Welcome to my dental implants horror story. It has been over a year and I have not been able to eat normally since the dental implant process began. It’s getting so bad that I am noticeably losing weight and it is affecting my health.
I did have some normal teeth when this all began. I first went to see an implant dentist when my teeth were bothering me so much that I was having trouble chewing. He took a look and told me he might be able to save a couple teeth. But, he said that would be temporary and that I would eventually need to have them removed too. He recommended a denture that is supported by dental implants.
The pain was unbearable and occasionally still is. The implant dentist kept on telling me that eventually the pain would subside when the healing was complete. Ever since I got the denture, I haven’t been able to wear it. The pain is simply too much. At that point, I knew something was incredibly wrong. But, the dentist didn’t seem to listen or care.
Then, when I wouldn’t stop complaining, he said he could try a different treatment. Of course, it would just be another big investment. I simply cannot afford additional care at this point or put up with the pain.
Do you have any idea why I can’t eat and am in such agonizing pain?
-Jasmine in Nevada
First of all, I’m so sorry that you are dealing with this dental implants nightmare. But, unfortunately, there could be many factors contributing to your dental implant pain.
There are many questions that come to mind. Where does it hurt? How long does it hurt? Does the pain go away? At this point, the dental implant placement may be the problem. Or, it could be a denture problem. Whatever the cause, the implant dentist should fix the problem at no extra cost to you.
Since you mentioned that you haven’t been able to wear the denture, it’s possible something has been wrong from the beginning. And it’s sad that your dentist isn’t willing to fix it.
At this point, it’s time to move on. Find an excellent implant dentist that has proven credentials and experience, and seek a couple independent opinions. Let each of them evaluate you based on what they are seeing firsthand. Describe exactly what you are experiencing and feeling. And tell them how long it’s been going on. An experienced implant dentist should be able to figure out the cause of your pain with some x-rays and an examination. Also, they will be able to determine the best course of action based on the state of the implants.
Best case scenario, it is a simple denture adjustment. But, if it is indeed more serious, you may have a right to pursue a refund to help offset the cost of the new work. Your new implant dentist should be able to give some recommendations on how to proceed with that if required.
Thank you for sharing your dental implant story. Hopefully, it will all be resolved very soon.
This post is sponsored by Barrington cosmetic dentist James T. Gavrilos, DDS.