Stanley, a dental implant patient from NY, asks:
I had dental implants placed across my entire upper jaw about eighteen months ago. Everything went smoothly. Recently, however, I went to my dentist and after taking a few x-rays, he told me that the bone around one of my implants was deteriorating rapidly. The dentist had never seen this before and I was told that I need to immediately remove this dental implant and have another one placed to preven the bone loss from spreading.
However, I am concerned. Why would bone deteriorate around the implant? What is causing this? Is removing the dental implant the best option? How would bone deterioration be prevented in the next implant? In case it matters for an answer, I was told that the dental implants used in this case are Straumann implants.
Thanks for any information you can provide.