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View Poll Results: Would you spend the $$$ for the implant?

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  • yep - worth every penny!

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  • No way - that's a lot of $$$

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  1. #1
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    Default Dental Implant?

    So....after a failed root canal, visiting the endodontist, and then, a periodontist, I had the tooth removed.

    Turns out the nerve and tooth pulp were so irritated that I needed a nerve block and it still H-U-R-T!!!

    But dentist promised it would be worlds better - and it is!

    But - now he wants to replace this tooth (back bottom molar) and it will cost @$2,700.

    Dentist explained that I'm young (33) and it is important for the teeth to have the opposing tooth to push down on/bite or I risk everything shifting.

    So....would you spend the $$$ or go on missing the tooth?


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    I chose option C because I don't have the $$ to make an implant an option. However, in the past 4 years I've had 4 teeth pulled, (all molars) and haven't had implants. Yes chewing is difficult. Yes my teeth have shifted and I have small spaces that weren't there before. On the other hand my bit fits much better (JOKE!!!!).

    What I will find the money to fix is my front tooth which due to a resolved abcess has shifted to such an extent that I cannot bite down squarely. Don't know if that will be an implant or braces. But I'm not having my wedding photos taken looking like some hick out of "Deliverance".

    BTW the last tooth was pulled because it was a) abcessed; and b) above a tooth that had already been pulled. When it was out, the dentist showed it to me. The abcess had come out with it nestled within the roots and was the size of a large pea!
    Last edited by Kryswyn; Mar. 21, 2011 at 12:06 AM. Reason: ETA to reflect my vote.
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    I have a fake front tooth, so yes, implants are the way to go. It might hurt your wallet right now, but it will save you tons of money (and stress and time) down the road.

    FWIW, the implants are incredibly high tech these days. I got detailed pictures of my other front tooth taken, and they matched the implant perfectly to it. People are shocked when I tell them about the implant, as it blends in perfectly with the rest of my fabulous smile



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-N-Jete' View Post
    Dentist explained that I'm young (33) and it is important for the teeth to have the opposing tooth to push down on/bite or I risk everything shifting.

    I got this lecture too - I'm missing the top back molar on both sides, and the price I was quoted for implants was well over 10K. At the time that might as well have been 10 million, so I had to say no. It's been 8 years, and no shifting!

    I do need an implant for a front tooth - root canal, another root canal to fix the first one, crown and $8500 later I'm being told it's still no good, need a $4K implant.

    I said I'll think about it when it falls out.



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    My husband just finished up 3 years of dental work including two implants (with a 4 tooth bridge abutment instead of individual teeth on the posts--they were his four front teeth), a bone graft on said implant, 8 root canals and 8 crowns. Yep, it cost a bundle ($18,000ish), but IMO it was worth every dime.

    The dilemma with having missing teeth, from what I understand, is that over time people with missing teeth tend to have issues with jaw bone issues where the teeth are missing. The jawbone that used to support a tooth, but no longer is, begins to dissolve in a process called absorption. The longer the tooth is gone, the greater your loss of jaw bone.

    If you can't afford the dentist, see if you have a local dental school. That's what my husband did and they were about 1/3 cheaper than the dentist, but they took payments (over 3 years!).
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    Broke a front molar resulting in a rootcanal w/post.
    fast forward 15 yrs..
    metal top tip of post breaks -infection in jawbone moving towards sinus cavity. Tooth out and infection treated.
    Had the same options and choose the implant - I had a small amount of dental insurance that covered more then anticiapated because I spreat it out over a 18 month timeframe -(technically 3 calendar years of dental ins. coverage). My out of pocket expense was $2500. Worth every penny!
    Last edited by CS; Mar. 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CS View Post
    Broke a front molar resulting in a rootcanal w/post.
    fast forward 15 yrs..
    metal top tip of post breaks -infection in jawbone moving towards sinus cavity. Tooth out and infection treated.
    Had the same options and choose the implant - I had a small amount of dental insurance that covered more then anticiapated because I spreat it out over a 18 month timeframe -(technically 3 calender years of dental ins. coverage). My out of pocket expense was $2500. Worth every penny!
    I am going through the same thing!!! Root canal, post broke 20 years later. I'm getting the dental implant next month. No dental insurance so it's costing me about $4000.00



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    I had to get 2 implants a few years ago....im deathly afraid of the dentist, so this was NOT a pleasant experience for me. (I probably wouldnt have done it except that my parents were still paying for my life since I was in college, and they insisted. Glad I did it then instead of later down the road!)

