While eating a bowl of Special K cereal with milk this morning, my temporary crown popped off. The dentist got me in within a couple of hours. Her assistant glued it back on, but prior to putting it on, she ground it down a bit more so it wasn't fitting so high.
I think it still fits a bit high, but I'll work with it over the weekend. She told me to chew on the left side today!
Last week, I got my permanent crown from my regular dentist, the entire tooth for my implant! It fits wonderfully. I have had absolutely no problems at all with my procedure from start to finish. I have an appointment on the 27th to return to the surgeon for another set of xrays. I am so pleased with the results, and satisfied that I decided to go ahead with the implant.
The only problem with going out of the country is implant parts compatibility. If something should happen to say the crown after it has been placed, or to the implant itself, you may have to bear the expense of going back to the country of origin. Foreign implants and US abutments have been know to be very different in size and shape therefore rendering the entire implant useless.
If a crown breaks or chips and needs replacement, so does the abutment. That's where the problem can start.
For people that have no problem, out of country dentistry can be very good. If there is a problem though, it can turn into a nightmare. It's just a chance one has to weigh before making reservations.
I returned to the surgeon's office a couple of days ago for a checkup and xrays. She examined the permanent crown and gave her approval. She wants to check me every 3 months for a year, then afterwards once a year.
I had an implant 12 yrs. ago. I don't remember any pain really. Maybe a little from the shot, but you feel that same feeling when you have a cavity filled. It is time consuming, but that didn't bother me because I wasn't working at the time. Most of the visits to the dentist are only about 10 minutes so it's no big deal. I love my implant, I haven't had any problems with it. I was told at the time it was a chance for me to get it, I'm glad I took the chance. I think I only paid $1800.00. I hear they are about $3,000.00 now. They should have gotten cheaper not more expensive; this concerns me. I'm checking into having another implant done, but this time I have extensive bone loss so it's a whole different ball game now.
WOW, it's that much now?? Why would it cost sooo much more now than when I got it 12 yrs. ago. How much was the bone grafting, I bet that must be what made it cost that much. Holy cow, I wish I had not let the dentist talk me into having him pull my tooth. I feel he did it to sell me a bridge. Now he is telling me to still talk to someone about bone grafting even if I do a bridge. The whole thing has turned into a nightmare. I wish I could try having the root canal, it may have worked. It's unfair how some dentist can be, they don't care if they save teeth or not.
Seems like alot of cash. What about destination dentistry...going to Mexico, Costa Rico, or Panama or Poland? Seems like it could pay off to go out of the country
I opted to go to Mexico for my dental work, including implants. I live in So CA so it isn't that hard for me, and my dentist trained at USC. So far I'm happy with it, but my implants are still healing and I won't get my permanent crowns for several more weeks.
I'm not concerned with the quality, it's been great, my concern would be complications. I'm only 90 minutes away to go for checks if I have issues, but jumping on a plane would be difficult. And since this is my first time with implants I dud go back for reassurance that it was all healing correctly.
Is there anyway you can refer the dentist, I'm about 2 hours from Mexico. I'm kind of scared to go into Mexico with all the problems I hear going on there. I would feel better to at least be able to get in the car and drive a couple of hours over flying to another country.
I went to Denticenter in Tijuana-they have a web page you can check out. If you go to that location, the founder does the dental implants (at least he did in my case). The other locations have different dentists doing them-but all trained. The founder, Dr Eng, trained at USC. There is more than one Denticenter location, but they are all near the border. They have the same US sterlization standards. They also will bill your insurance if you have a PPO, and they accept payments as well. They are HMO providers for Aetna and Delta. They are also open on Saturdays and US holidays, which is nice. I found the office because they were featured on CNN. My implant and crown is $1250 total for it all, paid as I go. Since I am getting cosmetic crowns, they are $100 more ($1350 total)-it is my front teeth so I am getting all porcelain crowns. All the dentists either speak English, of the assistant speaks English and translates.
I was scared to death to go to Mexico-for the same reason you are, the stories of violence. I went by myself, parked on the US side of the border, walked across (they are 150 yards from the border), had the work done, and walked back accross the border and drove home. I am as white as you get (literally lightest color foundation. LOL), and I don't speak Spanish. the border wait is LONG if you drive-but you can get a medical pass for 6 bucks, and it is way faster. I did drive in on my last visit, and it wasn't that bad. The wait to walk accross is long too, but I just kept reminding myself that it was 1/3 the cost. I have been 4 times now, but haven't seen anything to make my uncomfortable.
Where are you located? I am not sure if there is a way to exchange contact info, but I am happy to speak with you more at length if you want. Like I said this was the right decision for me, but it may not be for everyone. I am comfortable getting my work done there, and actually liked them so much I will likely keep going back there over the US dentists I have been to-they are very compassionate, and I don't feel like they just want money.
I know my reply is rather late, but I wanted to thank you for your referral and advise. I was finally able to get in with the dentist who did my other implant 14 yrs. ago. I was shocked when he said he could do another implant. I'd been told by several dentist I had a lot of bone loss so I most likely wouldn't be able to as I posted about. I was even more shocked when he said he didn't believe in bone grafting and to wait about 3 months because the bone will grow back. I've read just the opposite, but I've decided to just go with what he's saying since the implant from before has worked out fine. I don't know if I had bone loss around that particular one or not. He will be charging me $2250.00 for everything.
From what I'm reading this is a very good price. I paid $1800 14 yrs. ago. I think the price of implants should go down not up, but it's not that much more. I've heard of some people paying $6,000 for one implant. That's insane. I was going to go to the place you referred me to until I heard the good news. I can't wait to get started on it, but I have to wait until July.