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Just wondering if anyone has knowledge of dental implants.
 

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A Teacher I taught with had implants done on 4 teeth. She went through hell with it. It was painful at times, cost her a LOT of money but, they were all 4 a total success and really look awesome. She was actually getting dents in her face from the missing teeth and this gave her the shape back. She did 2 one summer and the other 2 the next summer. I think she paid about 22k for the whole thing.... I could ask her how much if you want.
 

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I will be discussing the procedure and cost with the orthodondist (may have this title wrong) on May 30. Did she have unusual problems? Hopefully this will only be 1 tooth - 2 at most. Right now, I would just like to know what to expect for recovery time and success or not. I don't think I know anyone that has a dental implant. $22K would be almost $6000 per tooth. If today had gone well, a root canal, crown and prep work was to be about $1700. So maybe $6000 is not far off.

There are other options, but the dentist seemed to think this was my best one and referred me for a consultation. One of the other ones sounds almost as bad. That is to remove some of the bone, lowering the gum line and allowing more tooth to affix a crown. It was my understanding today that even an implant will have to have a crown, but would be a more stable foundation.

Decisions, decisions.
 

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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.




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I've had a tooth transplant, but not a tooth implant. LOL.
 

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SU is going throuogh this right now. We are in the lets see what happens with the other teeth mode. He has one tooth extracted a couple of weeks ago. He when last night to see how the other 2 questionable teeth are doing. His estimate for an impant is about $3000 for one tooth. I asked my dentist for a ballpark to see if it was on track and mine was about $3500. The dentist's opinion of a partial is that it is like a long term temporary. Poor guy he has such bad teeth. It's gentics, his parents are terrible too. I hope Makenna gets my teeth.
 

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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.




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Wow this story is mine to a T!!!! I've had one for about 6-7 years now and LOVE it!!
Same thing, root canal done and it was never right.. I didn't want to go the bridge route and ruin other teeth. Although I didn't have to wear a retainer for a year.. I had the gum work done and had to wait a few months then went in and had the implant put in and then I got the crown made. I have no problems with it what so ever. I would do it again in a heart beat!! Oh and my insurance paid for most of it so I'm not sure what the total cost was.
 

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Oh and my insurance paid for most of it so I'm not sure what the total cost was.
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...
 

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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.
Cadaver bone? :-X I didn't know they did that. ~faint~

I need to have one done but I'm mad at my dentist so I'm suffering just to prove my point. ::) I had a crown break. I called the dentist and he said to come in. I thought he was going to fix it. Instead he said "yep...needs a crown. So does the tooth in front of and the tooth on top of. Make an appt." ::) I make an appt 6 weeks later (long story...waiting for dentist to get insurance approval). Dentist goes on medical leave and leaves another dentist in charge. New dentist gets me in the chair, numbed up then tells me he can't fix the tooth with the broken crown. He says I'll need an implant and that requires a specialist. Well crap. If I had known that I wouldn't have opted for the 2 crowns that weren't really necessary at this time. The broken crown is more important. Insurance pays a max of $1000/yr. Since the dentist did the 2 crowns, I have to wait until next year to get the broken one fixed. It is has been very painful lately probably infected or something (I see the dentist for a cleaning on Mon so I'll ask). I thought about maybe just paying out of pocket but if it's going to cost $3000 I'm not going to do that. I may just tell them to pull it and be done with it. It's a bottom molar but I'm sure I could live without it.
 

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Someone I knew had an entire mouthful done about 5 years ago. This person had regular dentures and hated them. So he spent approx. $30,000 and went to a specialist who did nothing but implants. it was a seriously long process. He had the stems put in and had to wait a long time (several months) to make sure the gums healed around them. I think 1 or 2 failed and he went back and had those repaired somehow. If memory serves me, I think he said it involved using larger stems. He took calcium supplements too during the process. Once everything was healed, the new teeth were made and screwed to the posts. He was then required to go once a year to have them removed and readjusted. I aw him once or twice after they were all done and he said it was the best thing he ever did. But the process was no picnic. Wearing the false teeth that were made to sit on the healing gums was very uncomfortable. He was retired at the time and spent 90% of his time alone in his home so that he wouldn't have to be seen since the false ones hurt so much.
I would imagine having just a couple done would be much better than what this man did.
Good luck.
 

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I'm in the middle of getting 3 on bottom left and 3 on bottom right. This has been going on now for 3 months. We are in the middle of doing a partial denture attaching to my front teeth ($2100). Hopefully, next week after getting another fitting I will have denture. NOT FUN chewing with only front teeth. So far have spent $5,000 and that's only for temporary denture and tooth extractions.

Cost of each implant $6000. I have to go for a CAT scan to determine the exact position of the nerves so Surgeon can implant correctly with no failure. Total time - probably 1-1/2 years. Pain so far...none except to my wallet. Crowns had lasted 20 years...now I have no choice but to do this or wear dentures. In my next life I am either going to be a Dentist or marry one!!!!!!!
 

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My periodontist suggested I have this done on several teeth a few years ago. I decided not to after hearing about some pretty bad outcomes from my brother who is a professor of medicine. First off, if you smoke don't even think about it because nicotine prevents the growth of tissue around the screws. Secondly, I was told that it is much more successful on the bottom teeth because there is more jaw bone to work with. With the upper teeth there can be problems with the nasal cavity and sinus tissue. And there is no guarantee that it will work even with being in the best of health.
 
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