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My Dentist Wants to Remove My New Implant

Posted by AllSmiles

I chose the wrong dentist for implants because he placed them in shallow bone and now wants to remove them. A month after implant surgery, my dentist took an x-ray and said the implant he not healing. He wasn’t to remove it and try again. So far, the implant is not loose and doesn’t hurt. I do not trust the dentist to try again. Two weeks ago, I told the dentist I needed time to consider my options. I don’t believe I have options other than implant removal, but I need advice. What do you suggest? Thank you. Wilfredo from Elk Grove, CA


Thank your question. We understand that dental implant failure can be frustrating and disappointing. Dr. Michalski would need to examine your implant site for an accurate diagnosis, but we can provide some helpful Information.

What If Your Dentist Wants to Remove Your Implant?

If your dentist wants to remove your implant after placing it in shallow bone, it probably means that the dentist did not plan properly. Skilled implant dentists take a 3-D CT scan before implant placement to see your bone volume and determine whether it is enough for implants or if you need bone grafting.

Your dentist is responsible for these reasons:

  • Low-quality standard of care
  • Increasing your risk of infection or trauma
  • Performing surgery that would fail
  • Creating an inconvenience for you to repeat surgery

What Can You Do If About Dental Implant Failure?

You should request a refund if a dentist’s negligence causes dental implant failure. If the dentist is uncooperative, you can try the following:

  • Report the issue to the state dental board
  • Get advice from a medical malpractice attorney
  • Get a second opinion from an advanced implant dentist

Is It Too Late to Replace a Dental Implant?

Usually, it is not too late to replace a dental implant that failed due to a lack of bone volume. A skilled implant dentist can determine whether a bone graft will help you continue treatment. The dentist must take the following steps:

Graphic model of a dental implant in the bone with natural teeth on either side
Bone grafting helps healthy bone tissue grow and interlock with dental implants
  • Remove the loose implant
  • Perform bone grafting surgery
  • Allow the graft to heal, or in some cases, immediately place the new implant

We wish you a smooth resolution.

Dr. Thaddeus Michalski, a Rocky Hill, Connecticut dentist and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologist, sponsors this post.