A few dental implant questions

I had a dental implant 3 years ago, I now seem to be having pain and I think it is from this implant. The pain is in the form of intermitant aching, going up the side of my face and slight headaches. Please answer the following questions.

The dentist only put on a temporary fixative and that has not been replaced, what are the implications of that?

Can this implant be redone if it has indeed become infected? Or does it fail completely sometimes and cant be re-done?

The cost of all this work is concerning me, are there any good insurance companies that could help with this?


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by: Sharon B., RDH

You Asked:
The dentist only put on a temporary fixative and that has not been replaced, what are the implications of that?

ANSWER:
This should have nothing to do with the headache. The fixative is simply the adhesive which is used to attach the crown to the implant. Sometimes a temporary adhesive holds well enough that it is not replaced with a permanent one until or if it falls off.



You Asked:
Can this implant be redone if it has indeed become infected? Or does it fail completely sometimes and cant be re-done?

ANSWER:
If the implant is infected it can only be determined through exam and x-ray at your dental office. Your dentist will most likely prescribe you an antibiotic to see if the infection clears up.

You Asked:
The cost of all this work is concerning me, are there any good insurance companies that could help with this?

ANSWER:
Insurance is never meant to pay for an entire procedure (especially implants) other than most preventative work like cleanings and routine exams. Insurance is simply meant to bridge the gap in what you are expected to pay for any needed treatment. Most insurance companies are generally going to cover about the same percentage wise of major treatment (50%), with different deductibles. If you change dental insurance companies now, they may even make you wait a year before you can file toward major treatment.

Getting it removed HURTS NEW
by: ann

I had #5 fail but I had bone grafting done in an area where I should have also had a sinus lift.

Your issue needs an x-ray to look for bone loss.
If there is just pain, maybe try an antibiotic, and see if it quiets things down.

I tried the Z-pack when I started getting weird sensations, and occasional tooth ache + an EAR ACHE, (they continue to deny that is connected)on the side that ended up failing twice.

The costs for their "time", is a killer and insurance MAY cover part, if you list it as "artificial teeth", which implants are. My dental insurance covered the price of (1) of (2) crowns.

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