Dental implants are definitely one of the most expensive dental procedures. Many clinics even consider them to be a cosmetic procedure more than a dental procedure. They are usually not covered by health insurance.
Not everyone can afford a teeth implant, but there are actually affordable solutions if you look at the right places. In any case, dental implants are the most natural, longer-lasting option for those suffering from teeth loss and its negative consequences.
Let us discuss two options for low-cost implants: dental schools and getting dental implants abroad.
Getting an implant in dental schools
You can take advantage of dental schools for cheaper tooth restoration. There are charitable institutions that offer the services of young dentists. These are usually just fresh graduates who are rather inexperienced but can offer you low-cost dental treatment.
They are usually the best among their batch, and they are heavily assisted by experienced professional implant dentists, so success in the procedure is not something to worry about.
However, this option for affordable implants is only limited to a certain category of patients – those who live in the vicinity of a dental school.
Also, note the long waiting lists in order to avail of this kind of treatment.
Going abroad for dental work
Another option for affordable dental implants is to travel abroad for dental tourism.
You can take advantage of the talent and experience of dentists in Thailand, India, Hungary, Mexico and other countries. This dental travel opportunity will not only allow you to get your implants at a fraction of their cost in your country, but to also see another part of the world.
This option is most convenient because it is available for all, and there are usually no waiting lines as there are a wide number of options in terms of dental implant centers.
Teeth implants in Mexico, Hungary and Thailand typically cost anywhere from $800 to $2000 per tooth, while rates in the US, the UK and most major countries in Europe are at least twice as much.
This means that getting dental implants abroad can save you as much as 50 to 70%, and the more complicated the dental procedure you need the more you can save.
Note though that getting tooth restoration abroad would mean that you will need to fix your schedule to accommodate at least two weeks of stay for your dental travel. This also means that you have to spend on air tickets and accommodations.
Dental implants abroad typically involve two visits, each takes about 4 days to one week. However, if you are going for an implant involving two teeth or more, expect to save at least a few hundreds of dollars to a few thousands.
Of course you are usually taking higher risk when traveling abroad for dental work. E.g. it might not be easy to exercise guarantee. This should also be considered before making a decision.