i just think its insane and way to much. should not cost as much as 2 or 3 cars. your suppose to take care of yourself and be healthy but seriously, who can afford to these days. i really need this done but there is no way i can afford it and there is no way i can qualify for a loan nearly that high. it seems like they are saying pay up or die. i have known people who have died because of the problems i have get seriously bad.
Is $45,000 for a Full Set of 4 on 1 Implants Top and Bottom Implants Outrageous?
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Dental Implants Cost, All on Four
What I think you are referring to is a Treatment Called "All on Four" in which a set of teeth or "bridge" is attrached to four implants in the upper jaw and four implants in the lower jaw. This is a wonderful treatment plan for the correct patient. I have seen, way to often mind you, this treatment plan being "pushed" on patients who do not need this. There is one implant "SuperCenter" that advertises all over television and billboards who pushes this treatment. Even if you have all of your teeth present, they will tell you that all of your teeth need to be removed because they are infected and they will give you new teeth in one day. For the most part this treatment is overkill and unethical. If you have no teeth and are a denture wearer or your remaining teth are in poor condition, this can be a viable option, but it is not the only option. I also caution you about these Implant "Supercenters" because they have no vested interest in you. Each of the doctors gets a percentage of the fee they charge you, they do not own the practice. Commonly the fee for all on four implants is about $30,000 per arch, so $45K for two is a very reasonable fee. The Supercenters mentioned will charge you a ridiculous fee abve and beyond that and quite often with poor results requiring further surgery to correct. I have treated multiple cases of poor outcomes from these in my practice. As I stated earlier, the All on Four is a great treatment option for the right patient. I perform these quite often, but it is not for every patient. You must make sure the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon performing this has been properly trained and is board certified. Board Certified Oral and MAxillofacial Surgeons should be the only person performing this procedure for you, beware of other "specialists" with a weekend course trying to perform this treatment on you.
Is $45,000 for a Full Set of 4 on 1 Implants Top and Bottom Outrageous?
You sound very frustrated with the potential cost of implants and the all on four dentures. Candidly, some major reconstructions are very expensive. More importantly than that, I'm getting the impression from your question that you've just only been given one choice. I think that's a big disservice.
In my practice we make every effort to align what you NEED to fix your problems with what you WANT (and what you will realistically put yourself through, as well as what is realistic for your budget.
There are many other options. If the infections are that bad, then you may just have to have teeth out and heal up. Even a temporary healing denture may feel much better than the pain from the infections. After you feel better, then you may want to investigate two implants per jaw, and dentures that "snap" on to the implants. It will be far less expensive.
You could always add more implants later if you decide you want something more slender or with stronger biting force.
You need to know you have options. You may need to be candid with your dentist (or get a second opinion) about what is a realistic budget for you.
All-on-4 to replace all of your missing teeth.
The All-on-4 technique involves the immediate replacement of teeth of 4 or 5 implants. It is a great technique that has worked great to restore the quality of life of some patients. Traditional treatments can cost 50-80,000 dollars per arch. The average cost for the All-on-4 is about 20 - 30,000 dollars, so ya you are getting a great deal. Other options using implants may include an implant supported over-denture that will have a denture snap into some implants and those solutions can cost anywhere from 5 - 15,000 dollars per arch.
As others have said lack of teeth is a disability as you are unable to chew, smile or function but it is not a death sentence. Edentulism is however a disability, your choice is either walking on crutches (dentures) or having a fixed, stable set of teeth (all-on-4 or similar).
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All on 4
Simple dentures is another option
The average is 16-20K per jaw
- IV Sedation
- Any extractions
- Removal of infected tissues (bone and gum)
- Implant placement
- Temporary and final bridges
Costs are usually based on
1. Who is doing it. (I highly recommend a team of specialists A Prosthodontist and a Surgeon). The reason for this is they are well experienced and can deal with any complications should they occur.
2. The type of implants that are used. there are many low cost implant systems on the market that really should not be used.
3. The laboratory that is completing the work - Once again only high level laboratories should be use as this is a life changing decision.
4. The type of warranty and maintenance you have, this is very important to look for.
Patient often seek care in other countries for financial reasons but the question you have to ask yourself is what if something goes wrong how do you deal with that.
There is a big difference between Price and Cost
Price - the only thing you have to lose is a little extra money but you will be buying your life back. This is not like a car or a house this is something you will use every day
Cost - If you are focussed on the dollar amount and choose the wrong place to get it completed it will end up costing you a lot more
I wish you success in your journey
Dental Implants Costs
Cost of an All on 4 procedure
Hybrid dentures (All on 4) permanently screwed in teeth- $22,500-25,000/arch (top or bottom)
Implant retained removable denture- $12,000 includes new denture, 2 implants, abutments and retention parts.
Removable dentures-$2,000 approximately per arch (top or bottom)
I hope this helps in some way.
Dr. Andy Tibbitts
I believe you are referring to full set of teeth (upper and lower) which are fixed on 8 implants ( 4 upper and 4 lower). This is normally a fixed restoration which can be removed from time to time by the dentist for maintenace.
If this is the case the fee sounds correct. In fact it is on the low end. This type of work is costly because of the time needed, experteese of the doctor(s), oral surgery, and lab cost. You have to have quite a bit of extra training and courses to be able to do this.
You should look at other options like traditional dentures without implants. I am assuming that your teeth are hopeless and cannot be saved.
Another good option is to have two implants per arch and make overdertures which snap-on to the implants and hold them very well. They are removable but this could be around half the cost. If this is still too much then get the two implants only on the bottom and have a regular denture made on the upper (they hold better on the upper even without implants). You can always add implants later for added retention.
Hope this helps
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