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Old 05-24-2012, 09:59 PM   #16
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I had one done 2 years ago and the total charge was $4000. I too had waited quite some time to have it done and wish I had done it sooner. Prices will vary by region but please, just because someone offers a lower price doesn't mean it is the right person to go to. Ask around in your area and see what is the norm and who is recommended for this type of procedure. Check how many/size of the implant they will use, whether you will be getting a custom or standard abutment (this is VERY important!!!! and yes it can up the cost a bit!), if it includes anesthesia if you choose to be knocked out when they do the implant and please check the credentials/reputation of the oral surgeon doing the implant as well as the dentist doing the abutment and crown portion.

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Old 05-24-2012, 10:59 PM   #17
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My DH was quoted $2200. They took X-rays first to be sure the bone could hold the implant and now we are waiting for insurance approval which they told us would take 2-3 months. Said they have seen out insurance company pick up 80% and have seen them deny the claim so fingers crossed!
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:18 AM   #18
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Over $8,000 is what I was quoted when I went to get a check-up and treatment plan-- for one tooth. This sounds likes he thinks I'm an easy mark. The space is healed and has been fine for a couple of years. He suggested the implant for cosmetic reasons.
My daughter just had one. By the time all was said and done, it was in the $6000 range. It's a long and complicated procedure:

Part 1: The implant that goes into the gum; this is for life, so you want it to be right. It's like a metal screw with holes in it that goes into the gum. Your bone grows through the holes, and it cannot be removed later.

Part 2: The abridgement that connects the implant to the implant.

Part 3: The crown. That's the "tooth" that you see. This will last 10-15 years.

She had appointments for:

Initial appointment and x-rays
Surgery to place the implant into the gum (included anethesia)
Follow ups to see that the implant was "taking" to the gum
Insertion of abridgement
Measuring for crown
Placement of crown

It was very expensive, but my daughter was missing an adult tooth, and it's in a spot that shows. It was an unavoidable expense.
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It could be because of where you live. However, if he's going to charge $8K for an implant, I would trust him to even do the procedure since he more than likely has no clue how to do it.

A dental implant should cost between $1700-$1900 per tooth, all inclusive.

The guy you're dealing with is a complete rip off artist. $167 for a check up that DIDN'T include a cleaning???? At most places it's either free or a very nominal charge.

Find yourself a new dentist.
I think you're thinking JUST of the crown, not the whole procedure. Getting the implant into the gum is the expensive, time-consuming thing.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:56 AM   #19
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I guess it depends on the circumstances, but $8K seems high to me. My insurance pays 70% and I recently had an implant done and it was about $1400 out of pocket. Some of that was for my deductible. So that would put it into the $3K - $4K range. I'm assuming that since you are looking at implants that there has already been a root canal performed on the tooth. If so, that buys you some time. Do you have a FSA that you can put money into to help?

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I was quoted $5000 plus I need to have a sinus lift, which was going to cost more. I opted for a valplast denture. They are really small and not noticable at all, no wires or clips. My brother is an md and also told me that he had several patients with chronic pain issues related to implants, so that worried me a bit.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:16 AM   #21
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I had 3 implants but 4 teeth removed (one implant has 2 teeth). When I was quoted they told me it would cost $14668.00 from beginning to end. Each implant was around $3000. I was lucky as the implants were covered under accidental. I did have to go to a periodontist who put the implants in. It's no fun at all. Then my regular dentist took the impressions of my teeth and put the crowns/teeth in. Over all out of pocket we had to spend $907 of the almost $15000.00.

As you said, your tooth is in the back and really if it is not visable to the public I would just leave it. My teeth were all my 4 front ones so I had to get it done. But they do look great!
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My husbands was $3500 out of pocket after insurance. Not even sure why I pay for dental insurance as they only covered about $200. He just had his done 2 months ago.
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My husbands was $3500 out of pocket after insurance. Not even sure why I pay for dental insurance as they only covered about $200. He just had his done 2 months ago.
I find our dental plan isn't the best either. My daughter has braces and work done before having them put on and all they offered was $1500 a life time so by the time we went to use her money towards the braces there was only $900 left so we ended up paying out of pocket for the remaining balance.

Even with my implants my dental plan wouldn't cover the 2nd phase at 100% even though it was under the accidental and when my dentist called they wouldn't give a reason as to why they would only cover 80% Guess it's what they feel like that day.

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Old 05-25-2012, 12:23 PM   #24
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Honestly, when I had some severe problems with my very-back molar, my dentist gave me the following options:

1. Pull the tooth, have an implant put in.
2. Pull the tooth, do not have an implant put in, risk losing the tooth on top of it as well because there'll be nothing for the top tooth to "push against"
3. Let him try to build up a filling and see if that'll do.

I went with number 3, with #2 as a backup if the filling didn't hold. I said I would rather lose two back molars than pay that kind of money for an implant. It just wasn't that important to me. (And it's been a year now, and the tooth (which is pretty much half filling at this point) is doing just fine. Glad I didn't run out and spend thousands on an implant.

But yeah, if the hole is already healed up and not causing any problems, I wouldn't bother with an implant, personally, unless the risk of losing the corresponding tooth on top bothers you.
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again - if you live anywhere near a college of dentistry, call them to see if they have an implant clinic. The work they do is fantastic, the 'students' are all already DDS grads and work with cutting edge technology and research (the big medical and dental supply companies GIVE these schools all the latest and greatest stuff, because they want the new graduates to use the latest technology). You'll get top notch work done for FAR less than ANY oral surgeon can provide, and the quality can't be beat.

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We know someone who paid close to $10K for a dental implant. It had something to do with the bone that the implant screws into wasn't "firm" enough - so the cost involved some work on the bone as well.

To the OP - I would absolutely get a 2nd estimate on this - especially as you are questioning the first estimate.
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. I think you're thinking JUST of the crown, not the whole procedure. Getting the implant into the gum is the expensive, time-consuming thing.
No, not just the crown -- the entire procedure. I think it varies from region to region. If you're in a big city like NYC, it's going to be a lot less expensive for this procedure simply because the dentists perform more of these procedures than they do in small towns or small cities. Even if you go to Long Island ( a suburb of NYC), the prices would be less than what is being quoted here.
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Here's the breakdown of the one I am currently in process of getting:
* $400 Bone Graft (you may or may not need this depending on the state of your jaw bone)
* $200 Surgical Guide
* $2000 Actual Implant Surgery
* $?? Crown - this is squishy, this is the only part my insurance partially covers. Last quote I got from my dentist was that I would pay around $700, I think the insurance is covering 60% but I'm not positive. (The crown is often put on by your regular dentist, not the surgeon)

There are more complicated cases that involve additional surgeries that involve the sinuses, etc. Those of course increase the cost. But if you don't have a case like that, then $8000 for one tooth seems crazy high.

(PS I am in a high cost of living area, and have one of the best oral surgeons in the city, so my cost is not a lowball one.)
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:37 AM   #29
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Thank you. I will find another dentist. A bridge is not possible because its the last tooth in the back with nothing to anchor to. It really doesn't show so I won't get an implant. Not now anyway. Thanks for all the replies!
If its a tooth in the back why did the dentist say it was for cosmetic reasons?? If it in the back and you have no problems missing a tooth back there I would not have it done. If it were in the front then I can see why you would need it but who is going to see the back of your mouth!
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:53 AM   #30
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I had a back molar pulled in 1988, due to a root canal that didn't take. At that time, with my dad's FANTASTIC dental insurance, an implant still would have cost my parents $1500. I told my parents to forget it and I was happy - no regrets. The molar above shifted SLIGHTLY and I've never had any issues with that area.
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