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      Five years ago I had a front incisor implant fitted, sadly it was never successful providing me with persistent infections until it fell out in March this year.
      I had just been to see the dentist who had replaced the retired one that did the implant, but he did not work with implants (I was never told this prior to my visit).
      He condemned the state of my mouth, and his list of advice made me out to be the guilty party, after the implant fell out he stroked me off his register for being honest about his lack of treatment during my visit.
      He has since refused to communicate with me, and as this is the first step of the practices complaints procedure I cannot proceed any further.
      I am shocked that there was no contingency plan (having suffered five years of infections resulting in jaw bone loss) for when the failing implant reached its inevitable end, but the thing that really gets to me is that no one approached to date feels I have any kind of case or complaint that I can win.
      The dental practice appears to be well protected in every way, and appears to be under no obligation to do anything further for me.

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      I'm sorry to hear about all of your trouble. I seem to be in an endless amount of pain regarding treatments that didn't work too. It's really unfortunate how we spend so much money on treatment, and have no help available to us when they don't work.

      I have no advice, but plenty of empathy.

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      sorry to hear about your trouble.

      i am wondering...did you go to the dentist regularly after first getting the implant in? every six months or whatever? did the dentist keep a eye on the healing process?
      i am asking this because i am considering getting implants myself in the future. i have made a point of researching who is the best implant dentist in the city and have high hopes for success. the research that i have done sometimes involves bone grafts and such, have they offered that to you? sorry to ask so many questions, but i am just very curious.
      i wish you better luck with this in the future. and yes..dentists do cover themselves pretty well legally, but there are lots and lots of documented cases of complaints that were won. there just has to be a clear case of negligence.
      just a small bit of advice...do some major research on your next dentist. i am not a very trusting person and i need to see those diplomas hanging on the wall...especially that implant one..

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      Firstly the inconveniences and expenses of journeying approximately 200 miles overseas to attend the implant dentist appointments did not deter me from doing so over all of the implants failing life.
      Every six months, well I would have to say that the infections created a much bigger demand for dental attention, so it was much more regular than that and the dentist knew full well what was going on.
      Hope of success, most dental practitioners approached both before and after my implant failure has stipulated their success on statistics – i.e. only certain people with correct lifestyles are the ideal candidates for implants, e.g. people that smoke or heavily consume alcohol are not normally considered suitable.
      I do not smoke, but do (perhaps unfortunately) enjoy some alcohol consumption.
      Other advice I would consider is just as you have mentioned bone grafting, as I was informed that I just had enough bone in my jaw area.
      Incidentally bone grafting from ones self is the only grafting considered being ‘Top Notch’ providing the best implant success chances. It is usually taken from the chin or hip area, and of course means yet another operation.
      I have not been offered alternative treatment of any kind from the dental clinic that fitted my implant, as they have stricken me from their register and therefore there is no further method of communication.
      Most of my independent dental enquiries have offered bone grafting, but all would involve grafting from my own bone, and although this has the best success statistics it still carries very little guarantee.
      Negligence, I honestly feel that having never recognised the early receding gum (only after the first few weeks), the exposed unsightly metal implant base, and its five years of persistent infections treated with a bucket load of antibiotics is not neglectful – there can be nothing clear with this case.
      You mention your need to see diplomas hanging on the wall, but another attachment to that is to choose your dentist as young as possible, so as there is good possibility that retirement does not end your treatment prematurely.
      Ask for a dental plan in detail, and get all the guarantees signed for! >

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      The dentist who inserted the implant is liable, whether retired or not. All malpractice insurance includes cover for complaints which occur post-retirement. It's nothing really to do with the practitioner currently in the practice and you probably should seek legal counsel.
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      Despite appearances to the contrary, Gordon has been a qualified dentist for over thirty years.

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      [smiley=confused.gif] Gordon, I appreciate your information & advice, but only wish things were as straight forward.
      I have never blamed the practitioner currently in the practice for my failed implant. It is however rather unfortunate that it was deemed necessary to have his limited (and expensive) services allocated to my complex problem without any proper discussion.
      Legal counsel: To date I have approached certain legal bodies.
      The solicitors approached did not want to take the case on as they had no similar cases on their files that they could relate to.
      The OMBUDSMAN could only help with NHS complaints, but provided GDC (General Dental Council) information if one was seeking refund of fees paid for treatment or compensation. The contact for consultation for that type of claim was solicitors (some of which I’d already had refusal with) or the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) that I am currently in contact with.

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      Hi Implant,

      maybe you want to check out these guys: http://www.dentallaw.co.uk/

      They specialise in dental legal cases and the three partners of the firm used to be dentists themselves before they became solicitors.

      If you look on the website, there is a form for initial free advice (i.e you can post your question and get a general answer).

      G.

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      Hi G

      Sadly those guys only deal with England & Wales, but how they do things certainly looks like the correct direction.
      The refusal to take the case on was from the equivalent in Scotland. :'(

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      Scotland doesn't have the equivalent "no win, no fee" system as England so lawyers are less likely to take the case on.
      I'm not sure what it is you're looking for here. If you think that the implant was improperly placed originally then your case is against the treating dentist. If you think there was no negligence then you don't have any recourse legally. Replacing a failed implant is no trivial matter especially in an aesthetic region such as the upper anterior.
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      Despite appearances to the contrary, Gordon has been a qualified dentist for over thirty years.

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      The online claims form I filled out did allow for Scotland, and was advertised as a “no win, no fee”.
      It may well be the case that this was just for England & Wales, but the only reason given for not pursuing a claim was that

      “The evidence you stated is not sufficient to successfully pursue a claim”.

      What I’m looking for on the forum is help to find others that have perhaps had the experience of a failing implant, and can possibly give some advice (legal or otherwise), as CAB appears to be my only way forward.
      These forum communications may also help others that are in some sort of similar situation now, or perhaps may be in the future.
      The limited jaw bone in my case appears to have only provided the one position, and the early pain shortly after its final fitting, followed by five years of persistent infections & bone deterioration tells me it was wrong.
      I have been to several different clinics since losing the implant, and even with what I would consider to be the best of those, guarantees are all very limited & insurance only applied after a certain implant stage.

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