My dentist wants almost $10,000.00 to do the lower right side of my mouth. Is it possible to get dental implants for a reasonable cost?
Dental Implants for Reasonable Price?
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Yes, You can always find something for a lower price!
Dental Implants are no exception. If you shop around, someone will be glad to place the implants and bridge for a much lower price. What you might focus on is education, credentials and experience of the dentist. Unfortunately, the materials and training for the work you desire is expensive and therefore the cost is also significant.
Dental Implants for Reasonable Cost
Your question reaaly depends on how many implants and what the type of restoration is. $10,000 may be reasonable for 4 implants and crowns, but not so reasonable for 2. Also you need to be very careful when searching for a surgeon to palce your dental implants. You must be very aware that there is NO SUCH THING AS A DENTAL IMPLANTOLOGIST. This is a made up term that many dentists use to make themselves seem like a specialist in dental implants. The Fact of the matter is that the American Dental Association does not recognize a dental "implantologist" as a specialist because it is a made up term. The rule of thumb when considering an individual for placing dental implants is: discount doctor = discount results. Also if someoneis charging you significantly less for an implant it is most likely becasue they are using "knock off" implants and parts as well as cheap overseas labs with no oversight. I agree fees should be reasonable, but you definitely get what you pay for. Be very careful and do your reasearch
Re: Dental Implants at a reasonable price is a reasonable request from a patient!
Most people have internet access. If your dentist has referred you to an implantologist or quoted his own fee that you find you unaffordable, you do have other options. Go online and look for an implant specialist in your area that is affordable and make sure you look at testimonials of other patients as well as his curriculum vitae (bio). This should give you an idea of his background and expertise. Medocal tourism is at all time high since our insurance covers less and less. Look into this. Just because a doctor practices in another country, other than the US, does not make him less comptent than a doctor here.
Again, look up his background, what hospital he works out of, what the facility is like, what labs they use and what materials the labs use for implants. In other words, do your homework. Make a list of qestiions you want to ask the specialists, prices and whether the consultation is free. Cost of implants vary according to area in the US and how well known the specialist is.... which does not always guarantee competency. The overall cost of a single implant (placement , abutment and crown can range from $3,200 to 4,000, but get more than one opinion and go online to check out other specialists. Hope this helps!
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You get what you pay for
With over 150 implant companies trying to make their niche in the market, it is important to get your implant from a company who will be around 10 years from now, or if they are not that they were large enough that you can find parts (abutments and screws) in the rare case that something needs to be replaced. If you are seeking a competetive price on the same service (ie. comparable implants and crowns) it may even be good to get a second opinion and price.
If you go to China, make sure you know what kind of implant it is and preferably that they write your medical history in English so someone servicing them in the States could understand.
Dental Implants are expensive
It's not a great idea to start shopping around for implants that are being placed into your body. Would you fly to Mexico city for a cheap heart transplant? Be very careful on how you chose you healthcare provider. Some of the cheapist implants are being placed by dentists with little or no experience and with little care for you as a patient. You get what you pay for. You can always get a second opinion regarding the cost but always go to the one that you feel most comfortable with.
Reasonable price for Dental Implants
Not all implants are the same.
This is a big investment you are making. You owe it to yourself to get a good education and consult with several doctors. Ask to see their before and after photos. Ask them what brand and what size of implant they plan to use and why. There are scores of implant manufacturers out there, but you should stick with one of the big 5 (Astratech, Straumann, etc.) because they have the best technology and will be here to stay. They had superior survival rates to cheaper knock-off implants and are serviceable down the road should anything happen. I had one patient recently who had an implant placed from Israel - some off bran. It was a pain ordering the restorative parts. If you use implants from a company that goes out of business, then you will not be able to service it later. Sometimes the top part of the implant sticking out of the gum may need to be serviced. DO your homework and you will become comfortable with what is the best solution for you and what is a reasonable fee. Don't go for a slick or high-pressure sales job.
Cost of Dental Implant is Expensive
Generally, a professional and acceptable dental treatment looks always expensive. But do not shop around, get the second opinion or consultation and then get the best treatment you can to keep your body healthy.
Dental implants become costly for a few different reasons
Primarily you need the surgical and restorative aspects done correctly. By that, I have to emphasize that the surgeon and the restorative dentist have to be well trained, be able to treatment plan and treat you for the long term success of the desired results. Such education is costly in both time and money. Nothing done fast and inexpensively will work out in the long run, thus the aggravation and finances may become exponential.
Secondly, "implants" are expensive parts from a technical standpoint. There are all kinds of foreign inexpensive substitutes, which are not backed up by research. Such fixtures, again may work "fast and cheap", and fail you later on.
In conclusion, I would make sure that your dental team is experienced and well trained. keep in mind that implants are permanent fixtures which will have to survive and stay healthy in your jawbone. They are not crowns or fillings which you can change or replace. It is money well invested.
Cost for Dental Implants
Have you ever heard the phrase "you get what you pay for?" Dentistry, especially implant reconstruction, is a case where you want to make sure your dentist knows what he/she's doing. If $10,000 is the cost for implants, crowns, to restore the lower right side of your mouth -- that is a pretty average price. If you have the best dentist do the job, you will be less likely to have to pay to have it redone!
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