Four Failed Implants


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My dentist placed 2 implants on the right bottom 2 years ago and they both failed – he added the healing cap on one of them last year too loose and the cap fell out in a couple of days and then he tightened it too tight (that twisted the implant inside the bone and gave me pain for 5 days) and later this April, he could not unscrew the healing cap to place the crown on it. So, he just removed the whole implant (that was integrated very well with my bone for 2 years) without even telling me. Later I found that it could have been unscrewed by placing an ice cube on it for a minute but he did not do any research or discuss it with me - he just pulled it out!

The other implant on the right bottom – he removed the crown after placing it this April at the same time saying that it did not go deep enough. He grinded the crown on the sides saying the surrounding teeth were blocking it from going deeper and tightened it too tight (that twisted the implant inside the bone and gave me pain for 5 days) but it did not go any deeper than it did before other than DAMAGING the implant that was well integrated with my bone for 2 years. After he placed the crown, it was fine but when he removed the crown to re-screw it (screwed it too tight), it became loose and painful. He doesn't answer why it did not go any deeper "vertically" even after grinding the crown on its sides. Even after a similar disaster with the other implant, he did the same mistake again of tightening it too tight instead of finger tight and I can feel the implant is damaged as it is painful to touch and loose on feeling it with the tongue - I can feel it is moving inside when I push it with my tongue. Is this going to heal after some time and re-integrate with the bone? Or should I have it pulled out and restart with bone grafting?

He extracted my 2 front bottom teeth and did 4 bone grafting procedures over a 1 year period. He placed 2 implants in the front bottom in Sep last year that failed due to using short implants (8 mm and 10 mm) and they are loose and just sitting on the top of the gums. Later he placed healing caps on them and noticed the implants were short and loose from the X-Ray "after" the procedure. That was a waste of time and money! He ordered longer implants (11 mm and 13 mm) and they are sitting in his office for the last 4 months. He says there is not enough bone and gum on the front bottom to place the implants (in spite of doing 4 bone graftings). What is the solution? If they don't have enough gum/bone, why did he extract them instead of doing root canals?

Can I ask him for for a refund for the failed implants and healing caps as they failed due to his experiments on me using me as his lab animal to learn dentistry?

Do I have a case to sue him for damages?

TIA
 
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MattKW

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"So, he just removed the whole implant (that was integrated very well with my bone for 2 years) without even telling me." A well-integrated implant won't come out that easily. If you have any Xrays we might be able to opine more. Or, get copies of all records and go to another dentist or specialist (like a prosthodontist) for a 2nd opinion.
 

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