I just got back from getting my dental implant crown. Unfortunately it's awful and doesn't look at all like what it should. It's very messed up and needs to be fixed. How best to procede? Full story and photos inside.
Timeline: In February, I had some pain in a tooth. I went to a dentist that was in the Care Credit network - as I can't afford out-of-pocket dental bills. The dentist informed me and showed me that I had an abscess. I had the optons to get it pulled, pulled and implant, or root canal.
It's a very back tooth, and since he had a slight deal on implants I went with the implant route.
-Antibiotics and tooth pulled. Dental post placed in jaw the same day
-X Ray followups over the next 5 months to check progress
-2 weeks ago he places the metal post (photo
-Today I go in for the final crown and the following happens:
I have had crowns before. He took a long time drilling down the crown prior to putting it into my mouth. When we would put it in I could tell it was too high for my bite (again, I have a crown on another tooth so I know what's going to be too high. Then he cemented it in and did more shaping. This HURT LIKE HELL by the way. Everything up to this appointment has all gone well. Dentist and staff were super nice.
So here I am getting this thing drilled in my mouth, and I am literally sweating from pain, but "it will be over soon" passes through my mind and I tough it out. I can tell when I bite that it's sore and he says we can adjust it later, but the "bite looks fine" according to the blue wax paper I've been biting on. He says we can adjust it later on in the week after things settle also. (Again I've had a crown so I know sometimes you get it tweaked after a few days.) I told him it hurts a bit when biting down and he said it will be sore for a few days.
The tooth already felt uncomfortable, like it didn't sit right. It felt a little big on my cheek side and it felt flat along the top, but I was like "maybe it looks different than it feels." Not the case. When I got in the car I almost burst into tears checking it in the mirror and immediately knew it wasn't right
. I took a photo and sent it to my dad.
PHOTOS OF BAD CROWN
, including implant pics and full bottom. The second to last tooth on the opposite side of my lower jaw has a crown so I know what they should look like.
This is horrible. It has no shape and it's drilled down to the post for some reason. Right when I got home I started sobbing and my dad agreed that it's totally messed up. Also I am in pretty bad pain. I know it will hurt but I hope it stops hurting soon.
He never told me that it was down to the post, or that it didn't look like a crown or anything. I am really confused by this. This is my final crown also. I waited for 2 weeks while it was being made. At the same time, he is a cosmetic dentist in addition to general dentistry.
We already called and they said they would "Fix it for free, but the dentist was busy so he couldn't be reached." I honestly don't know how comfortable I feel going back there. We are also in a bit of a bind as my husband doesn't have time off right now and I don't feel comfortable without some backup so to speak. All in all this was $1300 that was put onto a credit line.
1: Go back to him and get it "fixed" for free. (Really kind of uncomfortable with this.)
2: Get a second opinion from another dentist and go back to dentist 1 to get a refund/fixed and refund.
3: Go to a new dentist and get a second opinion. Have dentist 1 refund me while getting it fixed by dentist 2.
What would you suggest I do? I am leaning toward getting a new opinion and getting it fixed elsewhere, plus trying for a refund. What's the best way to go about this? How bad is this crown and can it be fixed? Ouchie!
I am really upset. It hurts. It looks horrible. I know that to fix it, they will probably have to drill it down and then place a crown on top like you would with a regular crown - and I'm pretty scared of the pain.