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Old 11-17-2007, 08:25 PM
 
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Hi,
I was told that I might need dental implants. I changed two dentists, and one dentist that was fixing my front tooth moved, so in the middle of putting the veneer because of discolored tooth, I had to change the dentist. The other dentist ground my tooth too much, and now the veneer is falling off. So I called up my old dentist, and he told me that I might need the crown, or "even better" dental implant. I just saw some videos on dental implants, and I was wondering does anyone have them? Or has it? Was it painful etc.? Appreciate any answers.
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:29 AM
 
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Why go through a dental implant when a crown will work? With a crown, the possibility of infection is far less, since no drilling into the maxilla or mandible is necessary. Besides, your insurance will most likely cover at least a portion of a crown. Very few cover implants, as they are considered to be cosmetic surgery by many companies.
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:06 AM
 
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Lastra,
So sorry to hear this. I have one implant. The reason I had to have it is similar to yours. What they do is remove your tooth completely and drill a metal post into your bone. Then the implant is placed on the post. Mine is in the front too. (The smaller tooth next to the 2 large front teeth's). If you don't need to get one then I wouldn't. Your gums will slightly recede and you have to be vary careful with it since it is drilled into your bone. You have to be careful with what you eat too. It feels completely different then all my other teeth. I have had very extensive dental work done on every single tooth. I had every tooth cosmetically crowned and unfortunately this one tooth, from a previous doctor, was drilled to far down and they couldn't do that tooth with a crown, only with an implant (similar to your situation).
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:28 AM
 
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Lastra,
So sorry to hear this. I have one implant. The reason I had to have it is similar to yours. What they do is remove your tooth completely and drill a metal post into your bone. Then the implant is placed on the post. Mine is in the front too. (The smaller tooth next to the 2 large front teeth's). If you don't need to get one then I wouldn't. Your gums will slightly recede and you have to be vary careful with it since it is drilled into your bone. You have to be careful with what you eat too. It feels completely different then all my other teeth. I have had very extensive dental work done on every single tooth. I had every tooth cosmetically crowned and unfortunately this one tooth, from a previous doctor, was drilled to far down and they couldn't do that tooth with a crown, only with an implant (similar to your situation).
How do your teeth look, Roma?
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:36 AM
 
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How do your teeth look, Roma?
Beautiful, Thanks!!! Every single tooth was cosmetically done. Insurance did not pay for any of it. My husband who was my boyfriend at the time paid for it. It was over $35,000!!! I even shopped around because one cosmetic dental specialist quoted me well over $45,000. I had it done 7 years ago. We have moved to another state since then but my new dentist and hygienist said the other dentist did an excellent job. So did the guy who did the implant (implant specialist). I would do it all over again if needed. I always wanted that "Hollywood Smile" and now I got it.
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:58 AM
 
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Lastra, You also asked if it was painful. The only pain was when they pulled the tooth. They ran into an issue because of some decay (it was crowned previously). But other then that, no there wasn't much pain but there was discomfort. It was a pain getting it done if you know what I mean. Just go to a doctor that specializes in implants since they have to drill into your bone.
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:02 AM
 
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Beautiful, Thanks!!! Every single tooth was cosmetically done. Insurance did not pay for any of it. My husband who was my boyfriend at the time paid for it. It was over $35,000!!! I even shopped around because one cosmetic dental specialist quoted me well over $45,000. I had it done 7 years ago. We have moved to another state since then but my new dentist and hygienist said the other dentist did an excellent job. So did the guy who did the implant (implant specialist). I would do it all over again if needed. I always wanted that "Hollywood Smile" and now I got it.
My neighbor has a Hollywood smile. He's 58 and has beautiful perfect white teeth. I think his cost $50,000.
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Old 11-18-2007, 12:04 PM
 
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My 18 year old son has an implant. He never had an adult tooth come in. It was the tooth right next to the 2 front teeth just as Roma described. Apparently it is fairly common to have that tooth missing. Anyway I think it cost 4-5 thousand and Delta dental paid 50% of part of the fees. It took 3 doctors to coordinate. An orthodontist for braces to maintain the empty space,an oral surgeon to create the implant and a dentist to make the actual tooth. Talk about confusing. But he has a beautiful smile now! I think all total his smile cost about 8 thousand
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Old 11-18-2007, 07:38 PM
 
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I have an implant. I had a tooth to break under an old filling (Saturday December 23 while moving 2000 miles across the country... can you say bad timing?!?) My only consolation was that it didn't hurt, but I knew that was also a bad sign.

So, once I got to the dentist in my new town, the dentist looked at the tooth and because of the way it broke, he was unable to put a crown on it. My options were pull it and then have a bridge, no tooth, a flipper tooth, or an implant. It's my 4th tooth from the front, would be the 5th for most people, but I have a tiny mouth and had 4 teeth pulled for braces. Anyway, I chose an implant.

It is a looooooooong & expensive process. From the time they pulled my tooth to the time they put the crown on was 10 months. In the end, it was roughly $4000. The bone had to heal from the removal of the tooth, then the implant was placed after drilling. They had to add bovine bone to fill in the spot as I didn't have quite enough bone when he got in there. I tell hubby I have cow in me now. You wait months for that to heal. Then you get the little cap taken off the implant and the dentist adds on the abuttment for the crown and a couple of weeks later he places the crown.

I had my teeth professionally whitened before they did the color matching. I highly suggest that if the tooth is visible in your smile. When I first got the tooth it was a little weird how it felt, but now I'm totally use to it and I can't feel a difference. Like others have said, the only part where it hurt was getting the tooth removed, but well then again they dope you up pretty good for that!
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:14 PM
 
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Mine is a front tooth...I have a veneer now, but I don't know how much it will last...I am careful when I eat. They put some "fake" tooth when you first get your implant right?
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