Is it possible for patients to have affordable dental implants without sacrificing quality?
Posted on March 2, 2016
Advertisements for low cost dental implants populate the Internet, television, and radio and the competing messages create confusion for patients trying to determine whether affordable dental implants can actually be quality dental implants as well. One of the problems is that each of the advertisements defines “affordable” differently.
While it is certainly possible for San Diego patients to have affordable dental implants without sacrificing quality, they need to understand several factors that determine the cost of treatment, as well as the quality:
- Long-term consequences. There are dentists who compromise quality in order to lower the cost of dental implant treatment. This can involve using inexpensive dental implants, cutting steps in the treatment process, or utilizing a laboratory that does not use quality materials. These compromises often result in treatment outcomes that are not ideal and in some cases, involve failed implants, infections, and damaged bone and gum tissue. Often the compromise in quality is based on lack of knowledge and experience.
- Costs of implants. All too often, San Diego patients who have experienced the trauma of failed dental implant treatment have to endure several months of additional treatment performed by experienced specialists to repair the damaged bone and tissue and replace the implants. In these situations, the affordable dental implants these patients were seeking became more expensive than quality dental implant treatment would have been in the first place.
- Misleading ads. Unfortunately, there are also situations where advertisements are misleading; offering low cost dental implants, when in reality it is a bait-and-switch situation. Sometimes the cost advertised is for the second or third implant, so it is important to ask questions and read all the fine print.
In summary, if San Diego patients want affordable dental implants, the best approach is to seek treatment with experienced dentists and specialists who utilize quality dental implants and dental laboratories and do not cut any steps in the treatment process. This is always the most cost effective dental implant treatment because expertise and quality produce the most successful results long-term.