I’m so worried I’m never going to have teeth again. I’ve had dentures for a while and completely hated them. I finally saved up enough to get dental implants, but my dentist said I’d need some bone grafting first. I was willing to do anything to get implants so I agreed. We did the grafting procedure, then the surgery. It took about a year for the healing process with both procedures before I ever even got to the crown. I’d barely had it a few weeks and it snapped off. I had to start all over. Then after that second year, I had them a couple of months and then that one snapped off. My dentist said he’d only do it one more time. I’m so worried if I break this one, I’ll be stuck with dentures again. What am I doing wrong?
Let me assure you, if you’re taking good care of your teeth and following directions, you’re not the problem. An implant shouldn’t snap. I can think of two reasons it could be snapping and both of them are your dentist’s fault.
Either he is not properly placing them and the force of chewing is causing them to snap. Or, your dentist is skimping and buying implant materials from outside of the United States to save money. An implant from the U.S. undergoes strict standards but costs several hundred dollars. Outside the U.S. you can get them for a few bucks, but there are no standards.
After the first implant broke, your dentist should have clued in. After the second time, it’s inexcusable that he’s not considering it’s his fault.
Here’s the thing. Dental implants will be a better treatment for you once they’re done correctly. I’m sorry you’ve had so many problems with it. Instead of having it re-done the third time by the same dentist, I’d like you to ask for a refund.
I don’t know what area you live in or I’d try to recommend a good dentist if I was aware of one in your area, but I can tell you how to find one that will give you a better chance of having a successful procedure.
First, do a search for an implant dentist. When you have a short list of dentists who advertise as doing the procedure, look up their reviews on sites like Yelp! or Google reviews. They should help you get an idea of what type of treatment their patients get. You should be able to narrow your list down from that.
The final step is to call the office and ask what type of dental implant training they’ve head. Dental school alone isn’t enough. Make sure they’ve had post-graduate training. Then ask the success rate of their implant procedures. If it’s not in the high 90 percentages, move on.
What Can I Do While Waiting on My Dental Implants?
I’m a big believer in turning lemons to lemonade. Seeing as you have to have this done…again, you could use this time to give yourself a treat. Once the dental crown for your implant is bonded on, nothing can be changed about its color. If you’ve ever wanted to whiten your teeth, now is the time to do it. That way when your implant crown is made, it can be the new brilliant white color.
You’ll find teeth whitening is the fastest way to improve your smile and take years off your appearance. Once you have the implants done and your teeth whitened, you’ll find your confidence will skyrocket, making other aspects of your life more successful as well.
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