    Worth every penny? YES. They look GREAT, same color, texture, shape everything. No one ever knows theyre fake.

    Pleasant experience? NO. They only gave me Lorazepam ( I think?) so I was a bit loopy, but still AWAKE. I was loopy enough not to care too much though. Recovery was rough...I had the two metal rods in place of the teeth for awhile until I got the actual teeth put on. Thank God my implants were in the back of my mouth. Once I got the permenant teeth put on, I was very happy with them!



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    I like to think a large part of my childhood/adolescence revolved around my missing front left tooth. Short version, it all started when I was two - I ran out of a carpet store and did a faceplant on the asphalt, causing severe damage to my gum and (we later figured out) the developing tooth. I still have a small scar under my nostril from where my tooth went up through the lip.

    After regular orthodontic work which involved pulling baby teeth to make room for the adult ones, my LF tooth would not come down. X-rays showed it was up there, but didn't feel like joining the party. I was toothless for a few years until it came down. Then, a few years later when I was in the 6th or 7th grade, it started hurting like CRAZY during math. Called mom sobbing, who called dentist, who set us up immediately with a oral specialist. End result was the tooth was abscessing, and we could pull it or chance a 10% success rate on saving it with some pretty painful procedures. Parents decided to pull it.

    Had to wait until I was a junior or senior in high school before the implant work was complete. Then, I'd had to have the crown replaced TWICE because my RF tooth kept moving down so the lengths would be noticeably uneven. My fingers are crossed that this crown is the last one I'll need, and just to make sure, my trusty dentist splintered the RF tooth to the adjoining one.

    Moral: it was my LF, so obviously I needed an implant unless I wanted to mimick a hillbilly. Worth every penny, according to my parents.



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    you really don't want to have bad teeth (as in non functioning) because so much rides on oral health and good teeth.

    Yes, implants are crazy expensive. My mom had some done and while initially she had her problems with the healing process, she is infinitly more happy this way.

    maybe this is a reminder to start saving when the pearlies are still your own?
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    I am going through this dilemma right now. I had two cracked/broken upper molars and apparently had developed a severe maxillary sinus infection (unbeknownst to me). I did have severe pain in my jaw, radiating to lower jaw. Both teeth pulled last week, which I am terribly sad about. The quote I was given was $4000.00 per implant, plus the $1200.00 I just paid as my insurance didn't cover the bone graft material, nitrous and extractions. Hubby thinks not worth the money as loss of teeth isn't visible. I, however, would like some teeth there as I still cannot chew on that side. I was told 3 to 6 months for the bone graft material to "set up" and then rods can be put in. Another 3 to 6 months later, teeth placed on rods. I am going to have it done.



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    Quote Originally Posted by aab View Post
    I am going through this dilemma right now. I had two cracked/broken upper molars and apparently had developed a severe maxillary sinus infection (unbeknownst to me). I did have severe pain in my jaw, radiating to lower jaw. Both teeth pulled last week, which I am terribly sad about. The quote I was given was $4000.00 per implant, plus the $1200.00 I just paid as my insurance didn't cover the bone graft material, nitrous and extractions. Hubby thinks not worth the money as loss of teeth isn't visible. I, however, would like some teeth there as I still cannot chew on that side. I was told 3 to 6 months for the bone graft material to "set up" and then rods can be put in. Another 3 to 6 months later, teeth placed on rods. I am going to have it done.
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    Timely thread for me! Going "under the knife" Thursday morning, two failed root canals created a nasty abcess under both molars (they are in the back).

    I didn't have any $ to deal with this until last month, finally got dental insurance. He says just in time, infection is eating into the bone Both have to come out, nasty stitches & all, shudder.

    They will be the third adult molars I've had out, and I'm started to research implants, just to try to keep the bone & other teeth in place. It seems like an awful lot of money, but I agree with who ever said, dental health seems to be important to becoming a healthy ancient little old lady, sooo...

