Disadvantages of Dental Implants: The Cons

As an authority in the field of dental implant dentistry I can tell you there ARE disadvantages to dental implants.  Like anything else, there are pros and cons.  Many dentists and patients speak about the pros of implants and bone grafting but there is not a lot of good information on the cons.

The Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of the procedure(s) is probably the most common disadvantage cited by patients.  How much do dental implants cost?  How much is a sinus lift bone graft?  How much is an implant crown? These are questions I hear all the time.  Dental implants and grafting in my office are reasonable and affordable. 

Keep in mind that implants are body parts that you really want to make sure you have a very experienced surgeon as opposed to a novice that may do few implants per year.  The cost varies depending on the difficulty or ease of your unique mouth.

Dental Insurance Normally Will Not Cover the Implants Procedure

Dental Insurance is another disadvantage.  Most dental insurance plans don’t cover dental implants, bone grafts, sinus lifts, etc.  Sometimes they will cover part of your procedure.  They may only cover the crown, abutment OR the implant itself. 

Keep in mind that dental insurance does not go very far at all.  Unlike medical insurance, it has a very low yearly limit that has not changed in 30 years!  So what ends up happening is the whole implant process costs more than the average $1000 or $1500 yearly limit set 30 years ago! 

Don’t get me wrong, dental insurance helps, but it only helps with part of ONE implant if they even cover any of it.  Many plans just exclude them altogether.

Dental Implants Require Surgery

Another disadvantage of dental implants is that it requires a surgery.  The implant has to be placed into your bone.  Surgery is not without risks.  In my own hands, the dental implant complication rate is about 1%, but the average is somewhere between 5-10%. 

Risks include, infection, prolonged bleeding, damage to other teeth, nerve damage, delayed bone healing, jaw fracture and many others.  Knowing how to recognize and quickly treat complications is the key

Restoration replacement

 
Another con of dental implants are that the teeth or tooth will probably have to be replaced some day. 

If you have an overdenture or a full arch fixed implant bridge with plastic teeth, those teeth WILL wear out and need to be replaced.  A porcelain crown or bridge on an implant can chip or break, too.  The teeth that go on top of implants are no different than the teeth without implants.  It is normal to replace crowns, fillings, bridges and dentures…they don’t last forever.  Good design, a great lab and the diagnosis is the key to minimizing having to replace your dental work.  Making implant teeth is often more complex and costly than the surgery and bone grafting…experience counts.

Over time you can lose bone around your dental implants

Some slight bone loss over many years is normal.  If you lose too much bone, you may have to replace the whole implant.  The original surgery and original fabrication design of the teeth are a huge factor in the long-term health of your dental implants.  Choose a very skilled implant dentist.

Implants Take Time For Bone Integration

A common disadvantage for dental implants is that they take time.  Although I replace many teeth, with same day implants and bone grafting, the majority take three to four months to complete.  This is because bone just heals slowly.  If you need bone grafting, treatment time can extend from 3 months to 18 months or more depending on your unique situation.  A regular bridge can be made in days or weeks.

The bottom line is that there are disadvantages to the dental implant process.  The reality is the pros outweigh the cons.  Overall, the process is a long-term benefit for a short term sacrifice. Dental implants are by far the best option in the majority of situations when teeth are lost.

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40 Responses to Disadvantages of Dental Implants: The Cons

  1. John B. says:

    very much elaborated post, I really want more to look about other post. Thanks.

  2. Sadai Nedula says:

    You mentioned about porcelain bridges. How about zirconium ? Do you also use that for front teeth restoration?

    • Yes I do use Zirconia quite a bit for many years. It is usually “lumped into” the porcelain category. It is an excellent material when used correctly.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      818-846-3203

  3. Michael Rojas says:

    i wanted too know how long does the crown last because i understand the implant itself is different from the crown so i was wondering lets say if you performed the the implant procedure on me, how long do crowns for implants last? i know different factors weigh in but with good care and such how long can the crown expect to last?

    • Which tooth is it? This way I can give you a better idea.
      Is the crown full ceramic, gold or porcelian fused to metal? The back teeth tend to get more wear than the front teeth. the range can vary from 7 to 30 years!

