Dental implants

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My sister-in-law had $50,000 worth of dental implants done.
 
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Lots of different types of implants for different types of situations but if you are talking about 3 single implants to replace 3 single teeth then here you go.

Placement is one of the major factors for success. There needs to be sufficient bone to support them. Think about placing fence posts. Also the person that places them needs to orient them properly. Only use someone with 3D imaging so that they know not only that they have depth of bone but width as well. Once the implants have been placed then they need time to heal and for bone to grow and integrate around them before crowns can be placed on top of the implants. Usually about 3-4 months before crowns are placed. There are systems where you can place crowns immediately after implant placement but I generally stay away from those. Once again think fencepost with wet cement around it. Give the cement time to dry before you build your fence. Making the crowns to fit on the implants is a pretty easy process and usually only takes two appointments. First appointment is taking an impression for the lab to use to make a permanent crown and the second appointment (usually just about 2 or so weeks later) is seating the crown. Neither of these two appointments require anesthetic. Typically very simple and very quick. Not cheap but quick.

The good: Restores function, aesthetics, durable, prevents shifting of other teeth which can adversely affect your occlusion (the way your upper and lower teeth come together).

The bad: Potential for bone to not integrate around implant and have failure. Very rare in my experience. I have only seen it once or maybe twice over the last 22 years. Things such as being a heavy smoker or a diabetic will make this more likely but failure rate is still very low.

If you have any follow up questions don't hesitate to ask. Also I think there may be one or two more dentist on this site that if I missed or forgot something please add.
 
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My Wife has two dental implants.
GOOD:
The color was matched perfectly. The height is a hair short but the width is good. Wife can eat anything no problems no pain no nothing.

Not so good:
There was much more pain than my Wife was led to believe and the healing was not fast.

One loosened....no big deal to correct but Wife was panicked at thought of more pain.

If you feel like they are loose or need adjusting Do not wait thinking it will get better.

Summary:
They are expensive (not covered at all by insurance).
They give you a full set of teeth.
Pain and healing vary by individual.

Not to complain about Dentists but technique and skillset are critical to the entire process. I would shop HARD for someone with plenty of experience.
 
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My mother in law had to have all her teeth replaced due to gum disease.

She had her implants done in Memphis.

Dr. William Payonk...can't say enough good things about him.
 
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lots of dentists are now placing implants. Cheaper is not always better. Convenient is not always better. Make sure the doc placing the implants and the doc making the crowns are on the same page. Best to have your regular dentist refer you to a specialist for placement if they don't do both procedures. Making the crown is super easy if the implants are placed correctly.
 
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Had one done over 20 years ago in Memphis by Dr. William Payonk. Never had a bit of trouble out of it.. I'd do it again.
 
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DaveB":3v1d7g7v said:
There was much more pain than my Wife was led to believe and the healing was not fast.


Summary:
They are expensive (not covered at all by insurance).


Not to complain about Dentists but technique and skillset are critical to the entire process. I would shop HARD for someone with plenty of experience.

Generally, most people experience very little post op pain associated with the placement of implants. Obviously every individual and every situation is different. This is based on my experience of treating and having an implant placed on myself personally. Mine was a single implant and it was very easy. I took one pain pill the night after the procedure and then nothing but ibuprofen for the next day or so.

Some insurances are now covering implant placement and restorations now. Not the majority of insurances but some do pay. Almost all pay to have crowns placed on implants.

The last statement is very true and very important. Work with someone with lots of experience.
 
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WTM":nfna7us3 said:
so are these done instead of having false teef?


Sometimes yes. I have treated many people over the years where we make full upper and lower dentures and then have implants placed on the top or most often bottom and then attach the denture to the implant. The denture will snap onto the implants (usually two implants) and be very stable but you can still remove them to clean if things get trapped under the denture. I have done all sorts of crazy combinations of dentures to implants. It all depends on what the patient wants and what the limitations as far as available bone for implants or budget to have the work done.
 
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Ball park estimate to have a molar implant including all appointments from beginning to end???
 
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RandyinTN":3rr2scyn said:
Ball park estimate to have a molar implant?


In Murfreesboro area, to have a single implant without serious bone grafting and restored with a crown would be $4,000-$5,000. That should cover the oral surgeon to place the implant and the dentist to restore it with a crown. It may be less or more depending on who is doing the work or where you live. Very expensive yes but also something that will likely last the rest of your life.
 
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Dbllunger":hfl4uyi1 said:
RandyinTN":hfl4uyi1 said:
Ball park estimate to have a molar implant?


In Murfreesboro area, to have a single implant without serious bone grafting and restored with a crown would be $4,000-$5,000. That should cover the oral surgeon to place the implant and the dentist to restore it with a crown. It may be less or more depending on who is doing the work or where you live. Very expensive yes but also something that will likely last the rest of your life.

Thanks for answering.
 

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