Cheap Dental Implants
Dental implant fixtures are expensive for the dentist, and dentists have a strong temptation to search for cheap dental implants. There are some things that you, as a consumer, need to be aware of to help you obtain the best care and the best value for your money.
There are over one thousand companies making these fixtures. But only six of these have published juried research about the fixtures they make, to prove that they are safe and effective. Published research is required to obtain ADA (American Dental Association) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval.
But research is expensive. And making implant fixtures to the precision tolerances and with the high-quality materials required for long-term service in the mouth is also expensive. The result is that there is a great cost discrepancy among the various fixtures that are sold to dentists. A dentist can buy a “generic” fixture, made in the Philippines, for example, for $3 to $5. A name brand implant fixture will cost one hundred times as much—from $400 to $500.
You can see the temptation for the dentist. But quality-conscious dentists will insist on using only name-brand fixtures.
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The use of cheap dental implants that do not meet FDA or American Dental Association standards can lead to various problems, including loose implants, dental implant infection, and ultimate dental implant failure. The picture to the right shows a fixture retrieved from an implant failure case. The screw, which wasn’t manufactured to the strict tolerances required by the FDA, became loose. This caused it to accumulate oral debris and ultimately to become infected. The patient had to repeat the surgery and have new fixtures placed.
Failure caused by a cheap dental implant.
Another problem of cheap dental implants, besides the milling standards, is the metal they are made of. If the fixtures aren’t of a high quality, they can have toxic metal impurities in them. See our page about toxic dental implants for more information on this issue.
The bottom line for you as a consumer: Beware of searching for cheap dental implants. What you think is a bargain now may be very costly for you in the long run.
For information about the very best quality available in dental implant care, there is an enormous amount of information posted on this website. Please go to the dental implants section of the menu at the top of this page and select what you would like to learn. Each page leads to other pages. There is literally a full textbook of information available here.