I had a full mouth reconstruction done a year ago and the dental implant crowns have been falling off leaving me with nothing but the screws. Now one of the implants themselves have fallen out. I’ve been trying to reach my dentist for months, but they keep blowing me off. Now I learn he’s actually fled the country. Is there any way I can get some teeth now?
I am sorry for what you are being put through. It seems your dentist was a crook. I think he or she knows they are in trouble as they fled. I wonder how many other victims there are. It will be hard to recoup your money unless he comes back to the country. I can, however, tell you how to get the smile you want.
You made a good choice in getting dental implants. They are the best tooth replacement. I hope you actually needed a full-mouth reconstruction and that wasn’t just another part of his unethical behavior. Either way, you need one now. To be frank, this is one of the most advanced procedures. Unfortunately, this procedure is not taught in dental school. In order for a dentist to get the training to do this properly, it will require a dentist who invested in a significant amount of post-doctoral treatment, specifically in three areas:
- Cosmetics – to ensure your smile looks beautiful
- Dental Implants – for obvious reasons
- TMJ and occlusion – to make certain they know you your teeth should meet with proper occlusion.
I know that is a tall order. Start with the the cosmetic training. I would not look for the cheapest dentist. That usually means they cut corners in order to keep profits up. That is the last thing you need. Look for someone listed on the mynewsmile.com website. Any dentist listed there has had their technical training as well as their artistry evaluated. They cannot just pay to be listed. Next look at their implant training. Dentists with implant training often have TMJ training as well because proper occlusion is necessary for a good outcome with dental implants. For instance, Dr. Delaune did implantology training with the Zimmer Institute, but he also invested in advanced TMJ training with the renowned Dawson Academy.
Please don’t be surprised if they mention you need a bone grafting procedure to get these implants done correctly. Your implants will probably have to be removed, if more of them haven’t failed by then. When that happens, you lose some bone structure. In order for your dental implants to remain secure, you will need that bone support. In fact, it is imperative that bone integrates with the implants for a successful case.
Following these guidelines, you should receive an amazing smile you will be proud to share that will serve you well for many years to come.
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