Dental Implants: A Complete Smile in 8 Steps or Less

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Larry Williams

Subject: Teenth Implants

Hello I have been going to my Dentist to have my teeth
removed for Dentures and I have half my teeth on the left side extracted for the dentures. I have been reading and want to know is it too late to consider Dental implants instead of dentures? I feel that Dental implants would be more permanent for me than Dentures. Can you please give me your option on this matter if this would be better for me or not. As I stated the left side of my teeth have already been abstracted on the top and bottom. Thank you for your time in this matter.


Subject: Hi Larry - I'm currently in

Hi Larry - I'm currently in the process of having one tooth replaced with an implant (almost done!). If you haven't already, you should discuss your desire for implants with your dentist. He/she is the only one who can determine if implants will work for you. It's not too late because they would need to extract the teeth, anyway, but they will need to do some tests to determine if your bones & gums can handle it.

It's also very expensive. Sort of shockingly pricey, and I think most insurance does not help cover it.


Subject: I'm having an implant done in

I'm having an implant done in a couple of days. Just started doxycycline for sinus infection. Ok to proceed with surgery? And Taking a probiotic with enzymes do I need to stop them?

Kaushal Saran

Subject: cost of dental implant

Hi Mr. Vandiver, I live in Norman, Oklahoma. I need an implant of my 1st molar tooth which has already been removed on my left side of the lower jaw. How much it will cost for a dental implant where I live.

Hugh Vandivier
Hugh Vandivier

Subject: RE: cost of dental implant

Hi, Kaushal. My source in the accompanying article estimated that "a single implant, a clean abutment and a reasonably priced crown will cost about $4,000, and the patient should expect to pay all or most of this." Implants aren't always covered on insurance. (

For dental implants, which in most cases don't require emergency surgery, you'll have time to shop around for the best doc at the best price. Treat it like a remodel of your kitchen: Get some detailed price estimates and shop around. Currently in Norman, Oklahoma (, you'll find 237 oral surgeons on Angie's List with 60 who are highly rated by our members. I suggest looking through the reviews of highly rated oral surgeons and dentists to find members who've had successful dental implants.

If you're not a member, use the promo code ANSWERS for 20% off your annual membership or renewal. 

I wish you best of luck getting that dental implant.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.