Can you help me figure out how to handle a situation with my dentist? I had a dental implant placed. Everything seemed to go fine. Then I had the crown placed. It wasn’t long before something felt loose. I called my dentist. He thought it would be possible the dental crown was loose so had me come in so he could rebond it. He struggled to get it off and used a special tool. While the dental crown did come off, so did the implant. Did he make a mistake here? He said I could try again for the implant in a year and gave me a temporary dental flipper. What do I do?
I am having trouble registering the amount of dental incompetency this required. I hear of stories like this, but they are usually from overseas dentists. Not here in the U.S. When a dental crown is loose, it will come off without any issues. He wouldn’t have needed a special tool. This is basic dentistry 101. When it didn’t come off, he should have recognized the crown wasn’t the problem and did an x-ray on the dental implant.
Because it came off, it was obviously the problem from the beginning. And even with a special tool, if it was in good condition, it would not have come off easily. A successful dental implant integrates with your bone, making them as difficult to remove as healthy teeth.
Obviously, your dental implant did not integrate with the bone. This can happen for a few reasons.
- Not enough bone support. It is possible there was not enough bone there to begin with. Though, if your dentist did proper diagnostics, he would have known that ahead of time and taken steps to correct that issue.
- An infection. Implant fixtures will come loose if there is an infection. I don’t think this was your issue, though I can’t be certain without examining you. My reason for doubt is an infection often indicates with pain.
- Pre-mature loading of the implant. If your dentist put the dental crown on before the implant had fully integrated with the bone, the excess weight would cause the implant to come loose.
- Improper placement. Finally, it is possible your dentist simply placed the implant incorrectly.
Where to Go From Here
Your dentist needs to take responsibility for fixing this. However, the case is a little more complicated now. You will need bone grafting done. Then, after that is healed you will be able to re-do the dental implant.
My suggestion is you ask for a full refund or to have this dentist pay for it to be done correctly by another dentist of your choosing. You paid to get a tooth. You not only didn’t receive one, but his action further complicated your chances of a successful outcome.
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