Partial or implants?

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Partial or implants?
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 11:51am

I am missing some back teeth and have been considering getting either a partial or implants. The cost of the implants is quite a bit more than the partial so I would really like to know if anyone here has gotten either on (or both) and how you made your decision.


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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 06-06-2013 - 9:31pm

I have one implant (#19, second from the rear). The molar got a crack below the gumline and had to be extracted. There was an option of getting a 3-crown thing with the extracted tooth being in the middle but I didn't want that. 

There was very little pain following the insertion, maybe for one day. The dentist had me take a lot of Advil to control swelling and I'm sure that controlled pain too, I didn't need to take pain pills. After the crown was put on there was some pain when chewing but it turned out that the crown was a little high; once it was adjusted down a bit the pain was gone. Overall I am very pleased with the implant. I actually had the implant done by a periodontist (I went to him when my regular dentist couldn't find why I had pain, which was due to the crack) and the crown made by my regular dentist. Regular dentist has since learned how to do implants.

There was a wait of a few months between the insertion of the implant and when the periodontist felt it was ready for the crown, as he wanted time for the bone to grow around the implant securely. I've seen ads for implants saying its all done in one visit so I don't know why mine took months, or if the ads are misleading---you could ask your dentist about that. I think I was 58 when I got it, maybe younger bones are good for the one day jobs! When flossing I need to get under the crown a bit but otherwise its like any other tooth with a crown. I don't know anything about partials so cannot comment on that.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

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Registered: 05-12-2013
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 9:13am

I decided to go with a partial since implants were a bit out of my budget. I'm not unhappy with the partial but I do think that implants would be far more convenient. It has been a few years so I am considering seeing if my dentist now has any kind of affordable financing options available for the implants.

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Registered: 11-15-2001
Thu, 06-13-2013 - 6:50pm

I look forward to reading more of your posts. Thank you for posting!