I got full-mouth reconstruction in 2019. I spent $40,00 on veneers, crowns, and implants. Although my teeth looked good initially, I progressively had problems with them. I was in the dental office almost every month, trying to get my teeth patched up. Now, I have exposed implant screws and cannot eat anything above the consistency of a Ritz cracker. Chewing hurts. So does talking. My mouth is raw, and my heart aches over the condition of my teeth. The dentist wasted my time and money. It is insulting! The dental office moved to an undisclosed location, and I cannot find a trace of him online. Some people say he left the country, but now I don’t know where to begin or who to trust. I don’t have a question, but I am looking for advice on where to start. Thanks. Roz from Michigan
We are sorry about your dental nightmare and the dentist who ruined your teeth and took your money. Unfortunately, you have no legal recourse, but we can recommend your next steps.
How Can You Find a New Dentist for Implants?
You can find a new dentist for implants and restoring your full-mouth reconstruction by taking the following precautions.
Avoid cheap the cheap route
Dentists whose fees are much lower than the average in your community may use cheap materials or take shortcuts in diagnostics or procedures. Their means of saving you money can cause even more oral health problems.
Look for a specialist
A periodontist specializes in teeth, gums, and dental implants. Periodontists spend two to three years of training after dental school in tooth replacement with dental implants. Their training sets them apart from general dentists in the ability to diagnose and treat your gums, bone, and remaining teeth.
Insist on careful diagnosis and planning
Whether you choose an implant dentist or periodontist, avoid any provider who does not use a 3D CT scan for diagnosis. The 3D scan identifies your bone volume, dental implant position, and other factors essential to restoring oral health and choosing the best treatment techniques.
Check online patient reviews
Google and Yelp reviews from patients can reveal any clinical problems people have experienced with the specialist or implant dentist. Check reviews thoroughly before selecting a dentist or periodontist.
Consult with at least two doctors before choosing one, even if you prefer specialists. Schedule consultations with each doctor before allowing one to replace your failed dental implants and restore your gum health.
You will likely need new dental crowns for your teeth and dental implant crowns. Include an expert cosmetic dentist on your dental team for quality, natural-looking results. Look for an accredited cosmetic dentist or a dentist with post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry.
Best wishes for a smooth treatment and recovery.
Atlanta periodontist Dr. David Pumphrey sponsors this post.