What evidence do I need to sue after bone graft went wrong?
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Bone graft, law suite, resurption
I can understand that you are very upset that your bone graft procedure might not have turned out as successful as you were hoping.
However, any grafting procedures, especially bone, and especially in the anterior (front) area are subject to major resurption. Most grats loose up to 50% of bone grafted. Many times, when the deficits are large, multiple procedures are necessary to obtain a satisfactory result. It actually sounds as if what happened to you is within normal limits.
Rather than focusing on a law suit, I would advise you to go and see a specialist: a Prosthodontist, Periodontist, or an Oral Surgeon and see what needs to be done to get your situation fixed. Isn't that the real goal? To answer your question about a law suit, you should see an attorney. However, law suits are costly, time consuming and benefit only the lawyers.
Best advise that anyone can give you is to go and get your teeth fixed.
Best of luck,
Bone grafting is not definitive treatment in all cases.
There are many factors that can influence success of bone grafting including how much bone is present before the grafting is done, how well patients follow post op instructions, the general health of patients, smokers, diabetics aand patients with osteopenia are more likely to have poor results.
The use of membranes increase success rates but infection decreases success. Frequently the use of a collagen sponge (cola-plug) can work better than grafting in new extraction sites.
Too much graft in a site can actually lead to poor results because of inadequate wound closure. Instead of talking about suing you may want to discuss what can be done to insure better results and why your doctor thinks your graft failed, if it failed or if you just did not grow enough bone for implant placement.
In todays world of implant dentistry cosmetics are very important and for ideal esthetics we frequently need more bone for smile line than we do to merely place implant.
Bone Graft Reabsorption
You can search on google a lot of documents and wide information about the bone graft procedures and how it works.
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