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Old 05-22-2019, 08:53 PM
 
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My dentist placed 2 implants on the right bottom 2 years ago and they both failed – he added the healing cap on one of them last year too loose and the cap fell out in a couple of days and then he tightened it too tight (that twisted the implant inside the bone and gave me pain for 5 days) and later this April, he could not unscrew the healing cap to place the crown on it. So, he just removed the whole implant (that was integrated very well with my bone for 2 years) without even telling me. Later I found that it could have been unscrewed by placing an ice cube on it for a minute but he did not do any research or discuss it with me - he just pulled it out!

The other implant on the right bottom – he removed the crown after placing it this April at the same time saying that it did not go deep enough. He grinded the crown on the sides saying the surrounding teeth were blocking it from going deeper and tightened it too tight (that twisted the implant inside the bone and gave me pain for 5 days) but it did not go any deeper than it did before other than DAMAGING the implant that was well integrated with my bone for 2 years. After he placed the crown, it was fine but when he removed the crown to re-screw it (screwed it too tight), it became loose and painful. He doesn't answer why it did not go any deeper "vertically" even after grinding the crown on its sides. Even after a similar disaster with the other implant, he did the same mistake again of tightening it too tight instead of finger tight and I can feel the implant is damaged as it is painful to touch and loose on feeling it with the tongue - I can feel it is moving inside when I push it with my tongue. Is this going to heal after some time and re-integrate with the bone? Or should I have it pulled out and restart with bone grafting?

He extracted my 2 front bottom teeth and did 4 bone grafting procedures over a 1 year period. He placed 2 implants in the front bottom in Sep last year that failed due to using short implants (8 mm and 10 mm) and they are loose and just sitting on the top of the gums. Later he placed healing caps on them and noticed the implants were short and loose from the X-Ray "after" the procedure. That was a waste of time and money! He ordered longer implants (11 mm and 13 mm) and they are sitting in his office for the last 4 months. He says there is not enough bone and gum on the front bottom to place the implants (in spite of doing 4 bone graftings). What is the solution? If they don't have enough gum/bone, why did he extract them instead of doing root canals?

Can I ask him for for a refund for the failed implants and healing caps as they failed due to his experiments on me using me as his lab animal to learn dentistry?

Do I have a case to sue him for damages?

TIA
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:06 PM
 
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My one implant did not work out as well. Don't believe I can get a refund, full or partial.

Good luck!
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:20 PM
 
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Do I have a case to sue him for damages?

TIA
I'd get recommendations for a good oral surgeon and consult him/her- or maybe even search the Internet for a local attorney who handles dental malpractice.

I'm not a lawyer and definitely not a dentist but I have 5 implants put in over the last 9 years and I'd never go anywhere but my current oral surgeon and dentist (2 different guys) if I needed more. I've never had a problem. My dentist, in putting in the crown always uses a little tiny torque wrench and tightens it according to the manufacturer's specifications. Once when he wasn't familiar with the new implant the oral surgeon used, he actually had a representative from one of the manufacturers (either the implant or the crown) in the office while he installed it, although the dentist did all the work. The oral surgeon does a 3-D scan of my jaw (and pats himself on the back at how well previous implants have integrated!) so he KNOWS how much bone he has to work with.

This is exacting, precision work. I hope you get the advice you need.
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:25 PM
 
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Geez, I cringe when I read stories like this. I just had a root canal and a temporary crown installed on it. It was not as bad as I thought it would be, but still, it was not a pleasant experience.
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Old 05-24-2019, 03:17 PM
 
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Wow, sorry for your experiences dentamax. What area of the country do you live in? Maybe someone here can recommend a good dentist for you? Did you go to a general dentist or a dental surgeon?
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:55 PM
 
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My bias as a specialist (oral surgeon) is that I have a booming business of "fixing" implant problems. While there are many general dentists who are very skilled at implant surgery (and specialists who are not), the public has no way of knowing. Online reviews are worthless. After all the trouble you have had, I would consider going with a specialist next time.


As far as legal avenues, it's difficult to say since your post is full of some obvious misinformation such as suggesting 10mm implants are "too short".
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:49 AM
 
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I had a oral surgeon do 4 on 4 implants on the bottom and they are great 3 years later. Then I let a dentist do the top for a third of the price. They all failed and I am back to a denture. I asked for half my money back and he gave it to me. I thought that was fair.
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:11 AM
 
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I had a oral surgeon do 4 on 4 implants on the bottom and they are great 3 years later. Then I let a dentist do the top for a third of the price. They all failed and I am back to a denture. I asked for half my money back and he gave it to me. I thought that was fair.
Is this a situation of you get what you pay for?

Sorry this has happened to you.
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:16 AM
 
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Sany, yes it is. I paid 33k for bottom and top was going to be 40k because I needed a bone graft. The tops were 11, my insurance paid 3k. I got 5500 back. Don’t let anyone other than a oral surgeon do implants.
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:29 PM
 
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Sany, yes it is. I paid 33k for bottom and top was going to be 40k because I needed a bone graft. The tops were 11, my insurance paid 3k. I got 5500 back. Don’t let anyone other than a oral surgeon do implants.
Did the 33,000 include the teeth that went over the implants or was that just the implant cost??
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