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Affordable Dental Implant Doctor Insists I Get Veneers Too

I lost my two front teeth in an accident when I was a teenager and, for the past ten years, I’ve been wearing a flipper. Lately, I’ve been shopping around for some affordable dental implants, and I came across someone who comes highly-regarded for his cosmetic work, even though his rates are supposedly cheaper. During the consult, he told me that we could go ahead and do the implants to replace my missing teeth, but he wants me to get two veneers placed on each side of them, so I’d have work done on a total of six teeth. He says this is important if I want everything to match well. Now, I know my flipper isn’t perfect, but it matches ok and my prior dentist never said anything about needing veneers later. He just suggested I get the implants done when I was an adult. To be blunt, there was a reason I was shopping for affordable dental implants. I’m not made of money and the veneers aren’t cheap. If I need them, I guess I need them, but it seems odd to me that my prior dentist never mentioned this. Is this standard in cases like mine?

Thanks,

Xavier W. – Kansas

Dear Xavier,

I’m glad you wrote before following through on this treatment. No, this isn’t a normal course of treatment. Unless there’s something cosmetically wrong with the other teeth that you want to correct, there’s no need to have anything done to them.

Even if there was something wrong with your other teeth, I’d suggest you go to a different dentist to have your porcelain veneers done. This dentist may give you affordable dental implants, but he can not give you a gorgeous smile. If he can’t make the implants look nice next to your natural teeth, he is not a very good cosmetic dentist.

It takes a high degree of skill, as well as knowledge of materials and shading, to make everything come together right. The fact that he insists this is the only way he can make it work for you suggests that he’s either not skilled with cosmetic work or that he’s trying to increase your bill. Neither scenario gives me any confidence in him.

You can find affordable implants without doctors inflating their prices AND get quality work, but focus on quality first. If need be, you may be able to break the costs up or finance them. Implants are generally done and paid for in stages anyway, which makes budgeting for them easier. Get a second (and maybe a third) opinion before you begin any work and skip the veneers unless it’s something you want for cosmetic reasons.

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Why Did My “Affordable Dental Implant” Really Fall Out?

Can you help me figure out what is really going on? I’m losing confidence in my implant dentist. I went to him because he was the most affordable implant dentist in my area. I was so excited to get them. It was a dream I thought could never happen. I saved for years to get these. Now one of them has fallen out. The dentist said it’s because I waited too long to get them and I don’t have enough bone anymore. He warned the others might fall out too. He acted like this was my fault. I’m wondering if he shouldn’t have warned me about this beforehand? Am I being unfair?

Liz R. – Richmond, Virginia

Liz,

Not only are you being completely fair, I think you should ask for a refund. It’s the dentist’s job to make sure you have enough bone structure to retain the implants, not yours. When he first examined you for dental implants, he should have examined you for both gum disease and bone resorption. Either of these conditions is contraindicative for dental implants.

You said you’ve been saving up for dental implants for a while. I’m not sure if your dentist warned you about this. Based on what you’ve said I doubt it. When you first lost your teeth, your body recognized you didn’t have any tooth roots and began reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere. This causes your jawbone to shrink. After a few years, you no longer have enough bone to support implants or dentures.

Unfortunately, in order to get dental implants, you’re going to need to have bone grafting done. Otherwise, the new implants will fall out. Not even dentures will stay in when you don’t have enough bone. I know this is not the news you wanted to hear.

It sounds like this particular dentist wasn’t really offering affordable dental implants. He was offering a quick solution that wasn’t really viable. There are more ethical dentists who will work with you. Many of them have payment plans. Some of them even have interest-free payment plans.

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Is It Safe to Go with the Cheapest Dental Implant Doc?

I have taken quotes from several dentists on their price for dental implants. There are some who are way up there in price, a few in the middle, and one pretty cheap. Is it safe to go with the cheapest?

