You may have heard it from dental implant manufacturers on their advertisements that their products are the best, of high-quality, and may last you a lifetime. Its superior quality reflects on the high cost that you incur when you had your dental implant placement procedure. But what if something bad happened from procedures involved in dental implant surgery that caused your implant to break? Can you avail for a dental implant failure refund? Here are the answers to two of the frequently asked questions about damaged dental implants.
Why do dental implants fail?
There are several reasons why a high-quality dental implant break or get damaged and fail. Here are some factors that affect the integrity of implant placement.
Gum disease. You may have healthy gums during your implant placement. But developing a gum disease while having a dental implant can directly affect the implant.
Lifestyle choices. Vices like smoking can affect your blood circulation and this will affect the healing process of your dental implant surgery.
Jaw bone insufficiency. The implant is surgically attached to your jaw bone, mimicking how a tooth permanently attaches to that bone as well. So if you have bone problems or osteoporosis, chances that your implant will fail is high.
Medical conditions. Diabetes and other autoimmune diseases can affect the healing process of the body. This will affect osseointegration or the process that lets the jaw bone to grow and fuse with the implant.
Poor oral care. Allowing bad bacteria to invade your oral cavity leads to tooth decay and gum infection, causing your implant to fail.
Implant surgeon inexperience. No matter how perfect your dental implant is, if your chosen dental surgeon lack the experience and expertise in performing the procedure, chances are, your dental implant surgery will still fail.
Can you avail for a dental implant failure refund?
This is a tricky question. Because the answer will depend on what caused the implant failure. If the dental implant itself became damaged within the warranty, then the dentist or the distributor can cover the expenses. If it is covered by insurance, then they may give you a refund. But if it has been due to your negligence in caring for your teeth, then no refund shall be awarded, and the repair and replacement will be from your own pocket.