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Why Did My Bone Grafting Not Work?

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

Margaret,

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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Emergency Dentist Said My Dentist Blew It

I had a crown placed. Everything was sensitive afterward, especially to hot/cold. I went back. They said it’s normal for a few weeks. But, it continued after that. They still told me it was nothing. A few weeks later, my face blew up and I was in so much pain I went to see an emergency dentist. He told me I have an infection and need to have a root canal treatment. I couldn’t believe it. He said it was a result of an open margin. My crowns were placed incorrectly. I spoke to the original dentist, trying to get a refund for what I’d paid so far, especially, because I had to pay an emergency dentist and I missed work. He said what happens after the crown is placed is my responsibility and I’ll need to pay the balance. I can’t believe it! I’m out so much money. Is that normal?

Brooke – Texas

Brooke,

Wow! What a difficult experience you’ve had. Each dentist is a little different in their policy on refunds. However, this one seems pretty cut and dry, especially if you’ve got x-rays showing the open margins.

Your dentist didn’t meet the standard of care, not to mention he let your infection go so far. People still die from teeth infections. It’s a good thing you went to the emergency dentist. He likely saved your life.

Here are a couple of tips that may help you get a refund in your situation.

1. Tell him you’re going to contact the dental board and show them the x-ray.
2. Get the emergency dentist to contact the dentist on your behalf. Dentists don’t want to look bad in front of their peers. He may give you a refund just to maintain his reputation.

Either of those should get his attention if he has trouble being fair on his own.

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What If I Am Terrified of the Dentist?

I have had so many bad experiences at the dentist that I find it almost impossible to go. I know I need to get some dental care. Even now I’m terrified of getting a cavity, but I cannot find a way to get through the door of a dentist’s office. Are there any helps?

Tina – Ohio

Tina,

I’m very compassionate about the position your find yourself in. I want you to know you’re not alone. Many people have a fear of the dentist. Our mouths are vulnerable parts of our body.

I’m impressed that even with your fear, you’re still concerned about your oral health. I wish more people were as conscientious as you are.

I have good news for you. There are dentists who are aware of the fear you experience and cater to patients that suffer from dental anxiety. You can do a quick internet search for some of the following terms. Any of them will likely lead you to a dentist that can help you experience a pain free appointment.

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Is Sedation an Option When You Have Osteoporosis?

I have osteoporosis. My teeth hurt all the time as a result and I dread dental appointments. Is it possible to have sedation dentistry in my condition?

Julia L. – Wisconsin

Julia,

It sounds like sedation dentistry is a great option for you. It will enable to have your work done without the pain that comes with osteoporosis. Plus, it allows you to have more work done per appointment, saving you time and money.

One precaution. with your condition, you’re always at risk of breaking a bone. Sedation makes you tipsy. That means you’re at risk of a fall. Even for patients without osteoporosis, it’s required you have someone stay with you for that reason.

The office will likely make sure you have someone with you when they check you in. Be sure to list every medication you’re currently on so the dentist gives you the type of sedation best for your body considering what else you’re taking.

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Dentist Lied About His Specialty

My dentist said he was a dental implant specialist. That gave me the confidence to move forward with this treatment. Previously, I’d been on the fence because it required surgery. When I heard he was a specialist I felt safe. Now I find out there’s no such thing as a dental implant specialist. Should I cancel the surgery?

Zahra E. – Oregon

Zahra,

You’re right. There is no such thing as a dental implant specialist. But, there’s no such thing as a specialty in cosmetic dentistry either, yet there are some dentists who’ve had so much training and are so artistic to boot that it is easy to call them a “Cosmetic Dentist” though in reality they are just general dentists.

The same can be true about your dentist and dental implants. There’s no ADA recognized specialty in the field, but it’s possible he’s had such extensive training and is skilled enough where he could be considered the best implant dentist in your area.

I wouldn’t cancel the surgery yet. Instead, have a talk with your dentist about your concerns. Ask him about his training. Ideally, there should be some post-graduate training in that field. Also ask him how many implant procedures he’s performed with succesful, permanent results.

If you’re not comfortable with his answers, then you can cancel.

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Help My Affordable Dental Implants Nightmare

I need some guidance. I’m worried I’ve been dupped and ripped off. I knew I needed a couple of dental implants for some loose teeth. They’re the two teeth next to my very front teeth. I called around to different offices and one was significantly more affordable than the other dentists. I scheduled an appointment with them. He suggested pulling the teeth then and there. I liked the fact that he was ready to move forward and agreed. We waited for a healing time then I came back in to schedule the surgery. When I did, he told me I needed bone grafting from gum disease before the surgery. When he priced out that for me, it ends up more expensive than the other dentists I didn’t go to because of cost. Now I’m missing teeth and have no idea what to do. Can this be salvaged?

Abigail W. – Ft. Smith, TX

Abigail,

You’ve either been duped or gone to an incompetent dentist. When you have gum disease, dental implants are out. Period. It’s the gum disease which likely led to your losing the teeth to begin with. If your gums can’t support your teeth, they can’t support implants. The fact that this dentist indicated you could get implants means he’s a liar or he’s incompetent—neither of which you want in a dentist.

