John, a dental implant patient from Missouri, asks:
I had 8 dental implants placed, 1 of which has been a terrible problem from the day it was placed. The rest are fine. Since this problem implant was put in, the 2 teeth nearest it, and that whole area of the jaw, have been wracked with pain and the natural teeth on either side of the implant are very sensitive to hot and cold.
After 6 months, the problem reduced slightly. My oral surgeon said the dental implant failed, and he removed the original implant and replaced it with a wider one. But the problem has gotten much worse. This dental implant was the only one placed where a tooth was removed at the same time. Why is this implant failing? What could be causing all this pain? Any information would be appreciated.