Dental Implant Disaster
(Nashville, TN USA)
Dental Implant Disaster:
I am really, really dissatisfied with my lower front dental implant! It's been a little over 5 yrs since it was done and the gum continues to receed, not only around the implant but also around the adjacent (previously completely healthy) teeth. I am horrified. I was told the implant would preserve the integrity of the adjacent teeth, the principal idea of avoiding a 3 unit bridge. Nothing I was told to expect has happened.
The crown which was made to go on the implant looks like something I made at home myself, bulky, boxy, too angular. It's difficult to clean around/under the implant (I am fanatical about brushing/flossing) and now that previously unexposed tooth surface is showing on the adjacent teeth, they seem more proned to build up at the root, etc. I don't know what to do. This is not at all like I had imagined, only somewhat better than wearing a denture with single tooth or having a space.
Anyone with suggestions? I have even gone so far as to let someone (the genius who did the implant) graft gum tissue at the base of the implant (time consuming and extrmely painful) but the grafted tissue seems to have all died away. With the receeding gumline and poor crown, the total effect is rather third worldly. I would welcome any constructive suggestions.