My dental implants experience is like a nightmare I can’t wake up from. It’s been over a year that I’ve been dealing with all this. Ever since then, I can’t eat normal. Liquids have become a staple in my diet. And I’m losing more weight than I should.
I was having trouble eating to begin with and that’s what finally drove me to see an implant dentist. At that time, I still had half of my teeth. After meeting with the dentist, he said I may be able to keep a couple natural teeth. But, he didn’t have much confidence that they would last. So, he recommended getting the teeth extracted and replaced with implant-supported dentures.
The cost was too much for me. Luckily, I qualified for a loan program they offered. So, I moved forward.
The pain was unreal and still is. They kept telling me it would improve as time went on. Also, they explained that when the denture was in, the healing would take place. But, it hurt too bad to keep the denture in. I felt something was wrong from the beginning. But, they wouldn’t listen. However, they did try to convince me of a new treatment plan for more money. But, I couldn’t afford it. Not to mention, I have no interest in moving forward with more work.
After researching other botched dental implants, I think they were improperly placed. Is that why I cannot endure the pain and cannot keep the denture in? Is there anything that can be done to help me?
-Silvia in Michigan
Pain after dental implants can be caused by many things. So, it’s difficult to pinpoint the problem without examining you in person. First off, I’m so sorry you are dealing with this dental implants horror story.
The placement could be a problem with the placement of the dental implant. However, it could also be an issue with the denture fixture itself. You’re right that something sounds like it’s been messed up from the beginning, since you haven’t been able to eat.
The dentist should be troubleshooting this problem. Having issues with eating for this long is not acceptable. It may be in your best interest to seek a second opinion from a couple different implant dentists. You don’t need to give them the full story. But, have them diagnose you based on your symptoms. A reputable implant dentist should be able to get this figured out for you. It may require x-rays in order to check the implant location, as well as evaluating the state they are in.
Best case scenario would be a simple denture adjustment. But, if it’s something more in depth, you may have grounds for requesting a refund.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD.