I decided to get a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. I felt my family dentist would be adequate for the job. He’s performed over fifty successful procedures. He did tell me ahead of time I needed to have bone grafting done because there wasn’t enough healthy bone to support the implant. He’s always showed himself to be a man of integrity. I felt safe. Well, after doing my bone grafting, he went in to do the implant procedure and decided the bone was still too thin. He told me it wouldn’t be safe to follow through with the implant and I should get a dental bridge instead. Really?! After having the bone grafting done, I still am not getting my implant. He gave me my money back, but I still feel cheated. Would this have happened with a dental implant specialist?
Margaret S. – New Hampshire
The short answer is no, this likely wouldn’t have happened with an expert on dental implants. While technically, there isn’t such a thing as a dental implant specialists, some dentists invest a large amount of time into training, so they’re essentially experts. They would have done the bone grafting properly.
However, You’re being a tad hard on your dentist. He’s obviously done this procedure successfully many times. It sounds like bone grafting was new to him, but he’s working toward building up the skills necessary to help all his patients. Learning starts somewhere and there are many failures before successes.
He also had the integrity to let you know he didn’t do the grafting successfully. A less honest dentist would have just placed the implant anyway, knowing it would eventually fail and you’d have to start over. Your dentist not only told you not to go through with it, but gave you your money back on work that he did with a good faith effort. He won’t get his lab or surgical fees back from the hospital. He took a loss.
A dental bridge is an equally viable solution to a situation such as yours.
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