I planned on letting my family dentist do my dental implant because he’s done hundreds of them even though he is not a specialist. He told me that I would need some bone grafting done. I went ahead and did that. After a time of healing, I was about to get the dental implant. When he went in he decided the graft was not ready and closed me up without giving me the dental implant. He told me I would need more grafting if I want the implant. I’ve had two surgeries and still no dental implant. I feel like this wouldn’t have happened if I went to a specialist to begin with. Do I need to give up on this implant or go to a different dentist?
Technically, there is not a recognized specialty in dental implants. However, some dentists have more experience than others. Though your dentist is likely very skilled at dental implants, he may be new at the bone grafting procedure. Don’t be too hard on him about that. There are two things I think are noteworthy about your dentist. The first is his willingness to broaden his skill set. There are still dentists who barely know dental implants at all. Your dentist is continually expanding his skills instead of just resting on what he knows. Adding bone grafting was the next step. Everyone starts off learning whenever they’re adding a skillset.
The second is integrity. To have to close up a patient and admit your procedure did not work took a lot of courage. There are many dentists who would have gone ahead and placed the implant rather than risk their patient losing confidence in them, even though the dental implant would fail down the line. You’d never know it was because of the bone grafting because it would not happen immediately. Your dentist was more invested in your procedure than saving himself embarrassment or money. That is a dentist worth keeping.
When it comes to a single tooth, both a dental bridge and a dental implant are great replacement options. If you still want the dental implant, you can get it, you’ll just need your dentist to recommend to you an oral surgeon with extensive experience in the dental implant procedure, including bone grafting. Just make sure it is your dentist who determines the placement of the implants and not the surgeon.
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