Missing teeth

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    Jan 13, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    I have to have a tooth pulled and I hate it.Dental implants are so expensive and take so long it sucks.Any other guys?
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    Jan 13, 2013 2:57 AM GMT
    I'd get the implant. It's for the rest of your life, so it's important. And I'd get it sooner than later as the jawbone will gradually get skinnier after the tooth is pulled. If you wait too long, there may not be enough jawbone left to anchor your implant into. If that happens, you'll need a bone graft before getting the implant.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 13, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    Good teeth and the looks they provide are invaluable. Whatever you elect to do, make sure to take care of your mouth (so to speak)....lol
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    Jan 13, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI'd get the implant. It's for the rest of your life, so it's important. And I'd get it sooner than later as the jawbone will gradually get skinnier after the tooth is pulled. If you wait too long, there may not be enough jawbone left to anchor your implant into. If that happens, you'll need a bone graft before getting the implant.


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  • Timbales

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    Jan 13, 2013 3:10 AM GMT
    where was it pulled? is a bridge an option?
  • calibro

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    Jan 13, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    love is totally based in part on physical attraction... and bad teeth (including no teeth) is a turn off
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 13, 2013 3:20 AM GMT
    Good thing you're in a relationship otherwise it might be hard to get a date.
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    Jan 13, 2013 4:35 AM GMT
    WickedRyan saidI have to have a tooth pulled and I hate it.Dental implants are so expensive and take so long it sucks.Any other guys?
    I still use my partial plate...had it all my life (since 3rd grade injury). It sucks ass having to take it out to eat (supposed to be temporary), but it's much less trouble (and less expensive) than going a few weeks (without pay) semi-toothless, waiting for implants to be done. And, most affordable dental insurance won't pay for cosmetic dental work...not even the partial plate. The plate is only a grand, on average. Implants (for 7 teeth) would be damn near 10 grand. Cash only (I don't use credit).

    The best advice I can give you is to learn not to give a fuck what other people think. You do what's best for you. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 13, 2013 5:11 AM GMT
    I do Thanks Paul icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 13, 2013 5:27 AM GMT
    Keep in mind too that the implant will keep your teeth from shifting. I know people who let their teeth shift and developed gaps. Then they had to see an orthodontist to fix the new problem. Best of luck!
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    Jan 13, 2013 5:29 AM GMT
    This may sound superficial, but do whatever it takes to keep a nice smile. It's the window to the soul, you know.
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    Jan 13, 2013 5:31 AM GMT
    I was told the same thing as Erik101. May want to get advice on an Orthodontic retainer to make sure you don't end up with a bigger problem down the road. Lower front extractions are easy. Easy enough, I considered a crash helmet for the car.

    Overcrowding caused my teeth to meet end to end, upper to lower.
    Got tired of dating guys with perfect teeth.

    Be careful with the WaterPick until the extraction site heals. If you do hit the extraction point, fall backwards or you'll bounce your forehead off the sink faucet before passing out like I did. Thank god I didn't toss the Percocet after that first week.icon_eek.gif
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 13, 2013 5:38 AM GMT
    Vanity is one thing, but missing teeth is an eye sore. I know some people can't help it but that is something ANYONE will notice and won't be able to stop noticing.

    I have a manager at work who has more than ten teeth missing. When customers have described her, since we have a few older women working there, they say the one with a bunch of teeth missing.
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    Jan 13, 2013 8:21 AM GMT
    WickedRyan saidI have to have a tooth pulled and I hate it.Dental implants are so expensive and take so long it sucks.Any other guys?


    You can get a space maintainer, that snaps in and out, for about $450.

    Most good dentists don't recommend bridges these days, because you crown the surrounding teeth and bridges are hard to keep clean. Preserving the surrounding teeth is both a good idea, a good long term plan, and ends up being less than two crowns and a bridge.

    Sites like Groupon sometimes have great deals on stuff like implants. Implants are becoming more competitive.

    Most dental practices offer some kind of financing, as well.

