I went to get two dental implants. My doctor said I’d need some bone grafting done because the bone was too thin. He’s done hundreds of dental implants so I believed him. He’s known for good implant work. I had the bone grafting done. When the healing was done he went to do the dental implants but ended up stopping part way through because he said the bone was still too thin. What’s going on? Is this typical?
While this isn’t normal, I think I know what’s going on. Your dentist is known for his dental implant work. That means he’s highly experienced. Bone grafting is a different procedure altogether. It’s likely he’s new at that.
Every dentist is new at something as they expand their skill set and the best dentists are constantly improving and developing new skills. I wouldn’t be too hard on him. He was honest with you.
Another, less ethical,
Getting Your Dental Implants
You can still get implants. You can allow him to try again, knowing he’s honest and won’t take advantage of you. If you are tired of dealing with it, which even he would understand, ask for a refund and go to someone else who is more familiar with both procedures.
A Cosmetic Consideration
I don’t know where the implants you are planning are being placed, but if they’re visible when you smile you should be aware whatever color they’re made at first is permanent. If you are happy with the color of your teeth, than having the implant crown made to match them is no biggie.
However, if you’re considering teeth whitening in the near future, it will save you money to do it before the crown is made. This way it can be made to match the whiter color. If you wait until afterward, the crown will have to be re-done to match the teeth.
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