Q: I was shocked that a friend of mine had spent close to $100,000 on his mouth for dental implants. Was he just exaggerating?
A: I am not shocked that someone “invested” in removing infected teeth and replacing them with permanent teeth like they were born with. Who doesn’t like steak and having a knock-out smile?
I am shocked when someone spends $322,000 on a brand new Aston Martin and sells it four years later for $150,000, or someone spends $600,000 for a one room, studio apartment above a rat-infested fast food restaurant in Manhattan.
A $65K to 100K case would most likely be this:
- Removal of all the patients infected natural teeth
- Bone grafting to build up the bone for implants.
- Two sets of temporary dentures to use for six to 12 months
- Twelve to sixteen implants, divided among upper and lower jaws.
- Twenty-eight permanent porcelain crowns attached to the implants.
- (FREE tote bag with tooth paste samples and the doctor’s first born. (Just kidding.)
Here is an alternative that was started in my office yesterday for about $45,000
- Removal of all the bad teeth
- One set of immediate dentures that go in the mouth the day the teeth are removed.
- Four implants on top; four on the bottom.
- A set of removable snap-on dentures with no plastic covering the roof of the mouth. These hold super firmly with no need for denture adhesives and can allows you to go for the permanent teeth plan “A” in the future if personal finances improve. These are called “Implant Supported Overdentures.” Patients do great with them!
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Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridgetreatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.