Olivia B. – Connecticut

Olivia,

Let me have you look at this another way. Would you base a surgery for your child on which doc is the cheapest? Probably not. You’d want to know how many times he’s done the procedure. What his success rate is, etc.

Dental implants are a surgical procedure and therefore not to be taken lightly. Granted, they are the best tooth replacement. If I were replacing one of my teeth, I’d go with dental implants. However, you want to make sure your dentist is qualified and skilled in doing the procedure.

If cost is factoring you out, there are affordable ways to get dental implants without getting yourself into a dangerous situation. Talk to a qualified dentist. He’ll likely be willing to work with you to get the best result within your budget.

There are plenty of dental implant horror stories that should keep you from just going with the cheap dentist. Cheap definitely could end up costing you a fortune in both money and health.

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Choosing the Right Solution for Affordable Implant Treatment

I have a missing upper molar and two canine teeth that need replacing. One place I went wants to do mini implants to replace them. They told me it would keep cost down and last ten years.  They’re very affordable. The other dentist suggested instead to replace my canine teeth with regular dental implants and on the missing molar to do a bridge because the teeth next to them are broken and having problems.  This is a more expensive option. The two plans are so different, I’m having a hard time choosing and don’t want to get sucked into the wrong one, simply based on math.

Emely R. – PA

Emely,

I’m glad you’re not making decisions simply based on the “best deal”. Sometimes what you think are affordable dental implants end up being what costs you the most, in both health and dollars.

If I were in your place, I’d go with the recommendation of the second dentist. Here’s why.

Mini implants, though more affordable, are not meant to be single tooth replacements. They’re designed to secure a denture. They don’t usually last ten years. But, let’s say you luck out and they make the full promised ten years. Then what?  You don’t just replace them with new implants. They fail when there’s not enough bone structure to support them anymore. In order to replace them, you’d have to have bone grafting done, which is quite expensive.

If you start with full-sized implants, you have a 98% chance of success, depending on who does the procedure.

The bridge is also a good idea, because it addresses the needs of the adjacent teeth.

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Are Affordable Dental Implants a Scam?

A good friend of mine went to Mexico in search of affordable dental implants. The doctor studied here in the United States and spoke fluent English, plus had stellar reviews, so she felt very comfortable being in his care. She went through the whole process with him, visiting Mexico every couple of months for about a year. She said that his work was so cheap that she could pay for the repeated trips and still save money. I didn’t ask her what his total costs were, but she raved about him. Well, just after the work got finished, she came down with a nasty infection and she made the trip out there yet again. The doctor gave her antibiotics and sent her home. About a month after that, her whole face swelled up and I had to drive her there because she couldn’t go on her own. The guy had to take the whole thing out and now she’s got nothing. Has to start from scratch. How common is this? Until her incident, I was considering going to him for affordable dental implants, too.

Mel – Texas

Dear Mel,

Affordable dental implants often wind up being anything but that when you go out of the country for them. Medicine and medical devices are highly regulated in the United States, which is one of the reasons why costs are higher. There are also various types of insurance doctors have to cover and they answer to a board.

In Mexico, you’re mostly on your own. They don’t even have laws about hygiene and disinfecting the equipment. The contract is between you and the doctor and if there’s an issue and the doctor won’t budge, you’re generally out of luck. How the dentist decides to handle the situation is up to him or her.

Dental implants require a great deal of skill as well, and that has a major impact on how well they perform. Overall, they have about a 98% success rate, but doctors with more experience deliver better results.

It’s impossible to say whether the issue here was lack of skill, cheap parts being used, or just a “fluke” that can even happen to great doctors here in the U.S.. Sometimes Implant procedures fail even when everything was done perfectly.

An online search for the doctor she saw and the issue she had could be very telling, but be aware that these border practices change names a lot to escape poor reputations.

