Dental Implants For Seniors On A Budget

Dental implants have revolutionized the ability to keep our smiles picture perfect as we age. But they're expensive! Let's discuss ways to keep the costs down for seniors on a budget.
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Millions of Americans have no dental insurance. But your teeth don’t know that. Even if you’re don’t have a dental plan and are on a budget, you may still need dental implants.

What can you do? It’s possible that clinics programs and organizations can help you. In addition to programs, there are 7 ways you can help lower the price of dental implants.

Let’s look at the options.

What To Do Without Insurance

Dental Discount Plans
You may want to look into getting a dental discount plan. Unlike dental insurance, you don’t have to pay an annual insurance premium. Instead, you get discounts on dental services with no yearly limit. This can be especially appealing if you don’t want the added yearly expense of a premium.

Where are Free and Sliding Scale Clinics?

Many communities offer seniors options for free or low-cost dental care. Others provide sliding scale clinics. Talk to colleagues and friends who may already have personal experience and recommendations. Check online to find out what’s available in your community and county.

In addition to government-funded clinics, look for charities offering dental care. Some may be faith based or location based. Others offer mobile dental clinics. For example, in San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma County, Jewish Family and Children’s Services offers dental services.

Donated Dental Services
Many dentists volunteer across the United States to provide dental services or seniors. Some of the facilities are local, others are offered through Donated Dental Services.

Dental Schools
You can often find affordable dental care at free or lower prices at dental schools. Dental students provide care, under the supervision of a certified professional. Check the universities and community colleges in your area.

Where Else Can You Turn To?

Two big categories to think about are clinical trials and charitable organizations.

Visit and look for “dental implants.” Check out the options for joining a clinical trial.

Search for organizations that may be able to help you low cost dental implants. Among the top charities to start with are:

  1. United Way
  2. America’s Toothfairy
  3. Dental Lifeline Network
3 Things You Might Not Have Considered

Dental tourism
Dental tourism is a potential way to get dental implants for a bargain price. Close to the U.S, Costa Rica is most preferred for low cost, high quality dental care. European countries such as Hungary and Poland offer some of most affordable dental care. Experts advise checking to be certain care is at the standard you expect.

Due to attractive exchange rates, you may be able to find quality care at lower prices.

Group dental tourism
One form of dental tourism is to go with or organize a group. Not everyone in the group needs to get implants—just some form of dental care. Check with your friends, family and neighbors to see if you find interest. If not, extend your search to social media contacts.

Go Fund Me
Many seniors turn to Go Fund Me to ask for help with needed funds. If this is something you haven’t considered, check out the ways to do this.

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7 Ways to Help Lower Price of Dental Implants

Take a look at these ways to lower the price of dental implants. Perhaps one or more will help you get the dental care you need.

New Dentists
New dentists are always looking for new clients. If you feel confident with their abilities, they may be able to offer you a lower price than other established dentists.

Dentists Taking New Clients
Some dentists have poor marketing and out-of-date websites. This may mean they just aren’t tech-savvy. Check in person and see if they’d like to have your business, for a lower price.

Although we’re in the United States, it pays to bargain. Negotiate with your dentist for a lower price. This may include a lower total price, a partial barter for services or pay your dentist directly with a monthly installment plan. Negotiate your way to dental implants, at a price that works for you.

Comparison Shop
Some dentists offer specific services at lower rates. For example: x-rays, cleaning or extraction. You may find your total bill is lower if you spread your dental care across several professionals. Alternatively, bargain for giving all your services to the dentist you’d like to work with.

Pay Cash
Many dentists hate the fees that come with credit card payments. If you offer to pay cash, you’ll help them save money and avoid hassle. Think ahead and ask for discounts when paying with cash.

Pay with Referrals
Even better than cash can be: new business. If you know a lot of people who need dental work—whether implants or something else—use this as your bargaining strength. Offer to refer your friends and family for a specific cut on your bill.

Combo Platter
Combine as many of these tips into your own. And, please, feel free to add your own cost-saving tips as well.

Assistance Club Summary

The #1 Idea: There are Options for Getting Dental Implants—on a budget.

Don’t give up on your dental care. Getting the care you need is part of living a happy healthy life.