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Old 07-18-2018, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Only one crown from over 45 years ago. One cavity. No root canals yet.

This thread scares me but I do want whiter teeth and yes, I'm vain. I want that Hollywood smile!

However, here's the question - how about intimate moments when you have dentures or other mouth work?

Any change?
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:30 PM
 
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Both periodontists (gum specialists) and oral surgeons do implants around here. My advice would be to get more than one opinion. I lost an upper molar (cracked the darn thing) and the oral surgeon was trying to sell me on an implant as he was extracting it. LOL I went to a periodontist I trusted and he did some x-rays and showed me how my sinus was sitting right on top of where he would have to place the implant. He told me he loved doing implants, but that he would not do an implant for that tooth because I would be unhappy with it, have ongoing problems and wouldn't like him much any more. Just my personal experience, but I wouldn't take Clear Choice's opinion without getting another opinion.

Thanks so much! I also got a DM from someone with info and a link about Clear Choice. I'm going to show my sister both your post and the DM to encourage her to get other opinions and especially to go elsewhere for her dental implants.
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Old 08-01-2018, 12:35 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I recently got some information about implants for my 4 upper front teeth. The teeth have to be pulled, bone graft material inserted, wait 3 months, then xray to determine if there is enough bone (and dense enough bone) to insert the implant. If bone is ok, the implants are inserted and then another 3 months to heal. Then I will get the teeth attached.

I asked why they don' t insert the implant along with the bone graft material right after the teeth are pulled. It seems they used to do it that way but found there were too many cases of the implant failing.

I will have a removable bridge while all the healing is going on. Meanwhile, until the teeth are pulled, I have been eating as much corn on the cob as I can get this summer. Hopefully all the work will be done by next summer.
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Old 08-01-2018, 01:01 PM
 
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only thing i will add is two surgeons that i used do not recommend implants on the top . the lower jaw is like oak and the top like balsa wood .

tops fail all to easily and the sinus canal can be punctured easily too . dentures on the top are not a problem at all .

it is the lower jaw that can be holy hell as a denture may not stay in many jaws .

i have had 11 implants in the last 8 or 9 years . i had a few failures do to rejection , none were done on the top where a simple denture works perfectly
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Due to a congenital birth defect, I have had teeth problems all my life. They found 4 up in my eye socket when I was a kid. From the age of 16 I had to have bridgework and over time the teeth underneath give way which requires larger and larger bridgework. Finally, 3 years ago, it all gave way. I now have an "all on 5" complete bottom implant and an upper denture (upper bone was terrible due to the birth defect). All I can say is....Thank God! The bottom implants are the same as natural teeth and the upper denture doesn't bother me even a little bit. BTW, I had corn on the cob just the other night. I advise anyone considering these procedures to do what I did. SHOP! I did a ton of research and found the best prosthodontist in Los Angeles. He teamed up with an implant surgeon who is world renowned (he actually had to fly back from a seminar he was giving in Rome to see me). Lastly is the guy who actually makes the teeth, research and find the best. I warn you not to shop by price. Implants have become a huge profit center for dentists and everyone bills themselves as an implantologist despite their expertise or lack of it. When done correctly, I have found this to be a life-altering procedure. I only wish the technology was available 30 years ago.
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Old 08-02-2018, 05:48 AM
 
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I will fight to the death to keep my original teeth.
My oldest uncle, who will be 82 in December once told me, try and keep as many of your original teeth as you can, since it's a great correlation to overall good health. Obviously, it's not true in every case, but thinking back to what he said, it does seem that if you have all of your original teeth into your 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond, you must have done something right, or just lucked out with your genetics!
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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Nothing is as good as your original teeth. I broke a couple eating popcorn. The dentist said popcorn is his friend.
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Old 08-02-2018, 03:39 PM
 
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i had 7 implants put in 8 years ago . i reject one in months .

over the 8 years i rejected 1/2 of them . i put in 4 more almost two years ago . so far so good but that is almost 40k in work for the 2 times ..

the newer ones are a new design and very tiny compared to the standard ones . the bicon miniatures are supposedly less prone to rejection .
What does that exactly mean you rejected them? I know what dental implants are, just didn't know they could be rejected.
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:07 PM
 
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absolutely . the body rejects them by slowly building up calcium deposits underneath until it unseats the implant . i rejected 4 out of 6 of the original style . i replaced the 4 with very small bicon ones and so far so good. no one knows why in some spots they get rejected and other spots they don't .there are no guarantees that cover replacement years down the road if they are rejected . it can take a few years
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Old 08-02-2018, 05:19 PM
 
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absolutely . the body rejects them by slowly building up calcium deposits underneath until it unseats the implant . i rejected 4 out of 6 of the original style . i replaced the 4 with very small bicon ones and so far so good. no one knows why in some spots they get rejected and other spots they don't .there are no guarantees that cover replacement years down the road if they are rejected . it can take a few years
Wow, I had no idea that could happen. Besides the inconvenience, did you end up with an additional cost to have them replaced/re-done?
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