For the best results, find someone stateside who does affordable dental implants and has a good track record. You may find that some offer combinations of bridges or dentures  and implants or offer something like minis, but the key here should be quality. If need be, you may be able to purchase a supplemental insurance plan that could cover some of the procedure or find out if a local office offers some kind of payment plan option, to make it easier to budget for.

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Dental Insurance Isn’t Making Dental Implants Affordable

I was really surprised at how little my dental insurance was willing to pay for my dental implants. I honestly expected them to cover half.  It’s not even close. Is there any way to afford these implants?

Sienna – South Dakota

Sienna,

Dental Insurance rarely goes as far as people hope, but that doesn’t mean you can’t afford dental implants.

The first thing I’d do is have your dental office run a pre-authorization. It may turn out that they’ll end up covering more than you think.

However, if what is left is still feeling out of your budget, I’d reach out to your dental office again. They likely have contingencies in place for such things. Most offices have payment plans. If they work through Care Credit, you can even dictate the terms of your payments.

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Affordable Dental Implants Doctor Ruined My Smile

I saw an ad for affordable dental implants and the doctor seemed to check out with my online searches. My lower two front teeth were loose and had been for some time. It seemed to me they weren’t going to get better and implants were my only viable option, if I wanted something to function like my real teeth. I went in and got an estimate from the affordable dental implants doctor and he priced out the surgery and placement of the posts/implants, the abutments, and the crowns for two teeth. He also suggested that I get extractions done right then and there, as well as something called “bone beads” to help me heal, which insurance did not cover. After six months of healing and no teeth, I went back for the surgery and he said he couldn’t do it without more procedures. He says I still don’t have enough bone and that I need gum treatments. I’m not sure what to do at this point, but I’m starting to wonder if I should have had those teeth removed at all and the cost seems to keep rising. I still have no teeth. My smile is ruined! How should I proceed?

-Joshua in North Carolina

Dear Joshua,

There are a couple of warning bells that go off when reading your message about affordable dental implants. First off, it sounds like the reason your teeth were loose was never addressed. This is a huge concern. If it was due to periodontal disease, you wouldn’t have been a candidate for implants. That would have needed to have been brought under control first and would explain the need for additional “gum treatments” now. The doctor should have discussed this with you from the start. There’s no telling if the teeth that were extracted could have been saved now that they’re gone, though the lack of information given to you is a huge concern.

Going forward, you probably do need other treatments before you can undergo the surgery and have your dental implants last. It’s a good idea to consult with another dentist before you do anything else, just to make sure you’re getting the right treatments. There’s also no reason why you shouldn’t have been offered some form of temporary replacement teeth. It’s typical for an office to offer to create a flipper or partial denture, to prevent the other teeth from drifting, help maintain adequate space, for aesthetics, and so you can eat easier. This is still an option now. Book a consultation with another dentist or perhaps even two, to see where you stand.

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Feeling guilty about seeing a different dentist for affordable dental implants.

I have been very interested in getting dental implants to replace my missing teeth. But I keep putting them off because I cannot afford them. So, I have been looking all over trying to find more affordable dental implants than what my current dentist offers. I recently came across an implant dentist in a surrounding suburb that works with people that have budget issues and offers relatively affordable dental implants. Am I cheating on my regular dentist? I feel so bad about it. I don’t want him to refuse to treat me when he finds out I had the implants done elsewhere.

-Gene in Ohio

Gene,

You are in no way solely obligated to receive every dental treatment from your current dentist, just because you have been seeing him for routine care. That said, just be sure the dentist across town that is offering affordable dental implants isn’t cutting corners and offering a substandard product.

Dental implant fees vary from one practice to another. But theoretically, most implant dentists rates will be fairly comparable. So if there is a huge difference in fees, you need to dig a little deeper and find out more about it. Affordable dental implants mean different things to different dentists, as well as different things to different patients. For example, you may not be comparing apples to apples. Your dentist may be pricing traditional dental implants and the new dentist may be quoting mini implants. Or the dental implant brand and products may be a factor in the discretion. Be sure that the affordable implant dentist isn’t getting parts from overseas or choosing less quality materials. Parts can vary by hundreds of dollars.

