I have a friend that is an implant dentist and I was hoping he would cut me a deal on getting a dental implant. Well, it was still way out of my budget but I really want to get an implant over the other treatment alternatives. Can I go to a dental school to get this kind of work done? I would be willing to try it if the price was right! Is this foolish? I guess if I have to ask that, I probably know the answer.
– Benjamin in Michigan
Well, if you are asking the question, you have some doubt. As your dentist friend has likely explained, implant dentistry is quite an elaborate process. First, there is the surgical phase where the post is implanted. Then, after many months of healing, the porcelain restoration is placed onto the post.
There is obviously an increased risk in seeking dental implants from a dental school. Only you can decide if the risk is worth the reduced fees.
That said, it may be worth looking into because dental schools are quite meticulous in their training. There will also likely be an instructor that is overseeing the entire procedure.
Yet, implant dentistry takes much advanced training beyond dental school and there are many factors that could potentially go wrong. If an inexperienced individual misplaces the implant even by just the slightest, you could risk impinging upon your sinus cavity. Or if it isn’t done properly, it could be at risk to come loose or get infected. So be careful in making the final decision. If the implant doesn’t properly fuse with the bone, the risks are severe and potentially costly.
So again, it’s totally up to you and probably worth checking out. But it may be best to go with the experts on such an involved, delicate procedure as dental implants. Saving up for the treatment may save you a lot of heartache and expense in the long run. Good luck!
Lastly, I know you said you weren’t interested in alternate treatment options, but if you are a mini implant candidate, they are about half the cost. Maybe you could chat with your friend about his recommendations or thoughts on that possibility?
This post is sponsored by Flower Mound dentist Dr. Donald Currie, DMD.