Worried that the bone loss is irreversible and I have to spend the rest of my life with a numb jaw...
In March 2005, I had two implants either side of my lower jaw to replace two molars, three months later the crown was fitted. Prior to the crown being fitted, everything felt fine, no pain at all. Literally, within weeks, the crown became loose on one of them and the gum around it was red raw and extremely painful. the other implant is perfect, no problems.
I went back to the dentist; he screwed it in, which surprised me. I thought he would have removed it and treated the area. Ever since, I have had constant problems. The main one being a feeling of numbness in the area. I can only describe it like the feeling you get when a dental anaesthetic is wearing off. This has gone on for years with regular inflammed gums and bleeding.
The dentist burnt off some of my gum, that didn’t work. Six monthly check ups and x-rays found nothing but he mentioned peri-implantitis. Two years ago, he removed the crown and I believe treated the area with citric acid. Nothing worked. I continued to suffer numbness and sporadic bleeding of the area when I brush my teeth.
He has been attentive and (I felt) tried everything but I asked for a referral a few weeks ago and a peridontist identified pus, bone loss and implant failure. He removed the implant and did a bone graft. Two weeks after the bone graft, I am still experiencing that feeling of numbness.
I am now worried that the bone loss is irreversible and I have to spend the rest of my life with a numb jaw, which whilst it is not painful just doesn’t feel normal.
Can you help ?