Dental implants are the best replacement for missing teeth, and there are literally hundreds of companies making them. However, only a handful of these companies make sure that their implant fixtures meet the stringent standards set by the American Dental Association, (ADA), and the Food and Drug Administration, (FDA). Fixtures manufactured by these companies meet ADA and FDA standards as well as precise manufacturing tolerances. They will cost between $300 and $500 each. However, some companies sell cheap fixtures for as little as $5, so there is a strong temptation for dentists to cut corners and save money. Substandard fixtures can and do lead to infections, loose fixtures, and complete implant failure. Here at Murphree and Reed Dental we only use fixtures that are FDA and ADA approved.
In addition, it is important to choose a dentist who is fully trained to do your dental implants. Since implants is not yet a recognized dental specialty, some dentists launch into providing this treatment with inadequate training. Dr. Davis Reed has pursued extensive post-graduate training in dental implants from several institutions, including the Misch International Implant Institute and the Blue Sky Bio Academy. He also completed the Comprehensive Implantology Continuum, an 84-hour series of courses from Columbia University.