I had four dental implants placed and finally got the “tooth” part. He called them crowns. In just a few days, two of them have already fallen out. Should I get my money back on those? Is there a way to get new implants or do I need to look for a different type of replacement?
I’m sorry this is happening to you. Dental implants are a big investment. Unfortunately, it is also an area of dentistry that is not adequately taught in dental school. That means it is up to the dentist to get that additional training. Obviously, not all of them do because, currently, it is one of the leading procedures being litigated in malpractice suits.
To answer your question, yes, you should get your money back on the implants that have failed. But, I think you have a bigger problem here. You’ve lost half your dental implants in just a few days. What makes you think the other half isn’t going to fail? I want you to see another dentist who does implants and get their opinion on your dental implants.
Based on your description and the timing, I am guessing (and I haven’t examined you so it is just a guess) that your dentist placed your crowns on the implants before your bone had fully integrated. This is called premature loading.
You will be better off going to another city for your second opinion. This way the dentists aren’t likely to know each other. You never want a dentist to feel conflicted by having to say a friend did a poor job. Once you find out why these have failed, you will be armed with the information you need to get this fixed.
Don’t just ask for a refund, though. It is going to cost you more to replace these implants than it would originally. This is because when your dental implants failed, they took bone structure with them. In order to keep your new dental implants secure, that bone will have to be built back up with a procedure known as bone grafting. This will cost you even more money. My suggestion is you have your dentist pay to get this fixed by a dentist of your choosing.
If he or she gives you trouble about that, you can simply remind him that will be cheaper than a malpractice suit. I’m sure his insurance company will agree.
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