    Anyway think of me Thursday - still trying to decide if I let them knock me out or try to get through it with just Novacaine. I do have a ride to and from dentist, but really don't like the idea of being fully sedated, haven't ever had to go through that yet!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcadien View Post
    Timely thread for me! Going "under the knife" Thursday morning, two failed root canals created a nasty abcess under both molars (they are in the back).

    I didn't have any $ to deal with this until last month, finally got dental insurance. He says just in time, infection is eating into the bone Both have to come out, nasty stitches & all, shudder.

    They will be the third adult molars I've had out, and I'm started to research implants, just to try to keep the bone & other teeth in place. It seems like an awful lot of money, but I agree with who ever said, dental health seems to be important to becoming a healthy ancient little old lady, sooo...

    Anyway think of me Thursday - still trying to decide if I let them knock me out or try to get through it with just Novacaine. I do have a ride to and from dentist, but really don't like the idea of being fully sedated, haven't ever had to go through that yet!
    I also had a failed root canal and had to have the tooth pulled and an implant put in. Be sedated! It's worth the money.



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    Quote Originally Posted by AliCat518 View Post

    Pleasant experience? NO. They only gave me Lorazepam ( I think?) so I was a bit loopy, but still AWAKE. I was loopy enough not to care too much though. Recovery was rough...I had the two metal rods in place of the teeth for awhile until I got the actual teeth put on. Thank God my implants were in the back of my mouth. Once I got the permenant teeth put on, I was very happy with them!
    My oral surgeon has me asleep for the procedure



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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcadien View Post
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    Anyway think of me Thursday - still trying to decide if I let them knock me out or try to get through it with just Novacaine. I do have a ride to and from dentist, but really don't like the idea of being fully sedated, haven't ever had to go through that yet!
    IV Sedation is the way to go!! Your not really asleep, more of a don't remember anything.



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    Another vote for sedation. My dentist didn't offer it. I did take a Lorazapam prior to going in and then was given the nitrous. Let me tell you how fast you snap out of all of that when they start pulling! My dentist is a big brute of a guy but still spent the better part of 10 minutes pulling both teeth out, all the while talking to me like a dog. "Good girl, that's it. We are getting there. Just a little longer." WTF! Apparently, I had some monster roots, so much so that he made sure to show them to me at the end. And, oh yes, 6 stitches. Believe me, I would have jumped at the opportunity for sedation!



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    Alagirl, I actually like Ramen.



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    I was told I needed them about 2-3 years ago. I had both back bottom molars pulled out. Between the surgeon and the dentist, the estimate was about $10,000.

    Needless to say, I haven't done it yet. I'm not looking forward to the pain - I seem to have a sensitive mouth to begin with. Plus, the surgeon said he had to do some jaw grafting to make room to implant a tooth on my left side. Plus, it seems like just so much money. Ouch.... Has anyone gone to those "do it all in one day" places, like Clear Choice? Any thoughts on those??



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    I had a spontaneous abscess followed by a failed root canal on the tooth that would have been in front of my canine if that tooth hadn't been pulled for braces a million years ago. I had two options; an implant or a bridge that would require drilling into two adjacent perfectly healthy teeth.

    I went for the implant; it was around $5K and took over 1 year to complete the deal. The actually crown was installed by my regular dentist and was mostly covered on my dental insurance.

    Being a "mature" individual, I had just turned 50, and because it was in the front of my mouth where the jaw isn't as dense (you're actually "lucky" yours is a molar) I had to have bone augmentation which basically was just injecting "bovine" cartilage. They really didn't like it when I said "cow".

    All of this coupled with an oral surgeon who appears to be a direct descendant of Attila the Hun and apparently never forgave me for wearing the "Free Tibet" shirt to the first appointment made for an action packed adventure. I swear that he was standing on the morphine drip during the procedure!! After complaining to my dentist, who referred me to Attila, he did actually bother to explain the entire process which was a repeat of what my dentist told me after I complained.

    All that said, it did turn out great and nobody can guess which tooth is the implant. It feels totally natural.

    Given the time it took for my implant, I can't imagine it getting done in 1 day.

    Good Luck.

    Addition: the vicodan (sp?) he prescribed for pain did nothing, but the big ones left over from the kick to the ribs really helped!
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