I don’t know if third time can be the charm for me or if I should just give up. My dentist has placed many dental implants over the years so I felt fairly confident going into my dental implant procedure. Unfortunately, once he got in there he realized there was some problem with my bone structure and did not place the implants. He suggested we do a bone grafting procedure and then try again. I agreed and off we went to the bone grafting procedure. After the specified period of time, we went in for a second stab at the dental implants. Again, he said there was still not enough bone and he thinks I should just get a dental bridge. If I absolutely must, I supposed I must. However, I’ve invested so much in there and really wanted an implant. Is there any chance I can get one?
I believe it is still possible for you to get a dental implant, however, you may have to do it with another dentist. One with stronger implant credentials and experience. I don’t want to be hard on your dentist. He actually sounds like one who has integrity, a passion for getting it right, and is upgrading his skills. Those are fantastic things to have in a dentist.
Some dentists, with less integrity than your dentist, would try to save themselves the embarrassment of saying their procedure did not work and just go ahead and place the dental implant. Then, in a year or so, the implant would fail. You would have no idea it was because of something your dentist did wrong. Instead, your dentist did what was best for you in the long run.
It sounds like, though he has done many implant placements, he is new to doing the bone grafting. This is also a good quality in a dentist. It means that he is actively working to learn new skills and have more options for his patients. Most dentists who do dental implants don’t even try bone grafting and will just have you get a dental bridge just saying you don’t have enough bone for an implant. I would not give up on him as your dentist. You definitely have a keeper. I just think this one procedure needs someone a bit further along.
So, who should you get? I would look at the implant credentials on Dr. Marion’s bio to give you some idea of the type of training and experience you will need for this.
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