Can you help me? I’ve already paid for six dental implants for my lower arch. Three of them have already fallen out and one other feels a bit loose. I’ve only had them for two weeks. Here are my questions. First, can I get a refund on the ones that fell out? Second, are the others going to fall out too? Third, does this mean I cannot get dental implants? These were supposed to be for implant dentures, but we haven’t gotten far enough into the procedure for that.
Let’s take these one at a time. First, yes, you can definitely get a refund. For most dentists, there is around a 3% failure rate. Your dentist has a 50% failure rate. That is way too high. You should not have a problem getting your money back, especially given how fast they failed. As for your second question, that is a yes too. I am concerned about the remainder of your dental implants failing as well.
The first thing I would like you to do is see a dentist with a significant amount of post-doctoral training in dental implants. This is not really a procedure taught thoroughly in dental school. To complicate matters, it is one of the most advanced procedures there is and when it goes wrong, the complications can be pretty serious. You want someone with equally advanced qualifications. For instance, Dr. Hadgis is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a fellow with the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies. This is the kind of dentist you want for your dental implant procedure. Once you find someone with these type of qualifications, you can have him look at your implants and see if he can tell you what went wrong.
Causes of Dental Implant Failure
- Premature loading: This is when the dentist places either the dental crowns or the denture to your implants before there was enough time to integrate with the bone. I don’t actually think this was your issue because you said there hasn’t even been time to get to the denture yet. They began failing before that.
- Infection: This is often the result of poorly fitting dental implant fixtures.
- Diagnostic shortcuts: Your dentist should have done significant post-procedural diagnostics. This is to ensure you are a good candidate for dental implants and that you have enough bone structure to support the implant fixtures.
- Cheap fixtures: Dental implant fixtures purchased in the United States are required to pass strict standards. Some dentists, however, will try to increase their profits by purchasing cheap implants from overseas. Unfortunately, many of these fail.
- Incorrect placement of the implant: In some cases, the dentist just places them in the wrong spot.
Once you know why yours failed, the new dentist can help you get them done right.
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