosmetic dentistry.
Our goal is to help patients who are experiencing issues and even pain associated with failed or failing cosmetic dentistry. Again, let us stress that we’re not going to judge any decision you’ve made in the past or judge a fellow dentist. We simply want to help you achieve a beautiful smile, alleviate any pain, and help you maintain excellent dental health for years to come.
Below are some of the common issues we see and fix using the latest sedation techniques so that you barely feel anything during the procedure.
Dental veneers often fail when they have not been properly bonded to teeth. Specific guidelines must be followed to make veneers tenaciously bond to teeth. When dental veneers are not bonded correctly, they can chip or break off…sometimes in one large piece. Another sign of improper bonding is an obvious margin between the veneer and your gums; sometimes, it’s possible to see the underlying tooth.
Dental veneers can also suffer from less-than-ideal construction. They can be made too thickly, yielding the appearance of overly large teeth. In addition, some dental veneers are not polished to the correct, natural-looking sheen, so they appear dull or monochromatic. Improperly made veneers can become discolored, sometimes as soon as two days after they have been applied.
While disappointing construction issues like the ones described above do not typically result in the structural failure, they do create a frustrating and inferior cosmetic result. Correctly made veneers are lustrous, stain-resistant, and long-lasting. Click here now for some before and after photos of Ballantyne Center for Dentistry patients.
Theodore J.—Ballantyne Center for Dentistry Patient
There are several ways to ensure that dental veneers are properly constructed and yield a superior cosmetic result. One method is to use a computer to simulate the look of your smile before any veneers are constructed, so you can preview and choose the way your dental veneers will look. Secondly, Ballantyne Center for Dentistry uses CEREC® which is a computer-guided system that mills veneers right here in our Ballantyne office; this eliminates the possibility of human error.
A necessary step in the placing of dental veneers is some removal of the tooth structure. However, some dentists fail to prepare teeth for veneers properly; most commonly, not enough tooth structure is removed. This results in the teeth appearing oversized or “puffy”. In addition, inadequate preparation makes dental veneers prone to cracking. Adequate preparation requires planning and adequate time. In recent years Lumineers which require little to no tooth preparation, have become a very popular option for patients. In the right situation these veneers can look very nice, however they are only appropriate a very small percentage of the time in order to achieve optimal esthetic results.
When outfitting someone with dental veneers, a cosmetic dentist has to take into account your bite, tooth, alignment, jaw alignment, and other factors. If your bite is not properly taken into account when dental veneers are designed, constructed and placed, they are prone to failure. If your veneers have caused you pain or have made your teeth sensitive to pressure or varying temperatures for an extended period of time, or show signs of chipping or grinding, your veneers may be flawed, or you may need an adjustment. Sometimes it is necessary for people with veneers to wear a small appliance to bed every night to ensure longevity. This very simple appliance along with adjustment, has saved many veneer cases from having to be completely redone.
If you have one or more failed dental veneers, we invite you to visit our Charlotte, North Carolina cosmetic dentistry practice. If you kept any pieces of the veneer that chipped off, we invite you to bring the pieces with you during your initial consultation: this will help us when it’s time to fix any bite issues.
Because dental veneers have the potential for such stunning smile makeovers, it’s particularly devastating when they fail. We look forward to help you correct this type of bad cosmetic dentistry. Whether your dental veneers are simply disappointing or actively failing, we can help.
While dental implants are successful over 90 percent of the time, certain factors can cause them to fail. An implant that is failing may become loose, rotate, fall out, or become painful or sensitive. In addition, some patients notice a strong taste or odor in their mouths when implants are failing. If you suspect you have failed implant dentistry, contact us right away.
Dental implants can become loose when the jaw bone is unable to stabilize the implant, perhaps because of periodontal disease or neglect in a situation that calls for a bone graft. It is extremely common for poor bone quality to prevent the successful placement of dental implants. If this is the case, a good dentist will perform a bone graft or seek another treatment for your missing teeth.
Dental implants, when properly placed, should stay stable for life. Any loosening is a sure sign of failure that should be treated immediately. Trauma, injury, bone issues, tissue disease, and other oral health issues can cause an implant to loosen. In extreme cases, the screw that anchors the implant can break, causing the implant to fall out. Again, if an implant falls out, the issue should be addressed immediately.
Early failures of dental implants are caused by errors made during the implantation procedure: overheating the bone during the placement of the titanium post, using too much force during placement, or contamination of the implant’s titanium anchor. Sometimes Implants will fail due to infection. It is common to give a patient antibiotics immediately after implants to prevent the natural bacteria in your mouth from creating an acute infection around the newly placed implant.
Late failures also stem from errors made during the implantation process, but emerge as time goes on. If you clench your teeth, have a shifting bite, or experience changes in the vertical dimension of the jaw, this can put excessive force on the implant and cause it to fracture.
Dental implants hold a tremendous amount of promise in replacing missing teeth, but placing them is a highly technical, extensive, multi-step process that requires experience and expertise. If you have one or more failing or simply disappointing dental implants, contact us now for an appointment.
Crowns are important to the health, strength, and beauty of your smile. Failing crowns can be extremely painful and pose an increased risk for the infection and major injury of the affected tooth. In addition, old crowns that contain metal can have unsightly margins. Patients coming to our North Carolina practice to have their metal crowns replaced with porcelain crowns find the procedure simple and rewarding.
Improperly made crowns, including those that have not been properly bonded, can become loose and uncomfortable. In extreme cases, crowns can fall out with no warning, leaving the patient in pain and scrambling for a solution. In addition, decay or infection under a crown can cause a painful failure which necessitates intervention from a skilled dental professional.
While today’s crowns are often constructed entirely of porcelain, many old crowns contained metal. The look of metal crowns is familiar: a small line of metal is visible at the gum line. Using porcelain crowns, we can give you a crown that is strongly bonded and looks completely natural, blending in with the surrounding teeth.
Crowns, if they are improperly made or bonded, can cause pain when biting, which sometimes begins very soon after the crown is applied. This can occur if the crown has made the tooth extend too far beyond its natural height, or if it was bonded without properly considering the biting surface of the adjacent tooth. In extreme cases, crowns that challenge your natural bite are eventually ground down…a situation that can compromise your health and cause extreme pain.
We are fully qualified to correct this type of bad cosmetic dentistry at our Charlotte, North Carolina cosmetic dentistry practice, so contact us today if you have one or more failed crowns.
Old dental restorations eventually wear out–a reality that many people have discovered as their old metal fillings have cracked, popped out, or otherwise failed. Because old metal fillings contain mercury, which expands and contracts with changes in temperature, these fillings are particularly prone to failure. In addition, silver fillings grow more visible over time, as the metal eventually blackens during oxidization.
If your metallic fillings have failed, or if you are simply dissatisfied with their appearance, we welcome you to have them replaced with tooth-colored ones made of ceramic. Our fillings are precision-milled in our office using CEREC®. In many cases, patients can visit us with old fillings and walk out with tooth-colored ones.