I have spent most of the last two years trying to find a viable solution to my extreme dental problems. Two years ago, I had to have all my teeth extracted. I am only 52 years old, and my dentist warned me that if I don’t get some kind of dental implants done, my jaw bones will get smaller and smaller until I won’t be able to even wear dentures.
My regular dentist does not do dental implants, and he suggested I start shopping around to find someone who could do this procedure for me. I visited the Clear Choice Dental Implant Center because they have a reputation for being one of the best facilities in the business. They were very polite, and professional, and I was really impressed with their facility and the thoroughness of their exam. Then came the sticker shock. They told me it would cost more than $55,000 to do full upper and lower implants. When I questioned how it could be so high when I already had all of my teeth removed, they said that there is not any kind of discount for that because they offer free extractions with their dental implants.
That just doesn’t make sense to me! I know from first hand experience that removing all of a person’s teeth takes a considerable amount of time, skill and equipment. For them to say it is “a package deal” makes it seem like they are more concerned with making an extra buck than they are about giving me the care I need. I am not without resources, but there was no way I was going to come up with $55,000 for the procedure, and I was not interested in talking to their financing specialist.
I checked with another facility, and they quoted me a price that was less than half the Clear Choice quote, and also took into consideration that they would not have to do extractions.
What do you make of this? I had thought that Clear Choice would be relatively inexpensive but now find out that they aren’t. How do they get away with charging those prices?
William from St. Louis
Your experience is not unusual, but do be careful about only considering price when you are evaluating your options. Poorly done dental implants can be catastrophic, and you want to make sure that the dentist you choose has been thoroughly educated in dental implant placement.
As far as Clear Choice, I have heard some about how they operate, and others have complained that they are expensive and that they tend to want to take out teeth that other dentists would leave in. Myself, I would not go to a clinic like that if I needed dental implants, because I think I get better care having a dentist who takes the time to get to know me personally. I think that Clear Choice has competent doctors, but I just don’t like their approach where a salesperson is your initial contact and you don’t get that personal attention you would get with a regular dental office.