      Respectfully,

      Dr. Amin

  4. Harold J says:

    I have been trying to decide about getting an implant for a while now and I haven’t been able to find much information online about the negatives related to an implant. Thanks for taking the time to point out some of the bad things about implants.

    I have had the unfortunate experience of experiencing the sales pitch every time I see a new dentist to ask them more questions about the pros/cons of a dental implant.

    Thanks again.

    P.s. I am leaning towards having the implant done… just need to save up the money!

  5. Denise O says:

    Thank you for your very thorough and informative website! I, too, have gotten the sales pitch from two of those “implant specialists” that advertise on the radio and they seem to not want to directly answer my questions. I have MAJOR restoration work that needs to be done – that is, if ANYthing can be done at all. I am really petrified of needles and dentist work and it is now in a very painful and vicious cycle – afraid to go the the dentist, so I don’t go, so the damage is really bad and when it does get fixed it hurts, so I then put off going to the dentist again, which causes more pain, etc. Does your office actually sedate (as in using an IV) for major work? My mouth only opens a small amount, too, so it is really a challenge with my dental work!

    • Hi Denise,
      I completely understand where you are coming from. It is important that you receive great dental care and prevent small problems from turning into huge ones. I know I can help you.
      Yes – I treat patients under real IV sedation on average of once or twice a day for the last 11 years. Even patients with tiny mouths that have TMJ and limited openings can be treated easily. I generally give you medication in the IV for inflammation that will last for days after the procedure. Inflammation is the real cause of pain. Most of my patients take no pain medication or advil/tylenol even after major dental work.
      And no, this is not a sales pitch :)

      Respectfully,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S., D.A.B.O.I.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      UCLA and Western U. Dental School Faculty

  6. LisaK says:

    How do same day implants differ from those that take a couple of months to do? I see it advertised so much about implants in one day but I am told they don’t work as well or last as long as the ones that take a couple of months to do. What is the real answer? I have a mouthfull of crowns and no back teeth. Im tired of going to a dentist every month to repair a tooth or replace a crown thats fallen out. Im ashamed of my smile so I don’t smile much and it has made me very reclusive. Not that my teeth are rotten, but one tooth in front yellows badly and I don’t know why and I have no back teeth, and several crowns.

    I just hate my smile and my teeth. So please tell me what is the best way to get implants. Over a few months or in one day? Which is truly the best for longevity?

    Thank you
    Lisa

  7. Talitha says:

    I was wondering if you could suggest if putting two or three implants next to each other would compromise aesthetics.

    I lost one front tooth and one tooth next to it was displaced to the back and then pushed back but questionable whether or not it can be saved. The other one on the other side appears to have a crack, but is also not 100% conclusive.

    Specialist A advises to remove both questionable teeth, replace with implants and bridge the tooth that’s missing.

    Specialist B advises to wait one month to see how the other teeth are progressing first before deciding to extract and go ahead and place the implant in the missing tooth. Should the other teeth show signs of decay and need to be extracted, then implanting those can be done as well.

    I would prefer the advice of B however my concern is, if the adjacent teeth end up having to be removed I would have 2 or 3 implants next to each other and Specialist A has warned that that would mean compromised aesthetics and thus additional bone or gum grafting and surgery.

    Does Specialist A have a point there or can I safely follow the advice of Specialist B?

    • Hi Talitha,

      I looses at your x-rays which are cut off so I cant see the whole tooth. Based on what I did see I would go specialist B for sure.
      Give it time to stabilze after the trauma rather than start extracting teeth.

      How old are you?

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S., D.A.B.O.I.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, California

  8. Michael says:

    Dear Dr. Ramsey Amin,
    How are you doing?
    I’m a graduate student. I got some problems with my teeth. My front lower teeth (about 3 to 4 of them) looks longer, because of their surrounding horizontal bone loss and the gum recession. They look bad. I visited some local dentists to seek a cure to improve the gum line. But they said that there is no way to increase the gum line significantly, because there is no way to augment the bone level around these teeth.
    From Youtube, I found some video clips you posted and realized that you are an expert in dental treatment. I was wondering if you know that there are some ways like bone grafting which can treat my dental problems. If there are some and they are affordable, I can fly to LA and visit your office to have a treatment (surgery).

