The older we get the more likely we are to find our dental health in decline. Unfortunately, many of the necessary procedures for maintaining a healthy smile aren’t exactly cheap either.
Crowns, dentures, implants – all of these cost a pretty penny, and budgeting for them can be a serious challenge. Still, nobody wants to lose their teeth.
Though dentures cost less, implants look and feel far more natural. Luckily, with some careful planning, they may still be affordable, too.
Here are a few tips to consider.
Obtain a Discount Plan
If you lack dental insurance, it’s certainly wise to look into obtaining a dental discount plan. While this might not save you as much as insurance could, it could still significantly lower your costs.
Talk to Your Dentist
While you likely can’t negotiate a special deal, you may be able to work out a payment plan. Talk to your regular dentist about how this expensive procedure can be made more accessible to you. There’s a good chance they’ll let you make payments over time.
Not having to pay one lump sum may make it easier to budget for implants.
Go to a Dental School
If your income is limited, you may be able to have the procedure done at a dental school. This could cost you significantly less than going to a regular dentist.
Yes, your work will likely be done by a student of dentistry, they are supervised by licensed professionals. Plus, they may even have fancier, newer technology available to them.
Do Some Comparison Shopping
You may have a dentist you adore, however, it’s never a bad idea to shop around. Dentists’ rates can vary widely, plus there are also dedicated implant clinics that may offer more affordable options.
Check with multiple clinics and dentists’ offices to compare costs until you find the best deal.
Travel Outside the Country
Just like medical tourism, dental tourism is very much a thing as well. Sometimes, it’s simply much cheaper to have your dental work done outside of the U.S.
Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for inferior dental care. There are several countries in Eastern Europe, South America, and Asia that are known for high-quality dental work. Most of the time, it’ll cost a fraction of what it would back in the states.
In some cases, the cost of the procedure even combined with the travel expenses may still be less than having it done stateside. So, yes, you could possibly pay less for an enjoyable vacation abroad and dental implants combined.