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Implant surgery update

You may recall I had oral surgery back in April to have two implants put in. I went back to the oral surgeon/dentist on July 13th for what I thought was a final checkup before I would go back to my own dentist and have the crowns put in.

Not quite.

I knew something was up when the oral surgeon approached me with a Novocaine needle. I asked what it was for - he said he had to numb me to take out the healing screws that he had placed inside the implants - to get to the healing screws he had to punch a small hole in the gum just above it.


The first healing screw came out with no problem.

The second healing screw was a different story. It wouldn't come out. It was locked in. He used a tool with a ratchet, I think - I heard it but I didn't see it. The tool didn't work - as a matter of fact, it broke in my mouth! So now, not only is the healing screw still locked in, but now there is a piece of carbide from the tool sitting on top of it!

I went back this past Tuesday and he tried again for another hour to get out the piece of carbide. Nothing worked - not even diamond drill bits.

At this point, he's consulted with the company that makes the tool that broke to see what they recommend.

Worst case for me is that I may have to have the surgery done over, only this time it would be two surgeries - one to have the implant taken out, and another to have a new one put in - they can't do both on the same day.

I am not happy.


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# August 17, 2004 6:00 PM

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# August 31, 2004 5:37 PM