Finding Low Cost Dental Implants & Saving Money

Dental implants are the longest-lasting and most natural looking/functioning solution for replacing missing teeth. Unfortunately, the cost to have implants placed can be quite prohibitive since a single implant can cost thousands of dollars. Luckily, there are few ways in which a patient can obtain implants at a more affordable price.

In This Guide

Comparison Shopping

To find the best rates, patients should get quotes from several dentists, asking for a comprehensive breakdown of the fees and estimated total cost of the necessary consultations, imaging (x-rays or CT scans), anesthesia, modeling, surgery, materials (post, abutment and crown) as well as any additional procedures such as sinus lifts and bone grafts.

Dentists are not the only dental professionals that can be certified to perform implant procedures, so patients can get quotes from other qualified professionals including periodontists and oral surgeons. Selecting a newer dental practice may help reduce the price as a dentist who is looking to build a clientele and gain experience may charge less than a more established dentist. That said, be sure you know what to look for when you’re trying to find a good dentist.

Geographic Location

The cost of dental implants can vary quite significantly geographically, so patients can find savings by considering a larger geographic area. This is especially true for patients in larger cities. Dentists in urban centers generally have a higher cost of living and higher overhead costs than those in smaller towns and as a result, are more likely to quote higher prices.

Travel Abroad

Dental Implant Cost by CountryTaking the search a step further, dental tourism has become a popular option for those searching for low cost dental implants. Developing countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Hungary and many Asian destinations offer treatment for a fraction of the price patients can expect to pay in developed countries like the United States, Canada and the UK.

This is especially useful for less severe cases in which a patient is a candidate for simultaneous implant and crown placement. While the savings can be impressive, dental tourism should be approached with caution. The licensing standards and regulations of the country in question as well as the credentials and reputation of the prospective dentist should be carefully researched.

Schools of Dentistry

Another option is to take part in a dental implant clinic/program held at a school of dentistry. These programs provide recently graduated dentistry school students looking to gain hands-on experience with the opportunity to perform dental implant procedures with the assistance and supervision of experienced dentists or dental surgeons. Some schools only offer this service to low income individuals and don’t be surprised if you’re placed on a wait list. If you qualify, the wait is well worth the thousands of dollars you’ll save.

Dental Societies and Charitable Organizations

Some dental societies and non-profit charitable organizations offer free or discounted care for low income patients, often during planned events. There are also associations that provide free care for patients in specific demographic groups, such as victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, women and children. The American Dental Association lists both state and county dental associations in its online directory.

Financing

Care CreditThere are companies such as Care Credit that finance dental work, allowing a patient to receive implants and make monthly payments along with the applicable fees and interest. The main requirement to qualify for the loan is a decent credit score. Since they are the longest-lasting restoration option and typically do not require continuing dental work in the future, financing the cost (despite fees and interest) can be a great way to afford implants.

Discount Dental Plans

Discount dental plans are a membership-based plans in which patients pay yearly or monthly fees in order to receive discounts on dental care, ranging from 10% to 60%. Patients participating in these plans are generally required to use only affiliated dentists within the plan’s network, but the discounts can potentially take hundreds, if not thousands of dollars off of the total cost of an implant procedure.

Know the Alternatives

Dental BridgeBridges and partial dentures are the main alternatives to dental implants for replacing missing or extracted teeth. This is especially the case if there are still viable abutment teeth to support a bridge crown. They do not usually last as long as implants, but dental bridges can last an average of 15 years if they are properly cared for. Bridges are bonded to the abutment teeth so they do not need to be removed for cleaning like partial and full-mouth dentures. The drawback of a dental bridge is that the bone in the jaw supporting it under the artificial teeth will atrophy over time, eventually causing failure of the crown and bridge.

Insurance Coverage

Most dental insurance carriers do not cover implants because it is considered a cosmetic procedure, but company policies continue to change. Some dental insurance providers are starting to offer to pay up to the cost of similar, but less expensive procedure such as bridge or partial dentures. Insurance coverage will usually include procedures that restore functions that are compromised by the pain caused by missing teeth. If dental implants are the only procedure that can bring your oral health back to normal, then your insurance will probably cover at least a portion of it.

What People Are Paying - Recent Comments

  1. Terry Munselle says:

    I am on disability with an income of $866.00 per month. I have 8 teeth left in my mouth and have not smiled in four years. I avoid social situations and am afraid I embarrass my grandchildren. All I want is to smile again. Growing up I always knew that I wasn’t pretty, but people always said I had a pretty smile. I used to be such a happy person. I never had money or possessions, but I had friends, family and just an enjoyment of life. My lack of teeth has diminished my happiness so much. Having teeth again would change so much for me, to be able to smile and laugh with my wonderful grandchildren would be such a blessing.

    • Leah Green says:

      If you receive a reply on completely FREE dental implants (this is all i can have because my crowns have totally rotted teeth beneath them and i do not want dentures that come out)
      please let me know. i am on social security too but since i worked under the table to support my children because i had no child support, i only get $379 a month!
      I have been living with an x boyfriend for years (no alternative) and can not afford any price at all. I am so depressed about not being able to get my mouth done!
      I am 64 years old, and so depressed. It makes me feel so ugly and i cannot smile. Feels helpless.

  2. Dan hua liu says:

    Please refer me to someone who will do bridge with 2 implants for upper back teeth. Need to keep total costs close to $2000. Let me know if you can help.

  3. Angelica says:

    I smoked meth for 9 years and ruined my teeth. I’ve been sober 2 years and really want to fix my teeth. The cost to fix them and get the implants I need is around 10,000 I need as much help as I can get to lower the cost as I am a single mom of two boys. Any and all help will be appreciated!

  4. anjola says:

    I am 28 years old mother of 4 beautiful kids. Everytime I got pregnant I have lost a tooth. Also my canine teeth in the front decided not to grow in. I used to get made fun of for my teeth when I was a kid. Even adults would make fun of me. I just lost 2 more of my front teeth. I feel awful about myself. I don’t want to smile or talk to anyone. I am a nurse but with 4 kids and bills I haven’t been able to afford Dr get my teeth fixed. My teeth are just slowly rotting away…all of them….I wish there was something I could do. There must be someway I can get my teeth fixed. I hope there is…..

  5. Erika says:

    Hi, I’m 40 years old and I have 3 kids, 3 of my bottom front teeth are loose and need to be pulled out, I was laid off from work and I’m unemployed, I was told it will cost me more than $10,000 if I want to get implants and about $8000 if I decide to get a bridge. I cannot afford it and i’m asking if I can be directed to any places where I can get dental help. Thanks.

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