I went to the dentist in December 2008. At that time I asked how my implants looked as I have one that the crown always seems to be loose and can rock back and forth. My dentitsts reply was they were in there solid and were not going to go anywhere. The reason I had asked is the dentist I saw previous to him had told me that I might have some slight bone loss around that area. I never felt comfortable with that dentist so I asked the new dentist at one of my semi-annual appts. Last week, I noticed my implant had become extremely loose, and I couldn't get the crown to tighten. I made an appointment with my dentist. This time I saw the a different dentist in the office. He took xrays, and came back and said, "I have some bad news." I was in complete shock, he proceeded to tell me that there is no bone holding the implant in and I will eventually lose the whole piece. I have had this implants for 20 years, due to a previous lawsuit of my dentist at that time pulling the wrong teeth. Now I am being told I need to have a bone graft to have a new implant put in.
I hope this all makes sense, as it was somewhat to try and type out to make sense. I guess what I need, is what options do I have? Can I go to the ADA, my local dental society? What this/can this be seen as mal-practice or a mis-diagnosis? How would you all move forward? When I had my implants placed, I was 15 years old, and my parents basically settled out of court. Help...what should I do.
A frustrated dental patient