A Cooper, a dental implant patient, asks:
I have three dental implants that have been in since 1992. My periodontist has found that there is an infection around these dental implants, which are my cuspids, with significant bone loss and suggests that I get them removed by a qualified oral surgeon. The periodontist claims that upon their removal, bone in the area will be build up again and additional dental implants could be put in place.
I would like to know if removing the dental implants is the correct treatment plan here? Also, can I really expect bone to build up again after implant removal? In your estimation, how long would it take for the bone to be built up so that the dental implant process could start again? Finally, how much pain would I expect to be in during the removal of the existing dental implants? What else should I be worried about during this process? Thanks very much for any answers you can provide.