First Stages-Sinus Lift-Bone Graft-Implants - San Diego, CA

Over the years being a single Mom I have opted to...

Over the years being a single Mom I have opted to have a few teeth pulled instead of having expensive root canals and crowns. I really had not choice because of money. As the years have gone by my teeth have started to shift and because I am missing two on the upper jaw in back and three on the lower jaw in back I have been using my forward teeth to chew on which of course you should not do and it has worn them down. Since I am in a better financial situation now I have started the process of replacing these teeth with implants so I have a chewing surface, stop bone and gum absorption and the shifting of my own teeth.

The $ amount shown will change as things go on and I will let you know the outcome when all is complete. I thought a step by step may help someone that may be considering this.

This morning I had a sinus lift and bone graft and two implants put in-that is what the 4750 was for. I was given an oral sedative which did nothing but we preceded anyway. Three shots and the only one that was pretty uncomfortable was the one to the palate. Cutting of the gum, lifting of the sinus membrane, material added, drilling, vibration, taping on the implant (kinda gave me a headache) and then an xray to take a look as to line up things for the second implant. Repeat the above for the second one and another xray which he shared with me admiring his work. :) Then he stitched me up, shared with me a few more family stories and asked me to phone him tomorrow on his cell phone. He would like a visit but I live far away so we both agreed I would pay careful attention and call.

The shots have worn off and I feel fine. A bit of blood in my spit and my nose is running which I can't blow for the next 10 days. Given an antibiotic and told to take advil regular for inflammation-no pain meds. In four months I will return to start the restorative process and then after that I will do the other lower side. Besides the stitches in my mouth which feel gross so far this is a cake walk.

I will do follow ups as time goes by-if anyone has any questions I would be happy to answer them. I will use my regular dentist for the restorative work-the oral surgeon trained him.

Its now Monday and most of the swelling is gone....

Its now Monday and most of the swelling is gone. Only one stitch left in my mouth and very little discomfort. I am sure if I had iced more the first day like my dentist told me to I would not have been so swollen.

By the time this is all complete it will be just a...

By the time this is all complete it will be just a bit over 14 grand. That is for 4 implants and the cost of the teeth.
The injections are really not much fun but other than that the cost it the most painful part of it all.

I had the sinus augmentation and bone graft. It cost me $4000 out of pocket. It wasn't the most horrible experience but it was wasn't easy-breezy either. I was swollen for at least 5-6 days and out of work for 3. I needed prescription painkillers for 2-3 days. It healed well and I go back in about a month to start the implant procedure. I didn't have any problems at all with infections or sinus issues but I wasn't comfortable with the risk even though my doctor suggested there wasn't much of a risk. I still have the other side to do although I'm not sure if I want to go through this stressful and expensive process again. Overall, it was tolerable but guess I'll wait and see how I feel after the final results.
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Yikes-I am glad you are having them done but I had the two top implants with the sinus lift and bone graft all done at the same time. 4700$ The teeth themselves are another 3 grand. I is important that you have them done as the longer you wait the more your bite and shape of your face changes. Good luck with the rest.
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Gosh I hope you feel better soon-sounds terrible.
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Dr Peter Shaw

He explains everything in detail almost to the point of boredom. He tells wonderful stories about his family and you can just tell he loves what he does-he exudes happines. I got the shakes before I got there because I was so nervous and the nurse who tried to give me water for the oral sedative saw me shaking. She told me "do not worry, he is the best, he knows what he is doing and you will be just great", and-he is a wonderful boss also". I found that pretty neat for her to mention that.

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