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Why Did My Dental Implant Fall Out?

I wanted to have a dental implant done, but I found the prices here in the US were too expensive. Someone referred me to a dentist in Mexico and he seemed ok, so I went ahead and had the procedure done there. Everything seemed fine. We got through the surgery ok and the healing process went fine, but then it started to feel loose. I made the trip back to Mexico and the doctor said it was just the crown that was loose, and that he’d be able to take it off and re-cement it. Instead, he pulled the whole dental implant out. He offered to redo it, but I’m more than a little worried, since I still don’t understand why it came out in the first place. Was it just because he pulled too hard?

Thanks,

Brandon in Texas

Dear Brandon,

Your dental implant should have been rock solid if it was healthy. Pulling on it would not have made any difference at all. When it’s healthy, it’ll integrate fully with the bone. So, the real question is why it was loose to begin with.

Based on the timeline, it sounds like the crown may have been placed too soon. If it hasn’t had time to fully integrate, the pressure from biting will cause it to become loose and cause the dental implant to fall out. There’s no set timeline on how long it takes for one to integrate. For some people, it’s around a year, but it could take more or less time. An infection could have also caused the problem, but since you didn’t report any pain or other symptoms of infection, it seems unlikely.

The other possibilities typically include issues in how the dental implant was placed. Perhaps the implant, itself, wasn’t sturdy enough or cheap “parts” were used. It could have been that there wasn’t enough bone as well, in which place a skilled dentist would have recommended bone grafting before the procedure.

At this point, a new dental implant can’t simply be placed. You’ll probably need bone grafting done to fill the hole and that will have to heal before you can have a new one placed. Going forward, this is not something you want the same dentist to do for you. It’s far better to have it done in the US, where there are quality guidelines and standards in place. The same thing could have happened here, but it’s highly unlikely and you would have recourse. With the care being done in Mexico, you’re largely at the mercy of the dentist, and that isn’t a good situation to be in, especially with what you’ve already endured.

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I’ve decided that my implant dentist was incompetent.

I have determined that my implant dentist is incompetent. I went through the entire dental implant process and was so excited to put it behind me. Well, it was less than a month before the crown felt loose. When I went back into the implant dentist, he told me that the dental implants looked fine after doing an x-ray. He determined it was the crown that was the problem. When he tried to remove the crown and it wouldn’t budge. He returned with some special tool. Then, when he removed it, the implant came out with it. Help! I’m freaked out now. Where did he go wrong, in placing it or in yanking on it with too much force?

-Rebecka in Rhode Island

Rebecka,

Based on what you have described, one thing is clear. The crown was not the problem. It was the dental implant that was loose the entire time. When a crown isn’t placed properly and is loose, it is simple to remove. In fact, it may end up falling off on it’s own. There would never be a “special” tool required to remove a loose crown. The problem with implant dentistry is that it is not a regulated specialty area within dentistry. Therefore, any dentist can claim to place dental implants without adequate training and expertise that is required for success. A loose dental implant is very serious.

There are a few possibilities to explain why your dental implant was loose. It is possible that the crown was placed onto the implant too early, prior to the necessary healing time that is required. The implant fuses to the bone in a process called osseointegration. If too much stress is placed on the implant too early, it will fail because it doesn’t have enough bone support. Or it may have been an issue of substandard materials.

Infection is another possible cause. But you didn’t mention being in pain and typically when there is an infected dental implant, there is intense pain.

Unfortunately, repairing the dental implant at this point isn’t an easy or straightforward process. The bone will need to be prepared again and you will need to have surgery again. Bone grafting may also be required to build up enough density at the implant site. The possibility exists that there wasn’t enough bone density to begin with.

It would be in your best interest to find a new implant dentist. Be sure to research their credentials and experience, as well.

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Looking for the best implant dentist in Mexico.

I am pretty much broke but I need two dental implants. I can’t afford an implant dentist in the States. I have heard Mexico is where it’s at to score a deal on dental implants. How do I go about finding the best implant dentist in Mexico?

– Carl in California

Carl,

Living so close to Mexico, it is understandable that you are tempted to cross the border for your dental implants. But PLEASE proceed with extreme caution! Looking for the best implant dentist in Mexico is kind of like an oxymoron. There is a reason they are so much cheaper than seeing an implant dentist in California.

In Mexico, their standards and regulations are not the same as they are in the United States. So although you may get an amazing deal on your implants, you may pay for it in the long run, in more ways than one.

