In March 2022, my former dentist completed four dental implants and an overdenture. My dentist said I had enough bone for the implants, so I did not need a bone graft. In April of this year, I noticed movement in the overdenture I had felt before. I saw the dentist once about the issue, and without giving too many details, the dentist was evasive. I left the office because I was angry and knew I could not play the game with my dentist. Now, I feel soreness in my gums around two implants. I am terrified of dental implant failure. Besides that, I have dental anxiety. Then there is the thought of contacting my dentist again for a refund. I’ve had two consultations but am afraid to choose a dentist for fear of another surgery that may not work. I don’t know where to start. Thank you. Tyler
We are sorry to hear about your traumatizing experience. You did well in scheduling consultations and should continue to be cautious about choosing your new dentist.
How to Find a New Implant Dentist
You can find a new implant dentist by checking websites to see if they specialize in implantology. Prosthodontists and periodontists have two years of specialty training after dental school, specific to tooth replacement with dental implants. Prosthodontists also have advanced training in tooth restoration, providing you with natural-looking crowns, a dental bridge, or an implant-supported denture.
Before scheduling consultations, look for a prosthodontist’s or dentist’s training and credentials in implantology. Also, read patient reviews. Schedule at least two consultations to compare the dentists’ recommendations for identifying the cause of your loose overdenture and possible treatment options.
Although you have dental anxiety, please don’t delay getting care. It can prevent the issue from getting worse.