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The following is Deann’s very unfortunate experience with dental implants due to an allergic reaction to the metal used in the restoration.
I’ve had a “nightmarish” experience at the cost of $74,000!! The implants were put in and all went well, no issues! Then I had all the framework done and that’s when my nightmare began!! 🙁
The upper bridgework, never fit from day 1 and no matter how much I mentioned the “fit”, he had no explanations!! For 9+ years, I’m been wearing a “vise grip” on my face and it’s this past year, that I was finally able to “piece the puzzle” together!!
Now, because of that mistake, my upper implants are failing, I have developed a rare allergy to exactly what my dental devise is made of and the dentist and lab that did the work? REFUSE to cover the cost to fix it!!
I have proven beyond a doubt through video and taped conversation (legal in my state) this bridgework was improperly installed and caused undo stress on the implants!! It also caused “rubbing” of the metal bridge which caused metal “ions” to seep into my body and I now have “metal poisoning”!!
The shame of it all is, the lab KNOWS how bad this situation as he spoke personally with my allergist!! I was told this allergy is like “eating poison ivy” and having an allergy to it!! Over time, your body will start to show signs and it has!!
Effects of the Allergic Response / Poisoning
I have now lost my salivary glands in my lower jaw, my mouth has a constant “rash” from the galvanic response going on between the metals. I struggle to eat. My fatigue level is through the roof. I “choke” a lot from some kind of debris I spit up anytime I eat or drink! I am majorly weak from not eating. My hands are showing signs of allergic response consistent with that of “Cobalt” poisoning (part of my dental devise is 61% Cobalt)!!
EVERY ASPECT OF MY LIFE, has been disturbed and/or chronically altered and when I brought my case up to the dentist and lab at a meeting, they took “NO” responsibility and basically “laughed” me out of their office!! They said my findings had no basis and that I won’t be able to prove my accusations!! I was also refused my file and STILL do not have it!!
Last week, two days before entering a competition (I’m a musician) my bridgework broke AGAIN (brand new prosthetic I paid an additional $6000 that consistently breaks, nothing new) and the lab that made behind the dentists back, refuses to fix it because of that meeting!!
If I were to post the pictures of the new prosthetic, people would be HORRIFIED!! There was metal exposed everywhere, the material consistently broke down and I ended up swallowing some, and again, everything was “my fault”!! I must be “grinding”!! Funny thing is, my lower jaw now “hangs” constantly and I have to struggle to keep my mouth closed, not to mention, I don’t wear them at home or at night because my mouth hurts so bad!!
Sadly, in 2013 (after waiting 2 years for the dentist to finish replacing dental material (I supposedly had an allergy to the monomer used)) when the dentist forced delivery on me, I ended up with an ER visit because the bite was so off, my neck swelled and I wasn’t able to swallow!! Talk about scared out of your wits?? I then made an appt. to tell the dentist what happened and all the problems I was having with the new prosthetic and he was so insulted, he threw me out of his practice!!! Not only that but he was “inches” from my face, screaming at me in front of a witness!! It wasn’t long after that, I found out, he has been arrested for “domestic violence” and subsequently was convicted!!
I went back a few weeks later to pick up my models in an attempt to go somewhere else, still woefully unaware of my allergy issue, he asked to speak with me!! What I didn’t realize was, he knew he could get in trouble for “patient abandonment” and expressed he’d fix the issues if I came back!!
Knowing this bridgework is an “old” dental devise and not many work on it, I reluctantly went back! I just wanted the issues fixed and have what I paid for, a “functioning” smile! After several months of continued breaks (like a front tooth that broke off less than 2 months after getting it) I had given up!! I decided to reach out to the lab owner and try to get the bridge fixed!!
By the way, did I mention this bridgework has “rocked” for years causing the retaining holes to “egg shape” twice, causing even more rocking and I had to pay $200 to “re weld” it!! Had this bridgework been installed correctly, there wouldn’t be a need to re-weld it!!
