I have a dentist who has done many dental implants over the years, so I felt fairly confident he could do mine. When he went in the first time, he decided I needed to have some bone grafting done for the dental implant to have the best chance. So, we decided to go ahead with that. After I had time to heal, we went ahead to do the dental implant procedure a second time. Again, there wasn’t enough bone. He’s suggesting I get a dental bridge. I really had my heart set on getting a dental implant. Is a bridge my only option at this point? Should I go to a specialist?
The good news here is you have a dentist who is trying to expand their skills. Most dentists don’t even bother learning bone grafting and just tell their patients they have to get a different procedure. Your dentist, in contrast, is trying to keep up with all the advancements in his field. The bad news is your dentist is currently new at the procedure, so it didn’t work as expected.
Before I move on, I’d like to praise your dentist for another aspect of his practice. He’s honest. Some dentists would have had too much pride to admit their procedure didn’t work. They’d put the implant in there. A year later, or even sooner, you’d experience dental implant failure without having any idea it was because your dentist placed an implant where there wasn’t enough bone.
Unfortunately, implantology isn’t a recognized specialty. That means you won’t really be able to look up dental implant specialists and have any realistic expectation they have the necessary training. What I’d like you to do is take a look at Dr. Delaune’s training and qualifications. This is what you want from a dentist who is going to work on your dental implants.
At this point, you have two choices: You can start over with another dentist who has the right qualifications and experience. It will mean another round of bone grafting, time for healing, and then a dental implant procedure. I’m sure your dentist will be willing to give you at least a partial refund. It sounded like a dental implant was important enough to you that you’ll be willing to go through it one more time. If you’re weary of surgery, then getting a dental bridge is your next best option.
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