We’ve all heard the saying “you get what you pay for”. This is especially true in the world of dentistry, specifically regarding dental implants. The media is full of deceptive advertising campaigns that offer implant treatment at unbelievably low rates. Unfortunately, these incentives are typically too good to be true.
At the practice of Dr. Todd B. Barsky in Miami, FL, we place only the highest-quality dental implants that have been well-researched and proven successful in clinical trials. Adhering to a patient-centric philosophy, we believe pricing should be transparent, with no hidden fees or surprises. Today, we will discuss the trend of low cost dental implants, and what you should know in order to make an informed decision regarding your treatment.
Top 4 Things to Beware of with Low Cost Dental Implants
1. Hidden Dental Implant Fees
The most common tactics of these misleading advertisements include hidden fees. For example, if an advertisement states, “Dental Implants for $995”, it fails to mention that an implant is only a small part of the treatment. In fact, an implant is rendered useless without an abutment (connector) and dental crown – all this in addition to the costs of materials and labor!
Imagine how frustrating it would be to complete your dental implant surgery only to find out you owe a couple thousand more dollars in order to actually use the implant.
Parts of a Dental Implant
2. Low-Quality Dental Implants
There are only a handful of dental implant manufacturers who craft quality, time-tested materials. Unfortunately, generic companies are becoming increasingly common, and may even sell implants for as little as a couple hundred bucks. While this seems appealing initially, it is important to understand that these companies do not put their products through rigorous testing.
Essentially, these products make it to the market without ever being used in a clinical study. Therefore, there is no evidence that suggests their design, composition, or sterility is appropriate for patient use. Receiving a generic implant can significantly increase the risk of infections, bone loss, fractures, or other unforeseen complications.
3. Reusing Worn-Out Equipment
Unfortunately, some dentists will cut corners in order to make a profit. While most dental equipment is manufactured with the intent of reuse following sterilization, some materials require occasional replacement in order to provide safe and effective treatment. For example, the drills used in dental implant surgery need to be in excellent condition for successful placement.
While they are designed to be reused, they are intended to be replaced after a certain number of uses. Some doctors will reuse old drills in an attempt to save money. Unfortunately, this can result in complications such as overheating the bone, impeded healing, and even implant failure.
4. The Experience of the Surgeon
When you are investing in a teeth replacement option such as dental implants, you want to choose a doctor with combined skill and experience. Typically, more experienced surgeons will charge more than a doctor who is newly-graduated. Oftentimes, a suspiciously low cost may indicate the doctor’s level of proficiency.
Contact Barsky DDS Today for a Consultation
If you are considering teeth replacement options, and are curious about dental implants, Dr. Barsky can help you determine solutions that will work best for you. To schedule a visit, call our office at (786) 542-1071, or contact us online anytime.