    Thank you very much.

    • Hi Michael,

      Thank you for your very kind words. I am happy to help!

      It sounds like your lower front teeth have periodontitis which is bone loss. Usually those teeth do not have a great prognosis for bone grafting to “save the teeth.”

      Bone grafting for dental implants in that area can be very successful, but around those natural teeth it may not work.

      You are welcome to come see me, but I am sure youcan find someine in your area that can help.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, CA

  9. Mr. C says:

    Hi.
    What an interesting web site you have!
    I’m over the other side of the pond….. and wouldn’t be able to afford your rates anyway (lol), but I found your web site really informative, so I just thought I’d leave a comment. I enjoyed reading the detailed descriptions and I’ve gained a little bit of knowledge about a subject I previously knew nothing at all about. Thanks very much!

  10. David Ayuel says:

    Very informative page.
    My teeth are unevenly spaced and the upper ones esp the two front seem imbalanced bigger than the rest.
    With the above mentioned issues, I have been saving in the hope to have a dental Reconstructive surgery to enable me appreciate my smile and enhance my confidence n self esteem.
    I was wondering what are the effects in future if someone has to go under an MRI machine or head Scan. Will the Metal’s used affect.
    What’s your take on Experience n Speciality when considering the Surgery lets say perhaps in a country like India. Are there any highly Acclaimed International Dental Surgeon you may recommend.
    Thanks in advance
    Sincerely
    David

    • RamseyAminDDS says:

      Hi David,

      The MRI or ct scan of the head will be ok after dental implants. There is some distortion of the mouth with CT, but when people need a non dental scan they are usually looking at the brain anyway.

      As for foreign countries, you really need to be careful. I have seen some pretty bad stuff. I am a few hours to the border of Mexico and have seen and treated many problems in patients that tried this. Very few have been good. I would be very wary. There are no standards of dental practice and having a screw put in your jaw is a big deal.

      Within the last few months I treated 4 infections and removed a few implants done outside the US. In the long run you may end up paying more and have a compromised result.

      Very Respectfully,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  11. Joy McCormick says:

    Dear Doctor Amin,
    I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the subject of implants and I find your articles very informative and interesting.
    I was wondering if I might get some advice.
    I am a bit older (just turned 44) and was born with a hereditary skeletal anomaly that causes a severe Class III malocclusion—the way my son’s orthodontist explained it, our upper jaws stop growing prematurely. (I say “our” because most of my 8 brothers and sisters have the same problem I do!)
    My teeth were always very weak and he explained that was because the roots were so shallow they really had nowhere to grow. He said my upper jaw was the size of a three-year-old child’s, and that I do not have what is called a “ridge.” He went on to explain that that is the reason why none of the three sets of dentures I had made over the years would ever stay in my mouth even for a short amount of time.
    Thankfully, we caught and treated my son’s same problem early on, and he will never have to go through what I have went through. I have been without my upper teeth since I was 24 years old. During my pregnancy they grew very weak and broke off and/or fell out. Obviously, it has greatly affected my self esteem over the years.
    I am currently in the process of removing myself from a abusive 21-year marriage and I’m weighing my future options. I am just wondering if you think there is any possibility whatsoever of me having teeth again after going twenty years without? I don’t live anywhere near your office or I would come to see you for a consultation. Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I would really love to feel good about smiling again.
    Joy

    • RamseyAminDDS says:

      Hi Joy,

      A dental school might be the best avenue for you because you need multi disciplinary care. You probably need orthognathic jaw surgery to make your skeletal relationships more normal. This will help you achieve your goal. By the sounds of it, my guess is your son had this.

      Best of luck. ;)

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  12. Noel Mackins says:

    We all know that the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth, thoroughly, twice a day and many of us have been begged by our dental hygienists to actually floss.

  13. Nicola says:

    Hi there, have been told I need a sinus lift for two implants, can the procedure cause problems with the actual sinus? Have always suffered with bad ear infections after a cold on that side of my face and don’t want to make it worse! Also heard that it can be very painful and just wondering about your opinion. Have already had two upper implants on the other side, very straight forward as didn’t need sinus lift. Many thanks

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Nicola,

      I think this link will help!

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  14. Mary says:

    I had a implant placed in 2001 . It replaced my tooth #7. I have noticed the tooth is shorter than my other teeth by about 2-3 mm. This has happened within the last 2 years. My dentist says that it is “fine”….no bone loss. When i put in my “Essix retainer” i can see the “air space” where my tooth use to be! Why would this happen and what can I do about it. I do not live in the area where i had the original work done. Thank You for your input.

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Mary,
      Were you under 18 years of age when the implant was placed? Are you referencing the edges of the teeth or the gumline?

      I had a implant placed in 2001 . It replaced my tooth #7. I have noticed the tooth is shorter than my other teeth by about 2-3 mm. This has happened within the last 2 years. My dentist says that it is “fine”….no bone loss. When i put in my “Essix retainer” i can see the “air space” where my tooth use to be! Why would this happen and what can I do about it. I do not live in the area where i had the original work done. Thank You for your input.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  15. Prakhar Jain says:

    Dear Madam/Sir,

    I have been doing a lot of research on topics of dental implants for a while now, and thats how I came across this forum.

    About 9-10 years back (I am 18 now), I had met with an accident, as a result of which I lost my permanant upper incisors (the middle two in the front upper). The 2 teeth that that come out were fixed back with a root canal done, which failed off late, about 2 years back.
    After that the two teeth were removed completely and I was recommended a removable denture temporarily, which I am using till date.

    The doctor recommended to go for a Dental Implant for the two teeth as that’s considered the best solution, but I am unsure about it and confused too!

    Hence, I request you, perhaps everyone who visits this page to please help me and advise, or share their views on the same. Also, request you all to let me know of the complications and risks of the treatment.

    Also, people say about bone loss in surrounding areas of the implant; would like you all to throw light on the same. I want to also know the lifetime of the implant? Is the crown to be replaced in a while, or is it permanent for life?

    Another query of mine is that, the doctor has told me to go for orthodontic treatment as the natural space for the two teeth lost has reduced because of the continuous placing and removing of denture. Please advise.

    My gums (upper and lower) are darker and have black/brown spot-likes due to the unusual excess melanin deposits on them. I would want to know if that is a matter of serious concern and if not what would be the remedy for the same..

    Lastly, in the orthodontic treatment, does the overgrown teeth (I mean the oversized/outgrown teeth) get pushed back inside; and does the gaps/spacing between teeth get filled completely or not…

    Thanks in Advance!

    Best Regards

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Prakhar,

      Replacing your upper two front teeth with dental implants is by far your best option. Because of the natural symmetry of this area dental implants are very successful from a cosmetic standpoint as long as there is enough bone to support them.

      Having braces or orthodontic treatments will allow the spacing to be proper to the teeth look very natural.

      Many of your questions are really broad. I suggest you spend some time on my blog looking at approximately 160 articles plus my website where you can find a lot of the answers he may be looking for.

      You really need to be evaluated in person to assess your own unique risks, benefits, and alternatives.

      Melanin pigmentation in the gums is normal for many ethnic backgrounds and likely does not need to be removed. In a small percentage of patients a dark spot in the gum can be melanoma which is a type of cancer. This is extremely rare in the mouth.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      • Prakhar Jain says:

        Dear Doctor,

        I am extremely thankful at your your kind and quick response.

        I request you to kindly share your website and blog links, where I could gain some significant knowledge from the 160+ articles of yours!

        For the matter of being evaluated personally, I guess I cannot make that as I am on the other side of the globe!

        Also, if you could share your mail/contact then I can send my O.P.G. for your perusal, to understand more about the case.

        Thanks and Regards

        • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

          Thank you for your kind words. You’re in the blog currently. Just search around in the categories on the right side.

