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I started a course of private dental treatment with the aim of replacing two partial dentures with crowns and bridges supported by implants. The implants were placed in January apparently without any problems. The stitches came out two weeks later - everything apparently still OK. Seven weeks later I came back for a review: everything looking good.
In early May there was a second surgical appointment to attach healing abutments and I was stitched up again. Two weeks later I returned to have the stitches removed. However, one of the implants had "vanished". The oral surgeon took three X-rays and poked around but there was no sign of it. It seems it could have "fallen out". Anyway, he seemed confident that the treatment plan could continue.
So I was back again early June for metal try-ins for bridgework on the other side of my mouth. He told me I needed another surgical appointment to be certain of the whereabouts of the missing implant. He'd been encouraging me throughout to look for it but was apparently now taking the view it had gone through the jawbone into my sinus cavity. At this point he also carried out what I thought was a temporary restoration of a central incisor. btw the abutment on the central incisor implant had fallen out but I was able to hand that to him at the appointment!
I didn't like the sound of this exploratory operation on my sinus so I e-mailed the surgery asking if there were other scans which might detect a foreign object in the sinus. I was told by the general dentist who owns the practice that I needed to discuss this with the oral surgeon.
So I turned up for my next appointment to have bridgework fitted and discuss what next where the implant had disappeared. I asked him if the implant could be in the sinus. He didn't think so and told me that if it was I'd know about it. So I got in the chair to have bridgework fitted, then he gave me several shots of lidocaine. I thought this was something to do with the definitive restoration for the central incisor and/or "preparing the ground" for another implant. After an hour of blood, gouging, twisting and boring he pulled out the implant from my sinus cavity. Leaving aside the fact that I did not consent to this aggressively invasive procedure, he has now come to the conclusion that the bone quality is not sufficient for an implant. Surely the bone quality is assessed at an early stage not after an implant is pulled out of the sinus cavity?
Anyway, I have asked the owner of the practice for a referral to the local university dental hospital for a second opinion. But what would you do?
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