Is Clear Choice cheaper than a private implant dentist?

I just heard from my sister that my dad needs dental implants. I don’t have to tell you how expensive they are. Well, me and my sister are footing the bill so we are exploring all our options. We want the quality of life that comes with dental implants, we are just doing our best to find the most economical option. I’m looking for Clear Choice reviews at the moment. Will they be cheaper than the fees from a private dentist.

– Stacey in New York

Stacey,

It is great that you see the value in dental implants. They truly are the best solution to replace missing teeth. You won’t regret choosing implants over dentures.

As far as reviews for Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers, that is a loaded question. The reason is that every center operates independently. So the experiences of patients vary greatly depending on what geographic area you live.

When you are asking and assuming Clear Choice will be cheaper, that is probably not an accurate opinion. Generally speaking, you need to be very careful when price shopping for dental implants. Cheap dental implants aren’t always best. Many dentists will cut corners on materials or healing times and there can be any number of complications that arise under these circumstances. We have seen dental implant horror stories where patient’s have had dental implants become loose and other cases where they have become infected, or impinged upon the sinus cavities. There are all sorts of reasons for dental implant failure, from a lack of experience in the dentist placing them to problems with the surgery.

So as you gather price quotes, including from Clear Choice, just be sure you are comparing similar treatment plans. And the dentist’s experience and credentials should be at the top of your list. You need to able to trust this dentist with your dad. You want the best quality of life and ending up with the cheapest option may give him a host of other problems.

Good luck to you and your family!

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How do I know I can trust this dentist?

I have been dealing with an annoying toothache for the last couple weeks. It seems to come on strong and then goes away for a day. It’s not predictable. I am new to my area and went into a dentist at the recommendation of a co-worker. When he did an x-ray he said there was a really big cavity on that tooth. I already have a filling on that tooth so he said there wasn’t that much structure left on the tooth to save it. So he wants to drill it out to see how deep it goes and told me the best thing to do is have it extracted that same day. Then he gave me the fees for replacing it with a dental implant and told me to be prepared for bone grafting. The price tag is quite hefty and I can’t help but me skeptical. I mean the tooth is bothering me but in no way did I anticipate having to have it pulled. Can I really trust this guy?

On top of it all, I hate going to the dentist because I get extremely anxious. So thinking of getting the tooth pulled, surgery, and all the other steps involved with a dental implant has me pretty much a nervous wreck. Do you think I need a second opinion? Or does this sound like the best course of action? I fear not only the treatment itself but also how I will react to the medication when they sedate me. Any advice you have would be super helpful!

– Kaitlyn in Alabama

Kaitlyn,

It is always difficult to give advice without having seen an x-ray or seen you in person. But, you may have reason to be skeptical based on the information you have provided. Here’s why.

If the toothache just began, it likely has just recently become infected. Therefore, you should have some other options. If the tooth was not salvageable it probably would have been bothering you for months and not weeks as you have mentioned.

There is nothing wrong with seeking a second opinion. Here are a few pointers when you see the new dentist. Don’t go in there complaining about the recommendations of the other dentist. Just provide him or her with the same facts and symptoms you did the first time around. You don’t want to give the new dentist any preconceived biases about his recommendations. You can also request the original x-ray and bring it with you. That way, you don’t have to pay for another one. So you aren’t necessarily hiding the fact that you have seen a different dentist, you want an independent evaluation.

So yes, a second opinion would be smart. Hopefully, there is a possibility that a root canal treatment may save the tooth at this point. But see what the new dentist says.

Another thing worth bringing up is your anxiety over the medication used in sedation. You sound like a good candidate for sedation dentistry. There are a couple options, based on your level of anxiety, as well as your sensitivity to medications. Be upfront with the dentist you select. You may only need nitrous oxide, a mild relaxant gas to help you calm down. Or if you are petrified, oral sedation may be a better fit. Just be sure to find out the kind of medication that particular dentist prefers to use for oral sedation to make sure you will be able to tolerate it without issue. Don’t let your dental fear keep you away. This tooth needs to be taken care of and staying away from the dentist will lead to more invasive treatment in the future. Sedation dentistry has helped many fearful patients get back on track with routine care. Hopefully it will be a good fit for you too.

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Can I whiten my dentures?

I have had my dentures for awhile and want to know if they can be whitened?

– Al in Tennessee

Al,

Dentures are fabricated using ceramic or acrylic. This material will not whiten. Since it sounds like your dentures are already in, the answer is no. The coloration and shade of the dentures is determined before the laboratory creates the appliances. Teeth whitening will do nothing to brighten them.

