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Posted by: Michael795  (7 years ago)
While working overseas, I had two implants inserted with crowns on teeth 8 and 9. One of the implants became loose and also the crown cracked so that implant was removed. My question is can a bridge be made with the achors be on one post of the remaining implant and a real tooth? What is recommended? I have limited funds (but have a PPO insurance which does cover a little) and really can't do a complete upper treatment done. Presently, I have a temporary bridge on the implant and real tooth but good for limited time. I would appreciate any recommendations.
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While working overseas, I had two implants inserted with crowns on teeth 8 and 9. One of the implants became loose and also the crown cracked so that implant was removed. My question is can a bridge be made with the achors be on one post of the remaining implant and a real tooth? What is recommended? I have limited funds (but have a PPO insurance which does cover a little) and really can't do a complete upper treatment done. Presently, I have a temporary bridge on the implant and real tooth but good for limited time. I would appreciate any recommendations.

No. Implants bridges should NOT be linked to real teeth. Real teeth move in their socket; implants do not.

A dentist should allow at least 4 months of healing before placing temporary crowns on implants. Your dentist apparently did not. So you lost one implant. Really saved a lot of money having dentistry done incompetently overseas, didn't you?

Forget your crappy PPO policy covering anything to do with implants. You want to do it right, you must now graft the site of the failed implant, wait 5 months, place another implant, wait 5 months, and do the implant crown.

Because foreigners are in the country for a limited time, foreign dentists frequently try to skip the waiting periods. Now you know what happens if you do. Just remember this experience when you read all the foreign dentists advertising on this forum and trying to get patients to come to their countries to get all the treatment done in one week.
Posted 7 years ago
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Posted by: Michael795  (7 years ago)
The implant in my case was without any crown for ten months, since that was the only opportunity I had to travel. The thing was that he pulled the existing real tooth, added the grafting which I asked him what it was and he told me it was cow bone , then at the same time installed the implant. My PPO doesn't cover implants. So, I am trying to decide what to do base on cost. One recommendation was remove the still good implant and do a four tooth bridge but, I would hate to get rid of a perfectly good implant for tooth 9. I keep going back and forward and presently looking for a dentist which I feel comfortable with his recommendation and work. I would appreciate, your input... I know you mention have another implant with grafting done... Now, I need another crown since the dentist did a temporary implant to real tooth for now until I decide what to do, my case is that he just doesn't want to work on this area of my situation, but wants to completely work on my whole mouth with two options of a very high cost which I can't afford.
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The implant in my case was without any crown for ten months, since that was the only opportunity I had to travel. The thing was that he pulled the existing real tooth, added the grafting which I asked him what it was and he told me it was cow bone , then at the same time installed the implant. My PPO doesn't cover implants. So, I am trying to decide what to do base on cost. One recommendation was remove the still good implant and do a four tooth bridge but, I would hate to get rid of a perfectly good implant for tooth 9. I keep going back and forward and presently looking for a dentist which I feel comfortable with his recommendation and work. I would appreciate, your input... I know you mention have another implant with grafting done... Now, I need another crown since the dentist did a temporary implant to real tooth for now until I decide what to do, my case is that he just doesn't want to work on this area of my situation, but wants to completely work on my whole mouth with two options of a very high cost which I can't afford.

Extracting a tooth, grafting, and doing an implant at the same visit is rather risky and carries an increased failure rate. You found that out the hard way.

I don't know anything about your mouth. If you don't have many back teeth on which to chew, you will overload front implants. This might be what helped kill the first one.

If you are missing a lot of back teeth you might consider a removable partial which hooks into the one front implant by a snap or magnetic attachment. Removables will save you a lot of money over fixed implant bridge.

Hardly any dental insurance covers implants, PPO or not.
Posted 7 years ago
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