As consumers, we want to be sure that when we spend our hard-earned dollar on something, we are getting value. The dictionary defines “value” with words such as importance, worth, or usefulness. Dental implants truly provide a valuable service and function.
The versatility of dental implants can provide value in many ways: they can replace missing teeth without damaging others like bridges and dentures, they can create gorgeous smile makeovers, they can stabilize dentures or even eliminate them, and we’ve seen time and time again how they can turn people’s lives around.
The other week we performed another All-On- Four® dental implant procedure. This patient had been suffering from multiple dental infections, pain, and a poor smile for years. She had been talking about a smile makeover for three years with me, and she finally moved forward with treatment. In one appointment we were able to clear her of infections, place four implants, and connect teeth to them. She left the office a few hours later with a new lease on life in the form of a brand new smile! “Value” was created for her: the smile and teeth were important, worthwhile, and useful. She was able to eat without pain. Friends and family commented on her beautiful smile. The same stories hold true whether a person requires a single tooth, denture stabilization, or replacement of multiple teeth.
One important factor to consider is who should take care of your implant needs. Value is absolutely created in this arena, too. Dental implants are NOT a specialty, and can be placed by any dentist, regardless of their training. The most common scenario is to have an oral surgeon or periodontist place the implants and the general dentist place the teeth on top of the implants.
However, a big complaint I hear from patients is that they don’t like this arrangement: they want one dentist to take care of both. I have been placing and restoring implants myself for over 20 years. Rarely do patients have to jump from one office to another: its all done in one location. Patients find it valuable to their personal time and peace of mind that everything is taken care of in one location. In order to help determine YOUR level of value in dental implants, here are some questions or topics you should consider asking your dentist and / or surgeon:
- How long have you been placing / restoring implants?
- What kind of training have you undergone? What implant organizations are you involved with?
- If more than one office is involved, how in-sync are the two offices? How long have they been working together?
- Can you please show me other cases you have completed that are similar to mine?
- Who will I see for maintenance and follow-up care: the dentist who placed the implants or the dentist who restored the implants? Do I have to see both? Will there be multiple charges for the maintenance visits?
- What are my other options for treatment?
The office of Dr. Goldberg offers free consultations. If you’d like to speak with Dr. Goldberg personally and determine the best course of action for your specific situation, please give the office a call.
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Dr. Goldberg is a general dentist located in the Roxbury Mall in Succasunna, NJ. He provides general dentistry for the entire family, including: cleanings, check-ups, whitening, veneers, crowns, root canals, dentures, periodontal (gum) services, dental implants, and much more. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Implantology/Implant Dentistry, holds multiple degrees and is recognized as an expert in dental implants. The office can be reached at: (973) 328-1225 or via email: [email protected]