The only way the shading can be changed is to have the teeth removed from the appliance and replaced with a lighter shade. But if you are considering going that route, you might as well get a new set of dentures manufactured. You could use your current set as an extra, back-up pair.

Thank you for your question. It is understandable how you could think that whitening dentures should be as simple as teeth bleaching methods or treatments on your natural teeth. Whatever you do, don’t try to whiten them yourself. Bleach or other teeth whitening products may damage the denture or possibly whiten the “gums” on the acrylic portion of the denture.

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I threw part of my tooth away after it chipped.

One of my molars cracked the other day while I was eating something hard and crunchy. This tooth already had a filling in it. I found the piece that fell off. My friend told me to throw the tooth away because the dentist couldn’t stick it back on anyway and he said to get to the dentist to get checked out in the next couple weeks. Well, as I think about it more, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t have thrown the piece away and if it is more serious than he let on. Any advice? Is this a dental emergency?

– Mike

Mike,

The sooner you get into the dentist, the better. If you aren’t in pain then this may not be considered a dental emergency. But if you are in any pain, then you need to treat this like an emergency. Call your dentist and explain what has happened. They may be able to get you in for an emergency dentist appointment as soon as today, if their scheduling allows.

Since you don’t have the piece of the tooth, it doesn’t really matter what could have been done in your case. But for anyone coming across this post, in some instances, if the piece is recovered and taken to a reputable dentist within a couple hours, there is a possibility it may be re-bonded.

In regard to your situation, the dentist will still be able to treat the tooth. It all depends on how the tooth broke, how much healthy structure is remaining, and if the pulp or nerve is exposed. Treatment options range from building the cavity back up with composite to a dental crown or root canal, and worse case would require extracting the tooth and replacing it with a dental implant. Without more specifics or seeing you in person, it is difficult to gauge the seriousness.

So take action and the sooner your act, the more economically and conservatively your needs will be met.

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My gums won’t stop bleeding. Help!

It has been almost a decade now since my wisdom teeth were extracted. But I have had extreme sensitivity around those areas ever since the extractions. If I start to brush over the area of the gums where the teeth once were, my toothbrush is red by the time I’m done. I hate going to the dentist because they are so rough. And when they look back there and begin poking around, the bleeding occurs. But I have had it checked out and was told everything was normal.

But how can it be normal if that area bleeds if I brush back there?  I’m sick of dancing around that area after almost ten years.

– Betsy in Indiana

Betsy,

It wouldn’t hurt to go back into the dentist to have everything re-evaluated by another dentist. And it sounds like going to the dentist isn’t on your top ten list. So instead of letting the dentist poke around back there and then dealing with the discomfort, talk to him or her prior to the exam. If they know your are anxious, they can be sure to use gentle dentistry techniques. A little communication and understanding by both parties goes a long way during an exam.

But since it has been quite some time since those wisdom teeth extractions, the questions needs to be asked how often the area is brushed. Good oral hygiene means twice per day. But since you state, “if” you brush, it leaves the impression it may not occur daily. Therefore, the bleeding may ironically be a result of the lack of brushing.

If the area isn’t brushed regularly, plaque and bacteria can build up on that teeth closest to the area. This makes the gums inflamed and even the slightest touch at that point will cause irritation and possible bleeding. So brushing (even if you see blood) is the way to remedy the situation.

The bleeding is highly unlikely due to any issue with the old wisdom teeth. After ten years those extractions sites should be completely healed. The bone has had time to reshape and the tissues should serve as if the wisdom teeth were never even there.

So, look for a gentle dentist in your area if you would like a second opinion to rule out any gum disease. In the meantime, try increasing the frequency of brushing at home.

Good luck!

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Is emergency dental care mandatory?

Is going to a dentist like going to an emergency room where they have to treat you? I’m not talking about something cosmetic in nature, but a real dental emergency. I am broke. No cash and no insurance. But I cannot take the pain any longer from this broken tooth I have. I think the nerve is exposed.

– Zeke in Arizona

Zeke,

You probably aren’t going to like this response, but here’s the truth of the matter. Dentists have the right to refuse treatment to anyone. A dental office is not like an emergency room at the hospital.

Most people consider every dental issue an emergency, when they really aren’t. For example, if a tooth has been bothering someone for a couple weeks and they can’t take it one night and call in at 3 in the morning, they entirely expect to be seen immediately. This wouldn’t be considered a dental emergency at most dental practices. Of course, there are always exceptions.

