A few months ago I had dental implant surgery. Apparently, the oral surgeon perforated the sinus. He said it was by only a few millimeters, but I was having problems. He went ahead and removed the implant and said that there were no problems because the bone hadn’t integrated. He cleaned out the area and then said we’ll wait a year for everything to heal up and try again. Is there a way to prevent this from happening again?
Only a few millimeters? That is actually a lot in dentistry. Your oral surgeon was responsible for ensuring he did enough diagnostic x-rays (hopefully including 3D ones) to make certain there is enough bone to integrate with your dental implant as well as prevent the possibility of sinus perforation. It doesn’t sound like your dentist did that.
Because you had no integration with the bone, it makes me think there wasn’t enough bone there to begin with. In that case, you’d have needed some bone grafting done. Without that, you still won’t have enough bone to support your implant. Even without a sinus perforation, you’d be looking at dental implant failure.
I’m going to suggest you see someone else to have this re-done. Take the time your current oral surgeon alotted for your sinus to heal. In the meantime, start researching implant dentists. Look for someone with post-doctoral training.
Taking Advantage of Your Dental Implant Do-Over
Your dental implant can be made any color you want. However, once the implant is completed, the color is permanent. If your teeth are the color you want, then nothing further needs to happen. However, if you’ve considered whitening your teeth, the time to do that is before your implant crown is made.
Have your teeth whitened. Then, when your dental crown is made, it can match your beautiful new brighter color. You’ll have a new tooth and a youthful looking smile.
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