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Failed Bone Grafts Ask The Prosthodontist Chris McFarland Question:
Failed Bone Graft - Twice: I've had two failed bone grafts - one using my own bone and one from cow bone.

I did everything possible to ensure good oral hygiene both times and I am considered very healthy at age 54. Should I be concerned about the oral surgeon who performed these grafts?

Is it highly unlikely that both would fail? I now have to get a bridge vs. an implant and have nothing to show for my money except alot of pain and suffering.

Shall I ask for a portion of the cost back? My oral surgeon was rated highly, but always seemed rushed and did not answer my questions fully. Each time, when the infections set in, he was not in the office and I had to be seen by one of the other dentists, which was frustrating. ...Visitor from VA

There are so many things that can go wrong that really have nothing to do with technique.

You don't mention how the grafts failed, if they were placed into a recent extraction site, or if the result was just less than expected or really "rejected". Your body could be responding to a preservative of some kind, it's just hard to say.

I'm always of the opinion that two heads are better than one. I'd find another oral surgeon, be honest about what happened, and see if that person has any other ideas.

There are some materials out there that work real well, but they are incredibly expensive. Don't box the surgeon in by talking about how much you've spent or are willing to spend. You are looking for answers at this point.

Get as much info as you can before you give up on the graft and do a bridge. I hope this helps. I don't think I'd ask about the refund until you talked to someone else.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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