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Old 11-26-2015, 04:18 PM   #21
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30 years ago when my sister lost all her teeth &had a full mouth of implants they had to take the bone from her hip so she had surgery. So nice we don't have to do that anymore.
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Old 11-26-2015, 08:37 PM   #22
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Thank you to all who have replied to me. I wish I could wave a magic wand and have everything over with and have good teeth. I will be calling my dental student and possibly the dentist over him next week with a list of questions. If anyone else has any experience or anything that I should question, I would love to hear it.
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Old 11-26-2015, 09:25 PM   #23
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My long time dentist proposed a dental implant and I didn't go with it.

Then a few visits later (about a year), he proposes a root canal on another tooth.

He's never been one to push procedures which seemed to be a way to generate revenues. Certainly not when I was working and on a generous insurance plan.

Now that I'm retired (and he knows it), you wouldn't think he'd be pushing it on someone who's less likely to do procedures which are not urgently needed.

The thing is, there are other dentists who actually advertise dental implants for a fraction of what my dentist is proposing. Even when I had insurance, it would have cost me out of pocket around the same as what these other dentists are advertising.

I'm thinking of going to another dentist, just for the regular exam and cleaning, to see if they would also push the same procedures. But it's kind of a hassle to go through Yelp and other review sites, cross-reference against the network which the $20 a month plan that I have.

I've had dentists who push for a lot of procedures. I've left them because I got tired of the hard sell or in one case, a gum line filling she put in came out a few months afterwards and she wanted to charge for fixing it.

There are dental HMO's such as those offered by Costco or Delta Dental. Prices seem too good to be true so I figured those dentists can't be that good. But might as well research them a bit more.
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Old 11-26-2015, 11:12 PM   #24
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I've heard of dentists proposing expensive procedures that may not be needed. We've been with ours for 10+ years and he's got a good track record. It's one of the reasons I hope he never retires. If he says something needs to be dine, we believe him.
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Dreamer: I am wondering if you have had the work done and what you chose? I had the permanent denture on the bottom put in April and it healed really good and has been great. I wear a denture on top and they are now making a new one because your gums shrink so much during the first year. It costs 38k to get the top done so won't be doing that. Places will do it cheaper but if it is done wrong you can have face pain and paralysis if they put the post in a nerve, etc. It is important for them to do a 3d scan and not just a 2 d. I have a lisp now from the top denture that I never had before. I also found out that the reason my teeth went downhill so fast was from the CPAP machine. If you don't have really good teeth 50% of people loose them after they start on the machine. No one tells you that of course. My jaw is also pulling to the left from my machine and I have TMJ now. I quit using the machine and will see about PT for my jaw. I also am looking for a class action lawsuit to join because I feel both the doc and the machine makers should let you know about the possible side effects. Hope things are going well for you.
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I've 5 implants, which just seem like natural teeth now. Have each implant with a single tooth rather than having a bridge stuck down on a couple implants. Had an ongoing problem with the abutments placed on the titanium implant posts unscrewing - distressing as the tooth would rotate back and forth. Now they seem to be holding on....

The gal had all pulled and we went with an excessive number of implants, thinking her options would be expanded. As it turned out she doesn't use 6 or so of the implant posts and has dentures that attach via kinda O-rings that snap over ball shaped abutments. The dentist who removed her teeth, placed the implant posts, and outfitted her with all plastic dentures was a sadistic incompetent waste of skin. Just my opinion. After several years putting up with really ill fitting painful dentures she went to a small Oregon company called Natural Smiles and they set her up with dentures with an internal metal "backbone". Very very good, a pleasure to spend modest money with them and have her feel good afterwards rather than being brave but in tears.
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The snap in dentures are old school and my specialist won't do them anymore. Mine are permanent. I have 4 posts that hold the denture in and it can't be taken out. So sorry that it did not turn out well.
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There are a number of places on the internet to read about implants. And the prices quoted previously are far, far off from what I'm paying for one tooth implant. The worst part is insurance pays very little on dental implants.

I've received the graft and am just waiting for the bone to fill in before the next step.

For those that need all teeth removed, I would have thought they'd just got 4 implants, and had false teeth plates attached to the implant posts.

I would have thought we would have had some dentists pop on here.
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There are a number of places on the internet to read about implants. And the prices quoted previously are far, far off from what I'm paying for one tooth implant.
I think it depends largely on where you live.
DW had an implant about a year ago and it cost something over $2,000 (not including the cost of the crown that went on top if it).

We have subsidized dental insurance and that covered about half of the total cost.
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Dreamer: I am wondering if you have had the work done and what you chose? I had the permanent denture on the bottom put in April and it healed really good and has been great. I wear a denture on top and they are now making a new one because your gums shrink so much during the first year. It costs 38k to get the top done so won't be doing that. Places will do it cheaper but if it is done wrong you can have face pain and paralysis if they put the post in a nerve, etc. It is important for them to do a 3d scan and not just a 2 d. I have a lisp now from the top denture that I never had before. I also found out that the reason my teeth went downhill so fast was from the CPAP machine. If you don't have really good teeth 50% of people loose them after they start on the machine. No one tells you that of course. My jaw is also pulling to the left from my machine and I have TMJ now. I quit using the machine and will see about PT for my jaw. I also am looking for a class action lawsuit to join because I feel both the doc and the machine makers should let you know about the possible side effects. Hope things are going well for you.
I decided against having all of my teeth pulled at once. Since he told me that was my only option, I never went back to the dental school. Two ladies who worked with me and are retired, go to a dental practice in town. There are 2 dentists and each one sees a different dentist. They both liked their dentist. I made an appointment and took the dental plans that the dental school made for me. The dentist that I see, graduated from WVU dental school. He did not recommend having all of my teeth pulled. He did 1 filling and replaced a bridge that was on the bottom of my mouth. Other than that, I have just had cleanings and xrays. I picked up dental insurance during open season last year and I have been very pleased with it.

Sorry to hear that you are having so many problems. I did not realize that CPAP machines could cause such damage. Hope you get everything resolved.
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