Do I have to pay everything before dental implants are completed?

I have to replace four teeth. I did months of research and decided on dental implants as the best solution. I knew it would be expensive, but knew their were some months between the beginning of the treatment and the end, so was hoping to have time to save up.  Now I find out that my dentist wants all cash up front.  There is no way I can afford that. Is this normal practice?

Gina E. – Portsmouth, VA

Gina,

Many dentists ask for payment for dental implants up front.  It is a high cost procedure for dentists. However, you should be honest with your dentist that what he is asking is not affordable for you. Many of them have payment plans for their patients.

If your dentist is unwilling to work with you, then you’ll need to find a dentist who is more in line with your financial constraints.  Just make sure that he is highly qualified to do dental implants.

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My dentist says I can’t whiten my teeth

I have a couple of crowns on my back teeth. I wanted to whiten my teeth, but my dentist says because of my crowns I can’t.  Why not?

Amanda B. – Alabama

Amanda,

Your dentist is wrong.  Hopefully he meant to tell you that you could whiten your teeth, but that your dental crowns would not whiten.  If that isn’t what he meant than you need to find another dentist. Don’t walk, run. He’s totally incompetent.

Here is what a real dentist would tell you. You have two choices:

  • Whiten your teeth, leaving your crowns as they are.  Because you mentioned these crowns are on your back teeth, that wouldn’t be so bad. It wouldn’t be very noticeable.
  • You could do your teeth whitening, and then get new crowns to match the new color.

I hope this helps. This blog is brought to you by Lafayette Dentist Dr. John Theriot.