We often get asked about the cost of dental implants. Our answer is always the same: “It depends.” As with any surgical procedure, the only fair way to define treatment and associated costs is to complete a thorough exam, present options to the patient, and work as a team to determine the best course of action.
When thinking about cost, the old adage, “buyer beware” comes to mind. Just as you wouldn’t choose a cardiologist because of an “$899 Quadruple Bypass Special,” you shouldn’t choose an implant dentist based solely on price. Yes, price is important, but so is your overall health, your ability to eat comfortably every day, and the emotional impact of having a great smile. Rather than having price as your first qualifier when choosing an office, we recommend you find a quality, experienced implant dentist, then work with him/her to get the best treatment that you can afford.
Our best advice is the following:
1. Research implant dentists in your area. Where did they study? Do they hold any advanced dental certifications or Board Certifications? What implant-specific training did they receive? How long has he/she has been placing implants? Do they have any patient reviews? What licenses do they hold, and have there been any disciplinary actions?
2. Select a few offices to call. What kind of vibe do you get from the person who answers the phone. Are they knowledgeable, friendly, and articulate?
3. Make an appointment, and arrive on time. This will give you time to complete paperwork and take full advantage of the allotted time with the doctor.
4. Explain your concerns. Ask what implant system they intend to use, and why. Ask questions to make sure you understand the treatment options, estimated timeline, costs, and payment options.
5. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion.
With over 25 years of experience placing and restoring dental implants in the greater Tacoma area and elsewhere, we understand that there are many considerations in choosing an Implant Dentist. We provide top quality dental implants in a caring environment, and include our patients as decision-making partners in the process. We love coming to work, each day – we make people smile!