Ballantyne Center for Dentistry
15105 John J. Delaney Dr., Suite K Charlotte NC 28277 (704) 274-2992

 (704) 274-2992

Are you having problems with bad, failed, or failing cosmetic or implant dentistry?

Failed Dentistry in Charlotte, NC

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.

Improper Bonding

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.  However, it is important to note that over time, the forces of your teeth in certain chewing situations or during grinding or clenching, can cause veneers and bonding to fail.  Even the best dentists cannot always predict how dental bonding and porcelain veneers will hold up.

There are some very important things you can do with the help of your dentist to increase the longevity of your veneers though.  Sometimes adding YEARS to your cosmetic dentistry.  We would love to go over these with you in person.  Schedule a FREE cosmetic dental consult today with one of the doctors to find out what can be done to create a beautiful smile that will last for years or help you keep the beautiful smile you already have.

Bad Construction

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.

“I have been a fan of doctors Hufanda and Yaste for years. Now I get to be a Facebook fan of theirs. They offer the best, most skillful dentistry in a very caring manner. For many years, I had an obsessive fear of dental work and my health and personal life had suffered because of it. Dr. Joe turned that all around! He performed major work on my teeth and gums and provided me with a great smile and confidence. I recommend them to anyone, regardless of their dental health.”

-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.  Also, it is incredibly important that a reputable laboratory constructs the veneers.  Too often we see corners cut and veneers that come from labs in different countries.  Our dental veneers are all made in the USA.  All of the laboratories we use have been thoroughly vetted in order to get you the best quality and most esthetic result.  Our porcelain veneers are GUARANTEED to be of the highest quality.  Once our veneers our placed we can balance your bite with a Tekscan® to make sure that no improper forces exist that would cause premature failure.

Improper Tooth Preparation

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.

Alignment Issues

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 you.

Bone Issues and Dental Implant Failure

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.

Lose or Broken Implants

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 Implant Failures

Early failures of dental implants can be 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.  A 3D CT Scan should be taken prior to any dental implant placement.  If you have not had a CT Scan it is imperative that you do.  Many times in the past dentists have attempted to place dental implants without this technology.  Today this is absolutely unacceptable.  The standard of care for implant dentistry has changed recently and without the appropriate diagnostic films and tests, you are at much greater risk for an early dental implant failure.

Late Dental Implant Failures

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.   More and more general dentists have begun to place dental implants in recent years.  Some of them do it very infrequently and do not have all of the necessary technology.  Also, if you are not seeing a dentist who regularly provides the surgical placement of dental implants, they may not understand all of the causes for late dental implant failure.  Experience and Expertise is especially important when you have dental implant dentistry done.  If you have one or more failing or simply disappointing dental implants, contact us now for an appointment.

Failing Crowns

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.

Poor Bonding / Structural Failure

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.

Visible Margins On Dental Crowns

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.

Bite Issues With Crowns

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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Failed Dentistry

Revision Dentistry Charlotte, NCWhat is revision dentistry?

Revision dentistry is the practice of correcting initial dental work that went wrong or yielded subpar results. Examples of revision dentistry include fixing cracked, chipped or loose restorations, replacing restorations that have fallen out of the mouth and addressing related infection, decay or pain.

Why is it important to address failed dentistry?

Failed dentistry can put a patient’s health and happiness at risk. It may lead to infection, decay or dental disease that causes pain and requires costly treatment. Failed dentistry can also significantly affect a person’s self-esteem and confidence; it can lead them to withdraw from professional or social activities due to embarrassment. It may also cause problems with chewing function and proper speech.

Repairing or replacing failed restorations improves self-esteem, confidence and oral health. It enables patients to chew their favorite foods and speak clearly. The result is a happier and healthier patient.

Why did my porcelain veneers fall off?

Your veneers might have loosened or fallen off because they were poorly bonded to your teeth or subjected to improper forces of grinding and clenching. Few things are as frustrating as veneers or crowns that come off when you least expect it. If you are experiencing frequently loose veneers, contact us immediately. We have several state-of-the-art diagnostic tests that can be used to find out why you are having this problem. Sometimes there are very conservative and less invasive approaches to fixing this problem.

Why did my porcelain veneers crack?

Veneers can crack if they are constructed with subpar materials or technique or designed without taking your bite, tooth alignment or jaw alignment into consideration.

How long should a dental implant last?

A properly planned and placed dental implant should last indefinitely with the right care. Jawbone issues, poor oral hygiene and other lifestyle habits like smoking can cause an implant to prematurely loosen or fall out.

Why is CT scanning important when planning implants?

CT scans help our team measure the quality and quantity of the jawbone where the implant posts will be placed. They help us ensure the bone is strong and dense enough to support the implant posts long-term. If we were to place the implants without an understanding of the jawbone, we could raise the risk that the implants loosen or fall out.

Avoiding Failed Dentistry Charlotte, NCHow do the doctors at the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry approach failed dentistry?

Our immediate priority in failed dentistry cases is to stop active infection (including gum disease or tooth abscesses), treat cavities or decay and alleviate pain. We work with patients to change any at-home hygiene. Once those issues have been dealt with, we can review the options for improving form, function and aesthetics of the teeth.

How can failed dentistry be avoided?

Proper diagnosis and treatment planning is critical to successful, long-lasting results. The diagnostic phase should include taking photographs, radiographs and digital impressions of the mouth and using this information to create a diagnostic wax-up. Provisional restorations are then crafted from the wax-ups, and the patient wears them for a specific amount of time. Wearing provisional restorations is a good opportunity for the patient to preview the final results of treatment and provide feedback to fine-tune the permanent restorations.

Of course, selecting an experienced and trustworthy dentist that plans and designs the restorations is also critical to successful outcomes. Our dentists work with vetted laboratories that construct the restorations with the finest and longest lasting materials.

 

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