Broken implant screw caused by too-tight biteguard?
(North Palm Beach, FL )
I had a bridge placed over a lower molar & bi-cuspid with an abutment tooth in the middle, appprox 10 yrs ago. I went to a new dentist to get a new niteguard, as I grind, but he made it for the lower arch, and it was hard to snap in & out,so I questioned him why he didn't make it for the top, as I've always had them done. He said it was better on the bottom, so I could talk with it in...( in my sleep???) .
About three weeks later, I snapped the niteguard off, and the bridge felt like it was being pulled, and come to find, the molar implant screw broke. When I went back to the original dentist who did the implants & bridge, he cut the bridge off so as to leave the bi-cuspid as a separate crown, (he had taken the bridge off & into the lab to cut it) Then I was informed I would have to get a new bridge made, and have the implant dug out, and I would have to pay for all of it again.
He did not torque the remaining crown properly, & as soon as I left, it started spinning around, cutting my gums, and I also discovered a strange lump on top of the gum, where the abutment tooth had been. I was billed nearly $400. for that appointment, which I'm making payments on.
Then, I bumped into the dentist who made the lower niteguard, & explained what happened, as politely as I could, & he got very defensive, & told me it wasn't his fault, or the niteguard. Period. (I had paid $500. for the niteguard, and it broke in half when it snapped the implant off)...which I'm also making payments on....
The niteguard dentist then ran off a list of his latest medical problems, telling me he "almost died" and (it seemed) tried to make me feel guilty for even slightly assuming the screw broke because of something he did.
Might I also add, I went to dental assisting school years ago, & even though I am no longer in that field, I know plenty about it.
so, now I have $800. of bills, have been making small payments, the niteguard dentist put me into collection after a month, and the remaining crown and screw has come off, so I have no teeth on that side, as well as no money to pay for all this as well as having to pay for a new bridge. I'm not sure what to do now, except to try to find a lawyer, and let the two dentists fight it out.
I also believe the bridge did not have to be destroyed by cutting it off, leaving me to spend more money to replace it, because the dentist was in a hurry and didn't think it out. There was nothing wrong with the actual bridge.
I'm now trying to find a dental school, or lower cost way to fix this.
Any advice would be very much appreciated.