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Old 12-31-2014, 05:28 PM   #21
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Time, transit and lodging in Mexico?

Costs to return if there are problems?
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:31 PM   #22
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Costs to return if there are problems?
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:25 PM   #23
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Well, I'm wintering in the Yuma, so it only takes about 30 minutes to run over there.

Not for everybody, just throwing it out there for consideration.
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As a result of bad habits in my misspent youth I have both bridge work and implants in my mouth. My take is that the end result of the implant is superior, but the cost is greater as is the total treatment time.

With bridge work you need to get crowns on the adjacent teeth to mount the bridge on. This may end up costing ~$3K but you'll be out and done with an intact mouth within a few weeks. With implants (particularly when bone grafts are involved) you may need to heal for 6 months or more after the extraction before the placement of the implant - then let that heal for more months before the artificial tooth is finally attached. Both my wife and I have had implants in the last 5 years and both of ended up taking at least 18 months from extraction to once again having a complete set of teeth.

And yes, as another post claimed, out of pocket cost was $4 - 5K (dental insurance covered extraction but not the implant).

Still with all that I significantly prefer the implant. It is indistinguishable from a real tooth, doesn't require reduction/crowning of adjacent teeth, allows normal flossing and will probably outlast me. If you can tolerate the cost and delay I'd say go for it.


Almost the same info for DW... she could not get a bridge since she already had one and it was the back tooth that was holding the bridge that became a problem... So, she is getting two implants... total for both around $14 to $15K.... we spent a couple of hundred more to go to a second specialist for a second opinion... he did not do implants, but did other things to try and save a natural tooth.... he said that if he did something that it was less than a 20% chance of it working... and then we would still need to buy another bridge....

BTW, she had her tooth extracted... waited 4 to 6 months... then they found out that she needed a bone graft (which adds a lot of cost to it)... after another 6 months of healing she went in and they started the procedure and found that the graft did not take.... so did a second bone graft... and another 6 months of healing... finally got her implant and has waited the necessary time (not sure exactly how long it has been, but a few months)... now she had gone to the dentist who is going to put in her crowns...

My only problem is that I know we will be doing this a few more times since my DW's teeth are pretty bad...
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BTW, she had her tooth extracted... waited 4 to 6 months... then they found out that she needed a bone graft (which adds a lot of cost to it)... after another 6 months of healing she went in and they started the procedure and found that the graft did not take.... so did a second bone graft... and another 6 months of healing... finally got her implant and has waited the necessary time (not sure exactly how long it has been, but a few months)... now she had gone to the dentist who is going to put in her crowns...
Yeah, the 2 biggest problems everyone mentions with implants is the cost and the time. In my case, the bone grafts were done at the same time the implants were placed, which saved an extra step. Two more months and I can finally donate blood again; they defer you for a year after bine grafts because it comes from cadavers.

BTW, my oral surgeon said they had stuff they could inject to give the bone graft a better chance of success but he said it's $900 a vial ("and that's our cost", implying the price to me could be more). Given my success with my 2 previous implants, he didn't use it for the most recent ones.
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Well, I'm wintering in the Yuma, so it only takes about 30 minutes to run over there.

Not for everybody, just throwing it out there for consideration.
It's a great point to add to the thread.

If you're going to do some slow travel somewhere anyway, why not to go a place that has world-class services like this for 20% of the cost? Or to look at it another way, you can either have an implant, or you can have two vacations and an implant without spending any more.
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It's a great point to add to the thread.

If you're going to do some slow travel somewhere anyway, why not to go a place that has world-class services like this for 20% of the cost? Or to look at it another way, you can either have an implant, or you can have two vacations and an implant without spending any more.
I agree. I'd be really cautious about getting recommendations but I know that plenty of people who are within easy travel distance of Mexico get dental work done there. You need to keep in mind, though, that Stuff Happens (see Texas Proud's story of his wife's multiple visits) and complications may require extra trips. In the case of genuine malpractice, you'll have little or no recourse if the work was done outside of the US.
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DW was about 10k all in for extraction, bone grafts and two implants. And about 12 months total time. Very happy with result.
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Also remember.... not all dentist are good at it...

My BIL had and implant and it was done pretty poorly... had to go to another dentist to remove the bad implant and do it right...

We went to a specialist who teaches... cost us more money but I feel like it is worth the extra dollars since it is health related...
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Also remember.... not all dentists are good at it...
DH was the first of the 2 of us to need an implant, about 8 years ago. I work in insurance and I'd seen plenty of large claim reports, including malpractice, and I pictured all kinds of nasty things that could go wrong when the subject was first broached. We got lucky. I ran the idea past a friend from our church who's a dentist and his face lit up and he said they'd been doing them for years. He answered a lot of my questions and made me more comfortable with the idea. Our regular dentist at the time referred us to the oral surgeon we've both used.

By the time I needed implants, I'd switched to the dentist from church and told him I wanted to use the oral surgeon DH had. He and the surgeon didn't know each other but he started going to the continuing ed sessions the oral surgeon was doing and they started referring business to each other. I like our dentist; he's curious and a problem-solver. He's about my age (late 50s/early 60s) so I hope he doesn't retire for a long time!
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