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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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What caused dental implants to fall out?

I was looking forward to getting dental implants, but after seeing what my cousin has been dealing with, I’m not so sure. She had dental implants done about 10 years ago. She was very happy with them and was always recommending them to me to replace my missing teeth. All was great, until recently she found a lump under one of them. It was on her gums. When she went to get it checked at the dentist, he told her that the dental implant failed. How does that all the sudden happen? Apparently, she also had bone loss and an infection. I’m scared to move forward with them now.

-Sandra in Ohio

Sandra,

Based on what you have described, it sounds like your friend has peri-implantitis. This condition is quite rare. Usually this type of issue surfaces right after the permanent crown is placed. But in some cases, it develops years down the road. There are some symptoms that may have been better indicators to your cousin, like bad breath or a very bad taste in her mouth. Both of those would have been from the infection. When the infection goes untreated, the bone starts to dissolve. And now she is probably going to have some major problems.

Do you know if your cousin kept up with her regular check-ups. The implant dentist that placed them should have detected this problem much sooner than now. If it was found earlier, the dental implant might not have failed.

You shouldn’t avoid dental implants because of her bad experience. Although, you need to learn from it and keep up with regular appointments and cleanings. Also, smoking should also be avoided. Smokers are at higher risk of developing peri-implantitis.

When selecting your implant dentist, be sure to check their credentials. Ask them if you are at risk for a condition like this and also ask to see cases similar to yours. Inquire about their experience and success rate with dental implants. When they are done properly and taken care of, they are a permanent solution that look, feel and function just like natural teeth.

Good luck!

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I couldn’t afford dental implants. Now I’m having problems with my denture.

I should have trusted my gut. I really wanted to get dental implants to replace my missing teeth. But I honestly couldn’t afford them. So, I went with more affordable dentures. I knew from the beginning that they wouldn’t look natural. But I had no idea how terrible my quality of life would be. I have had so many denture problems, I don’t even know where to begin. They don’t fit right. I can’t eat normally or even talk normally. And they hurt! Am I doomed or do I have any other options?

-Bart in Florida

Bart,

Your situation is unfortunate. Don’t be so hard on yourself in choosing to move forward with dentures. You made the best decision you could at the time. Many dentists don’t always effectively communicate the possibility of ill-fitting dentures that can cause many problems.

It is possible that you will continue to adjust to them and your day-to-day quality of life will improve. Your first option would be to go back into the dentist to see if there are any adjustments that can be done to improve your comfort. Contact the dentist again and have an evaluation done. Sometimes even the smallest adjustment makes a world of difference to remedy denture problems.

It sounds like budget is an important factor for your treatment plan. Although, dental implants may not be an option for your financially, ask your dentist about a snap-on denture. This treatment will help stabilize your denture and keep it from slipping around. It is a lot less expensive than getting dental implants to replace every missing tooth. Depending on the budget you have available, dental implants will be placed to secure the denture. The more dental implants you have placed, the better.

Dentures can be made to look life-like and beautiful. So if you don’t like the way you look, you may want to see another dentist that is more experienced in the aesthetics versus purely functionality or lack of functionality, in your case. Sorry you have had to endure so many denture problems. Don’t settle with being unhappy. You deserve to have a better fitting set or to move forward with an improved treatment plan. Best of luck!

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What are my options if I’m allergic to dentures?

I have had bad teeth all my life. The last one was removed several months ago. When I heard about how great dental implants are to replace my missing teeth, I was ready to sign on the line. That is, until I found out how terribly expensive they are. So, I moved forward with the lesser expensive treatment option, complete dentures. That experience was a nightmare because I ended up being allergic to the dentures. My mouth hurt and burned like you wouldn’t believe. When I talked to my dentist he kept telling me that I was probably still getting used to them and that my mouth was likely still healing. After several months of only being able to keep them in for less than 10 minutes at a time, I realize they will not work for me. What am I going to do? I cannot afford dental implants. Are they my only option?

