Q: I had six dental implants placed in France three years ago. My temporaries are falling apart. I live in the US now. Do I have to go back to my previous doctor to finish my case with the permanent teeth?
A: Go do some laundry if I told you this story before, but when I was a second and third year intern at McGill University in Montreal, they gave me a pamphlet entitled: “Hospital French”. Although McGill University is an English Speaking School, obviously one needs to know some French to communicate with the patient base in the clinics of the Montreal General Hospital.
Can a Different Dentist Finish a Dental Implant Case?
I believe I am missing that part of the brain that allows one to speak multiple languages. Perhaps it was destroyed when my seventh grade Spanish teacher, Mrs Leonardis, threw a piece of chalk at my head and yelled: “Manuel! Atención!”.
I only memorized two lines from the hospital French book which translated into: “Have you ever spit up blood before?” and “Fill it up, unleaded.” Not real useful in the bar scene in Montreal, circa 1986. You can have your new DDS finish your implant case if he/she has the proper technology.
- Proper identification of the size and brand of your implants. We use a special X-ray software with digital X-rays and a new App that digitally searches and finds your brand and diameter implant.
- Access to your specific brand’s prosthetic product line to order the correct components to make the final teeth, especially when your implants are placed at severe angles.
- A specialized local lab that is well versed in implant prosthetics. We use Biotech of Palm Beach Gardens and Hennessey Dental Labs. This allows patients to visit with the lab tech in person for a better match of the shade and shape of the teeth.
- The Osstell implant testing device that assists in making sure your implants are completely fused to the surrounding bone to prevent failure after your teeth are attached to the implants.
Because we see many seasonal patients and new residents of Florida, we are very well versed in dealing with these cases. These are not for the novice. Au revoir!
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.