Dental implant complications

Hello,

Just a gentle general question that if anyone has any experience with please leave a comment.

I am due to have an implant placed next month for a tooth that has been missing for 10 years. I had a scan which showed bone was OK. I'm worried that because it's been missing for so long they will hit a nerve and ruin sensation in my face. I asked if this is possible and apparently it will be fine and no bone graft is needed. Does this sound normal?

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  • ToothsmithToothsmith Forumite
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    Sounds perfectly reasonable. If the practice has done the scan, they can see all this.

    As no one on here has seen you or any scan of you - then nothing useful can be added by us!
    How to find a dentist.
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    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • Simba-ali34Simba-ali34 Forumite
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    Thank you for the reply,

    I was just paranoid because 10 years is a long time to be missing a tooth and was thinking a bone graft would be necessary.
  • edited 27 June 2017 at 10:27AM
    ToothsmithToothsmith Forumite
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    edited 27 June 2017 at 10:27AM
    Sometimes they are, sometimes there's enough. You have to just assess the patient you can see in front of you.

    I've just had a patient fitted with an implant retained bridge more than 30 yrs after she lost the teeth in the area. No graft necessary.

    Implants can be a lot smaller nowadays - the great wads of bone that used to be needed aren't always necessary now. But - everyone is different, and individual advice pertaining to your case is always far more important than the very general advice that can be given over the internet.
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • mjmal51mjmal51 Forumite
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    Thank you for the reply,

    I was just paranoid because 10 years is a long time to be missing a tooth and was thinking a bone graft would be necessary.
    I had an implant 5 years ago, trouble free, and tooth had been missing for 40 years. No bone graft just straightforward implant procedure.
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