I had a dental implant placed and the crown came loose. I called the dentist who placed it and he did an x-ray. He felt the implant was fine and thought the crown was loose so he decided to remove it and rebond it. Unfortunately, when he went to remove it, it stuck so he needed a special tool. When he used that he had to pull pretty hard and the implant came out with it. Is it possible the dentist messed up here? I don’t know how to fix this.
Yes, your dentist definitely messed up. I am actually having a hard time figuring out how he could have been so clueless as to pull out your dental implant. If a crown is loose, it would practically fall off. You certainly aren’t going to need a special tool for it. It should have been obvious to him that it was the implant that was loose the whole time.
Reasons for a Loose Dental Implant
There are a few reasons your dental implant could have been loose. One of the main reasons is because an infection developed. However, you didn’t mention any pain, nor did you have a fever. I’d expect one of those to be present if that was the issue. Another reason for a loose implant is premature loading. That could mean that the dental crown was bonded on before the implant was ready. A third reason could be there was never enough bone support to even place a dental implant.
Your dentist should have done diagnostic x-rays, including 3-dimensional ones, to determine that. I am a tad concerned about his diagnostic abilities as he did an x-ray when you mentioned it was loose and he couldn’t tell the implant was the problem.
Getting this fixed will require you to re-do the procedure. However, it will take more than just doing it again. Before another implant can be placed, you’ll need bone grafting done in order for there to be enough bone to retain the implant. Without that, you will end up with another dental implant failure.
In your place, I would demand your dentist pay to have this done correctly. Don’t let him re-do it himself and don’t just agree to a refund, because it will cost more to fix than you paid him. He needs to pay the new dentist and YOU need to be the one who picks the new dentist. You want someone who has done significant post-doctoral training in dental implants. If they need to refer you to an oral surgeon, make sure it is the dentist who determines the placement of your implant.
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