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[*2008*] Any experience with dental implants?

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I recently lost a big chunk of bridgework when one of the underlying anchor teeth apparently died and broke apart. They can't bridge the much bigger gap that's left now, so I have to crown the remaining anchor tooth, pull the tiny bit that remains of the crumbled tooth, and then either get dental implants for two spaces, or a partial to fill the gap. The dentist is recommending implants. My DH, who has a partial and hates it, agrees with him.

We have a mediocre dental plan that won't cover implants, but my dentist will refer me to a highly trusted colleague who supposedly refuses all insurances, and charges $1,000 for the first implant and $800 for the second, and down correspondingly after two (I only need two, though).

I don't know anybody who has had dental implants. My dentist says he highly recommends them to any patient who can get them - apparently you need a good bone structure or something, which I guess I have.

Any info from anyone would be appreciated, including any thoughts on the cost!

What a bummer. I had no trouble at all that I was aware of, and now I'll be shelling out well over $2k for extraction, crown and implants. :annoyed:
 

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I swear by implants. I have a total of 6 in my mouth, the oldest goes back around 10 years. Can't tell that they aren't my original teeth. Have had only one problem in the 10 years and it was minor. One of the crowns popped off the post; fortunately I didn't swallow it; I stopped in dentist's office without an appointment; in less than 30 minutes he cleaned and remounted it; it has been good as new.

Cost is another issue, but I feel they are worth it. My insurance pays $1,000 maximum for any procedure. What I did every time was have the extraction and the post seating in say November, and the crown affixed and billed in January of the next year. It worked every time.

GEORGE
 

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My younger dd is missing a tooth. It just never came in. She is anxiously awaiting the day she can have an implant. When all of the options were discussed with us, that seemed to be the way to go as it impacted fewer teeth. Right now she's wearing a retainer with a fake tooth and gets tired of people asking "why" she's still wearing the retainer.
 

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I just had a dental implant completed this week. Whole process took over 2 months, had to wait for synthetic bone to grow that they added before placing the tooth. It was very painful, but happy with the result, not happy with the price that cost $3300.00 when done. It really feels like a real tooth when they are done. Good luck.
 

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I've had one for several years - it looks and feels just like the real thing, and it's right in the front of my mouth so it shows when I talk or smile. Definitely the way to go.
 

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Hello from Long Island. I have one implant and it has served me well. It is replacement of a back tooth. Removing the "old" and in with the new was over $5k. No insurance. When yoiu mention that the dentist will do it for $1k for the 1st tooth and $800. for the second, I had to read that over about
3 times! Otherwise, the tooth is good. One thing, food seems to "catch" around the base and I'm constantly trying to squeeze the base to get the food out. (this is when no one is looking and I've just come out of a restaurant etc.) If I don't remove the food the next day it is very sore.
 
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Have to second another poster, that price is CHEAP!!!

Implants don't work for everyone. Titanium would fuse to most bones but not everyone's. Other than that, I don't think there are any drawbacks other than cost. I think my implant cost about $2k, and nothing was covered by insurance. With the surgical extraction, the whole process cost nearly $4k, IIRC.
 

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... but my dentist will refer me to a highly trusted colleague who supposedly refuses all insurances, and charges $1,000 for the first implant and $800 for the second, and down correspondingly after two (I only need two, though).

Just had one of my teeth capped. It was over $900.

I would be cautious here for a procedure that was much more invasive and time consuming to cost about the same (especially when the inplant also includes a cap- or does it?)
 

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The implant doesn't include the cap or crown. The dentist usually recommends (at least in my case) that you wait about three months after the actual implant before you get a crown. I guess that has to do with your bone adjusting to the post or something like that. I should be FINALLY getting my implant crown on a tooth close to the front of my mouth this week, next week at the latest.

I already have two implants/crowns right next to each other in the back. My only problem there is the way the crowns were set, food has a tendency to get stuck there more easily... just means more flossing.
 

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I have 4 implants (lower), and I love them. It was a long procedure, almost a year to complete, but my orthodontist was extremely careful. The cost was a little under $6000, but that was almost 10 yrs. ago.
As someone else mentioned, I also sometimes have trouble with a particle of food getting stuck underneath, and flossing there is sometimes a pain, but I get great results with my Water Pik. I'd love to get more (uppers), but I have a lot of bone loss, and they'd be under my sinuses, making the process more complicated.
The price sounds very reasonable, so I'd check the dentist's references.
 

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I just got my teeth done recently and if you can get away with that low cost, go for it. Last August I had a bridge removed ($160) because of a problem with an anchor tooth and had to wait 3 months until my gums healed so the periodontist could do the 3 implants in my jaw. He did that in late Nov($5600) and I had healing caps on the implants until April when I paid my dentist $4275 for the 3 crowns. I finally got the crowns put on the end of May but they are on temporarily until I go the end of this month and if all is well, he will seal them permanently. I would recommend it (not the cost but what can you do about cost these days?) I had no problems from start to go. Food does collect around the base of the crowns but anyone who has bridges are used to cleaning under them. My only concern now is getting my bite fixed. I don't think it's quite right yet but it will be when I get back to the dentist. I can't believe anyone can do implants in less time than 9 months...good luck.
 

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[triennial - points]
Implanta-Planta-Planta.

Any info from anyone would be appreciated, including any thoughts on the cost!
Click here for my titanium implant story.

