I need help and absolutely do not know what to do. I haven’t been able to eat in over a year. This started when I first started my dental implant procedure. I’ve been on a liquid diet ever since and have lost 70 lbs. It hurt before they placed the implant-supported denture; however, ever since they placed the actual denture I’ve been in constant, excruciating pain. They say everything’s fine and I’ll adjust but I just don’t know what to do. I feel like I’m starving to death.
Wow! I’m so sorry that you’re facing this and appalled at how your dentist is handling the situation. First, tell your dentist you’ll be contacting the dental board and you want a full refund. Then, follow through. Next, go see your medical doctor. I don’t want you starving to death. He may be able to get you a port to help you eat until this is repaired.
The next step is to get a second opinion from a different dentist, one who’s invested a significant amount of post-graduate study in implant training. Look at Dr. Dennis’ dental implants page to get an idea of the type of investment I’m talking about.
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When you get your second opinion, I’m going to highly suggest you don’t tell them who the dentist is that placed them until AFTER they give their opinion on your case. The reason for this is human nature. It’s very likely the two dentists know each other and are even friends. If they know who it is they may feel awkward saying something negative about a friend’s work.
Hopefully, the solution will be simple and maybe it’s just the dentures that need to be adjusted. If it turns out the implants were placed incorrectly, you can have them done again but you’ll have to have bone grafting done in order for there to be enough bone structure to support the implants.
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