          I would love to look at your x-rays, but I need to see you in person in order for any of it to make sense. I receive 10 to 15 requests per day to look at x-rays and it is just not possible to treat my patients, respond to blog comments and review cases online….I wish there was more time in a day! LOL

          I’m sure you can find somebody well-trained in your area. There are very good dentist out there. You just have to look closely!

          Dr. Ramsey Amin

  16. declan says:

    Hi Dr.,
    i have recently had 3 upper middle front teeth knocked out close to the route. i have gone to 2 dental specialists;
    no.1 told me to get root canals and corwns
    no.2 told me to get dental implants
    my query is; if there is a chance of saving the original teeth with root canals is this a better option than extracting / implants as these are my main upper teeth and im concerned that implants will not look as good as root canal with a crown.
    your advice is appreciated and your blog is very useful.
    declan.

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Declan,

      Dental implants are a close second place to your own natural teeth.

      If your teeth can be predictably restored to ideal function and esthetics than this is the best option.

      If “hero-dontics” is being done to save teeth that are too bad to be saved, you are going to end up with implants shortly after doing the root canals.

      I suggest you seek a third opinion from a really good dentist.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  17. Amanda says:

    Dr. Amin,
    I love your article on inplants and the risks. I just have a few questions. I have pretty bad upper teeth, had both my wisdom teeth out as well as one tooth in front on each side. Then on the left side the next tooth is pretty rotten and needs to be removed as well as the same tooth on the other side. The rest of my top teeth are decaying because I’m in constant 24/7 pain and can’t brush bc it causes too much pain. I was just wondering, is it possible to get say most of my un-fixable teeth removed and replaced with implants? I’m only 25 and I have peridontal disease and do not want dentures. Ive been afraid of dentists most of my life and thats another reason my teeth are in bad shape. Any advice you can give would be great!
    -Amanda

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hello Amanda,

      Thank you for your very kind words. It sounds like you have a pretty bad dental situation.

      Sedation can be used for all of your dental visits. I prefer IV sedation since it is the safest and most effective form of dental anesthesia and the dental office. I have performed thousands of cases and treated patients who are extremely fearful of dentistry.

      Besides being sedated for treatment, understanding prevention is going to be critical. You are going to invest a lot of money and time into a dental implant reconstruction, so knowing how to prevent it from going bad is going to be of extreme importance. If you’re my patient, I would spend a lot of time teaching you about your mouth in how to perform impeccable oral hygiene so that we can ensure your dental implant reconstruction has the highest possibility of long term success. Soda, smoking, bad diets, marijuana and energy drinks are some of the enemies of dental reconstruction.

      After everything is all said and done, he will require routine maintenance and dental x-rays. These routine maintenance cleaning appointments and dental x-rays could even be performed while you are sedated if you are in fact truly that fearful or claustrophobic of dentistry. In 15 years of performing IV sedation dentistry I have treated some of the most fearful patient’s you could imagine. Some of them will not even walk in the door of the office or take any x-rays without being sedated for those procedures. Some of them had really horrific childhood experiences which really scarred them for life.

      You may want to consider a full arch dental implant reconstruction using something like the Prettau bridge. Please view the link below:

      http://www.burbankdentalimplants.com/prettau-dental-implant-full-mouth-bridge/

      Very respectfully,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, California

  18. om kumar says:

    Dear Doctor Amin,
    I was born with a Cleft Palate which was repared in early childhood.However,my teeth have always been weak and giving me trouble. Finally,the dentist removed them all from the upper jaw and gave me a denture.It has been there for about two years but now the bone has started shrinking and i feel that my upper front jaw is receding.The denture has become little loose.
    Sir, my querry is that will an Implant be successful in my case and if implant option is taken,can i get only a few in the front part of my jaw.Also, please tell me how long will this treatment last. I am 40 years old now
    Thanking you
    Om

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hello Om,

      Due to your age in the previous cleft palate, your dental implant reconstruction must be designed to be very strong. Do not minimize the number of implants. I would suggest between 6 and 8 upper implants in a Prettau monolithic full contour zirconia bridge.

      http://www.burbankdentalimplants.com/prettau-dental-implant-full-mouth-bridge/

      It is very likely that you will need lateral window sinus bone graft on both sides of your upper jaw if you have and missing teeth for a while.

