Collapsed Gum after Implant
Scary photo -sorry. This is pre palate-graft correction, but it looks much the same now
Collapsed Gum after Implant:
I had an implant done in my upper jaw (5th back from center). Before this was done, following root canal treatment a couple of years prior, I had a crown for a couple of years. At this stage my gum was fine - healthy and 'still there'.
My dental surgeon did the first stage of the implant, waited 3 months and everything was still fine with my gum.
The surgeon then did the implant with bone graft, waited a further 3 months for things to settle and everything still appeared to be fine.
It was only when my dentist put in the crown that we noticed the gum had completely collapsed around the site of the implant. My once-healthy gum is now concave ):
The dental surgeon claims he has never seen anything like it in his career and thinks it was caused by cutting one of the supportive 'strings' on my gum. He also says I rejected the bone graft (but tbh the gum was fine before the bone graft, this was purely for supportive purposes for the implant itself) so this shouldn't have caused the collapse.
The surgeon did a tissue graft (using upper palate) to try and correct the collapse. Two weeks later and I don't think it's worked. My gum is marginally better, but the gum around my implant is still completely receded. I am due to see him tomorrow and think he's going to try and fob me off. He will say this is just one of the risks of an implant and that he's done his best. He'll say he can't control how my gum reacts (he sort of laid the ground for this response after doing the soft-tissue graft).
What can I say? Is this the case? Is there anything that can be done? Is he responsible? Please help!
Thanks in advance,