I can smile again.
After 9 months with a missing upper tooth, I finally got the implant installed June 2022.
Can you tell which upper tooth was replaced?
I never want to get another implant. WAY too expensive. WAY too time consuming.
But I believe they did an excellent job. This tooth should see me out. 😀
I got implant dental surgery November 11th at 11am. #NotChicken
I’ll update this post with details on how it went.
Canadian dentists are WAY too expen$ive.
Nations around the world that cater to “dental tourists” include:
Not Portugal. BUT I wanted to travel to Portugal for hiking and cycling in November. Also, it’s one of the most vaccinated large nations in the world during a pandemic.
Of dentists in Lisbon I looked at online, most impressive was the Institute of Implantology.
Here’s their Dental Tourism page.
I booked a FREE assessment appointment on my birthday:
- November 2 ~ free assessment
- November 4 ~ cleaning and measurement for ‘flipper‘ (temporary replacement tooth)
- November 11 ~ implant surgery and placement of the flipper
- November 15 ~ final checkout
The last 4 days in Lisbon were in case of complications. And that allows time to adjust the flipper, if needed.
Happily I had no infection nor swelling. And the flipper looks pretty good. Can you tell which top front tooth is now removable?
In fact, I’m as good looking as ever. … Ladies? 😀
I’ll return to Lisbon in 4-6 months to have the permanent fake screwed in.
The Institute of Implantology is not cheap. Price everything included for me will be about CAD $5000 (US$4000, EUR3490). Here are some of the major costs:
- €160 CT Scan
- € 160 Extraction
- € 890 Implant placement
- € 650 Bone Graft
- € 280 Flipper
- € 695 Instillation of implant
The bone graft encourages regeneration of bone and increases the odds that the tooth will stay in my skull for life.
My surgeon was Dr. Gonçalo Caramês. Trained in Los Angeles, he married another dentist. They planned to set up practice in Seattle but he opted instead to return to Portugal because of the pandemic.
The facility itself is impressive. Chic. Very modern technology.