Many of those referring specialists think of the prosthodontist as the “quarterback” of a dental treatment plan, the professional in the process with the big picture in mind. They usually lead a team of specialists to develop ideal solutions to your dental needs because they are responsible for the final restoration.
If you are trying to figure out dental implants verses the older more conventional methods of tooth replacement, the cost of dental implants at first blush may appear high, and unaffordable.. But that’s not so. Appearances can be deceiving if you examine the beneficial differences and the time involved by our specialist.
Let’s explore the aspects of price and how different dental implants may differ very significantly depending on these different factors.
‘Where and how’ to find a low cost qualitydental implant, and is most likely the driving adjective ‘low cost’ is a result of the perception by the patient that teeth are utilitarian to your daily life. That’s really not the case, as your teeth aren’t really as appreciated as much as they should be.
The traditional materials – prices of cobalt-chromium alloy and titanium are not the same. Implants from cobalt-chromium (CC) alloy rods are cheaper than comparable titanium implants, but when it comes to zirconium dioxide, then cost of a dental implant may appear to be cost prohibitive to the patient. But, depending on where the implant is being placed, you may end up with a less than satisfactory result with the less expensive CC implant.
This case is a significant factor. The bigger the implant, the more material, the more it costs, but also the more it may do. Also, special coatings applied to the surface of the implant, contribute to better osseo-integration with the bone, will affect the cost of the dental implant.
Different manufacturers put different prices on similar rods made from the same material. Some manufacturers include some kind of an extra charge in the dental implant’s price for their brand name. This is a lot more esoteric and therefore harder to explain. It’s like trying to explain the difference between Polo and Hanes T-shirts.
Finally, it may depend on where your dentist gets their implants from. And this factor may be a function of how motivated your provider is in providing you with the best implant material for the least amount of cost to you.
If the price is too good to be true? Maybe it is.
The cost of an dental implant starts from around $1,500 up to $3,500.00 . Anything less may be an indicator that you’re getting an inferior product or one not designed for a particular location in your mouth. Short term the implant device may appear to be fully functional. But if we look at the cost and the cost of other materials for dental implants compared to their operational life, the difference may be likened to the difference between Toyo’s and Michelin tires. Here again you may get what you pay for and the initial cost may appear affordable, but in the long term you are going to get a better result with respect to how it functions and how long it lasts if your provider installs Michelins.
A lot of your choice and cost may depend on the choice of your provider. It’s not to say the more you spend the better you will be. Rather, a reputable practitioner, who is truly trained in the placement and restoration (and this may be two providers), may be a significant factor in what you end up with and what it costs. Trust and reputation are the more difficult factors to define for the patient. If we can be of help please contact us for your complimentary consult.
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than the restorative alternatives such as bridges, partials and dentures. And from an aesthetic standpoint, they look and feel more natural, some of which is due to the progress made in their bio-compatible development. Implants offer the patient a permanent solution to tooth and continued bone loss.
My preference is to have government stay out of my arena even if the Mayor might be right. Dentists can usually spot a soda drinker a mile away. These patients are often prone to dental cavities and white spots on their teeth known as decalcifications, which are actually the start of new cavities.
A cavity is an infection caused by a combination of carbohydrate-containing foods or beverages and bacteria that live in our mouths. Sweetened soda contains a high amount of sugar, a carbohydrate that can promote cavities. Sodas may be even more damaging to the teeth than other sugar containing beverages because they are acidic as well.
Before we drink a sugar-sweetened soda, the pH in our mouth is about 7.0, which is slightly more acidic than water. When the bacteria in our mouths are exposed to sugar, they metabolize it and produce acid. The acid causes the pH on the tooth surface to drop. At a pH of 5.2 or below, the acid begins to dissolve the hard enamel that forms the outer coating of our teeth. Over time this leads to erosion that causes cavities and painful toothaches.
Of all of the sodas tested, cola caused the most decalcification. Sweetened soda seems to damage teeth in two ways. The soda has a low PH and makes the mouth acidic, and the sugar content causes tooth decay when it comes into contact with bacteria in the mouth.
