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
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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