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Old 10-28-2014, 07:35 AM
 
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Implants? If you lose teeth, is it possible to get replacements? Not fake teeth that you pull out and put on a table, but something more determinant that won't flop around, and that looks better?

I am a noob with this. I have gum recession on my 2 bottom front teeth-brushing too hard probably. They aren't wiggling yet. But I wonder, is it possible to have surgery to fix, repair, or stop recession? And if not, are their teeth implants that can be put in, that would look like real teeth, and you don't need to worry about them falling out?

How much do you think either procedure would run? Anyone have it done, or know people who have had either done?

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Old 10-28-2014, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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yes. there is a solution.
you'll have to talk to whoever does implants in your area. maybe a general dentist, or maybe a specialist. they can tell you pricing. its an investment. some places can do $999 implants, some do $2200 implants. but you also need to factor in any scans, anesthesia, extractions, bone grafting, or anything else they may need to do. then also if you go somewhere else for the crown, you'll have to add in their fee as well.

there is no way anyone on here will know if you can fix your current issues. i can say yes, and the guy after me can say no.
go get it looked at by a professional. every case is different.

the crown is what will be showing and look like real teeth. not the actual implant. if you have a general dentist you go to, and are comfortable with, ask him about implants. ask him how many he's done and ask to speak with some other patients. also, ask him to show you before and after pictures. a great implant does not mean a great crown.

too many people go after the cheap implant procedures and end up going back to get it redone.

make sure whoever is doing it is experienced.
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:19 PM
 
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yes. there is a solution.
you'll have to talk to whoever does implants in your area. maybe a general dentist, or maybe a specialist. they can tell you pricing. its an investment. some places can do $999 implants, some do $2200 implants. but you also need to factor in any scans, anesthesia, extractions, bone grafting, or anything else they may need to do. then also if you go somewhere else for the crown, you'll have to add in their fee as well.

there is no way anyone on here will know if you can fix your current issues. i can say yes, and the guy after me can say no.
go get it looked at by a professional. every case is different.

the crown is what will be showing and look like real teeth. not the actual implant. if you have a general dentist you go to, and are comfortable with, ask him about implants. ask him how many he's done and ask to speak with some other patients. also, ask him to show you before and after pictures. a great implant does not mean a great crown.

too many people go after the cheap implant procedures and end up going back to get it redone.

make sure whoever is doing it is experienced.
I visit the dentist, they see my gums receding, and even a root, but never recommended anything, other than just telling me my gums were low. So, my dentist isn't going to be much help. lol

But I went to a dentist in Memphis to get my wisdom teeth pulled. So, going back there is my 1st option. I haven't lost my teeth yet. The gums are just low, maybe he can work on them. if not, the replacements will be the last resort.

So, I will do everything you said. I was mainly making sure I wasn't dreaming about something that wouldn't work. The $1,000.00 implants sound good, and I could afford and pay that with no problem. I have a good chunk of money saved up. So, that gives me a good chance.
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:13 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I had 3 finished just today. I have double dental insurance (both my wife and I have it through our employers) and it cost me $3,000 out-of-pocket, the insurance paid about the same as the total was about $6,000 at my regular dentist. I recommend gas for the extractions unless already loose. The whole thing took close to a year. They have to do a bone graft to grow new bone over the hole left in the jaw, then after healed, cut the gum, drill and insert the post. Then that heals and they screw on the tooth, and fill the hole where the screw goes in with a white filling to cover it. Mine are gold base with porcelain on/around it but the less expensive ones are Zirconia.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:19 AM
 
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yes. there is a solution.
you'll have to talk to whoever does implants in your area. maybe a general dentist, or maybe a specialist. they can tell you pricing. its an investment. some places can do $999 implants, some do $2200 implants. but you also need to factor in any scans, anesthesia, extractions, bone grafting, or anything else they may need to do. then also if you go somewhere else for the crown, you'll have to add in their fee as well.

there is no way anyone on here will know if you can fix your current issues. i can say yes, and the guy after me can say no.
go get it looked at by a professional. every case is different.

the crown is what will be showing and look like real teeth. not the actual implant. if you have a general dentist you go to, and are comfortable with, ask him about implants. ask him how many he's done and ask to speak with some other patients. also, ask him to show you before and after pictures. a great implant does not mean a great crown.

too many people go after the cheap implant procedures and end up going back to get it redone.

make sure whoever is doing it is experienced.
Agreed, you have to get all the details about dental implant surgeon in your area.
Get all the details related to their skills and take some reviews as well from other members before you go for implantation.
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:21 AM
 
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Some people have insurance that covers implants - mine did not. I had a 3 tooth implant bridge put in my lower jaw 4 years ago - two implants plus one false tooth. The total cost was $7300 out of pocket, and the teeth had previously been extracted and I did NOT need ay bone grafting. Implants are very expensive. My husband had the same dentist put one in for him, I believe it was about $3,200 total. You will find that is the average cost per tooth - you have to pay for extraction, grafting (if needed), implant, abutment and crown portion of the tooth. Remember also, there is always a chance that implants can fail.

That said, just because you have some recession does not mean you will lose the teeth. If they are not loose and you are getting regular dental care they could last for years or for forever.
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:26 AM
 
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I've had some (very expensive, well-known high-ranked dr) implants fail. No bone disease or anything to cause that, really. I believe the top ones have a higher failure rate.
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:15 PM
 
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Well my recession is very low. But it's just the 2 bottom teeth really. All the others are fine.

So, implants may not be too horrible. Then again, my mother says they could just do something to build my gums back up again. If that's possible, I would just do that.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:07 PM
 
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Well my recession is very low. But it's just the 2 bottom teeth really. All the others are fine.

So, implants may not be too horrible. Then again, my mother says they could just do something to build my gums back up again. If that's possible, I would just do that.
See a periodontist to see if gum grafting is possible.
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