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Effie Atlanta

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May 21, 2013
 
KPPatel wrote:
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Is this Cavallini's 3 year Travel Cost Insurance you have to buy it separately or it is included in the overall charge for the implant and crowns?
I have got implants, six upper and four lower, done in June, 2012 and final crown in Sept., 2012.
Every thing went fine. My temporary were great. I even did not want to go for the permanant. However, I went for the final crowns in Sept. and got it done. I felt good and I had no problem. But after I have them for about eight months, I have a little inflamation in my upper gums and it is not going away. I can not even use water pick to clean the upper gum. It is painful to use it and it bleeds a little if I use it.
I have yet to contact the clinic. But fefore I do I was wondering if insurance you talked about applies to my situation.
Thank you.
I bought the insurance separately, it states if there is any problems with the work they would cover the travel & stay for 10 days.
But you really need to visit your dentist, you should be able to use a water pic without your gums bleeding. In the paperwork from Cavallini it states not to use products that contains alcohol as it may cause inflammation. Have you tried salt water rinses before you get to your dentist?

Since: May 13

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#463
May 21, 2013
 
Hi to all,

I am new here and have read some great posts on implants in CR which is what I am considering for myself sometime in the very near future. I am hoping someone out there can give me an idea (and I realize all cases are different so just a ballpark estimate) of what my case might cost. Maybe someone out there who has had the same thing done. I need full lower and upper arches. Maybe an all on 4 or all on 8? What has your experience been with either?

Thank you in advance for any knowledge you can share with me!
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#464
May 22, 2013
 
Re: Cavallini insurance. It is additional. $300 for one year. Up to $750 airfare and $75 hotel expense per day. Just finished my 5th week at his office.
KPPatel

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May 22, 2013
 
Effie Atlanta wrote:
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I bought the insurance separately, it states if there is any problems with the work they would cover the travel & stay for 10 days.
But you really need to visit your dentist, you should be able to use a water pic without your gums bleeding. In the paperwork from Cavallini it states not to use products that contains alcohol as it may cause inflammation. Have you tried salt water rinses before you get to your dentist?
Thank you Effie Atlanta.
Yes, I have been gargaling with luke warm water with salt and it helps a lot. I think I am getting a little control over the problem until I get to local dentis for clean up.
Effie Atlanta

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May 23, 2013
 
looken4it wrote:
Re: Cavallini insurance. It is additional.$300 for one year. Up to $750 airfare and $75 hotel expense per day. Just finished my 5th week at his office.
I spent an additional $150 for three year travel insurance; from the day I began my treatment, one time usage; however, I can buy it again if the need arises.
Effie Atlanta

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May 23, 2013
 
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Thank you Effie Atlanta.
Yes, I have been gargaling with luke warm water with salt and it helps a lot. I think I am getting a little control over the problem until I get to local dentis for clean up.
You might want to ask your dentist for Chlorhexidine Gluconate oral rinse, it will knock out any infection. You can get it generically for $4. Get your rear end in the dentist chair. I have mine email an x-ray to Cavallini after each visit.
KPPatel

White Hall, AR

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May 27, 2013
 
I got my problem sorted out. Thank you all who helped me to figure out my problem. It was plaque built up around my crown was the problem. After clean up, every thing looks good. However, let me tell how difficult is for some US dentist to accept the work done in CR. The dentist I happen to go for clean up happen to be restoration and cosmetic one. He said to me that the immediate load implants used in my work are not the ones they use here in the US.
Effie Atlanta

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May 28, 2013
 
KPPatel wrote:
I got my problem sorted out. Thank you all who helped me to figure out my problem. It was plaque built up around my crown was the problem. After clean up, every thing looks good. However, let me tell how difficult is for some US dentist to accept the work done in CR. The dentist I happen to go for clean up happen to be restoration and cosmetic one. He said to me that the immediate load implants used in my work are not the ones they use here in the US.
Glad you are better. I use a Sonic toothbrush, they are expensive but really work. Well, I've been going to my Atlanta periodontist (before & after CR treatment) he also is an implantologist. He is extremely pleased with the work I had done in CR, he said that there is no way he could have done the extensive work that Cavallini did, he is happy I was able to afford the treatment. He was also amazed that Cavallini used so many sizes and types, he said I was given what was needed. So I guess it really depends on your US doctor, seems some may care more for their patients than their pocket.
jerry6665

