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Old 08-12-2014, 11:01 AM   #41
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From cadavers?

As Wayne Campbell from Wayne's World would say "I was not aware of that!"

I'm glad I DIDN'T know that before my bone graft
Yeah, that's what the oral surgeon told me, and what I learned from the blood bank. It's wonderful how much of the human body can be recycled, isn't it?
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:04 AM   #42
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Yeah, that's what the oral surgeon told me, and what I learned from the blood bank. It's wonderful how much of the human body can be recycled, isn't it?
And here I was innocently thinking science made some synthetic bone material
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:38 AM   #43
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I asked my oral surgeon's nurse where the bone graft material came from just before it was done. She told me it was irradiated bone material from cadavers, that was obtained from a reputable company that they have used for years (not some fly-by-night unreputable cadaver bone source! ). Chicken that I am, I was just relieved that I wouldn't have to have surgery to move it from elsewhere in my body!

I agree that the hardest part of getting an implant is that it takes so many months to complete it. You have to wait for the bone graft to "take", and for your own bone to grow around the implant or some such thing. The cost sounds worse than it was (even though my insurance didn't cover any of it), because it is spread out over almost a whole year. For me it was $435 for the bone graft and $13.49 for various prescriptions required, both in Dec 2012; $1800 for the implant in April 2013; and then $1200 for the crown in September 2013.

I am wildly enthusiastic about my implant. It is better than the natural tooth ever was, and feels completely natural. It's so good that it's like something out of science fiction. I would highly recommend one to anyone, but be prepared for the wait. It seems like forever before you are done with it.
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My take on tooth issues is to get it done sooner rather then later. Here is a reason many people don't think about. My DH had a leaky heart valve that was being monitored. He started having a few problems and ended up in the hospital.Problem was controlled he was sent back home and he was able to get the valve fixed within 12 days after discharge (with By-pass surgery). One of the first things the heart surgeon did was look into his mouth for any sign of infection or gum issues. Issues with teeth and gum can stop some heart surgery in it's tracks. My DH takes good care of his teeth and had no problems. He needed a full set of mouth xrays before he was cleared for the repair surgery.
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The root canal will cost me $500 plus additional cost for the crown.
Wow, that's a cheap root canal. I'm in the middle of one and it's $1200, not including repairing or replacing the crown. And based on the pain in my tooth right now, I'm guessing I'll need oral surgery as well (apicoectomy is the term). That's why we all need to have reserves for unexpected medical/dental expenses in our ER budgets.
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The cost sounds worse than it was (even though my insurance didn't cover any of it), because it is spread out over almost a whole year. For me it was $435 for the bone graft and $13.49 for various prescriptions required, both in Dec 2012; $1800 for the implant in April 2013; and then $1200 for the crown in September 2013.

I am wildly enthusiastic about my implant. It is better than the natural tooth ever was, and feels completely natural. It's so good that it's like something out of science fiction. I would highly recommend one to anyone, but be prepared for the wait. It seems like forever before you are done with it.
That sounds like you were given a great deal. I just confirmed my implant starting date for next Tue. I hope it will be as uneventful and painless as my last root canal. Mine will cost an additional $1.5k so I hope it last until my expiration date.

Cheers!
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That sounds like you were given a great deal. I just confirmed my implant starting date for next Tue. I hope it will be as uneventful and painless as my last root canal. Mine will cost an additional $1.5k so I hope it last until my expiration date.

Cheers!
Congratulations on making that decision and getting the long process started! I think the cost varies a lot depending on where you are and exactly what you need to have done.

That said, it is definitely worth the price you are paying, believe me. You will be so glad you had it done.

From my point of view right now, it's as though the absence of that tooth was some kind of lengthy nightmare that never really happened. All better.
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