I am a little concerned. I scheduled an appointment with a dentist on my insurance who advertised as an affordable implant dentist. It was a strange appointment, though. They had me fill out a TON of paperwork, much of which had more to do with my finances than my oral health. Before they even saw me for the appointment, they told me I qualified for financing. I thought that was strange. Then, the dentist came back and said he’d recommend extracting all the teeth this week and then getting the implants. He never even examined me. Is this normal and I’m worrying for nothing?
Yes, you have a right to be concerned. First, the dentist should always do a thorough exam before any recommendation is made. I’ve also never heard of a dentist checking you for financing before examining you. That’s very odd.
You said you were looking for affordable dental implants but you didn’t hint that all your teeth needed replacement. That’s a big deal. Most dentists will do everything they can to save as many teeth as possible. I’m surprised this one is so willing to sacrifice all of them without any effort.
I’d like you to get a second opinion.
Getting Affordable Dental Implants
Hopefully, you can save a large number of teeth and you only need to replace a few teeth. That alone will save you a lot of money. However, if it turns out that the teeth truly can’t be saved you can get implant overdentures. These will anchor your dentures to your jaw with implants. Obviously, the more implants you get the better.
The purpose of the dental implants is to preserve as much of your bone as possible. While you can get as few as two dental implants with snap-on dentures, I’d really recommend four to six implants for something very stable and to protect as much jawbone as you can.
There’s some natural financing which comes with dental implants. You generally pay for the surgical portion first. Then, after the healing time is over, you pay for the second portion—the restorations.
To make it even more affordable, many dentists will let you finance out those two portions into smaller payments. They could have in-house payment plans or they may work through Care Credit. Either way, you can get your treatment and pay it out as you go.
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