5 Tips For Affording Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. They look and function like real teeth and normally should last 30 years or more. They are also unfortunately the most expensive teeth replacement option. If you need to have several teeth replaced, dental implant costs can be astronomical. While getting dental implants will never be cheap, there are a few ways you may be able to get them at a bit more affordable rates. Here are some tips that may help you afford dental implants.

Check With Your Insurance

If you have dental insurance the first step to take will be to check whether your insurance plan will cover part of your dental implants. Most insurance plans don’t cover dental implants and the ones that do usually cover only a small percentage of total costs. Nevertheless, any money that they will pay you don’t have to pay at least. Check with your insurer if they will cover a larger percentage if you have the procedure done at a dental clinic in their network.

Talk to Your Dentist

Tell your dentist that you can’t afford dental implants right now. Dentists are often very willing to try to work out something to make it more affordable. Your dentist for example may be able to devise a schedule for your procedure that will let you recover more from your insurance. Your dentist or dental office may also be open to work out a payment plan so you don’t have to pay everything at once. You can also try to negotiate a discount, for example if you let your dentist use before and after photos for marketing purposes. If you’ve been going to the same dentist for a while they’ll probably be more open to discussing a discount since they know you’ll likely be a client for a long time to come. Good negotiating skills may help you safe a significant amount of money here.

Save Up

Once you find out that you’ll need dental implants, start saving up money. Skip a night out on the weekend or stick to water instead of alcohol and put some extra money aside each week to pay for your implants. Set a goal for how much you want to save each week and then calculate when you’ll be able to afford the implants. Schedule your appointment for that date already so you’ll have a good incentive to actually save enough money.

Split it Up

You don’t need to have all the implants done at once. You can start with the most important teeth and then once you’ve managed to save up some money again, get some more done.

Look Into Dental Tourism

Dental implants are much cheaper in countries such as Mexico and Costa Rica. You could go on a trip, get your implants done and still spend a lot less than you would pay in the U.S. Before you go this route, make sure that you do your research about what the best dental clinic abroad is to get implants done.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer atĀ A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe, a Sugar Land dental office. Zane is glad he doesn’t have to save for dental implants.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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