What would several (6-8) implants and bone replacement entail?
by Georgia G.
(Hayward, California, USA)
I am a 65 year old woman in fairly good health.
I had all my upper teeth removed about 12 years ago. I wore a denture for about two years but found it very unsatisfactory.
So about 10 years ago I had dental implants done. At the time they could not put in more than 4 implants because of bone loss and sinuses which were in the way. So for ten years I wore a denture which was held in place by the implants.
I did break the denture several times so it had to be replaced.
About 9 months ago I somehow broke off one of the implants. Then about 2-3 months after the first one broke a second one broke. (the left over pieces of both of these are still in my jaw) Soon after this I developed an infection in the bone of another of the implants and it had to be removed.
So now I have 1 implant and a pretty much regular denture which does not attach to the remaining implant.
I would like to get enough implants (6-8) that I could have "permanent" teeth instead of the clip on denture.
I have consulted with an implant dentist recommended by my regular dentist and he said it would cost $2300 per implant and that did not include bone replacement or extraction of the old implants (if necessary). I am not sure if that included the actual new teeth or if it was simply for the implants.
I would like to know what procedures would probably need to be performed, how long and how many visits I would need to make to the clinic, a ball-park figure as to the cost, as well as the credentials of the implant dentists who work at the clinic.
PS I do have access to my recent full mouth x-rays which I could possibly send. Also, I am on a fixed income and can not afford major bills, although I could make reasonable monthly payments for any work performed. Are payment plans available?