I needed to get dental implants because dentures were a complete bust for me. My dentist said because of some bone loss and the fact I needed a more affordable procedure he suggested all-on-4 implants. I got through the surgical part and one of the implants failed. My dentist is blaming me because he said smoking hinders the procedure. However, he didn’t warn me about this when we were going into it. Now he says because one failed, the whole thing has to be replaced. He also said I’ll need bone grafting now, which is the procedure we were trying to avoid with the all-on-4 to begin with. Can this disaster be fixed?
It’s unfortunate you are going through this. As far as the dental implant failure, I sincerely hope maybe your dentist told you about the risks, but with everything else being thrown at you it was missed. If he neglected to tell you about this risks, especially knowing you are a smoker, you’d be much better served with a different dentist.
The only way to fix this is to start over. You can ask for a refund and hopefully, he will give you at least a partial refund.
Affordable Dental Implants Still Require an Experienced Dentist
One of the most important factors in a successful dental implant case is for there to be a highly experienced dental implant dentist. There is a big difference between cheap dental implants and affordable dental implants.
While the all-on-four procedure can save you money on bone grafting, not everyone is an ideal candidate for that procedure.
Before moving forward, I’d like you to see someone with more expertise in dental implants for a second opinion. He or she can tell you whether it is viable for you to try and save this procedure or if you will need to start from scratch.
You want a dentist who’s done post-doctoral studies in dental implants specifically. For instance, Dr. Murphree has studied at the renowned Dawson Academy.
Other great schools for dental implants include:
- The Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies (LVI)
- The Kois Center
- The Misch Institute
This blog is brought to you by Hunstville Dentist Dr. Steven Murphree.