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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 6/13/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
     Hi, Had a quick question.
 
    Maybe one of you have had this... I have to get my upper / lower jaw done for implant retained teeth. I have everything set, reg dentist / oral surgeon, they have had their meetings and come up with treatment plan..... But.... Was wondering about how long it takes for the titanium implants to "fuse" with the jaw bone? And how long did it take to heal to the point that the permanant teeth are placed? I dont mean to sound vain.. just wonder how long before I could atleast smile and talk again. Both warned me initally that it would be a long process all together would be about 4 months total. Just keep forgetting (kinda embarrased) to ask how long beogre i can smile, talk... maybe try ice cream..
Okay that was all was wondering, just vanity/ social stuff
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bluejet2
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   Posted 6/13/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dani:

I have not had this done, but my mother has, it was a few years ago, but I think she said it was a good 6 weeks of eating nothing but soft foods, and about 6 months to fully heal, but she is a slow healer (and uses whatever she's got going on as long as she possibly can to get waited on hand and foot).

I don't think you are being vain at all! I have lost almost all of my teeth in the last year or two and have been going through the process of getting partial dentures. I got to try them on the other day, and I almost cried as I've been without front teeth for several months and it is embarrassing to me. They will be done in about 2 - 3 weeks and I can't wait.

I wish I could afford dental implants, as I know the partials are not going to be all that comfortable, and it will probably only be a few years before I will need full dentures as every tooth I have left (which is only a few), have all been root canaled.

I wish you well, I know it will not be easy at first, but the end result will be worth it.

Lorie

fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/13/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Dani, This is not a vain question or iusse. The way we look to ourselves is how we preceive others will see us and we get our identity from this as well. If we feel good about ourselves that helps us tremendously. My 18 year old daughter is going to have to have her jaw broken to reset her jaw and then have every tooth capped as she does not have enamel on her teeth. She has a great smile but her teeth will not stay white and we have put many $ in her mouth to this point. At some point she will have to make the decision to get more work done. Don't think it is vain to think about when you can smile or eat as this is extremely important. You did not say when you were having it done but will wish the best for you and keep tou in prayer.

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   Posted 6/13/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
A co-worker had a molar replaced and it took about 6 months for fusion.  That may be because a molar does a huge job.  She was discouraged waiting so long but now that it is over, she is thrilled with the results.  Good luck.
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Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 6/13/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to get some teeth work done this upcoming tuesday, but just some fillings, but they said the next step is to cap my teeth, which worries me that medicaid will only pay for those silver teeth, and I will not let them do that, I guess I will have to find a way to pay out of pocket for natural looking caps. They think it's my suboxone since it dissolves under the tongue and it's sweet, but I dont think their's sugar in it, so I dont know what the cause is. But I dislike my dentist cause I always get very nervous before and during dental work, but they dont offer anything to help with the nervousness, which I dont understand why, I guess they only offer it to people with private insurance. I had to pay $50 for laughing gas during my oral surgery to remove my wisdom teeth, while everyone who has the private insurance got to be knocked out... All I know is that teeth pain is the worse to me, and I take forever to heal, but I dont know how long that takes to fuse, I hope not too long.

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PAlady
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   Posted 6/13/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitty,
Another OMG! Just laughing gas to have wisdom teeth extracted! I can't imagine the pain!

I also don't know anything about teeth fusion time, but I had gum surgery around 15 years ago and it was about the worst acute pain I ever had. Had to use a lot of ice. Dentist did my whole mouth at once because he said if he only does half of the mouth people don't return for the other half. I understood why! But once the initial week or two passed, it got better.

Dani, sorry I don't have any specific info. for you, but I agree with fatherjohn that you're not being vain. First, the issue of eating is not vanity! And second, how we feel when we look in the mirror matters. I do think our culture places too much attention on appearance, but I'm talking about the going overboard kind of stuff (all kinds of cosmetic surgery, etc.), but basics like teeth are important. So please don't feel guilty about how you feel!

I wish you all the best!

PaLady

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 6/13/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your replies
I call to start casting after the , hopefully, last 7K payment is recieved. So, next week get the last 4mos. They promise me it really is the last time. I have had over 22K in dental work to date. My very first dentist, I was 21yrs old. I grew up in extreme poverty. I no longer feel pain in my mouth, so dont be alarmed. Just cant seem to stop thinking about what kind of cold thing i want to eat first or when I will get to smile.
Miss Kitty~ at first I had to, lol, well I um worked 2 minimum wages jobs back then.. kinda embarrasing. Anyway, when it comes to the porcelin caps, you might want to ask the maker of the capps if there is anyway the could help, financially speaking. They usually offer increadible discounts. Also, you can "pick" your shade, instead of doing standard "custom shading".
Just a thoguht... I once "heard" of a young lady being put on a list at a local dentistry school. I dont know first hand if that is true thou.
*huggs*
dani

*huggs*
dani
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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