Failing Bicon Implants
by Radha Higgins
Oh boy, where to start. I am a 28 year old female and about 10 years ago I had two Bicon Implants placed in the space for teeth 7 and 8.
My "baby" tooth of 7 had been removed when I was 9 years old and due to my overly crowded mouth my other teeth went into that space and my "adult" tooth never came down. At the age of 14 I got braces and long story made somewhat short had 11 surgeries over the course of three years to try to get my tooth down.
I finally said enough and opted to have the tooth removed and an implant done. In removing the tooth the nerve of tooth 8 was damaged and it had to be removed as well. I then had all four wisdom teeth removed, bone harvested from those sites and grafted into the implant sites of 7 and 8. At the age of 18 I finally had a full smile.
A little side note, kids can be very cruel from the age of 9 to 18 when you are missing a front tooth and then a front tooth and the one to the side. I was teased and called names for almost 9 years. Temporary teeth were tried but never lasted more than a few weeks and eventually given up on completely. I have huge emotional issues surrounding my teeth, dentists and the thought of having more problems.
Two years after the implants were put in I was flossing one night and the crowns and "peg" part (I am not sure what it is called) dropped into the sink. Needless to say I had an emotional break down and probably what was a panic attack. I put the whole thing back in my mouth and have been VERY careful for the last 8 or so years with them. Basically they have just been sitting there. They have finally gotten so loose that I have to do something about them. I have gone to a specialist who says I need to have two new crowns made and also a retainer to wear at night as my teeth have shifted. He quoted me for $5000 to do this. Does this sound reasonable? How long will these new crowns last? The first lasted only a very short time. Has anyone else had problems with Bicon implants? I have heard they are not widely used anymore.
This is a very sensitive issue for me as I'm sure it is for many implant patients. Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I feel everything that I have chosen to do has gone wrong and I would like to make a smart decision in what to do next.