I got three dental implants. Not only was it very expensive, but it cost me a lot in time. Two of the three of them have snapped off. The actual screw/implant broke. I would think with the cost of this, they would be more durable. My dentist is offering to re-do the procedure free of charge, but is saying I may need some additional work. I’m not looking forward to this and want to know the cause before making a decision.
Ned S. – Iowa
That would be frustrating. I understand your concern. The posts for dental implants are made of titanium, so they’re pretty durable. It’s not very common for them to snap like that.
My guess would be one of two things. Bear in mind that it is only a guess, as I haven’t examined your particular case.
1. Sub-par materials. There are a handful of companies that make the materials for implants. Some of them use poor quality materials, presumably to increase their profit margin. If this is the case, hopefully your dentist took note of it and will not order from this company again.
2. Improper placement. Dental implants are a highly complicated procedure which requires a lot of training. It is possible that your dentist did not place them correctly.
If I were in your place, I would get a second opinion by another dentist who can examine your case before making any decisions. Don’t tell them who your dentist is, in ase they’re friends. You want an unbiased opinion.
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