After getting a new implant bridge in November, my teeth on the left side do not line up. My bite The bridge has two implants and replaces four bottom teeth. I think this is weird, but my dentist says it’s better each time he tries to adjust it. Maybe it looks better, but it doesn’t feel better. Is this a common issue? If so, who do I need to see to resolve it? I no longer value my dentist’s opinion. I’m frustrated and think that I deserve a refund. I don’t know how I could afford to finish the work again. Thanks for your help. Justin from Dayton, OH
We are sorry to read about your disappointing experience with your implant bridge.
When you bite down, your upper and lower teeth should meet simultaneously. Although the issue can occur, it is related to the quality of dental implants and the skill of the implant dentist. If the problem continues, it could lead to TMJ disorder.
What May Cause Misalignment in a Dental Implant Bridge?
Misalignment can occur in a dental implant bridge from miscommunication, implant placement, or dental bridge construction.
- Miscommunication. Sometimes, miscommunication can occur between an oral surgeon who places the implants and a dentist who restores them with crowns or a bridge.
- Dental implant placement. If the surgeon places the implants in a location, the dentist did not anticipate, your crowns or bridge will not fit correctly, and it can misalign your bite. Or a dentist can misplace implants. Symptoms can include teeth, jaw, neck, ear pain, and other jaw joint issues.
- Dental bridge construction. Mistakes while taking impressions of your mouth or errors with dental bridge construction can affect how the oral appliance fits.
We recommend getting a second opinion from a skilled implant dentist. You will need an examination and a 3D X-ray to determine whether the surgeon placed the implants incorrectly or whether there is an issue with the position or quality of the implant bridge.
Getting a second opinion promptly can prevent you from experiencing symptoms that will worsen with time. Also, you paid for a functional implant bridge, but your teeth are misaligned and interfering with the bridge function. You can ask for a refund after getting a second opinion and evidence of your current dentist’s faulty work. If your dentist took shortcuts for your bridgework, it might cost more than your refund amount for a dentist to complete the necessary steps. Ask your new dentist about payment options to make your treatment more affordable.
Baton Rouge family dentist Dr. Ryan Perry sponsors this post.