I’m hoping you can help me. I’ve lost faith in my dentist. I’d been losing teeth due to periodontal disease. He suggested I replace them with dental implants. I went through the surgery but the dental implants have started falling out. He says he can do them again, but maybe my body just rejects them. What do I do?
The first two things I want you to do is ask your dentist for a refund and report him to the dental board. He’s either incompetent or dishonest. Neither of those make for a good dentist.
If you had periodontal disease (gum disease for the uninitiated), then you weren’t a candidate for dental implants to begin with. He should have known that.
Your teeth were falling out because of your periodontal disease. How would your dentist expect for your dental implants to stay in? Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t replace your teeth with dental implants, but two things will have to happen first.
Dental Implants and Gum Disease
The first thing you’ll need to do is deal with your gum disease. Without that, you will continue to lose teeth. It will require some extra treatments, but it will be well worth it for you to keep as many teeth as possible.
The next step will be bone grafting. The gum disease can eat up your bone, which is necessary for your implants to be secure. Fortunately, it is an easy outpatient procedure.
Once those two things are done, you will then be a candidate for dental implants. You’ll love having them. It’s like having healthy, natural teeth again. Unlike partial dentures, they’re completely secure. You can eat whatever you want.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville, AL Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree.