As an experienced dental implant surgeon, I have seen my fair share of cases where dental implants don't go as planned. One particular case that comes to mind involved a patient who had previously received mini implants to support a lower denture, but was experiencing significant bone loss and implant failure.
The patient was understandably frustrated and worried about their dental health, and came to me for a second opinion. After a thorough evaluation, it became clear that the mini implants were not providing the stability and support that the patient needed, and a new approach was necessary.
That's when I suggested the All-on-4 implant technique, which involves placing four strategically angled implants in the jaw to support a full arch of replacement teeth. Although the patient was initially hesitant due to their previous experience with implants, I was able to explain the benefits of the All-on-4 technique and reassure them that we could overcome their previous issues.
The procedure was a success, and the patient was amazed at the results. Not only did the All-on-4 implants provide much-needed stability and support, but they also allowed for a more natural-looking and functional replacement teeth.
Here are a few key takeaways from this experience:
Be open to new solutions: When faced with a case of failing implants, it can be easy to feel discouraged or hopeless. But by staying open to new approaches and techniques, we can often find a solution that works for each individual patient.
Thorough evaluation is key: In order to determine the best course of treatment, it's crucial to thoroughly evaluate each patient's oral health and anatomy. In this case, it became clear that the mini implants were not the best option for the patient's needs.
Communication is essential: As an implant surgeon, it's important to communicate clearly with patients and help them understand their options and the potential benefits and risks of each approach. By taking the time to explain the All-on-4 technique and reassure the patient, we were able to overcome their previous negative experience with implants.
Overall, the case of failing mini implants was a challenging but ultimately rewarding experience. By using the All-on-4 implant technique, we were able to provide the patient with a long-lasting and functional solution that has greatly improved their quality of life. If you're facing issues with dental implants or considering implant surgery, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office.
As an experienced implant surgeon, I'm passionate about helping patients achieve their best possible oral health and finding solutions that work for each individual case.