But, if someone is in pain and they are a current patient of record, most practices will do everything they can to accommodate it. Most practices leave time in their daily schedule for emergency dentist appointments for their patients.

As far as your predicament with having no money and no insurance, that is a problem. Let’s get real. You can’t walk into any grocery store and say, hey I don’t have any money, but I’m really hungry. I’ll pay you later though. Then, plop a cart of groceries on the counter and expect them to say, “Have a nice day!”

That said, there may be some county or state resources in your area that could assist you in this situation. Or if you call around you may find an affordable dentist in your area that would negotiate with you. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like you have time to mess around.

Going to the ER would mean they treat you. But you may end up getting that tooth pulled.

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Is getting put to sleep at the dentist dangerous?

I was told that I could be put to sleep for an upcoming dentist appointment. This is welcome news because I hate the dentist. I avoid it at all costs, which is probably why I have to have all this work done. But something about being put to sleep in a dentist’s office weirds me out. Is it dangerous? As much as I can’t stand the dentist, I do want to wake up.

– Brian in Maryland

Brian,

Millions of Americans hate going to the dentist. It is way up on the list of common fears too. Not sure if you fall into the category of a dental dental chicken or not. Whatever has been keeping you away, it sounds like the dentist is offering you sedation dentistry in order to do an extensive amount of dental work.

When you say put to sleep, that’s really not accurate though. Although, most patients that receive sedation dentistry will describe it as if they had slept through the procedure. But that is not the case. Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed medication before your appointment. You will need someone to accompany you to and from the dentist office, because it will not be safe for you to drive yourself. The medication will make you feel “sleepy” and indifferent to what is going on. You likely will remember nothing of the appointment. Yet oral sedation is different than general anesthesia that is routinely administered in the hospital. With sedation, your protective reflexes are completely functional. This means you will breathe and cough like your normally do. You don’t need a breathing tube or anything like that. It is completely safe and as an added precaution, a trained staff member will be by your side monitoring your vitals throughout the treatment.

Sedation dentistry (or what many commonly refer to as sleep dentistry) has helped countless patients get back on track with regular dental care. The dentist is also able to perform a lot more in one sitting, than if you were not under sedation.

Be sure to ask your dentist about any specifics about his or her track record. But overall, sedation dentistry is not considered dangerous.

There is also IV sedation which is administered intravenously in the office. So you may want to inquire about the specific treatment option that your dentist is recommending for your treatment plan.

Good luck!

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Looking for the best implant dentist in Mexico.

I am pretty much broke but I need two dental implants. I can’t afford an implant dentist in the States. I have heard Mexico is where it’s at to score a deal on dental implants. How do I go about finding the best implant dentist in Mexico?

– Carl in California

Carl,

Living so close to Mexico, it is understandable that you are tempted to cross the border for your dental implants. But PLEASE proceed with extreme caution! Looking for the best implant dentist in Mexico is kind of like an oxymoron. There is a reason they are so much cheaper than seeing an implant dentist in California.

In Mexico, their standards and regulations are not the same as they are in the United States. So although you may get an amazing deal on your implants, you may pay for it in the long run, in more ways than one.

There is dental implant horror story after story, about implants done in Mexico that have come loose, dental implants that have become infected, implants that have pierced the sinus cavities, and the list goes on as to why the dental implant failed for one reason or another.

This isn’t meant to scare you. Yet, to answer your question there is really not a good way to go about finding the best implant dentist in Mexico. Now that’s not to say that getting your implants done on this side of the border guarantees that all will go off without a hitch either. Many implant dentists find ways to cut corners to keep their costs done, through substandard materials or improper placement techniques, and shortening healing times. The cost to repair mistakes, coupled with the risk to your oral and in some cases overall physical health, are just not worth it.

Don’t price shop when it comes to dental implants. This is a highly involved procedure that requires extensive training and experience beyond dental school. Not just any dentist places implants successfully, even if they say they do. So do your homework, check credentials, ask to see a portfolio of work similar to yours, or you may put yourself at risk.

There is of course always a chance all will be fine. But you should definitely spend the time and energy on finding the best dentist over making cheap dental implants your priority. If budget is that limiting of a factor, consider discussing payment options, financing companies, or paying as you go. Or possibly, an alternate treatment could adequately meet your needs. Don’t sell yourself short!

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