Something doesn’t seem quite right with my dentist’s quote. I had dental implants and paid for everything up front, even though my insurance covered exactly $0 worth of the work. That was quite a chunk of change and set back my savings more than I was comfortable with. For some reason, my dentist says they didn’t take and I have to do it over again. He quoted me the exact same full-price as the first time. Shouldn’t they be at least a little more affordable the second time around? Doesn’t any work “carry over”?
There are some red flags and warning bells going off in my head right now. You didn’t say exactly why it “didn’t take”. Your dentist should have given you more information than that. I’m going to assume that means the bone didn’t integrate with your dental implants. That’s an important part of the process and has to take place before the implant crown can be placed. Integration typically takes place somewhere between the 6-12 month mark after surgery. If it hasn’t been that much time for you then it may simply be a matter of needing more time for integration and you won’t need to re-do the case at all.
It’s quite unusual for the implants to not integrate at all. However, when that happens, the reasons for it are typically an infection at the implant site or poor placement of the implant on the part of the dentist/surgeon.
To answer your question about part of the process carrying over, yes it should. For instance, you paid for everything up front. At a minimum that means you shouldn’t have to pay for the implant crown twice. You’ve already paid for it and didn’t receive it. Plus, if the reason for the failure is your dentist’s fault, you’re due a full refund. As it is, you are due at least a partial refund (and I mean more than just the crown).
Affording Your Implants the Second Time Around
Before confronting or moving forward with your dentist, I highly recommend you get a second opinion from a skilled dental implant dentist. Preferably one with a high success rate. This will save you significant money in the long run. It doesn’t sound like your dentist has explained things in a way that is clear and understandable to you. That bothers me, especially with such an expensive and complicated procedure.
When you get your second opinion, if it is determined that the failure is due to the dentist, you’re entitled to have the second procedure done at no cost to you, including the additional procedure of bone grafting you’ll need to get when it’s the second go-round.
However, it is more likely in your best interest to just get a full refund and then go to a better implant specialist this time.
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