Ultimately, dental implants need to be done by a dentist that you trust. That is hands down the most important factor. If you get a good deal and then the dental implants fall out, become loose or get infected, it will end up costing you much more in the long run.

So, don’t feel bad. Just proceed with extreme caution.

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Is low price a red flag with dental implants?

I have been on the search for dental implants that I can actually afford. I understand that they are expensive for a reason. So I’m not looking to cut corners and end up with a bunch of problems. Trust me, I’ve seen plenty of dental implant horror stories in my research. I’m just looking for the best, most affordable fees for quality implants. I just received a cost estimate from a local implant dentist that is coming in at about half of what other dentists in my area have offered. Is this a red flag? This new dentist has said the other dentists in our area are over-priced. I’m not sure what to do?

-Leslie in Oregon

Leslie,

Something isn’t adding up and it sounds like you are skeptical for a reason. Dental implants are expensive. There are multiple phases, appointments, and doctors involved. An implant dentist requires extensive training to be successful. It sounds like quality is important to you. So, you need to be very careful when price shopping for cheap dental implants. Some dentists will not only cut corners, but will obtain cheap components from third world countries to keep costs down. Implant dentistry is all about trust. Shift your mindset to researching a dentist’s credentials, experience, and cases he or she has done that are similar to yours. If you end up going with the lesser expensive treatment, you may end up paying for it in the long run and they will end up more expensive.

Skill and experience level, as well as the staff involved with the procedure also come into play with the final fees. So when a dentist comes in at half price, something is fishy.

Are you sure you’re comparing apples to apples? Is it possible the new dentist’s estimate was for mini implants? You could also inquire about the billing codes that were used to come up with the fees. Then you will have a direct comparison to your other quotes. If the codes differ, they are not offering the same treatments. Obtaining the codes may also help you to determine if the products and components are from a reputable, FDA-compliant company in the US or if they are from overseas.

You are smart to be doing this research upfront.

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Conned by dentist offering affordable dental implants?

When I heard I needed dental implants or a partial denture to replace a couple missing teeth, I knew right away I wanted a dental implant. The problem was that it wasn’t going to fit into my budget. So I kept asking around to see what all my options were. Some dentists suggested a dental bridge. Others swore that dental implants are the only option to provide long-term replacement. Then, I found a guy that said he offers affordable dental implants. He sounded like he knew his stuff so, I went for it. Now, I’m totally regretting it. I’ve had so many problems. One of them has already fell out and it’s only been a month. Have I been conned? It may be too late for me, but maybe this post will save someone else from falling into the same trap.

-Layla

Layla,

Sorry to hear that you have been having problems and that one of your dental implants failed. So here’s the thing. “Affordable dental implants” can be a great option if they are placed by a highly-skilled dentist. You could have payed the full traditional implant fee and still ended up with problems. The bigger issue at play here is that implant dentistry is not a regulated field within dentistry. This means any dentist can say they do dental implants without any extra training beyond dental school.

Dental implants actually have a very high success rate at 98% when they are done by dentist that knows what he or she is doing. There are many reasons why the dental implant may have failed. The body may have rejected it, the materials could have been substandard, the healing time may have been rushed, the placement could have been incorrect – it’s hard to say.

There are also mini implants which are also known as affordable dental implants. They are much smaller and the surgery to place them is much simpler. But they aren’t as strong as traditional implants, so not everyone is a candidate. It’s unclear if this is the procedure you had done.

It may be time to find a more experienced implant dentist to try and shed some light on what has happened with your case. Thank you for sharing. It can’t be said enough to anyone that is reading this post, it’s not about selecting the treatment, but all in the trust and experience level of the dentist you choose. Spend your time researching the dentist’s credentials, portfolio, and success rate vs. price shopping.

Thank you for your post.

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