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That was an expensive almond

I have a mouthful of wonderful teeth, many of them bought and paid for, the result of having been born and raised in places with incredibly soft, mineral-free water, and in times when Hershey Ruled The Earth.

So number 13, which is in the upper left about five spots back from front and center, was long ago filled, then crowned, then root-canaled, gum-surgeried, and re-crowned.

One day a few months ago I bit down on an almond and damned if there wasn't a bit of shell in there, and there was this sickening cracking feeling...

...well, the upshot is that no further heroic intervention is possible on a root-canaled and crowned Number 13 molar with a cracked root. Which is what I've got in there, thanks to that almond.

So it's implant time. I fear this also means re-mortgage time--I'm having no luck finding anything resembling a cost estimate (except for Mexican resort dentists, which I do NOT rule out). My insurance won't cover most of it, from what I hear.

Has anyone around here had dental implants in recent times? Any idea what kind of physical and financial suffering I'm looking at?

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