Dental Implants Blog Toronto
The purpose of this dedicated Dental Implants blog for is to assist you and educate of dental implant procedure, dental implant cost and step-by-step guide for dental implant. Dr. Singh has help thousands ofpeople over the last 28 years to improve their facial appearance and dental function by utilizing the advanced techniques and technology of modern dentistry.
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Recently I began working with Dentistry at Vitality Health and I’ve noticed some misconceptions that patients have about dental implants.
1. The Lowest Price is the Best Deal.
The most common question I receive from potential patients is, “What’s your lowest price for an implant?” These patients seem to believe that the cheapest price is the best price.
There’s two problems with this thinking.
The first is that the phrase “dental implant” may mean different things to different people. One dentist might be advertising a low price for a dental implant, but he’s just referring to the actual implant (metal screw) that goes in your jaw. He’s not including the abutment (the piece that joins the implant to the crown), the crown or the surgery! It’s like leasing a new car for $299; you need to read the fine print to realize that the lease is for a base model with no options and doesn’t include PID, shipping and handling, or taxes.
The second issue is the actual cost of the material influences the price. The actual price of the implant, abutment and crown can vary based on who manufactures the product. Both products may look very similar and seem to function the same; the quality may be indistinguishable to the untrained eye. I always use the analogy of an Ikea dresser compared to handcrafted wood piece; both look good and can store your clothing; however, one will last a lifetime and the other won’t.
At Dentistry at Vitality Health, we only use Nobel Biocare implants. Nobel Biocare invented dental implants; they have years of research and development, and they are a proven provider that stands behind their product.
2. 3D X-rays are More Expensive than Traditional 2D X-rays
This is both true and untrue. 3D X-rays, which are 3D Bone Scan CTs, do cost the dentist more money than a traditional 2D X-ray; but don’t cost the patient more. A 3D X-ray is pivotal to providing the dentist with insight into how to perform your surgery. 3D X-rays provide more information, prevent error, and improve the success of the surgery.
At Dentistry at Vitality Health, we offer 3D X-rays in-house. Yes, right here in our own office! This was a significant financial investment in both the purchase of the machine and in the training of team members, but one that we feel is beneficial to the patient as we can read the X-rays immediately and develop a treatment plan more efficiently. Every X-ray is also read by a radiologist so that nothing is overlooked or misinterpreted. Only a few dental offices in Ontario offer 3D X-rays in-house. Some dentists refer their patients to another lab and others continue to use 2D X-rays.
3. The Healing Time after a Tooth Extraction and Before an Implant is Long
For over 10 years, Dr. Singh has been providing Immediate Dental Implants, also known as Teeth-in-an-Hour, which means that a tooth is extracted and a dental implant, abutment and crown are placed immediately after the surgery. “Amazing” is the response most patients utter.
An Immediate Dental Implant is not an option for everyone. There are certain conditions that must be met; the gums must be healthy, the area cannot have any infection, there must be adequate jaw bone, and the patient must be cautious chewing for three to six weeks after the surgery. If even one of these conditions are not met; the patient may need to let the extraction area heal before an implant is placed. The healing time could be as minimal as six weeks or up to six months, depending on the issue that is being resolved.
4. Getting All Upper Implants is “12 Times the Cost of One Implant”
Some patients have removable dentures and want to get implants on the top or bottom; they find out the cost of one implant and multiply it by 12. Other patients have one implant, a couple of missing teeth, but know that the rest of their teeth will need to be removed in a few years; they start multiplying missing teeth by implants. Stop with the math!
If you are missing multiple teeth, you need a dental implant consultation to determine what solution is best for you and what the cost will be. A properly developed treatment plan is complicated; not something that can be quoted over the phone or quickly calculated.
A dental consultation involves getting a 3D CT Bone Scan and then discussing all possible options, timelines and cost. Our patient coordinator, Patty, has met with hundreds of patients and has helped them to successfully choose an option that leaves them smiling!
I hope that I’ve clarified some common misconceptions about Dental Implants; if there’s another issue that you find confusing, send me an email and I’ll do my best to explain it to you.