The easiest way to prevent cavities is by reducing the amount and frequency of eating sugary foods and beverages. If you can’t stop the consumption then consider brushing your teeth at least three times a day, especially after eating or drinking and before bed.
If you have to have sweetened soda, drink it through a straw in one sitting, to bypass the teeth altogether. If we can answer any of your questions or concerns please contact us.
Prosthodontists are expert dentists with a post graduate ADA accredited degree, where function and aesthetics are melded into the final result. They are the quarterbacks of dental implants.
There are a lot of people who just weren’t born with beautiful smiles or for other reasons ended up with damaged teeth. Some inherited stains from medicines their parents took prior to child birth, while others developed discolorations through the years making their appearance unattractive whenever they open to talk or smile.
Our trained prosthodontist specializes in the cosmetic restorations that provide methods, procedures and plans which ultimately improve your personality as much as it improves your mouth. In the past there had been an extensive time period involved in replacing missing teeth through dental implants. And with our in-house implant team, you can get done all under one roof by one of Dr. Scheinfeld’s two daughters, Dr. Zoey Scheinfeld and Dr. Hanna Orland.
As a result of our training and experience with difficult cases, modern techniques take much less time in the beautification of the teeth as compared to older ordinary dentistry.
Finally, the combination of implant specialist rests comfortably within the purview of a prosthodontist’s training and expertise. A comprehensive approach by a prosthodontist and our implantologists is the best way to get your inner confidence boosted and your personality improved. If you truly want to start smiling with the right smile, see the ‘Pro’s.
Going to the dentist is more than just having your teeth cleaned, which is an important part of your oral healthcare. When you go for your semi-annual or quarterly cleaning, you also are examined for any signs of oral cancer, potential tooth decay and x-rays to see whether or not you’re having any otherwise undetectable issues going on with your teeth and jaws.
For example, cancer treatments, pregnancy, heart diseases, diabetes, dental appliances (dentures, braces) can all impact your oral health and may necessitate a change in the care of your mouth and/or teeth. Be sure to tell your dentist if you have experienced a change in your general health or in any medications you are taking since your last dental visit. People with special conditions – such as pregnancy, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other underlying diseases, orthodontic appliances – may require additional instruction and perhaps treatments to keep their mouth healthy. Make sure you understand the additional care and/or treatment that is needed, commit to the extra tasks, and work them into your daily health routine.
This is the best opportunity to talk to your oral healthcare provider. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for more information if you don’t understand a diagnosis, treatment or procedure. You should be able to have a free and frank discussion with your dentist about the following types of issues:
What are the treatment options for a particular dental condition?
How do these options differ in cost and in their durability?
Do all the options solve the problem?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of each option?
Of the dental treatments being recommended, which are absolutely necessary, which are less urgent, which are elective, and which are merely cosmetic?
What are the consequences of delaying treatment?
As you can see, a hygiene appoint is more than just having your teeth cleaned. A beautiful smile is more than just great white teeth. It begins with a strong foundation of good oral healthcare. If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us.
 While we don’t push products, the Right Smile Center offers a comprehensive portfolio of professional home care products that can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums and keep your smile bright, like MI Paste.
Since the early 2000’s, adults have been visiting the dentist less and less. And the Great Recession of 2008 has only aggravated the trend. We see it in our practice and know it is happening to our competitors’ practices as well.
The assumption is that you are saving money by extending the time between regular visits or by not going at all. Not only is this assumption is wrong, but it costs patients their health as well as more money.
Patients who see their dentist on a regular basis save money in other health related treatment. The research by United Concordia shows that patients who visit their dentist on a regular basis not only improve their overall global health but by extension save in reduced medical costs as well.
Dentists not only improve your smile and maintain your oral health, we improve your overall lives. So if you’re thinking about putting off that dental appointment because it can wait, think again.
If we can be of assistance or can answer any of your questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.