I was so confident that I found the best dentist in my area to do my dental implants. Well, I was wrong! He originally told me that my dental implant would be done in four months. Well, six months have come and gone and he still is refusing to put the tooth on the post. I’m so ready to be done with all this! But he keeps telling me it’s just not ready. Did he do something wrong? Should I just insist he finish it or maybe I should get a second opinion?
– Becky in Pennsylvania
It’s understandable that you are frustrated when you were told it would be done in four months. You may be thinking you didn’t select the best dentist, it could be the exact opposite. Here’s why. The bone takes time to integrate with the implant. So that is likely the reason he is holding off and telling you it’s not ready. Even though it doesn’t feel like it, he may be looking out for your best interest. If the porcelain crown is placed before the integration has taken place, you could end up with a lot more problems down the road. The implant could become loose or infected, and will likely fail.
It is almost impossible to estimate the exact time that the dental implant will be ready. For example, when you cut yourself, sometimes it takes a couple days to heal, other times it’s a couple weeks. If you did your research from the beginning and found the best implant dentist in your area, it would be wise to heed his advice.
Generally speaking, implant dentists estimate anywhere from three to six months of healing time between the surgery and the final restoration phase. That said, there is nothing wrong with seeking a second opinion if your are unsure. You don’t want that implant to fail because you jumped the gun and pressured the dentist. Be patient and hopefully you will be able to say you did find the best dentist when it’s all said and done.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD General & Restorative Dentistry