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May 28, 2013
 
KPPatel wrote:
-snip- The dentist I happen to go for clean up happen to be restoration and cosmetic one. He said to me that the immediate load implants used in my work are not the ones they use here in the US.
hi!
frequently dentists in the states will feel threatened by work done in costa rica. on the whole, from what i've seen in both places, the work in c.r. is easily as good if not better than what happens here. the state-of-the-art equipment used by the average dentist's office in c.r. is found in very few offices here. most offices in c.r. have their own labs. the implants and other supplies used there are the same as in the states with a few other kinds not yet available in most areas in the states.
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that is not to say that there are not good dentists here at home however, the dentists here in the u.s. usually do not have the depth of experience seen in c.r., imho. by the time folks go to c.r., their mouths are in pretty sad states and in need of extreme measures. here, the typical practise is cavities, braces, cleanings, etc., and people frequently just opt for pulling teeth rather than try to pay the fees for crowns or extensive work.
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one of my neighbors here had a full mouth reconstruction here in l.a. with implants and crowns. they all fell out within 6 months. she's still trying to get the dentist here in l.a. to fix the mess he made. my mother had one!(1) implant and crown in the front on top. it cost her $5,000. it's wavy, the wrong color and sticks out like a buck tooth.
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in comparison, i had 10 implants, 24 crowns, gum reshaping, night guards, etc., and the cost was under $12K in c.r. with the most compassionate medical care i've ever had. there was NO doubt in my mind that despite the high volume of clients the office had, i was never just a number to be hustled out a.s.a.p. they remembered my name, even when i came to visit a year later.
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so, if a dentist in the u.s. is worried, i don't blame him/her. they have a lot to be worried about. when you consider that it's cheaper to fly to c.r., stay in a hotel, get all the work done AND have a vacation than it is to have minimal work done in the u.s., were i a dentist here, i'd be worried, too.
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the chances for a positive outcome in c.r. is excellent. while there may be some partial failures, here or in c.r., that's to be expected. nothing is 100%, no matter what it is. conscientious care after dental work (brush w/electric toothbrush, floss, water-pik daily, no smoking, etc.) will almost always yield a wonderful outcome with no problems. and if a little strawberry seed or bit of food gets caught, mouthwash it out. you'll be a-ok.
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i'm glad your work is done now and i hope all is well from now on.
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jerry6665

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May 28, 2013
 
Effie Atlanta wrote:
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Glad you are better. I use a Sonic toothbrush, they are expensive but really work. Well, I've been going to my Atlanta periodontist (before & after CR treatment) he also is an implantologist. He is extremely pleased with the work I had done in CR, he said that there is no way he could have done the extensive work that Cavallini did, he is happy I was able to afford the treatment. He was also amazed that Cavallini used so many sizes and types, he said I was given what was needed. So I guess it really depends on your US doctor, seems some may care more for their patients than their pocket.
hiya effie!

yep, my l.a. dentist was so impressed that she's sent dr. marco (cavallini) a couple of her patients who needed extensive work but couldn't afford the prices here.

reminds me of the movie,'miracle on 34th street', where macy's sent customers to gimbel's when macy's didn't have what the client needed. lovely spirit.

i'm heading back to c.r. for a couple of weeks and am looking forward to it! i'll stop at the cavallinis, a few friends i've made there, and even though pocho the crocodile is no longer with us, i'm looking forward to seeing chito and pocho's babies.
happy days,
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May 28, 2013
 
Effie Atlanta wrote:
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Glad you are better. I use a Sonic toothbrush, they are expensive but really work. Well, I've been going to my Atlanta periodontist (before & after CR treatment) he also is an implantologist. He is extremely pleased with the work I had done in CR, he said that there is no way he could have done the extensive work that Cavallini did, he is happy I was able to afford the treatment. He was also amazed that Cavallini used so many sizes and types, he said I was given what was needed. So I guess it really depends on your US doctor, seems some may care more for their patients than their pocket.
hiya again,
when i started using my cybersonic toothbrush, i found out that i was ticklish and it took me a few weeks to be actually able to USE the brush while it was ON. and the water pik? it took a couple of weeks to learn how to use it without drenching me, the bathroom and the towels! hahahaha...
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May 29, 2013
 
KPPatel wrote:
I got my problem sorted out. Thank you all who helped me to figure out my problem. It was plaque built up around my crown was the problem. After clean up, every thing looks good. However, let me tell how difficult is for some US dentist to accept the work done in CR. The dentist I happen to go for clean up happen to be restoration and cosmetic one. He said to me that the immediate load implants used in my work are not the ones they use here in the US.
KPPatel,

So glad you got your problem resolved. Sorry I was not any help. I use either Listerine or Plax mouthwash and put some in my waterpic water.

