How much is my dentist upselling me on dental implant restorations?
December 12, 2013 9:27 PM Subscribe
A few months ago my dentist quoted me $6,000 for two front lateral incisor implant restorations as well as new abutments (she claims that the old abutments aren't very good.) So we're talking $6,000 for just the porcelain crowns and new abutments, as I had the surgery to put the posts in years ago. I haven't gotten a second opinion yet. Part of the problem is that I let them do the casts and make me a temporary flipper, thinking the implant restorations would only cost a grand or two, then she hit me with this estimate. I am in this fix due to a botched restoration with an extremely shady dentist about a decade ago. I would like to hear what people have been quoted for similar procedures (the restoration/crown part of the process, in the SF Bay Area) and if anyone can recommend a truly sterling dentist.
posted by ziggly to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The original surgeon who placed my implant posts was a dental professor at the top of his field, but my dysfunctional parents got into an argument with him and switched me to the shady dentist, who told us he charged about $800 for "normal" restorations and more than a grand for "deluxe restorations" made of porcelain. We went with one restoration instead of the two I needed due to my parents' finances. It now turns out that my "deluxe, porcelain crown" is plastic, and when it came loose at the time he refused to fix it, making up excuses like "I don't want to put too much stress on the bone." My current dentist and oral surgeon called bullshit on that one. I haven't been able to track him down unfortunately and hit him with the malpractice suit, or at least the scathing Yelp review, he so richly deserves (lucky me, he also didn't wear gloves. I swear.) The low-quality restoration has caused some bone and gum damage, but the underlying implant is still fairly solid.
The dentist who made the quote also charges me quite a bit for cleanings that she says I need every 3 months - I didn't think too much about it until I read other people complaining about this very practice on AskMeFi. I haven't been back since my last cleaning and now the thought that this dentist might also be upselling me on all these procedures, not to mention the previous bad experiences with a straight-up used car salesman of a dentist, have made me extremely anxious about pursuing the next steps. $6000 for two crowns sounds steep to me, more like the cost of the entire implant process including surgery. I've been getting by with the flipper but that is getting extremely old.