Ramesh Siva

2013-03-28 13:59:43

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Truth About Cheap Dental Implants

Shopping around for everything is the thing to do in these times of austerity. There are even TV programs about it, so surely that's the way to go for your teeth?

The main thing I would say is the worst thing that could happen getting a bargain price for your TV is that it has a fault but then you can return it.  What happens if you have faulty work in your mouth? You may develop symptoms immediately or it may only surface some time after the procedure. You may not be aware of this until problems arise or it is pointed out at a routine dental examination. In this case it is not possible to just return the faulty goods,  it usually involves drawn out, complicated surgery and the costs far exceed the costs if the work was done correctly in the first place.

As with any price cuts, the business that offers the service must make their margins to be in profit, or the business would fail. Therefore savings must he made to offer a bargain. In implant dentistry this can involve using inferior cheap implants, using cheap materials and laboratories for the crowns or bridges placed onto the implants, cutting corners in appointment length or recommended protocols. For instance, instead of purchasing all the sterile products recommended for surgery, and taking the necessary time to set up a surgery correctly, some operators may cut corners here.

Another important factor is the experience of the operator. How long have they been placing dental implants, how many have they placed, what is their failure rate? What  recognisedorganisations are they members of? Currently there is no regulation for dentists who want to be Implantologists. This means that there is no minimum level of experience or qualification, other than the standard dental degree. You want to be sure that your surgeon has the relevant experience, and it is perfectly reasonable to ask for these details at the consultation stage.

In many cases appearances can be deceptive. There are companies offering either services here or abroad that perform their consultations in plush surroundings in locations in well known central London locations. This gives an air of respectability, surely if someone is operating from such a place, they must be reliable? Not necessarily. Did you know that any registered dentists, regardless of quality or experience can have an address in Harley Street or Wimpole Street?

Having said all this, there are still ways to reduce costs without compromising on safety. If you know someone who has been to a cheaper clinic either here or abroad, has had a good experience, or has had a regular check by their own dentist who has verified the work. Then that may be a good recommendation.

Other aspects of dentistry where patients may not be fully aware of the differences between prices and quality are routine fillings and crowns. It is often the case your regular NHS dentists will offer private fillings, but what is the difference if it's the same operator? Also why does one dentist charge one amount for a filling and another a higher fee? Whether it is a filling or a crown that you need, there are various factors that will determine the quality (and the price) of the work you get done. Firstly, the experience of the dentist. As with any job, the more experienced the operator, the better for the client. Then there are the materials. What quality are the fillings or crowns? There can be quite a difference, not only in the appearance but also in how long they may last, if the best filling and crown materials are being used as oppose to cheaper ones.

The time taken to do the procedure also has a direct effect on price. For instance does the dentist do a private filling in the same time they take to do a NHS one or does it take twice or three times as long. Usually it should take much longer. Finally for crowns or bridges the laboratory used can affect the cost considerably. There are some cheap labs producing crowns especially abroad, but the quality tends to be quite considerably inferior to good laboratories which are UK based and some reputable ones in countries such as Germany and the US. This can have a direct effect on the longevity and appearance of the resulting crown. Hopefully this blog has given some insight into why the price for dentistry varies so much and what to look for when you are shopping around.

 At Bridge Dental and Albion Dental although we try to remain competitive, we will not compromise on our patients' long-term dental health. We do offer, for example, mid range price to premier price dental implants to suit budgets. But you can be rest assured that we will not provide a service which may be the cheapest and be ok in the short term, but may cause problems over the medium to long term.

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