I need some advice. I went to see a dentist who said he’s placed a lot of dental implants. I trusted him and now feel like I’ve been taken advantage of. When he “finished” my implant surgery, he told me that he realized I didn’t have enough bone structure and now he wants to know if I would like him to take out the dental implant and give me a dental bridge. Why would he place the implant knowing I didn’t have enough bone for it to work? Can he do this?
I’m not sure how your dentist thinks he can get away with this. It is negligence at best. Let’s say that he didn’t know you didn’t have enough bone support before he started the surgery. Why didn’t he? Did he not do the appropriate diagnostics? Did you have a CT scan? If he did, does he not know how to interpret the diagnostics? Or worse, he knew and did the surgery anyway.
You can easily get a refund for this. He knew the procedure would fail and didn’t inform you. Instead, he placed a doomed dental implant. However, now you still have a missing tooth that needs to be replaced.
If you still want a dental implant for your tooth replacement that is possible. However, you will have to deal with the bone issue. There is a bone grafting procedure you can have done that will build back up the missing bone. Once you have healed from that you can move forward with the implant procedure.
Obviously, you will want a better implant dentist. I want you to look at Dr. Delaune’s bio to get an idea of the type of training you want your dentist to have. I’m not talking about his dental school. Instead, look at all his post-doctoral training. This is important. Dental implants are an advanced procedure that isn’t adequately taught in dental school. It requires significant post-doctoral training to really know what you’re doing.
Then, there is the cosmetic factor. You didn’t mention where the tooth was located that you are replacing. Is it a front tooth? If so, you will want an expert cosmetic dentist as well. This way it will perfectly match the adjacent teeth. With a back tooth that will not matter as much, so you could focus on the implant training alone.
For a front tooth, you’ll want implant and cosmetic training. For the latter, I’d look for an AACD accredited dentist. These are the top cosmetic dentists in the country.
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