– Pamela in Kentucky

Pamela,

Your dentist doesn’t sound like he is taking you seriously. Yes, an allergy to dentures is very rare. But, if you cannot tolerate to have them in your mouth for longer than a few minutes at a time, there is a major problem. Acrylic is the main material used in dentures. This material  rarely causes an adverse reaction. But there are a few cases of this occurring in medical journals. Often times, it turns out that it is the nickel, metal, or maybe even the adhesive that you are reacting to.

That said, have you tried eliminating the dental adhesive? The dentures should fit pretty well at this point, so try going without it. If indeed, it turns out to be the adhesive, you can try another brand with a different formulation of ingredients.

Do you have a metal allergy? If so, investigate if there is any metal used in your denture. If so, you may be able to have a new set of dentures manufactured for you that doesn’t contain the trigger material. If you are unable to pinpoint the metal allergy, it may be in your best interest to meet with an allergist so you can avoid those materials. Then, a new denture can be made.

As you mentioned, dental implants are becoming the standard of care for missing teeth. But, they will not likely be covered by dental insurance. Don’t rule that option out completely. If your dental insurance covers the cost of even just the restorative phase, that could help make them more affordable.

The bottom line is, do not feel like you have to suffer. If your dentist isn’t proactive in helping you through this, it may be time to seek out a second opinion. Best of luck and thanks for sharing your story.

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Will dental implants eliminate pain?

My mom has a lot of physical problems after a stroke. She is disabled and requires a lot of assistance with daily tasks. When she started complaining of a toothache, we knew we needed to get her in. She avoids the dentist at all costs. So we know her teeth aren’t in the best shape. We decided to take her into a local dental school to see what was going on. Well, we were shocked when we learned she is missing  a tooth. They think that the pain is being caused from her top teeth coming down into the gap and literally irritating her jawbone.

It sounds like it also may be time to consider dentures because she needs many more teeth pulled. She wants to know if dental implants will take care of her problem where the most recent missing tooth was discovered? Will that work? Or would it be better to extract the top tooth that is coming down and causing her pain when she bites?

-Gena in Texas

Gena,

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, without actually seeing your mother’s case or studying the notes, it’s difficult to make recommendations.

As you have seen with your mom, teeth need their opposing biting partners to remain strong and healthy. So, when there is a tooth that is gone, the opposite one will not experience biting force. Sometimes it will protrude or shift around. When the tooth was originally lost, that would have been the ideal time to consider a dental implant to replace it. At this point it time, it’s not so straightforward.

In order to have successful dental implants, the patient must have otherwise healthy mouth. The risk is that the dental implant wouldn’t heal properly. If she has any signs of gum disease, she may not be a dental implant candidate. The implant would be at risk for infection and may end up causing her even more discomfort.

It would be wise for her to seek a consultation with an experienced implant dentist. She will need to have a full diagnosis and evaluation to best determine the correct treatment plan. It is possible that dental implants would be beneficial as part of her overall treatment plan, but possibly not in the area you are referencing. Before pulling all the teeth and getting dentures, the viability should be determined of each tooth. The quick fix would be to extract the tooth that is causing her discomfort while biting. But she may end up having more problems in the long run. It may be time to seek a second opinion beyond that of a dental school.

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Is Care Credit good for dental implants?

I have had a couple really terrible years with my oral health. My bridge failed and now I need to get four dental implants. My insurance of course will not cover them. So I am trying to explore my options to make them work into my budget. My dentist is recommending I try CareCredit. I really don’t have great credit, so I want to know if it’s worth my time to even look into it? I just don’t know how I will make the dental implant treatment work otherwise?

-Ben in Missouri

Ben,

Care Credit is a third party financing company with many excellent, low or zero percent financing options. The payment plans are affordable and generally very reasonable. It can be utilized for many procedures that qualify over a certain fee threshold, including dental implants. Basically, it’s like a credit card for healthcare services. The nice thing is that you can typically get a zero percent term for six months to a year for each treatment, with low interest rates. It’s usually pretty simply to see if you qualify and most dental offices can even do it for you right in the office. Different practices take advantage of different options or promotions, so you need to work directly with your implant dentist to see what works best for your dental implants.

