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Old 12-08-2020, 08:15 AM
 
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I need to replace three back molars on my bottom right. Options may be implants or a partial denture. Thoughts?
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Old 12-08-2020, 10:13 AM
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I had the same issue about 5 years ago. I got two implants (posts) and 3 artificial teeth. Because they were next to each other the two were attached together which saved having to do a 3rd post (abutment). All together it was a bot over $6,000 but with my dental insurance and also being on my wife's, I had double coverage, and my cost ended up at about $2,300. I have been really happy with them. Care is exactly the same as my regular teeth, no need for the extra work of cleaning dentures. I have been able to eat anything, same as with my real teeth. Well worth the cost to me. I did discuss in detail with my dentist, then with his insurance specialist so I made an informed decision and knew ahead of time what to expect in timing and costs. As it turned out the time for healing between steps (extraction, bone graft, heal, implant abutment, heal, new tooth) allows for spreading over two insurance "annual maximum" years.
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Old 12-08-2020, 11:41 PM
 
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Implants every time! I just lost tooth 3 and the dentist was recommending a 3 tooth permanent bridge on 2, 3, 4. I would had preferred an implant. The dentist didn't want to perform a sinus lift so she recommended a 3 tooth permanent bridge. It works well and I had it placed quicker than the steps of removal of root, possibly needing a bone graft, healing, placement of the abutment, healing, then new tooth.
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Old 12-08-2020, 11:55 PM
 
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I had the same issue about 5 years ago. I got two implants (posts) and 3 artificial teeth. Because they were next to each other the two were attached together which saved having to do a 3rd post (abutment). All together it was a bot over $6,000 but with my dental insurance and also being on my wife's, I had double coverage, and my cost ended up at about $2,300. I have been really happy with them. Care is exactly the same as my regular teeth, no need for the extra work of cleaning dentures. I have been able to eat anything, same as with my real teeth. Well worth the cost to me. I did discuss in detail with my dentist, then with his insurance specialist so I made an informed decision and knew ahead of time what to expect in timing and costs. As it turned out the time for healing between steps (extraction, bone graft, heal, implant abutment, heal, new tooth) allows for spreading over two insurance "annual maximum" years.
Upper or lower? How long did it take for the bone graft, and the time from start to end of the entire procedure?

I would love to get an implant (2 teeth, most likely), but I don't know if it will be possible (lower).
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Old 12-10-2020, 11:58 PM
 
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Dental implants are better than dentures. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. These are surgically placed in your jawbone and topped with a dental crown that looks and functions just like a natural tooth. This is a great option for people who have one or more missing teeth. Dentures can slip from your mouth while speaking or eating which can be embarrassing in front of public but implants are fixed. So try implants.
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Old 12-11-2020, 07:22 AM
 
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I've posted many times on implants but I LOVE mine. I've had 5 over a period of about 15 years. Some top, some bottom. They replaced teeth supporting a bridge or crown that decayed beyond repair (very hard to see in an X-Ray till it's too late) and, most recently, a tooth with a hairline crack at the root. Zero problems. Honest. (My overall health is excellent and so are my oral surgeon and dentist. YMMV.)

They do recommend cleaning every 3 months instead of twice a year but that's the only difference to me.

So, yes, if your budget allows, get the implants.
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Old 12-11-2020, 02:33 PM
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Upper or lower? How long did it take for the bone graft, and the time from start to end of the entire procedure?

I would love to get an implant (2 teeth, most likely), but I don't know if it will be possible (lower).
Mine have all been lower. As I recall it was 3 months for the graft to heal completely enough to drill for the implant, and another 3 months after that before adding the new tooth, so about 6 months total.
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