I had six dental implants placed in order to get implant-supported dentures. Within a few days of placement, three of them have already fallen out. I’ve already paid for 3/4 of this treatment. Is it reasonable for me to ask for a refund on the ones that have fallen out? Should I be worried about the remainder of them? Does this mean I am not a good candidate for dental implants? I don’t really want dentures. Is there anything I can do to improve my chances?
I am sorry this has happened to you. Let’s take these questions one at a time. First, is it reasonable for you to ask for a refund on the ones you’ve lost? Absolutely. In fact, I would ask for a complete refund on all of your dental implants, which leads me to your second question. Should you be worried about the remainder of them? Yes.
In most cases, with a decent implant dentist there is a 3-5% failure rate, even then they would last for at least a year. Your dentist has a 50% failure rate in just a few days. I do not expect the remainder to stay in place. As to whether you are a good candidate, in most cases if you are in good general health than you are a good candidate. I think the big problem you have faced is an incompetent dentist. Dental implants are an advanced procedure that are not adequately taught in dental school. It takes post-doctoral training to learn how to do this adequately. I doubt yours has much additional training.
My suggestion to you is to go to an expert implant dentist and have them tell you what has gone wrong with your dental implants. This will help you to get your refund too because a dentist can give you some legitimate backup that it was the dentist’s fault. I want you to see someone with real expertise. Look for a fellow with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). These are the top implant dentists in the world. Then, once you’ve gotten your refund, this will be the dentist to give you the new implants. It is extremely likely (think 100%) that you will need a bone grafting procedure done in order to have enough bone there to retain your new implants.
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