Discounted dentistry has been around for as long as I have been in practice. I started offering discounts to patients over 20 years ago. You should know that discounted dentistry is different that discount dentistry. Most ads you see on TV for discount dentistry can be misleading. “Our dentures start at $350.00” is a claim I see all the time. Every dentist’s dentures start at #350.00, or sometimes less. When I do implants I usually thrown in a denture as a temporary. The reason behind the problem is that not all dentures are created equal. This claim is similar to someone asking how much lunch is at their favorite diner. There are cast dentures, temporary dentures, flexible dentures, precision attached dentures, and the list goes on. There are quality plastics used in dentures and cheap materials as well. There are expensive teeth that can be used for dentures and there are those of high quality.
Other common claims I hear on commercials involve implants. “Implants for $695.00* ” Notice the asterisk. It is there whether or not you are told about it. The asterisk usually means this implant is not from a major implant company. It also means that there are charges that are common to implants that have not been addressed. Will the implant require extraction of a tooth, bone grafting, or sinus lifting? The asterisk usually includes the fact that the tooth must be restored at the same dental clinic (an implant is like a new root, after the root is attached to bone, then it needs restoration). How much will the restoration cost? Will the restoration be done using stock equipment, or will the restoration use castings customized from your mouth?
Who will do the actual implant surgery? A new grad from dental school or a board certified expert in the field? I hear in some commercials the fact that their staff is composed of dental school faculty. As surprising as this might seem, when I interviewed at Harvard Dental School I was asked whether I wanted to do clinical dentistry or research. When I told them I wanted to do clinical dentistry they told me I was in the wrong place. They want researchers. As most any dental school student will tell you, the full time faculty is usually composed of dentists that don’t want to practice in an office setting for a variety of reasons. This is not true of all faculty, but remember the old adage, “Those who can do..do, those that can’t teach.”
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