I had implants fitted and the crown came loose. I went back to the dentist and he x-rayed my mouth and reassured me that the implants looked fine and that it was just a case of cementing the crown back in place. When he tried to remove the loose crown it would not come away and he had to use a special tool, when it came away the implant came with it ! is it possible that he pulled it out accidentally or would an implant not succumb to force?
- Ann Marie from the U.K.
Clearly your crown was not loose – it was the implant that was loose all the time. A loose crown is so easy to remove that it usually falls off of its own accord – it would never require any kind of special tool. And I’m sitting here trying to imagine the gross incompetence of the dentist not being able to figure out that the crown was not loose, when he was not able to remove it. Now I realize that standards of health care in the UK are not very high, but even with that, I’m having trouble reconciling this that happened to you with incompetence. It kind of seems like the dentist wanted to go through the motions of recementing the crown to cover up that the implant was loose. A loose dental implant is serious. A loose crown is easy to fix.
A loose dental implant can happen for several reasons. You didn’t tell me the time frame of when this came loose, but if it is right after the crown is placed on it could be an indication that the crown was placed prematurely – before osseointegration was complete. Or it could be that the stress on the crown was too much for the situation, that the implant was not substantial enough to take the stress, or that the quality or amount of bone support of the implant was inadequate.
It’s also possible that the implant became infected. However, that would probably have been associated with pain, so I’m going to put that further down on the list of possibilities.
Fixing this is not a simple matter. It’s more complicated than just replacing the implant. The bone will have to be filled in again – the bone that was removed before the implant was placed. It’s possible that more bone will have to be grafted in because what was there may not have been adequate in the first place, and with what has happened in the loss of the implant, there is likely to be some shrinkage. And then, of course, you need to find someone that will do this right. I wouldn’t go back to the original dentist – no way.
If you were in the United States, I would advise you to demand that this dentist pay whatever it costs you to fix this right. You would have excellent legal leverage. In the UK, however, you have different standards of care and a different system, so I don’t know what to advise you about that.
- Dr. Hall
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