Chances are, you found this post while Googling the topic “cost of dental implants.” Dental implants are not cheap. However, certain online ads promise “$1,999 Implants!” Unlike online “comparison shopping” for a book or a computer, tracking down the cheapest implant often results in getting an inferior implant. Implants are not commodities, and your health should not be compromised to save a few dollars.
Here are a few common tricks found online. Caveat Emptor!
If you ever shopped for a car, you may have encountered the textbook example of unscrupulous salesmanship. A car priced at $12,000 is a great deal. After you commit to buy, a list of hidden charges and fees are added that increase the total cost to $14,000. You might have passed up the honest dealership across town that sold the same model for $13,000.
Just like cars, implants can be padded with hidden costs. Perhaps, the implant costs only $1,999, but you also end up paying for essential items such as the crown that completes the new tooth. Not only will you end up paying about the same amount, but who wants to give their money to an unethical practice? Further, if a dentist can’t give you the straight dope on the cost of your implants, who knows if the clinic might cut corners with their quality of care?
No two dental implants are the same. They all require different amounts and types of work to place. While a practice may be able to offer a bargain basement implant, it may be only in the rare case where no other dental work needs to be performed. However, you may be charged extra for bone grafting or tissue augmentation. If the implant needs an extra appointment to perfect, you might get charged for that as well.
Simply put, no dentist should quote you a price before an examination. Every patient has different needs and requires a different treatment.
“Same Day” Dental Implants
Some practices will do anything to get you into the chair! While recent innovations have made “same day” implants possible, it all depends on the best interests of the patient. Usually, an implant still requires two appointments. The first requires installation of the implant post into your mouth. The second mounts a synthetic tooth upon the post. A “same day” practice may very well be offering the typical “bait and switch” one finds with other unscrupulous businesses.Continue reading »