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Old 06-27-2006, 03:47 PM   #1
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bone grafting...does anyone know anything about this?

It adds considerable time and $$$ to this whole extraction/implant nightmare. Price has gotten jacked up to 5K now for all of this and I'm about to scrrrreeeeeaaaaammm!! (Sorry). Anyway, I think I should get a 2nd and a 3rd opinion. My regular dentist thinks maybe I can get the implant done without the bone grafting. And reading about the procedure it sounds just plain gross. So I guess getting a few opinions from different surgeons is a good idea...Maybe one will say I don't need the bone grafting too!

Thanks for any advice. Am pretty alone right now in this world and very new to the world of dental problems. Good luck to all of you!

Feeling better but in shock over the $$ now,


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Old 07-08-2006, 09:17 AM   #2
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Re: bone grafting...does anyone know anything about this?

I think that my mother-in-law might have tried bone grafting, if I'm thinking of the right procedure. They took bone or something from like her leg and tried to grow it in her gums, something like that. It was very expensive. I think she took out a loan for it. When she went back to the dentist to see how things were "growing" she found out that none of it had taken to her mouth.

Old 07-08-2006, 05:39 PM   #3
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Re: bone grafting...does anyone know anything about this?

Yes, bone graft would add thousands to the implant cost. Yes, these procedures are so unreasonably costly that I think dentists who do implants can potentially earn more than plastic surgeons.
I had a bone graft procedure done 2 years ago which a periodontist took bone at the back of my lower jaw and put on upper front. The surgery appeared to be a success on the recipient site as there was no infection or complication, however, my donor site sustained a little of nerve damage, although not serious, I still feel there is a knot and these tight and pulling sensations on my lower jaw muscle. Occasionally, I also feel mild burning and prickling on the lower lip of that side.
What tooth/teeth your implant(s) involved? How long ago did the extraction(s) occur? I asked because the longer a tooth was lost, the more bone is needed to fill the void. I had gone to see two different periodontists. One proposed to try using cadevar bone from bone bank first, if fail, then have to use my own. The other said he would only do the implant if I would do a bone graft using my own bone as he said that using any other forms of bone material on big space would likely lead to a fail implant. The perio. I picked also drew some blood from my arm and put in a centrifuge which then put into my recipient site together with my own bone. I was told that was to promote healing and bone integration. These are things perhaps can help you to better prepare when consulting with your surgeon and allow you to make the right decision.

Old 07-08-2006, 08:50 PM   #4
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Re: bone grafting...does anyone know anything about this?

my friend had three implants done.bonegraft only cost $250 each.i am just wondering why you guys said it cost thousands. he had a partial for six years.

Old 07-10-2006, 02:35 PM   #5
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Re: bone grafting...does anyone know anything about this?

Go to the nearest dental college for your work. If there is not enough bone to hold the implant, it's all wasted money no matter how much you spend. These teaching institutions are up on the latest techniques, you get excellent work, it's about half the cost (but takes longer), the students do the work but are very well supervised, and you can be pretty confident that they are not working on you for the money because the faculty are paid by the institution a salary that does not depend on number of patients. At least see what they say about whether you need a bone graft or not.

Good luck!

Old 07-10-2006, 03:10 PM   #6
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Re: bone grafting...does anyone know anything about this?

Thanks everyone for your replies. They have helped a lot!

I am hoping I don't need bone grafting. Now that I am done with the 10 days antibiotics, I'm going to schedule the molar extraction.
It is my first large molar on bottom so I guess I do need an implant?

If anyone knows of good dental schools around the CT/NY area, please let me know. That is a great suggestion!

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