I had two crowns done. One of them looks darker than the other. It is the tooth that had a root canal done on it and had turned darker. I spoke with my dentist about my concern with a color difference. He said not to worry about it he’d take care of it. He even took a picture of the teeth to show his lab the color difference. However, they still ended up different colors. Is there anything to be done about it or do I just have to live with it?
Sylvia S.- Sheridan, AR
It sounds like your dentist doesn’t have the necessary cosmetic skill and experience to deal with your situation. It can be handled, but it needs to be done by a highly trained cosmetic dentist. There is something called an opaquer that can cover the darkness of your tooth. However, you still want the porcelain crown to look bright and translucent, which takes some skill when there is an opaquer underneath.
You have two options. Anyone who is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) will be skilled enough to handle your case. If you can’t find an AACD accredited dentist (and there aren’t many of them because of the stringent requirements) you can also find highly skilled cosmetic dentists on the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend artistic cosmetic dentists by state. They also have high requirements, so you’re safe with any dentist there as well.
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