Suggestions for best resources for major implants?


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When there is a need for major, basically full mouth restoration, for implants, there are many service provider options.

It's hard to pick. There are international providers; 'corporate' providers such as ClearChoise or 'dental implant centers; regional US providers, and local providers.

There are also different types of dentists who might offer services, e.g., prosthodontists.

My priorities would be one, quality, and two value. If only quality mattered, I'd probably go to a local specialist, but the price there seems it can approach $100,000, and that's quite a lot. 'Corporate' providers I haven't priced but ballpark sound like maybe $50,000. International less.

It's a pretty important selection, and the choices have me not getting it performed.
 
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I would avoid chains/corporate settings (I worked at a few). They are more concerned with production than quality. If specialists fees are too high, try training facilities where they train prosthodontists to restore and surgeons to place implants.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion. This would be 'place', not 'restore', so does that rule our prosthodontists? Is there a name for the specialist other than 'surgeons'?

I'll have to look for training. Do you think the quality will still be there? The only one I've seen in the area was the state university UCSF, and they only have the faculty offer the service, and they don't offer bone grafts, that seem like a good idea.
 

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Usually you will go to the restoring dentist (general dentist, faculty, prosthodontist) for full consult and evaluation. That restoring dentist coordinates with the surgeon (periodontist or oral surgeon) to place implants, bone graft, etc. At a school/training facility, everything will be overseen by an experienced provider so the quality should not be a concern.
 

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Thanks. I wouldn't mind going to a prosthodontist for advice where to get the service, but think it'd be awkward because they'd want to do it themself. I even had that with a general dentist who wanted to - her yelp reviews said 'she wants to do a lot more than she can'.
 

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