I think I’ve been swindled but I don’t know what, if anything, I can do about it. I had some loose teeth. At first, I thought they were going to firm up, but when they didn’t I decided to see what can be done about it. I did some research and discovered dental implants would be the best option if I lost my teeth. Then, not long afterward, I saw an advertisement for a dentist offering affordable dental implants. I thought that would be the ideal solution. I went in and he gave me the price for everything from surgery through implant crown. It was expensive but do-able. He said most places would be much more money. I called around and he was right. He suggested we extract those teeth right then. I agreed. We did the extractions, he said after I healed from that we’d do the implant surgery. Months later and I still have no teeth in there. I went in to encourage him to do the surgery. I was tired of looking like a hillbilly. He told me my gums still weren’t healthy enough and I’d need gum treatments before we could do the surgery. He never mentioned this ahead of time and now we’re talking even more money and months more without teeth. What do I do?
There are a couple of fishy things going on here and I’m afraid you’re dealing with a rather unethical dentist. You may need to get the dental board involved. Here’s the thing. If you need gum treatments, that means you have gum disease, which would explain why your teeth were loose to begin with. However, patients with gum disease aren’t candidates for dental implants.
The gum disease would have been the focus. With that treated you might not have even lost those teeth to begin with or needed dental implants. However, we’ll not know if they could have been saved because they’ve already been extracted.
The other thing that bothers me is he didn’t offer you any temporary teeth while you were in the transition time. Dentists usually make a dental flipper for you to at least have something in the space. The only reason I can think of that he didn’t is because if he left you with no teeth, you’d feel desperate enough to do whatever he said was necessary to get teeth back.
Cheap versus Affordable Dental Implants
Whenever someone is a significant amount cheaper than all the dentists around him you need to stop and ask yourself why. Are they using materials of poor quality to cut costs? Are they unskilled and trying to draw in patients? Are they swindling people? Cheap isn’t always better.
There is a way to get affordable dental implants. Moving forward, I think you need to get a second and third opinion about your case from where it stands now.
If what happened is what I think they’ll likely suggest you deal with your gum disease and possibly bone grafting done. From there, you can go forward and get implants done. Also, ask one of your second opinions dentists to give you some temporary teeth so you don’t feel so self-conscious.
Because your “affordable” dentist extracted your teeth while giving you the impression you could get dental implants with gum disease, you should have no problem getting a refund. Let him know you’ll be going to the dental board about his unethical behavior.
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