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.