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Re: ALL on 4 Dental Implants

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@CrazyDaisy  Dont really want a denture and I know implants can be and are very expensive but I really dont have any children or anyone to leave what little $$ I have to so might as well spend on myself.;-)  Not really a support system either so I do value everyones opinion on here..thx


 

 

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I understand what you said...I have no children either, or spouse. So my money is going to what I need and what I want. I'm on my own and don't have anyone to tell me what to do or not to do. It's called being 'independent' but sometimes it's nice to come here and ask questions just to see what others are thinking. That's why I like this board. For me it's a source of wonderful information and I learn something new here almost everyday.Woman Happy

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Re: ALL on 4 Dental Implants

I'm curious.  If the dentist says you have too much bone loss, wouldn't that also rule out implants, or at least require time-consuming bone grafts before getting the implants?  

 

I had to get only 1 implant after having worn braces for two years (in my late 50's) to try and save my front tooth.  The orthodontist said I needed an implant to fill the hole of a missing tooth or my teeth would try to migrate to fill in the hole.  I do still have to wear retainers at night as should anybody who has had braces because the teeth want to go back to the way they were.  I also had braces as a child for a cross-bite problem.  Apparently no retainer needed for that.

 

The dentist did not do the implant.  He sent me to a specialist for that.  Like I said, I was in my late 50's and that tooth had been missing since I was a child since there was no permanent tooth to replace it when it came out.  So, the doctor was quite surprised that I had the bone to support an implant.  

 

I had two procedures at the specialist, one to install the implant.  They cover it with your gum, so the 2nd procedure a couple of weeks later is to uncover the post for the tooth.  Then, off to the dentist for a temporary and then the permanent tooth another couple of weeks later.

 

I don't remember any special diet restrictions except maybe the things they tell you to avoid any time you have a temporary in.  Of course, I had just come off of a 2 year restricted diet from wearing braces so a slightly restricted diet was nothing.  

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The first scan I had was some sort of x-ray that looked at my jawbone and from that it was determined whether or not there was enough bone there to support the implants. If there wasn't enough bone then they could possibly take a piece of bone from somewhere else on my body and graft it onto my jawbone.  That can take 4 to 6 months to heal.

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I am going in on the 30th to oral surgeon to see if they can find enough bone to put implants in, with a CT scan. I need them badly on the bottom. If he says I need grafting I am going to opt out of the implants because of the price.

 

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@desertDi   I've read soooo many reviews...everyone is so different and under different circumstances...but I do read alot of them ..thx


@89135    I'm having implants done right now.   Been thru the process of having them "installed".    I have about 5 months to go (yes, soft food) until the bridgework will be completed.    I'm doing this a quadrant at a time.    Mentally (and financially), I couldn't handle a "whole mouth" at once.   Also....the reviews I read were not very good.   di

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@Icegoddess wrote:

I'm curious.  If the dentist says you have too much bone loss, wouldn't that also rule out implants, or at least require time-consuming bone grafts before getting the implants?  

 

I had to get only 1 implant after having worn braces for two years (in my late 50's) to try and save my front tooth.  The orthodontist said I needed an implant to fill the hole of a missing tooth or my teeth would try to migrate to fill in the hole.  I do still have to wear retainers at night as should anybody who has had braces because the teeth want to go back to the way they were.  I also had braces as a child for a cross-bite problem.  Apparently no retainer needed for that.

 

The dentist did not do the implant.  He sent me to a specialist for that.  Like I said, I was in my late 50's and that tooth had been missing since I was a child since there was no permanent tooth to replace it when it came out.  So, the doctor was quite surprised that I had the bone to support an implant.  

 

I had two procedures at the specialist, one to install the implant.  They cover it with your gum, so the 2nd procedure a couple of weeks later is to uncover the post for the tooth.  Then, off to the dentist for a temporary and then the permanent tooth another couple of weeks later.

 

I don't remember any special diet restrictions except maybe the things they tell you to avoid any time you have a temporary in.  Of course, I had just come off of a 2 year restricted diet from wearing braces so a slightly restricted diet was nothing.  


My husband could not have implants due to bone loss.

Maybe I should have said, it would be an extensive procedure to rebuild the bone, repair the gums and then proceed with implants.

 

Our dentist is a friend and we felt like he presented the case considering complexity of options. Cost was not an issue.

 

Apparently the bottom 4 teeth are the weakest and the most likely to be lost with advancing age. Fortunately he will have a bridge attached to good healthy permanent teeth. 

 

As wonderful as implants can be, the procedure is just not suitable for all with failing or missing teeth

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@violannSo what is he basing his discussion on?  or is it like me and EVERYTHING...;-(


My Poor Guy had TERRIBLE dental care as a kid, and apparently not very strong teeth to start with. 

We were going to a dentist  we both felt wary of, and missed a couple 6 month check ups.

 

When we finally found a dentist we both liked, DH learned that he had a large upper molar on one side of his mouth, and one lower molar on the other, that we're so damaged and cracked that theycouldn't be saved.

 

While they were being extracted and treated, one of his front teeth unexpectedly and unrelated to his other work,  broke off and had to be extracted as well, and his whole "bite" was destabilized.

 

Implants were STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, and I felt that he'd do better in the long run with that approach than what would have been complicated dentures (he isn't even very happy with a temporary flipper for his front tooth) so we're moving ahead with it.

 

VERY TOUGH DECISION, EITHER WAY!!

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@89135 Apologies for the delay in responding. I have 9 teeth pulled (uppers only).  The procedure seemed fast but then again I was knocked out!  HAHAH  I was in recovery for 5 hours (give or take).  They put in the temps.  'at first I was shocked at the appearance, but after a couple of hours, I actually liked them.  I think because my teeth were so horrible it was absolutely shocked to see nice straight, white teeth in my mouth.  I had to go back several times for impressions for finals (the gums shrink as you know; went for a "design" meeting where you can make any changes - teeth too big, too small; you can pick the color, etc.  Then you go back for a "trial" of the finals - that was only a week.  Then it look 2 weeks for them to make the changes I wanted (very minimal) and then I got the finals!  I received my final right before thanksgiving - so I've only had them for shy of two months.  The cost is very high, but honestly, I wouldnt hesitate to do it again should the need arise.  I was noshing on pistashios and almonds yesterday - I can't tell you the last time I did that!!!  All the best to you and do let me know if I can answer any more questions.  I promise to be more prompt!!!

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Re: ALL on 4 Dental Implants

@violann  Well good luck to both of you..I agree about dentures..I did have a couple implants done about 10 years ago and having general anesthesia was a god-send.  I didnt really have any problems.  I think he will love them..(coming from someone who hasn't taken care of her teeth and hates going to dentist)..