I need some help and advice. Several years ago I allowed a dentist to talk me into removing all of my teeth even though I know at least twelve of them were salvageable. The worse decision of my life. He wanted to do dentures. I was worried about that in the long term but he assured me it was better to start out with dentures and then I could add the implants later if I had trouble with them. Well, I have hated them since day one, but he doesn’t do the implants he said I could get later. So, I went to Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers. At first, they said the all-on-4 procedure would be $62,000. Then, when they learned my husband was a retired vet, they lowered it to $54,000. That seems so arbitrary to me. If they can lower it that quickly by almost $10,000 is that the right price? It still seems expensive to me. After making the previous mistake, I don’t want to make another one. Is this the right way to go?
So one of the things I notice right away is that Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers are pricing for someone who is getting bone grafting and then implant overdentures, but giving you the all-on-4 procedure. This increases their profit margin significantly, without giving you the quality and safety you would get with implant overdentures. With the all-on-4 procedure, which has helped many people who could not go the better route, if one implant fixture fails, the entire unit has to be replaced.
My suggestion is you call around to some exceptional implants dentists in your area and see what they would charge you for implant overdentures. if you have only been in dentures for a few years, you may not even need bone grafting. When you do the diagnostics you need for your ANY dental implant procedure, your dentist could tell you whether or not you have enough bone structure.
Who Should Do Your Dental Implants?
One of the things you need to know is that dental implants are not really taught in dental school. This means if a dentist wants to know how to do it well, they will have to invest in post-doctoral training. Because it is such an advanced procedure, you want to make sure your dentist has a LOT of training in this. There are countless stories of dental implant horror stories. Your best bet is to get a dentist who is a fellow with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. They have proven training and skill.
Though not completely necessary, another thing to look for is whether the dentist does the implant surgery himself or farms you out to an oral surgeon. Ideally, the dentist can do the surgery himself. This cuts down risk as there will not be any miscommunication between the dentist and the surgeon on placement. What IS absolutely necessary is that it is the dentist who determines the placement, not the surgeon.
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