Did the dentist say what the difference in the implants they use here are? I know we have not been doing the one step implants that long here in the states. Just curious. I know I have sent X-rays of my implants to two U.S. dentist they did not even know that Zirconia implants existed.

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May 31, 2013
 
Just curious. Has anyone here eat popcorn since getting either temporary or permanent teeth? I really, really love popcorn and would hate to give it up, but I know those thin kernels wrack havoc on regular teeth and gums and when I use my water pic, I am always shocked at how much debis comes out from between the teeth and gums.

I just got back from Costa Rica and have temporaries on until my return visit.

Thanks!!!

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Jun 1, 2013
 
Kathy1026,

You have made me sad, but I almost knew the answer already. Maybe I can find a way to inject popcorn. OH! What about corn on the cob? I love that too!!!

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#477
Jun 2, 2013
 
Oh Oh! I have been eating popcorn. Last time at the movie theater it was terrible we did not even finish it. I had not read not to eat popcorn.

Maybe I need to look into that.
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Jun 2, 2013
 
I eat popcorn. I have to be diligent with the floss and water pic after though. I have also eat corn on the cob. My front teeth are not implants but they are veneered. I have 5 implants right upper, 2 left lower and one upper bicuspid, everything else in my mouth is crowned or veneered. You must have a water pick and use it, popcorn isn't the only problem, most foods tend to get stuck
KPPatel

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Jun 2, 2013
 
LornaCK wrote:
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KPPatel,
So glad you got your problem resolved. Sorry I was not any help. I use either Listerine or Plax mouthwash and put some in my waterpic water.
Did the dentist say what the difference in the implants they use here are? I know we have not been doing the one step implants that long here in the states. Just curious. I know I have sent X-rays of my implants to two U.S. dentist they did not even know that Zirconia implants existed.
LornaCK;
Thank you LornaCK for the response. I thought I got my cleaning and inflammation problem solved but I got new real major problem at hand.

I do not know whatever happened in cleaning last week, just a day ago while eating regular food, my one crown from the upper jaw got broke and I was not even aware of it until I started cleaning my teeth. I have six implants in the upper and all crowns in one piece were cemented. They are not screwed in. It is not even a year yet, It was last Sept I got it done. How the Cavallini Clinic handles it, any has experience or any thoughts on it, please advise.
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Jun 2, 2013
 
I just Googled "popcorn and implants". All indications are that popcorn will be a problem. It is raining on my parade.....I'M SERIOUS!!!!

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Jun 2, 2013
 
KPPatel wrote:
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LornaCK;
Thank you LornaCK for the response. I thought I got my cleaning and inflammation problem solved but I got new real major problem at hand.
I do not know whatever happened in cleaning last week, just a day ago while eating regular food, my one crown from the upper jaw got broke and I was not even aware of it until I started cleaning my teeth. I have six implants in the upper and all crowns in one piece were cemented. They are not screwed in. It is not even a year yet, It was last Sept I got it done. How the Cavallini Clinic handles it, any has experience or any thoughts on it, please advise.
KPPatel
KPPatel,

First thing you will want to do is contact the clinic, it's been my experience that they are generally very quick to respond. You will have two choices return to CR were they will replace the crown at no cost or weigh the cost of having it done locally against the cost of a trip back down to CR. Unfortunately sometimes crowns crack for a variety of reasons. I have never heard of a crown being "screwed" in only cemented but I could be wrong. Good luck hope all works out.
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Jun 2, 2013
 
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KPPatel,
First thing you will want to do is contact the clinic, it's been my experience that they are generally very quick to respond. You will have two choices return to CR were they will replace the crown at no cost or weigh the cost of having it done locally against the cost of a trip back down to CR. Unfortunately sometimes crowns crack for a variety of reasons. I have never heard of a crown being "screwed" in only cemented but I could be wrong. Good luck hope all works out.
Thank you Shahchau. It was very prompt reply.
I am curious if you know some one had similar experience like me and got it done free by the clinic. I will write them tomorrow and ask about it. Here, the local dentist I visited for cleaning said to me that if part of the crown breaks, he can not repair part of it. Whole thing will require replacement. He is in implant business too. So, for me I have to go some place to see if this can be partially done.

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