There is dental implant horror story after story, about implants done in Mexico that have come loose, dental implants that have become infected, implants that have pierced the sinus cavities, and the list goes on as to why the dental implant failed for one reason or another.

This isn’t meant to scare you. Yet, to answer your question there is really not a good way to go about finding the best implant dentist in Mexico. Now that’s not to say that getting your implants done on this side of the border guarantees that all will go off without a hitch either. Many implant dentists find ways to cut corners to keep their costs done, through substandard materials or improper placement techniques, and shortening healing times. The cost to repair mistakes, coupled with the risk to your oral and in some cases overall physical health, are just not worth it.

Don’t price shop when it comes to dental implants. This is a highly involved procedure that requires extensive training and experience beyond dental school. Not just any dentist places implants successfully, even if they say they do. So do your homework, check credentials, ask to see a portfolio of work similar to yours, or you may put yourself at risk.

There is of course always a chance all will be fine. But you should definitely spend the time and energy on finding the best dentist over making cheap dental implants your priority. If budget is that limiting of a factor, consider discussing payment options, financing companies, or paying as you go. Or possibly, an alternate treatment could adequately meet your needs. Don’t sell yourself short!

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Dental implant keeps breaking.

I had a dental bridge and one of the teeth that supported the bridge needed to be pulled. This was about a year ago. After the bridge-supporting tooth would be pulled, it couldn’t support the bridge any longer. So my dentist recommended I get a dental implant to replace that tooth and also one where the bridge covered. I had to get bone grafting and go through the long process of surgery, healing, and then a crown. Well, once it was all said and done, a couple weeks passed and then to my despair, the dental implant broke. The entire screw came out of my jaw. The dentist seemed to think it was all just a fluke. So he recommended we do it over. He wasn’t going to charge me anything, so I let him make it right. Then, the second one broke. Seriously, this doesn’t sound like a fluke. He fixed it again and we finally got to the crown stage. Well, you get the idea. One of the crowns has already come off. I’ve lost faith in my dentist and don’t know what to do. He tells me he will fix it, but as you can understand, I’m not going back. Please help me.

– Kellie in Washington

Kellie,

Sorry you have had to endure such a terrible dental implant experience. Generally speaking, when a dental implant is done by an experienced implant dentist, the success rate is pretty high.

But when things go wrong, they can go really wrong. If a dental implant fails, it is quite commonly due to a dental implant infection. This could stem from problems during healing or possible the integration with the implant and the bone failed. Dental implants are comprised of titanium in most cases which means they are extremely strong. So for the actual post to break may point  to substandard materials that were used. This can happen when dentists are trying to save on dental implant costs. Implant manufacturers in other countries provide lower quality materials because their standards and regulations are not as strict. So, it may be possible that the materials were purchased outside of the United States. You could inquire as to whom supplied your dentist. But, at this point, it sounds like it’s time to move on. You don’t want to go back again after so many dental implant failures, from the implantation all the way through the process, including problems with the restoration. It’s time to cut your losses and go see another dentist.

Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully, it is beneficial to someone else out there. Implant dentistry is one of the leading areas of malpractice within dentistry. Not just any dentist can successfully place them. There is much advanced training required in order to be successful. Far too many dentists get in over their heads with this type of work.

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Dental implants loose after two weeks.

I was out of the country in India and decided to get a lot of overdue dental work done. It was super cheap and it has been many years since I have seen a dentist. So the dentist talked me into some “immediate function dental implants.” I had them placed on two teeth. Well, it’s been two weeks and they seem a little swollen too and irritated on the gums. And now I think they are becoming loose. The oral surgeon mentioned that they may be a bit loose until osseointegration sets in. Is this normal? Do you think they will become more stable over the next couple weeks? I’m getting nervous that I may have got what I paid for with cheap dental implants.

– Mike in Maryland

Mike,

You should always proceed with caution with cheap dental implants. Generally speaking, dental care in other countries is much less expensive. But these countries do not have the same standards or regulations that we do here in the United States. Also, you can’t go back into that dentist to have them check it out. They are pretty much off the hook at this point.

Loose dental implants is not normal. It is also worrisome that you are noticing swelling and irritation. Please get into an implant dentist at your earliest convenience. Unfortunately, dental implant horror stories are not uncommon. Far too many dentists try to lure in patients with cheap fees, but are usually cutting corners one way or the other. Whether with substandard materials or improper technique, you will end up paying much more in the long run to have the work done properly. Infection is also very dangerous if left untreated. So, yes it sounds as if your deal may have been too good to be true.

Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully it helps someone else before they are tempted.

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I lied to my dentist about smoking.

I lied to the dentist about smoking. How big of a deal is it really? I’m an adult and in college. So I can make my own choices. Yet, I care a lot about what my mama thinks. She doesn’t know and it would break her heart. I’m on her dental insurance plan still, so I am afraid she would find out this way. I am actually getting evaluated to have a tooth replaced and they are trying to find out if I’m an implant candidate.  I felt like the dentist was giving me the evil eye. So maybe he knows anyway. I would love some advice as to how big a deal this is?

– Jet in Texas

Jet,

We don’t have to tell you how bad smoking is on your physical health, no matter if it’s cigarettes or marijuana. But smoking also has a negative effect on your oral health. You didn’t state how much you smoke. That makes a big difference. If you smoke on a daily basis, there is a good chance your dentist knows already. Yet the doctor-patient confidentiality relationship can be exercised since you are an adult. He doesn’t have to tell your mother anything. So it would be good to contact your dentist and be honest. Especially because it sounds like you are being evaluated as a dental implant candidate.

You should also know that smoking can adversely affect healing times after the oral surgery. It can also increase the risk of infection which could ultimately lead to dental implant failure. Smokers aren’t always the best implant candidates. So your dentist needs to know sooner than later.

It’s sweet that you want to keep this destructive habit from your mother. But when it comes to health professionals, it is always best to be honest. They are making recommendations based on the information provided and need to have all the information including current medications, alcohol consumption, and smoking. So suck it up, be a man, and tell your dentist. It may be wise to tell your mom too. Mother’s intuition is a strong thing. She may already know anyway. But if she is going to be paying for your treatment, at the very least, she deserves your honesty.

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Is it Safe to Go to a Dental School for a Dental Implant?

I want to have a dental implant done and went to my doctor for a quote. Their estimate was way out of my budget. One of my friends suggested I should go to the local dental school and have it done instead. If it saves me a lot of money, I’m all for it, but I worry about having a dental implant done by someone with little experience. Is it safe to go there or should I keep saving until I can afford to have my regular doctor complete the work?

Thanks,

Patty in Texas

Dear Patty,

This is really a matter of your own personal preference. You’ll have to decide if the risk is worth the tradeoff for reduced costs.

On one hand, dental schools are very meticulous. Your dental implant would be completed by someone with extensive training, as well as hands-on application of that training. Additionally, there will always be a teacher checking the student’s work to ensure that it’s done properly.

On the other hand, dental implants are a skill that must be finely-tuned. There’s a lot that can go wrong, and in the hands of a specialist, they can occasionally fail. Even if it’s a straightforward one, with no bone grafting or other special treatments needed, it still requires surgery. The student will embed the implant into your jawbone and, over a period of months, it will integrate with the bone. Then, you will have a piece added to the top and a crown made custom to fit in place.

If each of these steps is not expertly performed, the implant may not adhere to the bone, it may fail, or you may face recurring infections which ultimately could lead to dental implant failure. Any of these issues sets you back to square one. In order to increase your odds of success, you’ll have to have a student who has a natural gift for placing dental implants and he will have to have a teacher who is an expert in catching issues before they become a problem. Not all dentists have a keen enough eye to do that.

Overall, entrusting a student with a procedure as delicate as an implant might increase your risk of failure and you’ll want to be sure what the protocol is in the event that happens. Most people would prefer to have a highly-skilled dentist do the restoration for those reasons. If, however, you decide to go forward, it’s a good idea to ask lots of questions so you know what experience the student and the teacher have. It is a bit risky.

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Can a serious smoker get dental implants?

I have really bad gum disease and I am a heavy smoker. A couple of my teeth have fallen out and I hate the way I look now. I think it would actually look better if I get the other bad teeth pulled and replaced with either a denture or dental implants. I think dental implants will look better but I want to know if that is a good idea because I’m a serious smoker.

– Bart in Washington

Bart,

Well, it’s likely you know how terrible smoking is for your physical health. But what you may not realize is smoking also has a negative affect on your oral health, especially gum disease. As you are experiencing, gum disease is terrible and will eventually be a cause of tooth loss.

You have also mentioned the fact that dental implants look more aesthetically pleasing than dentures. They are also a permanent solution to missing teeth. They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. But the downside to implants is that smoking will negatively affect your implants, just like it negatively affects your gums. Specifically, smoking will complicate the healing and post-operative period after the implants have been surgically placed.

