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Dental Implant Gone Bad

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Dental Implant Gone Bad

Postby Conrade » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:14 pm

After having an dentist perform a successful implant, I was in need of another.  The second implant was a nightmare!  Five days after the implant, an infection occurred.  Long story short, infection and bone loss occurred and an implant became impossible on that tooth so I had to have bridge work instead.  My family dentist has been helpful and seems to think I just had bad luck, but I am not sure.  The entire shape of my mouth has changed.  I now have sinus problems and neck problems which I did not have to this extreme before.  I am 53 and therefore do not expect to feel like a spring chick everyday, but I really do feel as though a mistake was made.  The dentist who performed the implants agreed to pay for the bridge work and any other expenses pertaining to the failed implant.  However I feel as though he should pay for my entire mouth being redone.  I now have a bottom tooth which had to be removed.  The decay was noticed earlier but at the time the priority was the top of my mouth where the implants occurred.  My dentist was hesitant to open the mouth up to any more infections by treating the tooth, and when it was treated it was too far decayed to be repaired and thus I had to have it pulled.  I know one doctor is not going to bad mouth another, but I do wonder if I should not have gone to a disinterested third party or called a lawyer sooner.  The failed implant happened one year ago.  Could you please advise.
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Dental Implant Gone Bad

Postby Ridge » Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:55 am

You may not have too much time to search for a lawyer and so you had better get on the telephone now and start your search.

Apparently that second implant resulted in an infection that spread. You do not identify the tooth that was the reason for the dental work, but my guess is it was an upper, perhaps with a long root. The infection would have begun in the upper jaw, moved into the sinus(maxillary?)and destroyed much of the bone. The neck problems no doubt are one of the results of infection. You say this dentist paid for some of the later work to correct the defects left from infection? His lawyer is going to flip out when he learns that.

You do have to find a lawyer who understands dentistry. In the Yellow Pages you may find a lawyer/dentist. Or you can ask your lcoal Bar Association for the names of some. Dental malpractice lawsuits require, especially one like yours with extensive infection, both dental and medical experts and are costly in relation to the verdicts awarded by juries. But yours sounds like a case that should get a good verdict.

Do not delay because you have lost almost a year since the malpractice. Get going and find a lawyer.
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Dental Implant Gone Bad

Postby Tiebout » Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:29 am

After having an dentist perform a successful implant, I was in need of another.  The second implant was a nightmare!  Five days after the implant, an infection occurred.  Long story short, infection and bone loss occurred and an implant became impossible on that tooth so I had to have bridge work instead.  My family dentist has been helpful and seems to think I just had bad luck, but I am not sure.  The entire shape of my mouth has changed.  I now have sinus problems and neck problems which I did not have to this extreme before.  I am 53 and therefore do not expect to feel like a spring chick everyday, but I really do feel as though a mistake was made.  The dentist who performed the implants agreed to pay for the bridge work and any other expenses pertaining to the failed implant.  However I feel as though he should pay for my entire mouth being redone.  I now have a bottom tooth which had to be removed.  The decay was noticed earlier but at the time the priority was the top of my mouth where the implants occurred.  My dentist was hesitant to open the mouth up to any more infections by treating the tooth, and when it was treated it was too far decayed to be repaired and thus I had to have it pulled.  I know one doctor is not going to bad mouth another, but I do wonder if I should not have gone to a disinterested third party or called a lawyer sooner.  The failed implant happened one year ago.  Could you please advise.
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