Dental implant ads are one of the most effective methods that some dentists use to try and get new patients through their doors. Knowing that many people are put off from getting dental implants because of their cost, they use tempting discounts to attract attention to their dental practice.
We know what you’re probably thinking. If there’s a chance of replacing your missing teeth with implants and getting your smile restored for less than your dentist is charging, then it would be crazy not to take up the offer, right? Well, no!
You see, the way we look at it is, that if a dentist is advertising dental implants at bargain basement prices then there’s usually a catch!
Look at it this way. How many times have you come across an offer only to say to yourself “Wow, this sounds too good to be true?” The truth of the matter is that when something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!
What you may not realise, however, is that you could be placing your oral health and your implants at risk by choosing to go down the cheap implants route.
Why it pays to be wary of dental implant ads
We’re not saying this is always the case, but often when dentists are advertising cut-price implants then it’s usually for two reasons…
• Lack of experience – It could be that the dentist only has limited experience in placing dental implants but is offering this service because there’s high demand for it and understandably, he wants a slice of the action. He may only have carried out one or two surgeries, and as you probably know, every case is different. Often the dentist needs to be able to think on his feet when a problem arises. Are you willing to place your smile in the care of a person who is learning on the job?
• Lesser known brands of dental implants– Another reason that the dentist is offering discounted implants could be that he’s paying less for his implants because they’re not top name brands such as Nobel Biocare or Straumann. There are hundreds of different makers of implants on the market. Some of them could be cheap because they’re not using pure titanium, for instance, whereas others may be cheap because they haven’t had the years of rigorous testing and research that leading brands have undergone. Either way, the savings the dentist may make through obtaining cheap dental implants is unlikely to be to your advantage.
So, if cheap dental ads aren’t the answer, then how do you go about choosing the right dental implants dentist
Choosing a dental implant dentist
Firstly, do your research and go to your first implant consultation with a list of questions that you want answers to. Any competent implant dentist and support team will be only too happy to answer any questions you have. If they don’t or are somewhat evasive, then, say your goodbyes and beat a hasty retreat towards the exit.
In addition, there should also be visual clues or signs that dental implants are a routine treatment in the practice. For instance, a good implant dentist is likely to have invested in the latest equipment and technology, such as 3D Cone Beam CT technology, which enables real-time 3D diagnostic scans so keep an eye out.
Ask to see cases
Again, if the dentist is somewhat wary of showing these, then you might want to think again about choosing them.
Ask about their training
It’s pointless if the dentist attended hundreds of training courses if the last one was 10 years ago. Dental technologies and techniques are constantly evolving, so it’s vital that they’re continually attending lectures and seminars to remain up to date. Don’t be afraid to ask for names of providers of these courses.
Don’t let price be a determinate
While you can pay too little (as we’ve mentioned above with reference to dental implant ads) you can rarely pay too much, especially when it comes to dental implants. Generally speaking, the price of dental implants is determined by the high-value materials used in the process, such as titanium and porcelain, equipment and technical support, as well as the expertise of your dentist in diagnosing, planning and placing your implants.
Just remember, your teeth are critical to your everyday life and your confidence. How else are you going to eat and speak clearly? Your teeth never have a day off, so surely their value shouldn’t be dictated by price.
Poorly executed dental implant treatment often has to be redone, which means additional expense for you, and exposure to further surgeries – which only prolongs the treatment time even more.
Please be wary of anyone offering ‘package deals’ as dental implant treatment is not a ‘one size fits all treatment’. Careful diagnostic assessments and individualised treatment plans are critical to the success of dental implants.
If you’re looking for top quality dental implants carried out by an experienced team of dental professionals, then look no further than Dental Spot in Burwood, NSW. We’ve successfully helped hundreds of patients restore their smile with dental implants and we’d love to do the same for you. Call us today on 02 9158 6115 to schedule your implant consultation.