Affordable dental implants are possible, but not this way. Never just look for the lowest price. IT’s often a bad sign. There’s a big difference between affordable and cheap.

Here’s what’s going to need to happen.

1. Find a different dentist. One who does affordable dental implants. Again, I don’t mean cheap. There are ways to work with financial limitations and give you quality treatment.

2. Treat the gum disease. Without healthy gums, dental implants are out of the question.

3. Talk to your dentist about your affordable dental implant options. There are several treatment options for you, but which one is best depends on your individual situation. I can’t make a recommendation without more information. Choose your dentist carefully.

Depending on the extent of your gum disease, you may be able to get a dental flipper for the missing teeth, which will at least give you more social confidence until you can have a permanent replacement.

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Will Medical Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

I’ve been struggling with periodontal disease and some other issues. I got dentures, but they make me gag. Dental implants are out of my budget. Is there a chance my medical insurance would pay for it because not having teeth is bad for my health?

Tilley L. – Montana

Tilley,

Dental Implants are an excellent procedure for replacing your teeth. But, as you’ve discovered, they are expensive. Unfortunately, medical insurance always has a clause in it that they won’t cover any dental procedures.

There are so many benefits to dental implants, but one I seem to forget to mention you brought up. Gagging. Those with a strong gag reflex find it quite helpful to not have all the additional implements in their mouth that come with dentures. Implants are like having your natural teeth, so there’s nothing to gag on.

However, even with all their benefits, you won’t be a good candidate for implants until you have your gum disease under control. You’ll lose the implants just like you’re losing your teeth. Your best bet is to save up for dental implants while you get your gums healthy. In the meantime, you’ll need to continue with the dentures.

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Are Jamie Foxx’s Teeth Dental Implants?

I’m losing two teeth. I’m trying to decide how to replace them. I keep hearing dental implants are the way to go, but they’re really expensive. Someone told me that Jamie Foxx’s teeth are dental implants. His teeth look great. If mine can look that great, I don’t think I’d mind the expense. Is that true?

Cynthia K. – Oregan

Cynthia,

I did some research after getting your question. I already knew how to respond regarding your options, but wasn’t sure about Mr. Foxx. It’s apparent from the photo below that his teeth change. From what I’ve read, he goes above and beyond for roles. In fact, part of what I read says that he had a tooth chiseled out for his role in the “soloist”.

As you can see, his teeth change a lot. That makes it obvious some dental work has been done. He’s even admitted as such saying he has some porcelain in his mouth. However, that can be anything from porcelain crowns to dental implants.

So, I’ll answer your question in two parts. 1. Mr. Foxx has had some dental work done, but I’m not sure which procedures. 2. Dental implants are by far your best option, if you’re a good candidate. As to whether they’ll look as good as Jamie Foxx’s teeth, that depends on the skill of the dentist you acquire. Ask to see before and after photos of the work he or she has done.

These are the most like having natural, healthy teeth as you can get. You’ll be able to eat and drink normally, as well as brush and floss without limitations.

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I Can’t Finish My Crown Procedure

I had the first part of an appointment to get a dental crown. I don’t think I can go back. The dentist was a monster. He was rough and rude. I felt like I was being manhandled. Do I have to stay with this dentist?

Belinda M. – Staten Island, NY

Belinda,

I’m extraordinarily sad for the experience you had. No one should feel manhandled at a dentist’s appointment. In fact, a dentist should be gentle with all their patients. The rudeness is inexcusable as well.

To answer your question, no, you don’t have to remain with this dentist. You can switch dentists at any point in a procedure and your current dentist is ethically bound to give whichever dentist you choose all the information pertinent to your treatment.

Let me assure you there are kind and gentle dentists. You can get good care. Be careful not to put off your treatment for too long. I know you’ve had a bad experience, so it will be easy to dread another appointment, but this is important.

Do a search for “Gentle Dentist” or “Sedation Dentist” that may help you find a kind dentist more quickly.

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Dental Care for a Recovering Addict?

I’m a recovering drug addict. I’m going to a clinic for it and they have me on a methadone schedule to help. I truly am trying to get my life back under control. That includes my teeth. Unfortunately, they’re in bad shape. I’m a little anxious about the work it would take. I went to a dentist and he confirmed my fears. I do, indeed, need quite a bit of work. Once the dentist found out I was on methadone, he said there’s no way he’d be able to prescribe me any pain medicine. I can’t imagine having all that work done without medicine to ease the pain. I offered to let him speak to my clinic and discuss my case if it would ease his mind. He still would have nothing to do with it. Is that going to be typical from every dentist?

Tony D. – Baltimore

Tony,

It honestly depends on the dentist. Some of them are so terrified of being investigated by the DEA that they leave their compassion behind. The fear is even a whiff of a scandal, even if they’re found innocent, will hurt their business for years to come.

That doesn’t mean you can’t get the help you need and deserve. I’d call around, starting with sedation dentists. They tend to be more compassionate and often deal with patients who suffer from dental anxiety. You’ll likely get more pliable results from them.

I’d also like to say Bravo! for the steps you’ve taken to get your life under control. I know how challenging and frightening that can be. Not to mention the battle you face is with your own body, which often betrays you in cases of addiction. Tackling something like this tells me you have the gumption to find a dentist who’ll work with you. I know he or she is out there.

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