I went into an office that has a lot of ads out for affordable dental implants. My current dentist wants to charge by thousands of dollars to get my missing teeth replaced with dental implants. But I just haven’t moved forward because they are so darn expensive. So my curiosity won out and I went in for a consultation to this new dentist. Everyone I have talked to about this affordable dentist has told me it’s a terrible idea. They think I will be some kind of experiment or something and that it is a horror story waiting to happen. Is there any way I can tell if the implants he is placing are safe and if he is reputable?
– Sue in South Carolina
The safety of the affordable dental implants you are considering is a multi-faceted topic. Of course, your friends and family are wise to recommend you proceed with caution. There are always malpractice suits occurring where dentists cut corners with dental implants in the quality of parts or shortcut healing times and they end up with loose implants, infection, or other horrifying complications.
But there are affordable dental implant options that are safe and may work for your individual situation. It is just difficult to give you recommendations without having seen your case. For example, dentists that offer affordable dental implants that are safe include, mini implants which are more affordable, all-on-fours, or even partial dentures or overdentures. These options are less expensive than traditional dental implants but not everyone is a candidate.
So what’s much more important is selecting the right, qualified implant dentist that you can trust. Ask about their credentials, how many implants they have placed, what their success rate is, etc. Ask to see and speak with cases that are similar to yours. It’s better to do your research now, then to end up with problems down the road. Inquire about the continuing education he or she has had. If it totals several hundred hours in implant dentistry, that will hopefully mean they are experienced. Also, a typical dental implant success rate would be 98%. So, don’t be bashful. Ask away.
This post is sponsored by Cleveland implant dentist Hylan Dental Care.