[NA] Anyone here have implants?

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  1. SixPapaCharlie

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    I just went through step 1, having a molar removed and cadaver bone grafted in.

    yuck! Just had the thought "I wonder whose in my mouth."
    Double yuck "And what part of them?"

    Anyone go through this before? She said it will be a 6-8 month process.
    Next step is get stitches removed, then in 4 months, they screw in the part that goes into the jawbone. That heals a few months then they add the tooth part.

    I'm concerned as to the level of pain I am in for. I am still numb and waiting for this to hit.
    Also curious about hot/cold sensitivity. Metal is a great conductor.

    The tooth they had extracted had a gold crown on it and they let me keep it.
    What's the street value of that and with it gone, do I have to sell all of my "Thug Life" shirts?
     
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    I do. It was close to a year for me. Once inserted, it is much like any other crown, and my only regret is that I was so apprehensive that I did not get it done sooner.
     
  3. SixPapaCharlie

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    Ok I have put this off for almost a year. The pain has gotten so bad that I had no choice but to get the tooth yanked.
    I am a little miffed that insurance only ponied up $56. I am out of pocket $3k
     
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    The pain is mostly not a problem...until they split the jaw to insert the socket. Then ya prolly want some tylenol III or similar. The oral surgeon wasn't too helpful with that but the dentist fixed me up.

    By the way I got cow bone instead of human bone.

    It's a little different compared to a crown for sensation. I know where the crown is and it feels like a tooth is still there even though the nerve is gone. With the implant my tongue just thinks nothing should be there because the rest of my mouth knows nothing organic is there. There is no hot/cold sensitivity...might have something to do with the lack of nerve endings in the freaking bone.
     
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    Oh, I also have other, non-oral implants.
     
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    Welcome to the affordable health care act (not). My broken arm this past January set me back $6k, my big surgery a few years back cost $16k.

    As for cadaver, I have cadaver bone in my wrist and a cadaver valve in my ticker. Yay donors!
     
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    I was gonna say....they have a pill for that. ;)
     
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    I have one and it's been great. Insurance paid $1500 of it, and I took care of the other ~$3K or so. Mine was a little more expensive because they had to insert some additional bone to make the site more robust.

    Gonna need to do two more at some point - but I'm cool for now.
     
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    I wondered why they stopped calling you Shorty.
     
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    My wife is going through the same thing. One difference is they are moving some teeth around so she only has to have two implants. The dentist will put in one this year and the other next year to split the difference with insurance.

    She is excited that she will have a full set of choppers again....but hates her braces.... hee hee hee..... metal mouth..!!!
     
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    I've got two implants, one on 3 and the other on 14 (hey, at least I'm symmetrical). The first was a long term problem (yeah I put it off) which needed some restoration of the socket. The other they just pulled the cracked tooth out and put in the implant/healing abutment. Once the implant sets, the crown is not an issue.

    I'm not sure what it was with my dentist and these particular implants but several times the implants have unscrewed themselves. I've got a new dentist now. Hopefully, the new crown will hold better.
     
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    My implant was about 5k pre-aca. They often are not covered.
     
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    I will eventually. I'm missing a permanent tooth on the top
     
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    Dang!! I always thought they used ceramic or something.
     
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    Yup. Took about a year and several thousand dollars. Anasthesia worked great (except for the unavoidable initial needle) and oxycodone helped a lot. No heat/cold sensitivity. If the newbie was from a cadaver it is news to me...I really doubt it. All in all, it was worth it.

    I do not believe that dental gold has much value at all.

    Bob
     
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    The cadaver or bovine bone is used to fill the socket and perhaps restore bone loss from surrounding area if required for strength. As I understand it bone loss isn't so likely if the root is in place when the procedure is started. If the tooth was pulled long ago then bone loss may be more likely.
     
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    I had to check this thread to make sure which implants are u referring to. No joy

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    They said I was on the borderline of needing new bone. I have had a pretty bad infection around the root and that caused this mess (It is previously root canal in 2010) I opted to err on the side of packing it with new bone just to eliminate that variable from being an issue.
     
