I received a dental implant from my general dentist. Before getting the implant, he said I needed a bone graft first. He did one, and then I went back to get my implant after it healed. However, now he says the bone is too thin to do an implant, and I should get a bridge instead. I trusted my dentist because he said he’s done many dental implant cases over the years, but now I feel that I should have gone to a specialist. Would the same thing have happened if I’d seen a specialist?
Patti, from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Your dentist wants to make things right with you. He may offer to redo the case, especially if it’s early in his bone graft career. I am not familiar with your particular case, but a bridge would be a possible solution, as he suggested. You can still try to get the dental implant. I would recommend that you see a dentist in your area with a lot of experience in dental implant surgery. Your dentist should be able to refer you to a periodontist or oral surgeon who can finish your case.
Don’t be too hard on your dentist. He may have experience with dental implants, but not with bone grafting. It would have been worse if you dentist had placed your implant, only to have it fail down the line. Dental implantology is not a specialty recognized by the ADA, but dentists and oral surgeons can receive additional training in placing implants.
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