Approval is based on your credit history, but just because your credit score may not be excellent doesn’t mean you won’t be approved. It’s worth a try and you will find out immediately if you are approved. It’s also worth mentioning that you can add a co-borrower if that is at all beneficial to your situation. There is no penalty to pay the balance in full, if or when you are ready and it usually helps many individuals get the care they need in an affordable manner.

Hopefully this encourages you to give it a try. Here’s the link to the CareCredit website. You may also be able to apply online at www.carecredit.com.

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Can You Get Affordable Dental Implants at a School for Dentists?

I’ve been trying to work out my options for getting affordable dental implants. Everything I’ve come across is lacking in one way or another. My latest idea is to check with a local dental school. I’ve had experience with one in the past. They took pretty good care of me and the work was fairly inexpensive. I know the head doctors check all the work, so I think it’s a viable option. But I’m wondering if a) primary schools actually teach this and would therefore offer it as a service, and b) if this is something that’s safe to have done at a school. Previously, the most I’ve had done is cleanings and fillings. I’m a little leery of having something this big done by them. But it sounds like a great way to get affordable dental implants. What’s the general consensus here?

Thanks,

Larry in Oregon

Dear Larry,

It can be difficult to find affordable dental implants, and a dental school may seem like a great option. As you noted, the work students perform is checked by their teacher (the head dentist), and so a lot of people looking for less-expensive alternatives wind up there.

With that said, a lot a dental implant’s success is dependent on the skill of the doctor who performs the procedure. In the hands of a skilled physician, odds are that the procedure will be a success. Those who are proficient have around a 98% success rate. Unfortunately, very few studies have been performed on the success rates student dentists have. One from  Oregon Health and Science University’s Advanced Education Program in Periodontics indicated a 95.8% success rate. To be fair, part of the program’s guidelines for admittance are that students must already have graduated from a “CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) approved dental school.” So, these are already dentists who decided to further their education by going to school to become periodontists. Moreover, the report doesn’t seem to indicate at which point in training the dentists performed the services, so it’s very difficult to surmise at which point the curve of skill lessens the risk of failure.

If, in your quest for affordable dental implants, you choose to seek out the services of a dental school, you should be aware that the chances of having a successful outcome are slightly diminished. Only you can determine if the potential savings are worth the risk. You also owe it to yourself to find out in advance what recourse you have if the dental implant fails.

You might want to try calling around to established offices and talk to doctors who have more experience. It’s quite likely that you’ll find someone who offers payment plans or financing. Because the work is already done in stages, you may find that paying as the stages pass may make your dental implants affordable as well.

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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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My partial denture failed.

I wasn’t the best at going to the dentist and I put off some crowns that I needed. When I finally got around to getting them, the teeth were so bad they had to be extracted. I wish I could say that I learned the first time around, but I didn’t. Sadly, I only have three natural teeth left on top. I ended up with a partial denture. Over time, it failed. So now I’m hearing about affordable dental implants. Can I get something like that now?

I’m in worse off shape than I was years ago. The partial denture ruined one of my good teeth from the clasp. So, I’m being told that it needs a root canal and crown. But after seeing the price, I’m really interested in getting rid of it and hopefully getting implants if I can figure out a way to afford them. Please tell me that full dentures aren’t my only option at this point.

– Jeff in Texas

Jeff,

Sorry to hear that you have had a tough time with your oral health and that the partial denture failed. It likely wasn’t the clasp that caused your partial denture to fail. But ill-fitting appliances can cause all kinds of problems. They need to fit well in order to evenly distribute the weight of the force that occurs during daily chewing, etc. The root canal and crown may work well if you would consider a new partial denture.

Affordable dental implants can be incorporated with a denture which may provide more stability. A dental implant is surgically implanted into your jaw so it will anchor the tooth in place and if the denture is bonded to it, you may be much happier with the result. You will need to meet with a reputable implant dentist. Don’t let cost drive your decision or you will end up with more problems and expense in the future.

So it would be wise to consult with an implant dentist you can trust and that has a successful track record with cases like yours. Then, you can explore the varying options you have beyond dentures. Good luck!

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