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What is cost difference of dentures vs dental implants?
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Date: 12/10/12 2:01 AM

Just curious about the cost and quality of dental implants, and how I can find this out. I live near Spokane, WA, and am far from rich. My teeth are literally falling apart as we speak, and I do not want to take out a loan to get teeth fixed. Am concerned I may choke if I don't make a decision soon--really!

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Date: 12/10/12 4:26 AM

Here's a cost comparison from a couple of years ago. My dh investigated it last year, and the price per tooth was still comparable.

As the article points out, one of the major advantages of implants is that the jawbone still thinks there are teeth in there, so the bone doesn't shrink and waste away as it does with dentures--something to think about for the long haul.

Have you spoken to any dentists in your area? It seems to me this would be a situation where you'd want to get at least three different opinions.

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Date: 12/10/12 8:24 AM

Good idea and thanks very much! Will read the cost comparison. Just what I needed!

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Date: 12/10/12 2:29 PM

I didn't win the genetic lottery when it comes to teeth.
Neither did my son.

I'm 55.. he's 32. He just got his full mouth re-done with dental implants two years ago. I'm rounding up the $$ now to get mine done. I referred him to Clear Choice ... and that's where I'm going. Clear Choice has offices in many places... try do a search for them.

Here, in Denver, a full mouth is $40-48,000 My work will be spread out over a couple of years so I can afford it.

Another option is to travel... I know people that have had dental work done in Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam... just to save the $$$. There are some Canadian dentists working in Mexico...

And honestly... when I first was looking into getting mine done, there was a dentist from Washington or Oregon that was practicing down in Mexico. I believe he had some personal health issues and took a break.. and I don't know if he resumed working down there again or not. The price differences are shocking...

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Date: 12/11/12 5:14 PM

Dh just had one implant done last year, it cost $2,700 our out of pocket after insurance. but he has a really pretty smile again.

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Date: 12/11/12 6:06 PM

No way could I afford that--I better look into other options. My daughter lives near the border in Chandler, Arizona, so that might be another option if teeth dont fall out before then...we do not have insurance of any kind.

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Date: 12/11/12 7:27 PM

I have done a lot of research on implants, as I have two congenitally missing teeth that will need to be replaced in the not-that-distant future. I expect to pay $10k for the pair, and started saving for this as soon as I got my first Real Job.

There are a few factors that affect the suitability of implants for an individual, such as smoking (significantly increases the failure rate), periodontal health (can compromise the implants), and other health issues that can affect bone, etc. It would be a good idea to consult with a periodontist and/or oral surgeon before planning to have any work done.

There are no requirements of certification, classes, etc for dentists to place implants, so pretty much anyone can just start placing implants even if they have only taken a weekend training class. Personally, I would not have implants done by a general dentist (although some may be very skilled with implants). While implants are promoted as being a simple procedure, and it often is, there is a possibility of very serious complications, and I would prefer to see a professional who is capable of dealing with these complications or who will immediately refer to a specialist in case of problems.

One thing that I have seen repeated while researching is that the reason that the tooth was lost in the first place can point to whether the implants will be successful or not. If the tooth was lost due to an accident, a root crack, or never grew in (like mine), but the rest of the teeth, gums, and bone are healthy, there is a very good success rate. But if the tooth was lost due to major problems with the gums, issues with bone health, or poor hygiene, then the prognosis is not as good because the same factors will act on the implant and increase the chance of failure. Also, immediate loading (same-day implants) has a considerably higher failure rate than implants that are allowed to integrate into the bone for several months before the crown is placed.

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Date: 12/11/12 8:59 PM

Your dentist needs to refer you to a dental surgeon. I just had two very successful implants and it was worth the wait to move a few times and settle here with a good dental team.

Don't shop price on oral surgery. The dentists will know who is tops in their field. I would not let a general dentist perform the surgery.

A good surgeon will do several scans and impressions. Sometimes the jaw bone has to be built up in a prior surgery if missing teeth for a long time.

A good surgeon will also tell you if youarenot a candidate.

Implants are wonderful.....if you go to the right person.

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Date: 12/11/12 8:59 PM

Your dentist needs to refer you to a dental surgeon. I just had two very successful implants and it was worth the wait to move a few times and settle here with a good dental team.

Don't shop price on oral surgery. The dentists will know who is tops in their field. I would not let a general dentist perform the surgery.

A good surgeon will do several scans and impressions. Sometimes the jaw bone has to be built up in a prior surgery if missing teeth for a long time.

A good surgeon will also tell you if youarenot a candidate.

Implants are wonderful.....if you go to the right person.

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Date: 12/11/12 9:09 PM

Several years ago I had 2 implants n my lower left jaw. At 61 I had bone loss and required a bone graft. That can be pricey. I think you need to check prices regionally though.

Yesterday I had another single implant on the upper right. Again, I had bone loss.

You need to talk with your dentist about who does implants and what their qualifications are. It is serious surgery and it is in your head.

One consideration for me is that dentures can get lost in a retirement or assisted living place. They are a nuisance to care for. I want to be sure to minimize the potential for discomfort when I am older. Besides, I love how my new teeth work.

Note that I was knocked off my feet for a good 3 to 5 days for each surgery, the bone grafts and then the implants.
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