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Hi, I was curious about Clear Choice. Some years back I was treated by Dr. Stuart Graves when he had a small (2 office) practice in northern Virginia. Several years ago he started putting full page ads in the Washington Post. Since I'm home bound waiting for the effects of Hurricane Sandy I thought I'd take the time and satisfy my curiosity. I've had about 12 implants now starting in 1995. Dr. Grave's practice early in the 2000s was the same; they discussed the finances up front. I don't think there isn't anything disreputable with this. It's best to know what you're in for at the start. Considering what the bill has been so far the $35,000 - $50,000 sadly isn't out of line. My work so far probably comes to that and all my work is about one half my mouth. I'm seventy and early on I began to wear away my teeth from bruxism. Living in the Washington DC area I was fortunate to have the VA address my dental erosion after retirement. I saw a nationally renown periodontist, Dr. Peter Neff. In the 1980's they would grind down your teeth to cones and mount caps and bridges. Many of the teeth needed posts and cores as there wasn't enough to cement a crown onto. I wore plastic false teeth for several years; it was extremely uncomfortable. The entire process took over four years. Fifteen years after finishing everything started deteriorating so I had to go through a gradual replacement of almost everything up till last year. Given a choice of nothing, dentures, the earlier treatment or implants my 'clear choice' would be implants. in 1995 my first implant involved waiting over 6 months for the implant to 'take.' Now the time has been halved. I suspect that like any process as it becomes more popular will encourage more dentists into the field and prices will go down. Nevertheless I can't imagine how miserable and uncomfortable I'd be without the implants. The destination was well worth the journey. If I need more I will gladly undergo the inconvenience.
Dear Zib, You strike me as genuine. I'm a 46 year old female, living on social security. Can u share with me how much you paid for your implants in Costa Rica, please? I'm deathly afraid of having to get upper dentures, and until I started reading a few posts regarding getting work done outside the U.S., I felt that implants would be absolutely out of my reach. You've given mean glimmer if hope that I might be able to restore my smile, self-esteem, and potentially, my life. I realize I may sound a bit melodramatic, but it's that serious for me. Sincerely, Robin *********@*******l.com
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