If you are missing teeth or if you need dentures, there are ways to get dental implants that will last and that you can afford.
Ways to Receive Implants You Can Afford
1. Receive fewer implants
Dentures can be secured with as few as two dental implants. More implants will increase stability, but if your budget is limited, start with two implants. More implants can be added at a later date. What are your options for stabilizing your dentures?
- Removable implant overdentures – Ball retained (snap-on dentures) or bar retained
- Fixed implant overdentures – Two to six standard implants can be placed, and tiny screws will be used to secure your dentures to them.
2. Limit the size
Mini implants are smaller and more affordable than standard implants. But they are not as strong—and in most cases, they cannot be used for a single tooth, unless the tooth is small. Dentures can be secured with two mini implants, but you can increase stability with four of them.
3. Have the work done in phases
It’s possible to have your dental work completed in phases.
- You can receive high-quality dentures first. Later, they can be fitted for dental implants.
- If you want good stability with your dentures, you can have two implants placed at a time.
- If you are replacing single teeth, replace one tooth at a time with a dental implant. Wear a partial denture while you’re waiting to replace teeth.
4. Consider financing
Most dentists offer financing or payment plans. CareCredit is a common financing option that is available through most dental offices. Or you can apply for CareCredit on your own and use it for medical or dental expenses. You will be able to pay for treatment over time. Once a phase is completed, you can apply for additional credit.
5. Carefully select a provider
It’s easy to find a dentist to place your implants at a low cost. Make it a priority to find a dentist who is experienced and trained in implantology. What should you look for?
- Dentist’s advanced training in implantology and the amount of training received
- Ask how many dental implants he or she has placed
- Look on the website for patient photos of implant cases the dentist has completed, or ask to see photos
- Ask what protocol the dentist uses to ensure accurate placement. 3-D digital x-rays should be used.
- Find out who will be performing the surgery (dentist, a periodontist, or an oral surgeon)
Your choice of a dental implant provider is crucial to the success of your implants. You will likely regret selecting an inexperienced dentist or one who take shortcuts just to save you money.
Schedule Consultations First
Ask family members or friends for a recommendation of an oral surgeon or implant dentist. Also search online for an implant dentist with advanced training and years of experience. Schedule at least two consultations. Take notes to compare your options and make a wise decision about getting implants that you can afford and that won’t have to be redone.
This post is sponsored by Baton Rouge cosmetic dentist Dr. Steven Brooksher. Dr. Brooksher is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.