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Help! My dental implants fell out after just three days.

I’ve wanted to have a more stable bite for a few years now, so I recently decided to go ahead and get dental implants to give my denture more support. The dentist I saw told me I needed eight implants in total, and said they’ll cost me about $2,000 each. That’s a lot of money, but I decided to bite the bullet and get them done because I figure this is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing.

So I agreed to treatment, and the dentist placed six of the eight implants. I’m supposed to come back later for the last two. But the problem is that after the first six were placed, three of them fell out just three days later.

Is this normal? I’m trying to figure out what to do before I see the dentist again. I’m worried I’ll have to pay again to have these implants replaced.

Do you have any advice?

Thanks,

— Doug from Pittsburgh, PA

Hi Doug,

We’re really sorry to hear about your experience with dental implants. What happened to you is absolutely not normal; dental implants are supposed to stay put. So there is no need to worry that you’ll be charged again for replacement implants.

In fact, you should be able to get a refund for the work that has already been done.

Here are the usual reasons a dental implant might fail and fall out:

  • The dentist did not properly evaluate your mouth and overall health to determine whether implants are right for you
  • The dentist did not adequately plan the surgical aspect of implant placement
  • The dentist used poor quality implant materials
  • The implant was not correctly placed
  • An infection developed around the implant
  • The implant was put under stress before it had completely healed

Dental implants have an extremely low failure rate of just 5%, and even then, the reason for failure is often traced back to an error or lack of experience on the part of the dentist. If you have had six implants placed and three of them fell out, that’s a 50% failure rate and a sign of a serious problem.

A cross-sectional illustrated diagram showing how a dental implant needs to be firmly embedded in the bone to provide support to a dental restoration.
A dental implant must be firmly embedded in the bone tissue to provide support for a restoration such as a crown or denture.

With a failure rate like that, the prospects don’t look good for the three implants that are still left in your mouth nor for the last two your current dentist wants to place.

What you need to do now is seek a second opinion from another dentist who has more experience with dental implant treatment. Search for a provider who has professional distinctions or qualifications in dental implant treatment. An experienced implant dentist will help you find out why your implants fell out and they can help you negotiate a refund from your first dentist for all of the dental implants you have had placed thus far. This new provider can then complete your treatment plan to help you get the results you want.

When placed correctly, dental implants can truly make a world of difference in your bite, so don’t give up! We wish you all the best in your journey towards a better-fitting denture with dental implants.

This post has been published on behalf of Owasso dental implant dentist Dr. Heng Lim.