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I had two. 5k each. Insurance for that year was 2k maximum, so 8k out of pocket. It was on the high end for the city, but the outcome has been not bad. I did not need a bone graft or sinus lift, as it's on the bottom and I had tons of bone available. 5k/tooth without bone graft is definitely on the high end, and you should be able to find something less than this.
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I was quoted around $5000 - $6000, but by the time I had the first bone graft (insertion of cadaver bone sand), I was out of pocket $3,600. The x-ray alone at Orbit Imaging was around $600 after taxes. The 1st bone graft did not create the required height of bone, thus necessitating a 2nd and/or even a 3rd bone graft. That will bring the total cost to >$7,000 - <$9,000 per tooth.
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toguy wrote:
Aug 22nd, 2018 11:34 pm
For people who have had this done, just curious what happened to the original tooth where it could not be saved (accident/loss due to periodontal disease)?
ha

i was about 10 years old, living in what was then yugoslavia, parents took me to the dentist for a regular check up
the woman that saw me that day decided my tooth had a dead nerve (no xrays done, just some poking around) and she just pulled it out without any anesthesia....just like that....old style butchering with some pliers.....i still remember the pain, and her tugging hard on the tooth and holding my head!

wtf!
and my parents just let her do it because she was the dentist and she should know

so years later the two teeth (one was the wisdom tooth) behind the empty space i had were leaning forward, so i had a choice of pulling those two out and living with a gap, or straightening them up, and then putting an implant in the space......

i wanted to keep my teeth so i went through the process of straightening my teeth for 8 months, and then getting the implant....also had my 3 wisdom teeth removed before getting the braces, the one where the implant was going was left as i had a lot of room for it

best things i could have ever done for my teeth
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May 13, 2010
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For what is is worth, my brother and I had dental work in Mexico during the past year. I had gum surgery which was going to cost about $5000 in Ottawa and cost me $900 in Merida. My brother had full implants, $ 8,000 in Puerto Vallarta after being given an estimate of $30,000 in Calgary.
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qabloona wrote:
Nov 13th, 2018 9:55 pm
For what is is worth, my brother and I had dental work in Mexico during the past year. I had gum surgery which was going to cost about $5000 in Ottawa and cost me $900 in Merida. My brother had full implants, $ 8,000 in Puerto Vallarta after being given an estimate of $30,000 in Calgary.
When you have issues with that dental work, are you expecting to be received well, should you decide to go back and complain? Or go local and be told it all has to come out? Curious...
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May 13, 2010
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Great question and it has not come up yet but I do believe there is little difference in the professional training our dentists have received. Both were recommended by friends who live in those towns. Always a crap shoot and many of us are forced to make choices based on economics.
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qabloona wrote:
Nov 24th, 2018 5:43 pm
Great question and it has not come up yet but I do believe there is little difference in the professional training our dentists have received. Both were recommended by friends who live in those towns. Always a crap shoot and many of us are forced to make choices based on economics.
That is partly true but I can tell you for instance that the "training" a dentist or dental specialist for that matter, receives in India (for example) is VERY different to the training they would receive here. I met a specialist once who graduated from India (she was a periodontist) who had NEVER (yes, never ever) treated a live patient while studying in India. It was all theoretical. Thankfully, Canada would never license someone like that here, as they are required to complete the 3 additional years of specialist training like everyone else, and go through a brutal exam process to become licensed. That is one example.

Plus, if you think that the oversight for sterilization procedures in these other countries is on par with Canada, you are sorely mistaken. Think about it. What does a dentist in one of these other countries risk if they don't test the autoclave equipment? You know what they risk here? Loss of license, civil and criminal law suits. And even here, mistakes are made and corners are cut, so I can only guess it's much worse outside of NA.

The quality of materials. If you were to say buy an implant from one of the top implant companies, they are not cheap. I spoke with this periodontist about that, and she said it runs as much as $500 for a single implant. But then she mentioned, there are all kinds out there (over 300 companies at last count) that make them for less than $100 a pop. So as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. In addition, if that crown or implant has issues later on, and an unknown cheap brand was used, good luck getting anyone in Canada to treat it. Brand specific equipment is often required to address issues, and the problem will be finding someone who has that same equipment.

And lastly, I would never get an implant done by a general dentist. Never. Why? Because taking a weekend course in implant placement and planning isn't nearly enough time. I don't care if they have 10 or 20 years of experience. If you never learned to do it correctly from day one, how could they be expected to learn that later on? Go see a specialist, and of them, I would only choose a periodontist. They know how to plan implants based on soft tissue as well. Oral surgeons, do not. They place implants where the bone allows.
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May 13, 2010
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I can't speak to training in India. All I can do is share my experience in Mexico. The work was done by a trained periodontist and I am pleased with the end result. Tens of thousands of gringos get dental work done every year in Mexico. The guy that did my work has treated many people from Canada and the States and I did due diligence before travelling there.
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I had a root canal and post crown done in Puerto Vallarta at one of the best dental clinics there. The root canal was ok but the crown needed to be replaced in Canada within a year because it was not made properly. For those without any dental insurance Mexican dentistry is a lot cheaper for sure but if I ever needed to do it again there it certainly wouldn't be in a tourist place. Merida is not (tourist town) while Cancun and the Costa Riviera (hate that name) certainly are. Knowledge of some basic Spanish is important I feel since fluent english dentist does not mean good dentist in Mexico and I would not want to limit myself to english speaking only dentists. A lot of research is required. Probably could say the same about dentistry here too in terms of word of mouth/research.
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May 13, 2012
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Range is large for dental implants 2000-6500 from start to finish. I don’t place or treat implants but do NOT get it done overseas. Standard of treatment is very different in every other country. Canada in general have great standards and most treatments will last you 20+ years. Follow ups are needed so get it done locally. I’ve seen too many dental work done in south and fail in less than 5 years. The surgery gets too aggressive after to fix the situation.
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Feb 2, 2008
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Can you let me know where you dentil treatment done? I need a bridge and I can't afford to do it here in Canada.
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qabloona wrote:
Nov 13th, 2018 9:55 pm
For what is is worth, my brother and I had dental work in Mexico during the past year. I had gum surgery which was going to cost about $5000 in Ottawa and cost me $900 in Merida. My brother had full implants, $ 8,000 in Puerto Vallarta after being given an estimate of $30,000 in Calgary.
Can you tell us how long the entire process was for your brother having the implants done in PV.
My wife is looking at three implants, we have no coverage and this could easily run to $10,000 or more and take several months to a year.
Thanks
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May 13, 2010
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My brother was in a different situation as he spends half the year in Mexico and has a home there, so time was not a factor. Here is the website for the periodontist in P.V. should you want to check them out. https://www.dentoamerica.com/price-list/
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May 13, 2010
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Here also is the website for the periodontist in Merida that I visited. You can fly there but I took a bus from Cancun. I was going to get Xrays in Canada but he advised to wait until I got to Mexico and it ended up costing $22 U.S for panoramic. The xrays found that I needed a root canal and my periodontist set me up with a specialist and it cost me about $125 U.S. http://www.periodonciamerida.com/en/
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I just got one done on Monday. It was supposed to be an extraction and he will see if he can do the implant the same time. Luckily, the bone was good and he was able to insert the implant at the same time. No pain. The whole thing took about 10 mins. Cost $3500 including the crown. Insurance refused to cover anything.

Have to go back in April to do the crown.

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