I was not covered by a dental plan when I had the extraction & implant done so I paid about $1,900 for that work. By the time the implant was ready for installation of a gold crown on top, I did have a dental plan. Unfortunately, the plan does not cover implant crowns, so I had to whip out another $2,000 or so for that.

Bottom line for everything connected with the implant & crown is close to what I have tied up in 4 (resale) timeshares.

A friend overheard me telling another friend about this implant experience, & said, "My sister said she recently got implants, but I don't think she was talking about her teeth."

I don't know how my friend's sister feels about her implants, but I am satisfied with my solid titanium dental implant.

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​

 

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Alan!!:eek: You are SO BAD!! You can always go south of the (Arizona) border. Los Algodones is only 7 miles west of Yuma. With 10,000 population they have over 300 dentists. A porcelain crown fused to metal $350. Upper dentures $200. There are many good dentists When we were in Rocky Port last month we noticed some American plates at a local dentist's office so, schedule a week at the Mayan Palace at Puerto Penasco and have some dental work done there. I have read that many people go on vacation-like to India-and have major surgery done. I am vaguely aware of some other places in Mexico-along the Baja-where you can get plastic surgery done rather inexpensively and recuperate in a vacation paradise. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF ANY PARTICULAR SERVICE OR PERSON. IT IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY).:shrug:
http://www.abc15.com/content/news/webxtra/story.aspx?content_id=085a1375-712d-4844-8c48-b227bdd20857
 
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Thanks everyone! I think I'm going for the implants. I have an appointment scheduled just so the dentist can take a look-see. I double-checked and yes, the price is as quoted--BUT, I didn't know when I asked that I needed to ask if "Implant" meant complete job or just the thing stuck in my jaw! So possibly it's just the thing stuck in the jaw and then I'll need to get the crowns in addition. I will ask the dentist at my visit.
 

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Having a fear of dentists since my mom dragged me to a doc who didn't believe in freezing (showing my age now) getting implants sounds terribly painful. Is it? What is involved?

Brian
 

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Implanta-Planta-Planta.

getting implants sounds terribly painful. Is it? What is involved?
Painful ?

No.

I mean, I was shot up with so much novocaine I couldn't feel a thing. Still, it was not comfortable to be sitting there with my mouth propped open for an hour so the perio-implant specialist could reach my back-tooth area with all those tools. But as my regular dentist put it, if I can tolerate extraction of the bad tooth, then I can also tolerate the implant procedure. That was about right.

Painless, yes. But while the work is going on, there are the sounds & sensations of various things being done that I don't like thinking about.

For all the details of the whole sequence -- leading up to implanta-planta-planta & the follow-up & all that (more than most folks will want to know) -- click here.

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​

 

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Having a fear of dentists since my mom dragged me to a doc who didn't believe in freezing (showing my age now) getting implants sounds terribly painful. Is it? What is involved?

Brian

I also fear the dentist, and didn't find it painful.

First they remove the old tooth, if necessary.

Then, if needed, they may reinforce the jaw bone with a bone graft (bovine I believe.)

Then (later) they put in the titanium post. An oral surgeon did mine, and I think they knocked me out for that part. (It's been a few years.) It was not painful at all after I woke up.

Then the bone around the post has to heal for several weeks until it's stable.

Then it was back to my regular dentist for the crown on the post.

The whole procedure, with healing time between some of the steps probably took at least 3 mos. and I probably had about 8 appoints between the surgeon and my regular dentist.

During the healing process I had a partial upper plate, because the tooth that I had replaced is right in front and it was very obvious.
 
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Wow, it seems like everyone is saying they had an oral surgeon, periodontist or orthodontist do their implants. When dd has hers done it's going to be our regular dentist. Wonder why the difference?
 

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Hi Luanne - My dentist does not do oral surgery. He has sent us to a surgeon to have wisdom teeth removed and for root canals, as well.

I think that would be a good question to ask the dentist - does he have special qualifications for dental surgery?
 

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Hi Luanne - My dentist does not do oral surgery. He has sent us to a surgeon to have wisdom teeth removed and for root canals, as well.

I think that would be a good question to ask the dentist - does he have special qualifications for dental surgery?

I think our dentist must have some kind of special qualifications. Our periodontist (who uses our dentist) told me our dentist is an "artist". He does beautiful work. He does not do wisdom teeth extraction however.
 

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Bovine, Shmovyne.

Then, if needed, they may reinforce the jaw bone with a bone graft (bovine I believe.)
Bovine ?

Like, from cattle ?

Whoa !

Shux, my bone graft was human all the way -- but from a cadaver, according to the perio-implant specialist who did it.

Philosophically, I suppose that's just another -- if bizarre -- form of recycling.

Waste not, want not.

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I personally didn't need a bone graft, but a friend who did, had bovine (yep, cattle) bone pellets implanted before the titanium post.
 

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The dentist who will be doing my implants is also a periodontist and "implantologist" -- my regular dentist doesn't do them, either. But my reg dentist did the extraction which was an easy one, fortunately for me. He refers complicated extractions to an oral surgeon.

But I'm interested to read that in some cases they implanted immediately after the extraction. My dentist tells me I need to heal first.

I guess they all have their own methods!
 

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I Prefer Getting It All Done At Once.

I'm interested to read that in some cases they implanted immediately after the extraction. My dentist tells me I need to heal first.
By me, having the extraction & implant done in 1 sitting is preferable to going in for separate heavy-duty procedures 2 different times -- not to mention getting shot up twice with major serious novocaine, etc.

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​
 
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