LivingWithLabs said:I usually lurk here, but I just ran across your post and can tell you about my wonderful tooth implant. ;D
I had a tooth with a several year old root canal and it just never was right. The tooth was loose from the roots and painful for years. My dentist gave me a choice of a bridge - which involved grinding down down two perfectly good teeth on either side and giving me three crowns to form the bridge or going to a specialist and getting an implant. Not only would I lose a total of three teeth, but the bridge sounded too much like dentures to me. It seemed to be a long-term hassle.
I opted for the implant. They extracted the tooth and then implanted some cadaver bone onto the bone where the tooth was pulled to "build up" the bone and give the crown something to be mounted onto. It took a little over a year for the cadaver bone to graft and I had a retainer to maintain my normal teeth spacing.
When the bone was fully grafted, a peg was screwed into the bone and I was sent off to my regular dentist for a crown. Voila!!! It was wonderful and I have never regretted it. The tooth feels better than any other tooth and I could only hope all my teeth felt this good. I would definitley do it again. I think I had a total of 3-4 dentist visits - one to extract the tooth, one more to implant the cadaver bone, one or two more to check the bone graft progress and one last one to insert the screw for the crown. I paid around $5,000 about 10 years ago, so $6,000 sounds like a bargain right now.
The worst part was the extraction - that hurt like a bear. The retainer wasn't much fun either, but the result was worth it.
Really? What kind do you have. Most of this is going to be out of pocket for us and we have dental. SU had a root canal too and he will need the bone implant. I swear we have bought his dentist a boat...Oh and my insurance paid for most of it so I'm not sure what the total cost was.
Cadaver bone? :-X I didn't know they did that. ~faint~LivingWithLabs said:They extracted the tooth and then implanted some cadaver bone onto the bone where the tooth was pulled to "build up" the bone and give the crown something to be mounted onto.