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    My 21 year old daughter just had it done about a year ago. Didn't hurt me a bit.
     
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    I force myself to go to the dentist every 6 months and do the work he recommends just so I don't have to go through what you are going through, although I know, sometimes, **** happens. My daughter really didn't have any pain that regular Tylenol wouldn't handle, she just had the implant done, no bone grafts.
     
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    I suspect they've learned a bit since the time I had it done which was about 15 years ago. I sorta wondered why I had to go through the extraction/heal/split jaw/insert socket process instead of an extraction/insert socket process. No real complaints just thinking about the process and outcome. Sure, I have a little more bone there now but nothing indicated bone loss. Of course now-a-days every hygienist is into measuring (ha) bone loss and promoting various fixes.
     
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    Accidents happen too. I had a tooth knocked out in my teens and another tooth chipped when I was preteen. These things don't fix themselves.
     
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    That looks like it sucks. Next year will make 20 years since my last dentist visit.
     
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    I take care of my teeth but genetics is pushing against me.
    Most of what's in my mouth is man made.
     
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    The best advise I've had lately is dilute hydrogen peroxide and a water flosser once a day. As always YMWV.
     
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    My first CFI had a dental implant. My tooth doc does those on a pretty regular basis, I think I asked him about it one day. It's a long process to get everything to grow together.
     
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    Sorry, didn't mean to imply that you don't take care of them, I'm pretty much in the same boat as you Bryan. I have a lot of work in my mouth too, although no implants, yet anyway.

    To the guy who hasn't been to the dentist in 20 years, they say it's just a matter of time.
     
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    When I saw the thread title and before I saw who posted it, my first thought was "Mark is back!". Of course if it had been Mark and related to his favorite subject(s), then I'm sure this reply would have garnered requests for pics.

    :happydance:

    Oh come on, it had to be said.
     
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    I had a crown that went south and as a result, there was a lot of degenerative bone loss around that one tooth before they figured out what was going on. The two options were either a bridge or an implant. The implant has been in place for over a year now and it looks pretty good. I highly recommend it.
     
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    A person can learn to take really good care of their teeth with brushing and flossing. That said, it's easy to go really wrong if proper brushing and flossing are not learned. Right now I'm dealing with an oral problem induced by a medication side effect. It isn't much fun and visiting the dentist appears to be the only way out. No bueno.
     
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    Haha, I'm sure you're right. That wasn't an attempt to brag, and I'm not trying to avoid it or anything. I actually just realized how long it's been as I read this thread. Probably better get the ol' chompers looked at, I guess. I've just never had any problems with my teeth, so never felt the need to go to the dentist. I'm just really lucky to have good teeth. I have other issues to worry about, however.
     
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    No implants yet, but I had pinhole surgery earlier this year, hopefully to prevent further bone loss and future tooth loss. Hopefully that will allow the teeth to make it to major overhaul... maybe I'll get a discount if I do cataract surgery at the same time?
     
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    Yup, I n the middle of his process.i had a bad infection with necrotic tissue creating a hole into my sinus cavity. (See "teeth grind because I work in IT" thread.). I had cadaver. One (really a gelatinized powder) implanted to form a matrix for the bone to build back up.

    You'll wait about 3-6 months for the bone to build, then they'll drill and tap the bone for a titanium insert and cap. You'll wait another 3 months for that to heal, then they'll finally place the implant.

    Or you can just go with the toothless, pirate/pilot look.:p
     
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    I stick with the old crown ,much cheaper,and less time consuming ,in the long run.
     
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    Cataract on your eye tooth?
     
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    I had an implant put in about '76 or '77. The crown broke off in about a year, but no problem since.
     
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    Alien probe <> implant no matter how pregnant ya got
     
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    Given the information in another thread I would have thought Squatch Bone would have been more appropriate!!
     
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