I have been looking forward to getting new dental implants for years. When I was fourteen, I was in an auto accident. Since then, I’ve been wearing a dental flipper.
Finally, I found some affordable dental implants by a local dentist. I was really excited to learn that the implant dentist is also known for her cosmetic dentistry skills. So, I’ve been looking forward to getting this resolved once and for all.
I had the initial consultation and she recommended getting porcelain veneers on the teeth that are next to the dental implant sites. So, that would mean I’d be getting dental work done on six teeth. I wasn’t expecting this scenario. As much as I’ve been counting the days to get dental implants, the dental flipper didn’t look terrible.
I can’t afford dental implants and porcelain veneers. This is the reason I was on the hunt for affordable dental implants in the first place. The initial dentist that did my dental flipper years ago never mentioned anything about porcelain veneers later. I’ll find a way if I need them. But, I was wondering if they are a must-have or more of a vanity request.
-Paul in Chicago
Adding porcelain veneers around dental implants is typically not normal. However, if the teeth that are surrounding them have aesthetic issues, then it should be considered. Otherwise, there is no need to do anything to them.
If this implant dentist cannot blend in the new dental implants with the surrounding teeth, then you were misinformed. To be candid, this dentist doesn’t have cosmetic dentistry skills if they cannot be made to look lifelike and natural. So, if she is indeed trying to sell you porcelain veneers in order to recoup the cost of the affordable dental implants, you may want to seek another opinion.
Quality needs to be the most important factor when selecting the best implant dentist for you. If another dentist can make the dental implants blend in beautifully without requiring porcelain veneers, it will end up saving your more in the long run. Also, dental implants are done in stages. So, you may be able to pay for them as the work is done over time. Skip the porcelain veneers unless you have issues that need to be addressed on the surrounding teeth.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD.