I recently notice that my implant I had placed about two years ago is loose and feels like it could come out. I had to save up for quite a while to afford to get it and now I’m afraid my dentist is going to charge me to have the implant redone. Will I have to pay for it? — Mark
Before getting too far with this, you need to make an appointment with your dentist so he can examine the implant and figure out what is happening and the best way to fix it and what (if any) that you would need to pay. It’s possible that just the crown is loose or it could even be the abutment that anchors the implant (these would both be fairly simple fixes). If the implant itself failed or malfunctioned, your dentist can go back to the manufacturer to see if he can get a replacement at no cost.
Dental implants, when placed properly and taken care of, should last a good twenty years or so. You shouldn’t be having a problem with them after just a year or two. But, I’m sure your dentist explained all the risks to you. There’s no way to tell if an implant will fail, malfunction or possibly be rejected. Get to the dentist so he can determine why it’s come loose. If you do have to pay some out of pocket costs, it shouldn’t be anywhere near as expensive as what you paid for the initial procedure.
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