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Dear Dr. Mosery,

I had implant done on #14 in Jan 2015 by an oral surgeon, and a crown was put on in Sep 2015 by my general dentist. During a recent visit, xray showed that the screw of the crown was loose, and my general dentist said I needed to have a new screw, and she will bill me for that.

My questions are 1) what are the possible reasons that the screw can get loose? 2) Should she be responsible for fixing it given it has only been 8 months? I have crowns on several of my teeth (none of them are implant crown except for #14) and it is the first time I heard that the screw can get loose. Should I ask her to fix it for free? 3) What are the risks to the implant if I put it off until next year? Is the implant going to fail?

Thank you in advance!

Wendy

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Do not put it off. I won't comment on the way someone else chooses to charge patients . There are many technical reasons why a screw would come loose. Bite overload, initial torque tightening . Just get in and have it replaced or if possible tightened to proper torque. Leaving it would be a mistake it may break or damage the internal aspect of the implant .

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Rafael Mosery,D.D.S.

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I`m a practicing general dentist for 29 years. Member of ADA,NYSDA,SDDS. In addition I am a fellow of the ICOI.My emphasis is on Implant Dentistry .I would be happy to answer questions regarding implant dentistry as well as general dental questions. Ofcourse within the limitations of no clinical exam and the absence of radiographs .

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Private practice for 29 years. Have kept up to date with continuing education throughout that time.




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ADA,NYDSA,SDDS,ICOI fellow,Penninsula Hospital Dental Society

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NYU College of Dentistry DDS 1984 NYU College of Dentistry Surgical and prosthetic implantology program 1999-2001

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