Online ‘Deals’ For Dental Implants May Not Be The Bargain You Want.

posted: December 12, 2018

When it comes to dental implants, there can be some rather confusing information on the internet. Online “sales” for implants often promote unusually low prices, such as $999 offers. Yet, these enticing prices don’t always give people a clear picture of what their treatment costs will actually be.

Dental implants are a highly successful replacement system for missing natural teeth. This is largely because implants are held by the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots were once. Through this sturdy foundation, biting and chewing stability for the attached teeth are restored.

However, there are particulars you should know if you are considering dental implants. Rather than be lured by a low price advertised online, keep the following in mind to get the most from your investment:

First, know your product. Dental implant systems are generally made up of 3 parts:

  1. The implanted portion, which is positioned in the jaw bone to serve as a man-made tooth root.
  2. The “abutment,” which is a post that is secured inside the implanted piece. This is the part that your replacement tooth (or teeth) will be attached.
  3. The replacement teeth (also referred to as “restorations”).

While that $999 price may cover the implanted piece, that’s of no good to you without the other components. Those will be added fees. However, there are additional things you should keep in mind.

Comfort options are very important during the dental implant placement process. Does the low price include Oral or I.V. sedation? If not a “mini-implant” placement (short implants placed at minimal depth), or if you need more than one implant, we recommend our patients to have Oral Sedation for optimal comfort and relaxation.

We include Oral Sedation in the cost of your implant placement, so you needn’t worry about an added fee for the comfort level you deserve. For those who desire a deeper level of sedation, we also offer I.V. Sedation, also known as “twilight sleep.”

Another consideration is the type of implant. Do you need a single implant or one that will support a bridge of two or more teeth? Some of these “deals” may have you paying for an implant for each missing tooth. However, one implant can typically hold more than one tooth.

Because the cost of dental implant treatment largely depends on the number of implants placed, having two or more teeth attached to just one implant can save you significantly in overall treatment costs.

It is highly important to select your implant dentist carefully. Does the dentist offering the low fee know which implant is best for you? Or, is he or she offering a particular type at a bargain rate?

Dental implants are not “one size fits all.” There are over 50 different types of implant systems, each designed to accommodate specific needs. If a type that is not right for you is selected and placed, you could end up with a failed implant.

When an implant fails, this means that it must be removed in order for the bone to re-heal and regenerate so a new implant can be placed. This takes additional time and expense, and the expense is in addition to what you’ve already spent. Having an experienced dentist with advanced training in all types of implant systems will help you enjoy an optimal outcome with minimal risks.

Also to be acknowledged is the look and feel of the implant restoration. Especially if the tooth could be visible in a smile, you want the replacement tooth (or teeth) to have the look and feel of a “real” tooth. The low price you may be getting, if the restoration is included in the cost,  may not satisfy you when it comes to the appearance of your smile.

What all this comes down to is getting the most for your investment. This begins and ends with a dentist you can trust. Having your dental implant treatment overseen by an experienced implant dentist who is committed to your long-term well-being is more important that the risks you take placing low price as your main priority.

We are proud of our reputation for providing state-of-the-art technology, advanced techniques, and recommendations that come from an ethical commitment. We never over-treat or under-treat and respect the desires of our patients regardless of their preferences.

You are invited to schedule a no-charge consultation appointment to discuss your individual needs and goals. I’ll be happy to answer your questions and make recommendations. We can discuss various implant systems that will work best for you as well as comfort options, treatment time, and payment plans. If you have insurance coverage that may apply, we can also begin research on what you might reap from that.

Our ultimate desire is to provide each patient with an ideal outcome for a reasonable fee. We believe that our commitment to you will provide you with results that exceed your expectations. Too, the most frequent statement we hear from our completed implant patients is, “It’s the best investment I’ve ever made.” followed by, “I only wish I’d done this years ago!”

Please allow us to show you why our patients feel this way! Call 843-871-6351 to tap here to begin.