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Old 05-26-2012, 08:22 AM   #31
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Why is dental work so expensive?
They have to pay for those big expensive houses somehow!
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:12 AM   #32
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.... and those Mercedes', BMWs, Lexus'.....
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:47 AM   #33
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In our area of Ohio implants are $1200 and a crown/post on top is around $1000.
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:42 AM   #34
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In our area of Ohio implants are $1200 and a crown/post on top is around $1000.
Really? Including the tooth extraction? Then why would anyone get a crown? Just get the implant and get it over with!
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:08 PM   #35
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It varies from region to region. I wor for an Oral Surgeon and our fee is $1850. This is for the implant and follow-up care only. The dentist makes the tooth to attach to the top. CALL AROUND other counties or nearby cities.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:05 PM   #36
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:50 AM   #37
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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.
De-lurking to help you out here! I work for a dental implant company. It is possible for one tooth to cost that much if it's an upper tooth in your smile line and you require additional surgery like bone grafting. However, I'd get a second opinion! Typically, one tooth will run $3,500-$7,000. Three teeth would cost about $10,000 and a full row of teeth $20-30,000. They're expensive for several reasons: it's a surgery requiring a surgeon and anesthesia, the materials are costly, and if you are getting the work done through a prosthodontist, you are paying for that additional training and expertise. I don't necessarily agree with the pricing, but that's how it is at the moment.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:27 PM   #38
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Thank you saraisaboringname for this very helpful information! And I can tell you're not a "boring" person but a kind one despite the name.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:35 PM   #39
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What about a cantilever bridge? You don't need 2 teeth to anchor it just one, your dentist would have to examine your bite to see if your a candidate for it but its worth a try. Usually its about the price of two crowns.
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They're expensive for several reasons: it's a surgery requiring a surgeon and anesthesia...
Anesthesia??? I got two implants and I had no anesthesia.

Also, the need for implants is not necessarily cosmetic, If it is for a bottom tooth, after enough time without a bottom tooth, your tooth above on the top row will actually begin to drop out...not good...They had wanted to wait longer before I got my implants because of the jaw bone development whatnot with the healing. But my top teeth were starting to go down from the lack of support so in went the implants.
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Anesthesia??? I got two implants and I had no anesthesia.

Also, the need for implants is not necessarily cosmetic, If it is for a bottom tooth, after enough time without a bottom tooth, your tooth above on the top row will actually begin to drop out...not good...They had wanted to wait longer before I got my implants because of the jaw bone development whatnot with the healing. But my top teeth were starting to go down from the lack of support so in went the implants.
We use IV anesthesia- twilight so our patients are still somewhat responsive. Yes, implants prevent bone loss, unlike bridges, partials, etc. They also don't damage surrounding teeth like a bridge. In the long run, all of these things end up costing about the same because the anchor teeth will likely fail at some point.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:28 PM   #42
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Mine was $3800 IIRC.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:02 AM   #43
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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.
OMG does it mean for single dental implant will require $8000 there!!!!!
Even I have had replaced missing tooth through dental implants only but paid $1999 for single one. Seems like I have had affordable dental implants here in Florida.

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Old 09-05-2012, 08:52 AM   #44
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I know back when DS was in middle school (he is now a college senior) we were told it would be $16,000 to have 4 implants done on him to replace baby teeth. Needless to say be still has the baby teeth and we didn't spend that kind of money on a 13 year old!
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I cannot imagine paying to replace a back molar. I had 2 that were 75%+ fillings and those finally crumbled (they were the top bottom pair in the way back). I waited another 2+yrs before doing anything about the missing portions because it wasn't bothering me. When they got abscesses (I thought I was going to die from the pain!) then I had them yanked out. Seriously the best thing I could of done! Yanking them under general anesthesia was $800.

There is no way I'd replace them with implants. The holes healed up perfectly, it's easier to keep the last molars clean and I've had no eating issues.
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