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Old August 14th, 2013, 09:48 PM
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I'm sure there's no "one size fits all" answer. I have had one implant for years, and I don't even know it's there. Most people I know who have them also swear by them.

The way my dentist explains it, "nothing" may be a reasonable solution only if you're talking about the last molar, but leaving a gap is usually a bad idea. And since you're talking about a bridge as an option, it appears that in your case "nothing" would leave a gap. Personally, I'd never do that.

Generally, implants seem to be more popular than bridges these days. Bridges have the disadvantage of 1) requiring perfectly good teeth to be ground down, and 2) decay getting under the bridge and into those heretofore perfectly good teeth, which may lead to losing both the teeth and the bridge. With implants, the adjoining teeth aren't affected, and this is seen as a big advantage.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 01:52 AM
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Generally implants require sufficient bone (jawbone) remaining. Sometimes mobile teeth have eroded the bone at the base of the tooth, making implanting a base in a solid bone difficult.

Check with an implantologist to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure. There is also a significant price differential.
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I think, if you have enough bone, I would do the implant....Yes, check it out and see the advantages, I hear that is the way to go...Hopefully, insurance will cover some of it?? Something else to check out.
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I too, would suggest implants, IF, your mouth (bone) will support it, and IF, your wallet will support it. We have one dentist who advertises here in Florida, for a complete mouth of implants, or however he does it, all done in one day, while you sleep, and completely pain free. Just for the hell of it, I called him, and finally got out of his nurse that the AVERAGE cost of this service is about $45,000 dollars!

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I have 2 bridges and have had no problems .Now I have a tooth that has a partial fracture and my dentist and endodontist feel an implant is the only option .
I do not think my insurance will cover anything except possibly the xrays and consultation as I had a tooth pulled recently and root canal yesterday.

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Old August 15th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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Lakers Fan. They're all correct. Do the implant. My DH had two of them in the mid-ninties. That cost about $3000. I suspect they're cheaper now. But my DH says he doesn't even know they're there. He had a bridge, an anchor tooth decayed. He needs another one now.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 03:21 PM
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I say a bridge for someone your age and if the tooth is not in the front. Implants can become an issue with nerves and sinuses not to mention if you don't have enough bone left, something I wouldn't chance. Implants have come a long way but you will sign a waver in the case you get nerve damage that releases them from liability, I'm also against LASIK surgery.
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About 2,000 a tooth in the UK so not an option...I went for softer food!!
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About 2,000 a tooth in the UK so not an option...I went for softer food!!
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I have three implants. Two due to a bridge and one from a dead tooth from braces as an adult. I would definitely do it again. The doctor built up my bone and the process took a long time to complete but definitely worth it. I had to wait months for the healing before implant could be done but they look beautiful. Aerogirl, I just had lasik done 3 months ago. Mono vision and I love it. I would recommend it to anyone. Just research and find a good doctor. I went to one that did a lot of the Chicago bulls players and he was excellent.
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I have an appointment with a dentist on Sunday . I should add that my wife is in a similiar need and went to a dentist last week . He wants $12,200 for 2 implants .I am going to a different DDS.
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Since I was not able to return in 2013 to post this I am taking the opportunity to do so now.

I had an implant in Nov.2013 ,the best decision I ever made regarding my teeth.I am now 100% pro implant surgery.
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Hi LF,
Good news to hear, I've been going through all the different procedures, including having my gums opened up to insert some stuff that promotes bone growth, that worked well...At the moment my new tooth is at the lab getting made, should be ready next week, so far so good...

One question for you, since the surgeon and my regular dentist have different ideas of how to clean once I have it. I've switched from floss to these dental brushes and I love them, the oral surgeon recommended them, but now the dentist says I may damage gums with it...What do you use? They also showed me some floss that you pull through, but I have yet to find it...
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Glad to hear you took that option. I would never go with the "nothing" option.

We are going back to Mexico in July just to finish having and implant done on my wife. She lost a cap while we were there in January. The cost of the implant was 1/4 the cost it would have been here. Even with the airfare, lodging and implant we are coming out ahead.

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Sounds as if implants have come a long way from the days of my friends implants, hers were a nightmare.

Unless it was a tooth near the front I would still chooses a bridge over the implant, screwing a post into my jawbone leaves me uneasy....glad it worked out for you LF.
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Hi LF,
Good news to hear, I've been going through all the different procedures, including having my gums opened up to insert some stuff that promotes bone growth, that worked well...At the moment my new tooth is at the lab getting made, should be ready next week, so far so good...

One question for you, since the surgeon and my regular dentist have different ideas of how to clean once I have it. I've switched from floss to these dental brushes and I love them, the oral surgeon recommended them, but now the dentist says I may damage gums with it...What do you use? They also showed me some floss that you pull through, but I have yet to find it...

I was given samples of the floss that you pull through but it does not work for me .I use a waterpick that has a special attachment for implant as well as regular floss.
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As an "old" Dental Assistant, I can remember the first implant's and they were awful!! Now I know several people who've had them and are very happy with both the process and the outcome. Having two or three implant's to hook a partial denture to is SO much better than a full denture.


I think you made the best decision.
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My wife is getting 2 implants by the same practitioner .
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Thanks, that floss is what they are talking about, but I need to really hunt for it...

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