So I’m convinced that dental implants area the best way to replace missing teeth but I simply do not think I can afford them. Do you know if I have any other options?
– Sandra in Wisconsin
You are correct in that dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Here is an explanation that may help you to better understand the cost. Dental implants are meant to be a permanent solution that look and feel, as well as function just like normal teeth. When an implant is placed it is actually surgically implanted into the jawbone. So the titanium root acts just like a normal tooth root. Then after a period of healing, a porcelain crown is placed on the titanium post. There is the surgical phase, laboratory fees, and also dental fees from the restorative dentist. All of these services add up sometimes over a few thousand dollars per implant.
The good news is that there are affordable implant options. Sometimes a dentist will accept payment out over a period of time. The whole dental implant procedure spans over six months in some cases. So paying as you go works for some. Or there are financing options that offer zero percent like a company called CareCredit.
If you simply cannot afford dental implants, a denture, partial denture, or dental bridge are possibilities. There are also affordable dental implants called mini implants. There are some major trade offs when selecting an alternative treatment to replace missing teeth. So make sure you work with an implant dentist that is experienced, will be honest and upfront about your options. With implants, cheaper isn’t always better. There are many dentists that cut corners, compromise on materials, etc. to bring down costs. Be very careful when price shopping. And whatever you do, go with a reputable implant dentist even if you decide to do a different treatment.
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