I talked to my general dentist about getting dental implants, and he gave me a quote for the procedure. He referred me to a periodontist for the placement. The periodontist’s quote included bone grafts and other things my general dentist didn’t mention. His quote was nearly two times as much as my initial quote! Are they just charging extra for the sake of it, or is this a normal price? Whose quote is more accurate?
Taylor from Nashville, Tennessee
It is unlikely that the periodontist is price gouging you. Getting a dental implant involves many different steps and procedures. Be sure to mention your budget concerns with your dentist, and they should be able to break down the cost into an affordable solution.
If your periodontist mentioned bone grafts, it’s likely that he found bone loss. Your general dentist is not as trained to spot these things as a periodontist would be. A bone graft will affect the cost of the procedure, but is necessary to the success of your implant; if you get a dental implant without enough bone to support it, it will fail. A failed dental implant will be more expensive than a bone graft. Once your jaw has healed around the implant, your crown can be placed.
If you are still worried about the price differences, seek a second opinion. You may find that a different solution besides a dental implant is best for you.
This blog post is brought to you by Enfield affordable dentist, Dr. William Cummiskey, of Generations Dental Care.