Affordable dental implants

I am 32 years old and I am looking to get dental implants. I’ve found that they are very expensive and I am not sure if there is any way I can afford them. Have you ever heard of a dentist that would do the work pro-bono to use in their portfolio? My teeth have caused me so many problems and now they are affecting my physical health because I’m hardly eating due to the pain my teeth are causing. My teeth seem to be shifting around which makes me concerned for the health of my jaw.

– Stacey in Michigan

Stacey,

Unfortunately, any good dentist will likely add a good dental implant case to their portfolio. So it is unlikely that they will need to add a pro bono case which means pretty much everyone pays.

Proceed with caution if you are price shopping for dental implants. Dentist that cut corners when it comes to implant dentistry will get you into trouble. Although the work may look okay at first, there are countless horror stories of implant patients where dental implant have fell out after five years.

The best thing to do would be to research a dentist that does quality work and also empathizes with your budget constraints. There are dentists out there that will work with you regarding payment. To make them more affordable a dentist may offer some less expensive options or work with you on an affordable payment plan that may better fit your financial situation. Whatever you do, don’t settle for the cheapest fees or it could end up even more expensive for you in the long run. Not all dentists have outrageous fees, but with this type of work I would be extremely careful with low fees because this field is notorious for cutting corners.

Mini implants are more affordable dental implants, and removable partial dentures are less expensive too. These options may be less than ideal but have functioned well for many patients and look natural.

This post is sponsored by Cleveland implant dentist Hylan Dental Care.

My dental implant failed

My tooth #7 was pulled and then a bone graft was placed, but my dental implant failed. Now my gum is extremely sore and it is a purple color. The x-ray indicates that the implant has not grown like it was supposed to. It has only made it to the very top of my jawbone.

Now it sounds like I will have to see the oral surgeon again to have it taken out. Then, I was told I will need even more bone grafting done to prevent shrinkage of the socket.

Is dental implant failure common? I’m pretty upset at the moment and have lost over $4000. I was told that I will now need a dental bridge placed in that area and I’m afraid that it will be ugly and unnatural looking. I have had success with crowns on other surrounding teeth. Apparently this means that matching won’t be an issue, but my gum line is what they are worried about.

Anything you can advise me on, I’d greatly appreciate your input.

– Wendy from Illinois

Wendy,

Based on your experience, I’d say a fixed dental bridge may be the solution so you don’t have to worry about the next dental implant failing. A bridge could work nicely since you already have crowns too.

It is difficult to give you an answer regarding why your dental implant ultimately failed. There are many possibilities including, a problem during the procedure installation, or it could even just be your biotype. Some individuals just don’t respond well biologically to dental implant treatment.

To help with the socket, a bone graft or soft tissue graft will go a long way to helping the appearance and shrinkage where you are missing your tooth. Although, if your gum doesn’t show in that area when you smile than it may not be necessary.

I hope this information is helpful to you.

This post is sponsored by Cleveland implant dentist Hylan Dental Care.

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A bad experience at Clear Choice

A Review of the St. Louis Clear Choice Dental Implants Center
Well my wife and I were scheduled for a 3D scan and all that you see on the commercial, well I am sorry to say that when we got in there, we filled out the papers we sat there and waited and the “financial” lady told us that there was no reason that we need to get this done, we didn’t look like we could pay for it. I personally was hurt and upset, because I felt that we were discriminated against. I have a birth defect that I would really like to have looked at because the Army never did. I was wrong I would never recommend this place to anyone. I will recommend my friends and family to Dr. — — (name withheld).
– Tim from Missouri

Tim,
I’m sorry that you had a bad experience at the Clear Choice Dental Implants Center. I know that we have heard a lot of criticism of their sales techniques. Some patients feel that they are too high-pressured. But I doubt that the way they treated you was a matter of policy. This may have just been an employee with an attitude. I do think that clinically they do good work.

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