I had bone grafting for 3 implants done on the upper right jaw about 10 years ago.
After the implants were placed (over a year later) within 6 to 8 months all 3 implants failed. The dentist who did this was considered an expert in implants.
Does this mean I am not a candidate for implants? I do have other bone loss and my general dentist suggests this may be genetic?
How much have things changed in 10 years? ... Visitor from CO
Yes, things have changed in the implant world in the past 10 years.
Bone grafting is more predictable, we have imaging techniques that can see exactly how much bone you have and where, and there are techniques that help implant survival such as adding plasma rich protein to the site to enhance healing.
Implants have about a 97% success rate now. You could have a genetic problem, but I think it's worth exploring your options.
Look for somebody with LOTS of training and experience. You might want to consult with a periodontist (gum specialist) or oral surgeon. Give them a thorough history of your previous experience.
Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD
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