I have visited four dentists in my area for a dental implant consultation. One dentist is significantly less expensive than the other two. Like thousands of dollars cheaper. Is this like an awesome deal or is something hinky going on?
I am glad you wrote. Often a “deal” like this on dental imlants is a red flag, though there is one positive scenario that would be fine to move forward as long as you understand the risks. that doesn’t mean jump ship. You just have to understand what you are getting into. Let’s start with the red flags.
In general, when I dentist is significantly cheaper than all the other dentists in your area it is because they are trying to draw more clients in. Is this necessarily a bad thing? No, but it depends on why. There are two reasons this could be happening.
The first is they are really bad at their job and have trouble retaining patients. This could be because their work is shoddy or because they have a horrible chairside manner and patients do not enjoy going there. You also have to ask how are they making up their profits. A dentist will not stay in business long if they lost money on treatments. If he is that much cheaper, he is probably cutting corners. This could mean he is purchasing cheap implements from overseas. An implant in the United States costs more than overseas because of the quality control regulations we have. They can get them for just a few dollars from a company outside of the US. The problem is they often break, fall out, or cause infections. It’s not really a good deal if it leads to dental implant failure.
The second possibility is this is a new procedure for this dentist and he is looking to gain experience. The fastest way to do that is by being the cheapest option out there. We all start somewhere and as long as you understand the risks of working with a newbie, it could be a way to save money. Just make sure you talk to him ahead of time about what he’ll do if there is a problem.
There are affordable dental implants and there are cheap dental implants. The difference is in the dentist.
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