Therefore, if the implant sites do not heal properly, the end result may be loose dental implants, an increased risk for infection, and overall will increase the risk of dental implant failure.

In regard to dentures, many patients are not happy with the way them. Not only do they not like the look of them, other denture problems are that they aren’t ideal for chewing, and eventually you will be dealing with a bone loss condition called facial collapse the occurs when you are missing teeth. The bone is resorbed to be used elsewhere which in turn causes your jawbone to shrink.

So the elephant in the room is that first thing first – quit smoking! Since dental implants are a large investment, it would be wise to invest your money in quitting smoking. Then, you will have a much better chance of being a dental implant candidate.

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Could my sinus problems be from my dental implants?

I have six dental implants in the works to replace six of my upper teeth. This was about six months ago when the initial surgery was perform. Ever since then, I have had really terrible sinus issues. The pain and pressure has become too much to handle from the continuous sinus infections. I’ve tried everything I can think of to get over them. But nothing is working! I am beginning to wonder if it is all connected to my dental implants. Have you ever heard of this? When I called my dentist about it, he said there is no correlation. But I have never had sinus problems prior to getting implants. I have only had the surgery completed so far and am hesitant to move forward with the final restorations because I cannot live like this. The dentist sends me to my physician and vice versa. Please tell me you know the answer?

– Bart in Illinois

Bart,

Sinus issues are the worst! Sorry to hear that you feel like you have been getting the run around. You may be onto something in correlating your sinus issues with the placement of the implants. But of course it is very difficult to make an assessment like that based on the little information you have provided.

So here are a few things to consider. Did your dentist do a CT scan or panoramic x-ray to help with placement of the dental implants? Among the leading implant dentists in the country, this is becoming accepted as the norm. But not every dentist takes this critical step. CT scanning can give an implant dentist the complete picture, including the exact location of nerves, the sinus cavities, and other anatomical placement.

If this important step has not been taken, it may be time to seek another opinion. Another reputable implant dentist may be able to better diagnose the situation or you may be interested in seeing an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist at this point. An ENT or otolaryngologist should be able to pinpoint the cause of the reoccurring infections.

Until you have figured out the cause of your sinus problems, you may want to hold off on moving forward with original dentist. You don’t want to move on and risk dental implant failure. It could very well be that your dentist has done absolutely nothing wrong.  But dental implants mistakes are not uncommon. This is largely due to the fact that it takes extensive advanced training beyond dental school to place them successfully, yet this is not a designated specialty area within dentistry. The short story is that any dentist on the block can make the claim to do implants.

Thanks for your question.

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Do I really have to quit smoking before getting a dental implant?

At my last appointment, the dentist is urging me to move forward with replacing my missing tooth. He is recommending a dental implant, but I am a smoker. He says he won’t do it unless I quit. As much as I’d love to quit once and for all, I just don’t know if I can. I swear I have tried dozens of times. What does smoking have to do with dental work? Shouldn’t I be able to choose whether I can get a certain treatment or not? Do you think he would know if I really hadn’t quit even if I said I did? I will make every effort to cut back but quitting isn’t likely going to happen. But I really want to replace my missing tooth. I hate the way my smile looks these days.

– Bart in New Mexico

Bart,

The bottom line is that honesty is the best way to go with any doctor. Although you are the patient, he is fully invested in the success of your dental implant procedure. He likely feels fully responsible for the outcome. It is not uncommon that an implant dentist will recommend you quit smoking. Of course, there are some that dentist out there that will still do the procedure, yet they will highly encourage quitting.

Let’s consider this. If you were building a new home, would you build it on an uneven foundation? Even if you aren’t telling the truth, there will likely be symptoms that the dentist will notice when preparing you for the dental implant procedure. Discolored teeth, a fuzzy tongue, film on the surface of your gums, and bad breath are all giveaways.

Yet, the ultimate concern is how long the dental implant will last. Smoking directly affects a patient’s healing time since there is a reduced blood flow in the gums. Smokers are also at higher risk for gum disease which directly impacts the dental implant, it increases the risk for tooth decay and even infection. Smoking actually increases the risk for failure by three times!

So dental implant failure is the main reason that your dentist is making this recommendation, coupled with the added health benefits from stopping smoking. Hopefully this was helpful as you consider if you are a dental implant candidate.

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