I had six Lumineers placed to have a gap closed on my two front teeth. Now, my dentist tells me less than a year later that I have so much bone loss that I need to have my front four teeth extracted and replaced with dental implants. The procedure is going to cost me $11,200 dollars. I paid $4500 for the Lumineers which are now a total loss. I go to the dentist twice a year, but my last x-rays were done three years prior. I do everything I’m supposed to at home. Shouldn’t he have noticed this before giving me an expensive procedure? I asked about a refund on the Lumineers, but he said the best he can do for me is a $1000 credit on the dental implants. I’m so upset about this. Do I have any recourse?
I am not going to waste your time. Your dentist is a disgrace to the profession. Most dentists are caring and ethical, but you ended up with one on the wrong side of things. He’s been negligent with your care. Additionally, he did a major and expensive procedure without the proper diagnostics, which were simple x-rays. They would have been especially more important because of how long it had been since your last x-rays.
You are actually in quite a good position here. Because of his negligence, you don’t have to ask for a refund, you can demand it. Tell him if he refuses this time, he will be hearing from your lawyer. That is actually being generous because I think you would get more than a refund if it were to go to litigation.
About these dental implants. Based on what I know of your dentist thus far, I want you to get a second opinion. If it does turn out you need them, don’t let this dentist anywhere near you. Find a dentist with experience placing them. To put your mind at ease about the possibility of false teeth, dental implants are not like your granny’s false teeth. These are totally secure and are like having healthy, natural teeth back in your mouth.
If there is as much bone loss as your dentist says. Your gum disease and bone loss will have to be addressed. A bone grafting procedure can build back up the bone.
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