There are hundreds of companies making dental implant fixtures that dentists place. But there are only six of these companies that have taken the trouble and the expense to insure that their fixtures meet the stringent standards of the ADA (American Dental Association) and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
There is a strong temptation for dentists to use the cheap dental implants that may be made in the Philippines or other countries. Here are the numbers. The Philippine fixture will cost from $3 to $5. The high-quality fixture that meets FDA and ADA standards will cost $300 to $500. And for some cases, the patient may need a number of fixtures. That’s a lot of money the dentist can save, so it is a temptation.
Our recommendation: Don’t add to the temptation your dentist feels by price-shopping, looking for cheap dental implants, or haggling over the fee. If your dentist feels pressure to cut corners, if the fixture is substandard and precise manufacturing tolerances are compromised, it will be more susceptible to coming loose, to developing an infection, and to final implant failure. And the consequences of dental implant mistakes can be serious. It will not be cheap in the end.
Avoiding Cheap Dental Implants
Reputable Dental Implants companies include:
- Nobel Biocare
- Astra Tech
- Centerpulse Dental
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