I’m interested in getting 6 dental implants and now the information I received from Clear Choice has somewhat confused me about which option to choose. In May I saw 3 different prosthodontists and each of them gave me an estimate of how it much it will cost to do the work. On average it’s going to take about 4 months to finish all of the work. Of course when you’re going to make a major investment you start noticing ads and commercials about what you’re interested in. So although I’ve seen Clear Choice commercials before, after noticing a commercial 3 weeks ago I thought that maybe I should add them to my list of consultations. I went to the office and had an impressive tour, an exam, and digital x-rays. Clear Choice told me they can do the work in a day. So why the drastic difference between a day and an average of 4 months? I would like an independent answer because I’m afraid that either Clear Choice or one of the prosthodontists will try to convince me to choose them just because they want the business. Thank you. Bethany
Bethany – It’s great that you’ve had consultations with several providers. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist in restoring and replacing teeth. You made a wise choice in choosing prosthodontists for three of your consultations.
Clear Choice aggressively markets same-day implants, but their reviews from patients are mixed. Although they emphasize being able to do all of the implant procedure in one location, so can a prosthodontist.
Same-day implants include the implant procedures and temporary dental crowns. That’s the same service a prosthodontist provides. You will still have a healing period of several months before your permanent dental crowns can be placed.
Questions to Ask Clear Choice Dentists
When comparing providers—at Clear Choice and any other location—ask questions about the specific dentist who will be performing your implant surgery and preparing your dental crowns. Some of the questions are listed below:
- Are you board certified in any areas of dentistry?
- What training have you received in dental implants?
- Do you participate in ongoing training?
- On how many patients have you completed implants from start to finish?
- How long have you been placing implants?
- How many surgeries will be needed?
- Do you use a surgical guide?
- What is your success rate?
- Will I need bone grafting?
- Who does the restoring work (implant crowns)?
- What is done to ensure my implant crowns look natural?
- What precautions do you take to avoid dental implant failure?
The responses can help you choose a provider with confidence. Regardless of where you receive your implants, closely follow after-care instructions to help them heal properly.
This post is sponsored by Naperville board-certified prosthodontist and implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.