    Implants are the way to go, but the maintainer is not so bad, either.
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    Jan 13, 2013 8:32 AM GMT
    Dentistry is quite expensive, actually insane would be the appropriate word usage. I do hope you have incredible insurance icon_cry.gif
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    Jan 13, 2013 3:04 PM GMT
    Well luckily my fiancée is also missing a tooth so he won't leave me.lol. As a side note while I was dead against Obamacare. Since it passed it should include some basic dentistry don't ya think?icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 13, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    If you're worried about the cost, check into a School of Dentistry. My partner has decent insurance. I don't.

    I go to the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry. I have received more thorough care, better quality care than I ever did in a private practice. Part of it has to do with so many faculty breathing down the student dentists' necks. lol

    Also, I usually pay less than my partner's copay for the same work. I had a tooth that had a cracked root. The tooth had to come out. No way to save it with a cracked root. I'm in the process of an implant. After the post was set in the bone, I've had to wait 4 months for it to heal before getting the "abutment" and "crown".

    Total, it will be about $1,000 which is 1/3 of what some private practice dentists charge. In our area, many charge from $2,000 to $3,000 per implant.

    So, find a dental school and try to get in with them if you can.

    Good luck. By the way, do not opt for a bridge. They literally have to destroy the good teeth on each side. Stick with an implant.
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    Jan 13, 2013 4:40 PM GMT
    huhwhat saidThis may sound superficial, but do whatever it takes to keep a nice smile. It's the window to the soul, you know.


    Ummmm, I'm certain that the EYES are the window to the soul. The teeth are probably more like the window to the intestines.
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    Jan 13, 2013 4:42 PM GMT
    Yeah my back two upper molars have serious issues, wouldn't be surprised if they have to be pulled and replaced. Since there isn't another tooth in between they can't create a bridge.

    Aren't they like 5k a tooth for an implant? icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 13, 2013 4:43 PM GMT
    smudgetool said
    huhwhat saidThis may sound superficial, but do whatever it takes to keep a nice smile. It's the window to the soul, you know.


    Ummmm, I'm certain that the EYES are the window to the soul. The teeth are probably more like the window to the intestines.

    So if eyes are the window, the mouth is the Door? You get what I mean. A smile is important. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 13, 2013 4:45 PM GMT
    Dental work is expensive. In the last year, I've had my wisdom teeth extracted, a baby tooth extracted, cavities filled, and braces. Total bill is nearly 9k. So yes, it's crazy expensive, but it's an investment that's priceless... Figuratively speaking haha
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    Jan 13, 2013 5:05 PM GMT
    In the Seattle area, we have an HMO called "Washington Dental Services."
    http://www.king5.com/news/investigators/CEO-apologizes-for-outrageous-comment-about-dentists-work-151748305.html
    That loudmouthed freak takes home $1.2 million a year in salary.

    My cleanings are $400 a year(every 3 months). I can't justify paying $1,200 a year for dental insurance if insurers aren't going to pay towards services outside of basic cleaning and fixing cavities.

    Crown? Here's 10%. Braces for adults? Has to be cosmetic. So, denied.
    Fuck him.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 13, 2013 6:03 PM GMT
    WickedRyan saidI have to have a tooth pulled and I hate it.Dental implants are so expensive and take so long it sucks.Any other guys?


    Why does your tooth need to be pulled?
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    Jan 13, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    Whatever you do shop around.
    Watch this recent CBC Canada undercover expose on dentistry.

    http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2012/10/money-where-your-mouth-is.html
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    Jan 13, 2013 6:37 PM GMT
    Best value for dental work is a dental school. In Boston, you can receive high quality dental work at a fraction of the cost by going to Tufts Dental School or one of the other area dental schools.

    There are great options for the OP in NYC.

    When going to a dental school, for basic services, you will be worked on by dentists in training UNDER the supervision of experienced teachers. If you need more advanced care, you will be worked on by real dentists who are back in school getting advanced training UNDER the supervision of experienced teachers.

    Usually 1/3 the cost, may take a few more visits but you are savings thousands and getting high quality work.

    Good Luck and take care of your teeth!