      Dental implant treatment can last many, many years. Just be sure not to skimp on quality or experience. I would avoid any of the commercialized type of dental implants centers. You need to be treated by a pro. Replacing your teeth with dental implants will help preserve your jawbone from shrinking as you are only 40 years old right now. It will only get worse with age.

      Very respectfully,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, California

  19. Cathalene says:

    Hi Dr. Amin,

    My daughter is 17 and she has 4 impacted wisdom teeth, and 2 badly impacted lower 2nd molars. Since she’ll need braces, the surgeon we consulted with suggested we first consult with an orthodontist before any removal.

    The orthodontist said they could upright one of the 2nd molars to save the natural tooth. The problem with this is the waiting to do the upright procedure because it’s causing my daughter a lot of pain and discomfort now, so she’s desperate for relief sooner than later. The oral surgeon we’ve retained to remove her teeth has suggested bone graphing in preparation for an implant (to be inserted after her braces come off) on one side, but now my daughter just wants him to extract both 2nd molars and do bone graphing for both areas rather then wait to upright.

    I have many concerns with all that needs to be done…6 teeth removed, 2 bone graphs, complications, and long term pro’s and con’s. We do have dental ins, but whats already concerning me with them is they’re only approving 45 mins of general anesthesia, which seems clear to even myself that it isn’t enough time to perform this procedure as explained by the surgeon.

    With all this being said, I’m really worried that we’re even making the right choices first and foremost for my daughter’s benefit at such a young age, and second because ins may not cover any of the implants. In her case, I feel there’s a strong arguement that these implants ARE necessary and not just cosmetic in regards to ins coverage. Can you please help guide me in this situation, and let me know if there’s something I haven’t considered, or if you feel we’re moving in the right direction. Also, have you ever filed for such a procedure with one’s medical ins and received approval? I’ve already paid $1400 on my care credit card just to make a date for her surgery, but have no idea how I’ll be able to pay the rest if ins doesn’t pay. I very much appreciate any professional advice you can give me.

    With Kind Regards,
    Cathalene

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Cathalene,

      Because your daughter is so young, try to save all of her natural teeth. Even though she has some pain… This too shall pass.

      A 17-year-old has a tremendous healing potential within her bone. Bone in a 17-year-old is flexible and heal so well compared to us older people.. ;-)

      Unfortunately dental insurance does not cover much of anything nowadays. It has not changed since the 1970s and usually has a ceiling of $1500. As of 2014 that same $1500 remains the dental insurance maximum for most plans. In order for your daughter to have excellent treatment, this is going to be a significant out-of-pocket expense. Medical insurance does not cover any of this unfortunately. You don’t want to be stuck in this situation where she has partial treatment and is unable to finish definitive treatment. She could end up worse off than she already is. Look for an alternative procedure that you can definitely afford.

      I would suggest moderate IV sedation instead of general anesthesia. 99% of my patients do fine with just this and it is more cost effective and definitely safer.

      I would seek out someone in your area that is a true total solutions provider and can guide you in all treatment decisions from orthodontics, the surgery and the final teeth. You may want to wait until you find the right quarterback. It sounds like you have 3 dentists when you probably only need 2.



      Very respectfully,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, California

  20. shemz says:

    Hi ! Dr. Amin ,can how much the cost for 4 tooth implants in front?
    thank you

    • shemz says:

      i mean, can I ask if how much the cost for 4 tooth implants in front?
      Thank you

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Sheemz,

      This is a massive question. There are so many variables which include but are not limited to: Do have enough bone, is bone grafting necessary, is there enough gum, are custom abutments needed, one stage or two-stage, skill training and expertise of your dental implants surgeon, space limitations, material choices, need for temporaries, sedation.

      I know I have not answered your question but this can easily range from $12,000-$40,000!!

      When purchasing “body parts” choose wisely anterior due diligence… Unfortunately I am constantly re-doing work that could’ve been done much better the first time. I say that with all due respect.


      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, California

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