The economy has made everyone cost conscious, but it’s important that people do not cut corners on dental care. When it comes to dentistry, and dental implants in particular, cost-cutting measures can actually lead to higher costs in the future.
People should not stop their routine checkups, because canceling them can backfire. Checkups and dental cleanings actually help patients save on costlier treatment in the long run because they help prevent problems or treat them before they become complicated and costly to fix.
Dental implants, in particular, are procedures in which cost should not be the only consideration, even in a recession. Dental implants are supposed to be with patients for the rest of their lives, so it’s important they are of the highest quality.
The quality of surgeon is also essential. Dentists offering reduced-rate procedures, with off-brand dental implants, should make patients think twice.
Implants done by “traveling surgeons,” ones who go into a dental office, perform a few implant cases, and then move on, can lead headaches down the road. In such a situation, poor follow up is not untypical and many times there is no real protocol for managing complications should one arise.
An ideal surgeon is one who can provide proper follow up at a stable practice. Patients should also look for dentists or oral surgeons who keep up with their education by taking continuing education classes, lecturing, or publishing articles regularly.
When it comes to dental implants, the importance of a top quality surgeon, materials, and follow-up protocol cannot be overstated. Dental implants are supposed to last a lifetime, so it pays to have the absolute best.