I’m not sure if what is being told to me is accurate and need some advice. I lost two front teeth in a tussle with a horse I lost. I was a teenager at the time and they told me I’d have to wait until my jaw was fully developed to get dental implants. I’ve been wearing a flipper since then. I’m about 12 years older now and am ready to get the implants but don’t have gobs of money. I found a dentist who was more affordable than most and has a good reputation for his work. However, when I went for my consultation he said he could do the dental implants but in order for them to match the other teeth I’d need to get two porcelain veneers on either side of the front teeth. This takes it way out of the affordable range. Is that normal practice for someone in my situation?
No, this isn’t standard procedure. I think the problem you’re bucking up against here (forgive the horse pun, but given what caused this I couldn’t resist), is a dentist who isn’t skilled in cosmetic work.
Granted the front teeth are the hardest to do, but a good cosmetic dentist would be able to match them to the remainder of your teeth. In fact, a dental flipper, which you’ve been wearing for years, is much less aesthetic.
I don’t know if he does this because he feels like he has to in order to get the dental implants to match or if he’s just trying to increase the bill. Either way, you’ll want a different dentist.
Affordable Dental Implants
You should know that dental implants are done in two stages, which also breaks the payment into two stages as well. Though, even that is hard for many patients. Plus, you sound young which likely means you haven’t had time to build up a huge savings yet.
When you’re looking for affordable dental implants, make sure you don’t just look for cheap. There’s a big difference. Cheap dental implants often have a higher price tag because of the lack of skill on the dentist’s part or the poor quality of the materials.
Either of those issues can lead to infection and dental implant failure. Then, you’ll have to start over as well has have bone grafting done to replace the lost bone. You’ll likely be paying for all of that out of pocket unless you can prove it was the dentist’s fault.
That’s why I’m a firm believer in picking the dentist based on their skill and success rate, then talking to them directly about ways to make this more affordable for you. Most would be willing to even subdivide the two payments further for you if necessary. Or, they may work with Care Credit which allows you to get your work done and then pay it out as you go.
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