I’m getting ready for my second dental implant procedure. The dentist is the same, which leads me to wonder if any of the expenses carry over into the second round of the treatment? My insurance did not offer coverage for the two I’ve already paid full-price for. However, the original implants never took. Therefore, I now need them redone and was told that I would be charged the full-price for the second time in a row. I’m shocked that none of the parts of the original implant procedure can be carried over or helpful for the second round. Do you agree with this?
When you say they didn’t take, I think you are referring to the implants not connecting with the bone. This typically takes place anywhere between 6-12 months following the surgery. It unusual for the implants not to take at all. Poor placement, infections, and some medical conditions can offer obstacles to the healing process. However, it is also quite possible that you could still be within the normal healing period, in which case you would just need to allow more time.
If these options all failed, it is important to determine the cause of the implant not taking. If your dentist hasn’t explained the cause to you, or failed to explain it in a way you can easily understand, that is alarming. It’s important to attempt to receive an explanation from him as to why the implants have not yet taken. If you don’t receive answers, a second option on the existing work is advisable, prior to any additional work with the original dentist.
Regarding the dentist offering more affordable dental implants for the second procedure, a form of discount or refund is appropriate and in order. If you paid in full for the original procedure, the amount likely included the cost of the crowns being made. It sounds like this has yet to happen. In addition, it is difficult to pinpoint why the implant failed to take. It could be a result of an unpredictable circumstance, or it could be something which could have been prevented. If it could have been prevented, you should not owe a dime. Regardless, it’s most likely best for you to request a refund, then look into a skilled dentist to redo the work. A second opinion will help you determine what your options are, as well as the issue, before proceeding.
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