Survey: What Questions Do Patients Ask About Dental Implants?

top 5 questions patients ask about implantsWe conducted a survey that asked dentists what questions dental patients ask when considering getting implants. It turns out that there’s a real difference between the questions dental implant patients do ask — and which questions they should be asking.

Dentists responded with the following . . .

The top 5 questions dental patients ask –

  1. How much do dental implants cost?
  2. How long do dental implants last?
  3. Are implants painful?
  4. How long will it take to get my new teeth?
  5. Does dental insurance cover implant surgery?

Versus . . .

The top 5 questions dentists want patients to ask –

  1. Am I a good candidate for implants?
  2. What are the potential complications of dental implant therapy?
  3. How much implant experience does the doctor have?
  4. What is the healing time for my implants?
  5. Can implants improve my appearance?

Many dental implant patients seem to have the same questions about dental implant therapy. Unfortunately, these questions aren’t necessarily the ones dentists think they should be asking.

The 2 main questions patients ask are –

  1. How much do dental implants cost?
  2. Will dental implant surgery be painful?

When dentists feel their very first question should be –

  1. Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

There is really a disconnect between the doctor and patient. This is no surprise, since patients are thinking about how they are going to pay for the implants, and whether the procedure will be painful.

But doctors can’t afford not to address the primary concerns of the patient first: cost and pain.

One dentist wrote, “Long term, when the conditions are favorable, proper bone density, height and width, proper biomechanical considerations, proper occlusal load. A dental implant is more cost effective over a 3 unit bridge. However, when the above conditions are not meet — the 3 unit bridge (with sufficient ferule, impressions taken with custom made tray and properly impressioned, properly articulated, preprosthetic endodontic treatment performed by an endodontist, core-restoration — not in composite) will be more cost effective (for the patient).”

Read more: Dental Implant Questions for the Dentist

Dental Survey: Fees for Dental Implant and Crown

Fees for dental implant and crown

This dental survey from The Wealthy Dentist is short and simple. We asked doctors about their fees for dental implants — specifically what they typically charge for an implant and crown.

What is your typical fee for one dental implant and associated crown?

Fees for a single tooth implant ranged from a low of $1430 without an abutment, to $2765 including an abutment.

Fees for a single dental crown ranged from a low of $1000 to $2620.

As one respondent pointed out, dental implant costs comprise many more components than just an implant and crown.

In reality, there is no “typical” dental implant case, so the actual costs to patients depend on individual case requirements.

Fees vary based on which tooth is being replaced, and can include bone grafts, CT scans and other services.

What are the fees for dental implants in your practice?

Dental Implants Superior to Multiple Root Canals?

Dental implants often better than root canalsThe American Association of Implant Dentistry (AAID) says that dentists should avoid prolonged “dental heroics” on diseased teeth and simply opt for dental implants instead of performing multiple root canals.

Studies indicate a higher success rate with implants than repeated root canal procedures.

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Dental Implants: What Do Dentists Charge?

dental implants surveyIn this survey, we asked dentists what was the average cost for dental implants. Dentists reported an average of $1,559 from a general dentist, and $1,853 from a specialist.

“It needs to be less expensive,” complained a Missouri dentist.

“I wish surgical fees for implants weren’t as steep as they are,” said a Washington dentist. “The price point seems to prevent a good share of my patients from receiving the service.”

Here are some other comments from dentists on dental implants:

“We charge $1,750 for first implant then $1,200 for additional implants placed at the same time.” (New York dentist)

“I am a general dentist who places implants. If I place the implant, I charge for the crown — not the abutment. If I send the case to the surgeon, then I charge for the abutment and the crown.” (Georgia dentist)

“I bill out implant, abutment-type and crown-type all separately.” (Colorado dentist)

“I do ceramic (zirconium) implants. They are more bio-compatible and more esthetic. I charge $3800/implant, but for the implant itself is $600.” (General dentist)

“I find that it is easier to restore, but are some dentists charging more than $850?” (Florida dentist)

Dental Care: The Truth About Who is Placing Dental Implants (video)

Dental Care: The Truth About Who is Placing Dental Implants (video)Prosthodontists, periodontists and oral surgeons love dental implants, and so do general dentists. Specialists claim they are more qualified to place dental implants, but a lot of general dentists place dental implants.

Said one general dentist, “I place implants myself, but only in ideal situations.”

Another general dentist said, “After referring to specialists and getting back poor work , I thought: How much worse can I do? Now I offer implants.”

This The Wealthy Dentist survey asked the question  that many dentists requested we ask: Do you place your own dental implants?

Click on Play to hear how dentists and specialists responded —

Ever since American Idol judge and Aerosmith lead singer, Steven Tyler received dental implants this year to restore his two front teeth by a dentist in Paraguay, there’s been a new surge of interest in implant technology.

What are your thoughts on who should be placing dental implants?

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