I have been doing my research about getting dental implants on four of my top and bottom teeth, for a total of eight. I went into Clear Choice and received a quote for $42,000. Is that comparable to what I can expect elsewhere? Or is that outrageously high? I am looking for any input or Clear Choice reviews I can find for comparison.
– Elaine in Oregon
It is always good for any kind of major procedure like eight dental implants, to get a second opinion. Then, you will have some basis for comparison. One common Clear Choice review is that it seems like most people end up getting the same treatment plan. And since implant dentistry is so intrusive, every individual has a different set of issues. A one-size fits all approach is never a good sign.
Often times, the Clear Choice approach involves removing the remaining teeth and getting all-on-four dental implants. Well not everyone is the best candidate for this treatment plan and you really should at least consider an approach that tries to salvage what healthy teeth you have. It is unclear if that is the treatment plan that was recommended for you, but again seeking a second opinion is always a good way to go.
There are two very reputable implant dentistry organizations that you should look for when you are considering an implant dentist; the International College of Oral Implantologists or American Academy of Oral Implantology. If a dentist is either a fellow of the ICOI or board certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology, or a graduate of the Misch Institute, then they would be able to give you a valid second opinion.
As far as where the price they gave you would compare, it does sound high. But you didn’t elaborate on the exact treatment plan, if it involved any bone grafting or if they were actually going to to the all-on-four dental implant procedure? Most dentists aren’t that confident in the longevity of all-on-fours.
Lastly, when you do go in for the second opinion, be sure that you do not reveal what Clear Choice recommended. You want them to make an unbiased recommendation, based on what they think is best for your personalized needs. So you probably don’t even want to recommend that they are the second dentist you are meeting with.
This post is sponsored by Cleveland dentist Hylan Dental Care.