I lost a tooth years ago. I want to replace it with a dental implant. I’ve spoken to two dentists. One had significantly higher prices than the other. I don’t want to choose based on price, but I also don’t want to go to the wrong dentist. How do you choose the best of two implant dentists?
You are very wise. It’s smart not to price shop when it comes to health. However, the first thing I’d do is compare what they gave you quotes on. It’s possible they were talking about different services. You mentioned it had been a long time since you’d lost the tooth. That would mean you may have significant bone loss in that area, requiring bone grafting.
The more expensive dentist may have factored that in and the “cheaper” dentist just quoted you their standard dental implant charge without considering the overall needs of your case.
Picking the Best Implant Dentist
Finding the best implant dentist depends on two things. First, their training and second, their success rate. Dental implants are an extremely advanced procedure. Post-doctoral training is imperative.
Ideally, you’ll also want a dentist who can do the implant surgery as well as the crown. That leaves less opportunity for miscommunication regarding proper placement.
In your case, you’ll also want a dentist who can do the bone grafting procedure. This way you’re not being shifted between caregivers.
Look at Dr. Thein’s training credentials to get an idea of what you’re looking for in training.
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