After the lab stated what I had was “junk” and he was going to make it right, (again, in front of a witness and recorded) within a few months I had “nicer” looking teeth but the rocking, stayed unaddressed!! The lab owner then told me, he “sold” the machine that makes my bridgework!! Ahhhh, no wonder why they told me “”oh, it can’t be fixed””!! I then got an appt. with the manufacturer’s rep and you should’ve seen the look on his face watching the video I made!!! I KNEW right then and there, I had been deceived!!
Never Mix Metals in Your Mouth
The best part of the story? After “months” of researching, I found a “well respected” dentist in Europe who happens to be one the “leading” experts on implants and I was told via email (which he allows me to use)….
NEVER mix metals in the mouth and to have it all removed IMMEDIATELY!!! This, from Europe’s leading implantologist?
So as I continue to decline, bone and tissue continue to resorb despite having cleanings every 3 months for years and always getting a “good report” from the hygienist, they go on vacation and don’t give me a second thought!! I guess my issue isn’t important now because they already have my money!!
Sadly, after winning last weeks 1st round for next years IBC (International Blues Competition) I had a nervous breakdown because I had offers coming out of the woodwork and know, I cannot take advantage!! I am to ill, to commit! How devastating to have come this far and be hung out to dry and no where to turn!! 🙁
So PATIENT BEWARE!!! Make sure you do your homework on what goes in your mouth!! These people are only about the money, NOT your health!! The use of incompatible materials could end up costing you your life like it has mine!!
Anyone wishing to see my documentation is welcome to it!! I WANT people to see the kind of “workmanship” these people are doing!! This (2.5 – 5,000,000.00 a year) lab is doing work up and down the northeast coast and I DON’T want anyone else suffering at the hands of fools!! If they do this work and don’t fully understand the perils of installing incompatible metals? THEY SHOULDN’T BE DOING IT!!! How many “other” people are walking around “sick” like me, unable to find answers, unable to get help?
Want to see what’s at stake? Watch this video! Watch midway thru (Sinner’s Prayer) when my “hands” start to become a problem!! 🙁
These people feel no obligation because their protected by a “statute of limitations”!! Plus, no lawyer wants to take a “dental” case because it’s too much work!! 🙁 This situation is NO DIFFERENT then the metal on metal hip/knee complaints currently making waves!! And as far as I know, I’m the “ONLY” patient after having this work done to become allergic to the dental devise one part which is “Gold” is supposed to be so “rare”, most doctors/dentist don’t even believe in it but it is, legit!!
Are You in a Similar Situation?
Have you ever had a doctor get it wrong? So wrong, it causes you more pain, more medical bills and longer suffering? I have and it forces me to reach out for help, in a way I have never done before.
I’m an artist, an advocate, a wife, a mother, grandmother and most recently, a victim of dental malpractice. I was actively pursuing my passion as a Semi-professional “Singer/Song Writer/Radio Host/Animal Activist” until the reality of declining health forced me out of everything I loved and worked so hard to achieve.
After remortgaging our home and spending a total of $74,000 to pay for a much needed dental procedure, a critical error was made that turned my dental restoration into a dental nightmare.
Suffering for the past 9 years, the initial error made by my dentist in combination with the lab’s use of dissimilar metals was finally determined to be the root cause of my now, failing health. Serious allergies to the materials used in my restoration have developed from their mistake and continues to negatively impact my life..
I now face the grim reality that everything I had done that was supposed to last a lifetime, must be replaced without any restitution thru either dentist or lab. Replacement is costly because I now have a limited choice of materials from which to choose. Without removal & replacement of the allergens and faulty dental work, my health will continue to decline as will my quality of life.
So in light of the fact I have no other option for help other than thru crowd funding, I have decided to utilize the last of my energy & focus on advocacy. To help Educate the public on what to look and look out for with regards to get a dental restoration.
No patient should be deliberately deceived and left no where to turn when their health is at risk! Since the medical/dental community is so well protected when it comes to their mistakes, your Best Case Scenario for a good outcome is doing your Research!!
Please check out my web site and become Pro Active in your care! Don’t fall victim to deceitful practices and shady professionals who take your money and don’t honor their work!