I am not sure where to go from here and need some advice. I had a dental implant placed. It felt like the crown was loose so I went to see my dentist. He said the crown was loose and needed to be re-cemented. When he tried to take the crown off he had a bit of trouble. His next step was to use a special tool, but when he got the crown off the dental implant came with it. What do I do now?
I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your dentist is completely incompetent. First, if a dental crown is loose, it is incredibly easy to remove them. Most often, they fall off of their own accord. What was actually loose was your dental implant. If your dentist wasn’t incompetent then he was incredibly dishonest. Neither scenario bodes well for you as his patient.
Some Reasons for Loose Dental Implants
If the implant came loose right after the dental crown was placed, then it means the crown was placed prematurely. Before you can place an implant crown there has to be sufficient osseointegration. Without that, the crown will pull the implant loose. Another option is there wasn’t enough bone support to begin with. Doing implants requires substantial diagnostics. A dentist should determine how healthy the bone structure is. Then, if there isn’t enough, suggest bone grafting to make sure you have the best chance of a successful outcome.
Some implants fail because of an infection. You didn’t mention either pain or a fever. In most cases of infection, one or both of those would be present.
Fixing a Failed Dental Implant
The first thing you need to do is demand the dentist who botched this so badly pay to get it fixed by a dentist you choose. That is important. Fixing this involves more than your original procedure, so just getting a refund will not be enough. You also want it to be a dentist you choose, so you can make sure they have the expertise to do this right.
It will require significant post-doctoral training. For instance, Dr. Weiss trained at the esteemed Dawson Academy. He’s also an instructor at the Academy of Osseointegration. This is what you want to look for. Not only that, he’san AACD accredited dentist which means he can create a beautiful crown.
I’m sorry this happened to you. Hopefully, this can be rectified soon.
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