If you’re considering dental implants, you may have spoken to more than one dentist about the procedure. Although it’s important to never make cost the deciding factor in your decision, we understand that cost can be an important factor. But if you are comparing cost quotes, you have to make sure that you’re doing a smart comparison–accounting for all elements of the different quotes. Here are some important factors to keep in mind when making these comparisons.
Do the Quotes Cover the Same Services?
First, make sure that the dental implant quotes you’re looking at cover the same services. Some dentists will include specialists’ fees, anesthesia, and aftercare into their initial quote. Others won’t. Make sure you understand what is included in the different quotes when doing the comparison.
What Is the Dentist’s Process Like?
It’s also important to know that the services on paper may not tell the whole story. All dentists are probably going to fit you for a restoration, but some dentists will take more time to make sure that fit is ideal, which may included performing neuromuscular dentistry evaluations of your bite.
Is the Hardware Different?
Not all dental implants are the same. Nor are dental crowns or dentures. It’s important to understand what types of restorations are being offered by each dentist. This includes not just the materials, but the dental labs that are being used–the quality of restorations can be very different between different materials and labs, and the cost can be different, too.
Account for Training, Experience, and Expertise
There are some things that you just can’t find on the quote, but may be vital to your comparison. You have to account for the differences between dentists in terms of training, experience, and expertise. All dentists have received a minimum level of education, but not all have continued to pursue dental excellence after finishing their dental degree.
Dentists who get more continuing education after college have more training to draw from to help them perform the best dental implant procedure.
It’s also important to factor experience into your decision. Dentists who have performed more dental implant procedures are likely to be better at them, and that means less risk and better results for you. Don’t forget to ask each dentist about their experience and factor that into your comparison.
Expertise is hard to measure for dentists. It’s talent that’s independent of training and experience–some dentists have it, but others don’t.
One way to gauge expertise, though, is to look at a dentist’s results. A dentist who knows how to get quality results for their patients will likely be able to get them for you, too.
Make a Smart Decision
Cost should be only one small factor in your dental implant decision. You have to consider all of the above before you decide which doctor is offering a better value in their dental quote.