Need help deciding between 2 doctors for implant/extraction
Some of you may remember my postings a few months ago about deciding whether or not to get an implant for my back bottom molar that needs to be extracted. After hearing some of the kind advice from people on this board, I decided to go ahead and have the implant, since it seems to be worth the bundle of money I'm going to have to spend.
Since that time, I have interviewed a number of doctors in search of the person I want to have performing the extraction/implant. I have narrowed it down to two choices, but am having a hard time deciding which is the better choice. Here are my options:
I went to Dr. Lloyd on a referral from the Academy of Osseointegration, even though I soon learned that he is not an implant specialist, per se. He had a look at my tooth and agreed that an extraction/implant would be necessary. He has been doing implants for the last 15 years, and does about 9 per year. He has performed over 100 implant surgeries, and has been successful with every one (100% success rate).
Because he is not a specialist, he takes a slower, more careful approach -- including recommending a CAT scan to locate the nerve, and doing the extraction/implant in different surgeries (some doctors choose to do the extraction and implant on the same visit). He said I have plenty of bone in my jaw and would not need a bone graft.
He gave me a detailed print-out of the costs for the surgery and it amounted to $4,225, including the CAT Scan.
Dr. Soleiman is the periodontist at my regular dental office. He has been doing implants for 10 years, and does hundreds per year -- so over 1,000 total. He has a 98% success rate. Unlike Dr. Lloyd, he would do the extraction/implant on the same visit. He stated no need for a CAT scan, but did say he'd like to do a bone graft using cadaver bone because he generally prefers that with all implants, regardless of the patient.
I asked for a detailed print-out of the costs for the surgery and it amounted to $5,150. The main reason for the $1,000 difference between Doctor B and Doctor A is the bone graft ($850) and the fact that Doctor B simply charged more for the implant surgery itself.
A few other factors:
Both doctors would be doing the surgery under local anesthesia (just numbing me up). Doctor A runs his own private practice and has a smaller office that is less "nice," while Doctor B works at a larger dentistry that is a bit more "fancy" looking. Both doctors were very friendly and happy to answer my questions.
So...I am torn between which doctor to choose. Obviously money is a factor, which makes me lean toward Doctor A, but the fact that he has done far fewer surgeries (albeit with a success rate of 100%) then causes me to lean back toward Doctor B.
Can anyone offer any advice?