I went in for a dental implant and my dentist told me that when he went in to do the surgery he realized there wasn’t enough bone density but apparently he placed the implant anyway. Now he wants to remove it and give me a dental bridge. I feel like I am being ripped off. Shouldn’t he refund the money for the unnecessary surgery?
No, this isn’t okay and I have no idea why your dentist thinks he can get away with this. When your dentist placed your dental implant knowing it would fail that was a violation of dental ethics. In your place, I would tell him either he gives you a total refund or you will be talking to the dental board or even bring up a malpractice suit. That should sober him.
Additionally, this would never have happened had your dentist done the correct diagnostics before your procedure he would have known you didn’t have enough bone beforehand. Then, he never would have begun the procedure.
Once you get your money back, you will not necessarily have to get a dental bridge, though. There is a procedure known as a bone grafting procedure. This helps to build back up the bone density in your jawbone that you are missing. Then, after a period of healing, you can go back and have the dental implant procedure.
It likely goes without saying that you need to find a new dentist to do this. In addition to checking that they have done post-doctoral training in dental implant procedures, it would not hurt for you to also check their reviews in order to ensure that they have treated their patients with more integrity than your dentist has treated you.
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