Dental Implant Claim

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The Perfect Smile or a Dental Implant Claim?

A Dental claim is complicated. A dental implant claim can be even more complex. The first thing to note is how the implants have failed. Was it failure to osseo-integrate? Could it be that there was underlying bone or gum disease (periodontal disease)? Perhaps there a failure in technique or in siting the implant? The next issue is: what can be done about it? Can the implant be refitted or must the process look elsewhere for orthodontic devices such as bridgework or denture plates. It could be that this was never a case for implants in the first place? Call us to discuss your situation, it genuinely will not take long and we can get to grips with the situation you face and the way out of it. 

Implants are a great way to restore a smile and improve someones confidence. However, should they be fitted badly, nerve damage and injury to the patients psychology is a real danger. It can lead to behavioural adjusmnets that can over time result in an individual becoming withdrawn, antisocial and depressed.  

There are a great many solicitors out there offering no win no fee agreements for dental claims.  Many of these agreements have hidden clauses. These tend to revolve around irrecoverable costs and insurance premiums. Not with our members though. We have a unique 20% deduction. This 20% applies only if you win and never anything more. If you lose, then there is nothing to pay at all. Nobody out there that we know of offers a better deal. 

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants as they are recognised now were invented in 1952 by a Swedish surgeon named Per-Ingvar Brånemark. Today, they are considered the highest standard of care for prosthetic replacement of missing teeth in dentistry. Essentially a dental implant is a surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bones structure. The dental implant then acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. In turn, this “artificial tooth root” serves to hold a replacement tooth or bridge (a crown). Having a dental implant fused to the jawbone is the closest thing to mimicking a natural tooth because it stands on its own without affecting the nearby teeth and has great stability. The process of fusion between the dental implant and jawbone is called “osseointegration.” Most dental implants today are made of titanium, which allows them to integrate with bone without being recognized as a foreign object in our body.

So we can say that dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Instead of individual crowns, some patients may have attachments on their implant that support a removable denture.

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Why have dental Implants fitted?

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth. The goal of teeth replacement in dentistry is to restore function as well as aesthetics. When it comes to tooth replacement, generally, there are three options:

  1. removable dental appliance (complete denture or partial denture),
  2. fixed dental bridge (cemented), and
  3. dental implant.

Dentures are the more affordable option for replacement teeth but are the least desirable because of the inconvenience of a removable appliance in the mouth. Furthermore, dentures can affect one’s taste and sensory experience with food. They are gradually becoming extinct as a treatment but at present they are still in use. Dental bridgework was the more common restorative option prior to the relatively recent shift to dental implant treatment. The main disadvantage to bridgework is the dependence on existing natural teeth for support. Implants are supported by bone only and do not affect surrounding natural teeth. Deciding on which option to choose depends on many factors. Specifically for dental implants, these factors include:

  1. location of missing tooth or teeth,
  2. quantity and quality of the jawbone where the dental implant is to be placed,
  3. health of the patient,
  4. cost, and patient preference.

A dental surgeon examines the area to be considered for the dental implant and makes a clinical assessment of whether the patient is a good candidate for a dental implant. There are great advantages to choosing a dental implant for tooth replacement over the other options. Dental implants are conservative in that missing teeth can be replaced without affecting or altering the adjacent teeth. Furthermore, because dental implants integrate into the bone structure, they are very stable and can have the look and feel of one’s own natural teeth.

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What Type of Dental Implants are there?

Historically, there have been two different types of dental implant. These are endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal refers to an implant that is “in the bone,” and subperiosteal refers to an implant that rests on top of the jawbone under the gum tissue. Subperiosteal implants are no longer in use today because of their poor long-term results in comparison to endosteal dental implants.

​While the primary function of dental implants is for teeth replacement, there are areas in which implants can assist in other dental procedures. Due to their stability, dental implants can be used to support a removable denture and provide a more secure and comfortable fit. In addition, for orthodontics procedures, dental mini-implants can act as temporary anchorage devices (TAD) to help move teeth to a desired position. These mini-implants are small and temporarily fixed to bone while assisting in anchorage for teeth movement. They are subsequently removed after their function has been served.

Implant Technology is rapidly developing and new techniques and devices appear almost every day…

For patients who have lost all their teeth due to decay or gum disease of the upper and/or lower arch, an option is available to provide a very stable and comfortable prosthesis using a minimal number of implants. One such is example is the “All-On-4” technique that was named by implant manufacturer Nobel Biocare. This technique gets its name from the idea that four implants can be used to replace all teeth in a single arch (upper or lower).

The implants are strategically placed in areas of good strong bone, and a thin denture prosthesis is screwed into place. The All-On-4 technique provides teeth replacement that is stable (not removable) and feels like natural teeth compared to the older method of traditional (removable) complete dentures. Without a doubt, implant dentistry has allowed for more treatment options to replace single and multiple missing teeth with long-term stability and contributes to improved oral health.

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What can lead to a Dental Implant Claim?

With any surgery, there are always some risks and potential complications to the patient or to the success of a dental implant. Careful planning is important to ensure that a patient is healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and heal properly. Just like any oral surgery procedure, bleeding disorders, infections, allergies, existing medical conditions, and medications need careful review prior to proceeding with treatment. Fortunately, the success rate is quite high and failures usually occur in the unlikely event of infection, fracture of the dental implant, overloading of the dental implant, damage to the surrounding area (nerves, blood vessels, teeth), poor positioning of the dental implant, or poor bone quantity or quality. Again, careful planning with a qualified surgeon can help avoid these problems. In many cases, another attempt can be made to replace a failed dental implant after the requisite time for healing has taken place.

What is a Dental Implant Claim Worth?

A lot more than you realise. The cost is not just the refund on the implant / implants, nor is it just the costs of the implant and an amount for the injury of having them badly fitted. It is all those things plus the future replacement costs of having crowns placed on the implants every 10-15 years until you die. Of course that depends on the circumstances of the implants but it is a factor in many claims where bone loss has made future placements impossible. A simple implant on a twenty-something woman could be refunded at £3k but then the injury may well be twice that and she could be looking at £6K in future treatment costs. For each implant of course the costs rises. There is no set amount here, so it is essential to be circumspect and also to ensure you get the right lawyer.  A dental implant claim has a great many future losses to consider.

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Dental Implants and Nerve Damage

A large branch of facial nerve fibers lay beneath the line of teeth in your lower jaw and other nerve fiber’s are also present in the upper jaw. A good dentist will thoroughly investigate the position of these nerves before attempting to place a implant. However, radiology can sometimes trip up the unwary or negligent dentist and regrettably the resulting nerve damage can occur.  It is inevitable that a dental implant claim will follow.

Nerve damage is every patients worst nightmare – often the advice and actions taken immediately are of the utmost importance.

In 99 % of cases this damage self heals in a few weeks or even months. However, in some cases the damage is permanent and simply cannot be repaired. This can lead to facial paralysis, drooling speech difficulty and even a chocking hazard. Needless to say such litigation is complex, long and difficult to navigate, these are claims for specialists and not for dabblers and they have issues of complex law and causation issues behind them. Do not waste time with an ordinary solicitor who does a bit of everything instruct a specialist. 

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