If you’ve been considering dental implants, there are several things to think about before deciding where to get them done. While we tend to think of going to our regular dentist for any procedure we need, some procedures can be so expensive we immediately turn down the possibility of extensive dental work.
Dental work is often considered a luxury, rather than a health necessity. But, dental implants are sometimes about much more than simple cosmetics. Even if dental implants are needed for health and functional purposes, insurance covers only a small percentage of the cost, and that is IF you have dental insurance.
There are several factors that cause dental implants to be costly.
First, before you can even have implants installed, do you need other procedures done? Often, other procedures must be completed prior to extensive dental work such as dental implants. These can include scans such as x-rays and tomography. Your dentist may have to perform one or more extractions before placing a single or multiple implants or if too much of your jaw bone has already deteriorated, a bone graft may be needed.
Second, how many teeth will need to be replaced because they are missing or damaged?
Third, what materials will be used for the dental implants?
While bridges and dentures last up to 10 years, with proper care dental implants can last the rest of your lifetime. Not only do dental implants look amazing, they also function and feel like natural teeth. Finally, when you lose a tooth, the bone tissue in your jaw begins to deteriorate and dental implants help prevent that bone loss.
The cost of dental implants varies widely throughout the United States. You could pay from $3,000 to $6,000 per implant, meaning per tooth. For all-on-4 dental implants the cost is from $35,000 to $60,000. Additional procedures that may have to be done prior to the implants can include x-rays and CT scans, tooth extractions or even bone grafts. All of these would incur further cost. It’s completely understandable why you might be scared away from the cost alone!
In Mexico, the cost of dental work is a minimum of 40 percent less than in the US. Even more savings with more extensive and higher cost procedures, such as dental implants. For example, a single implant in Mexico is around $900, versus the $3,000 per implant price tag in the US. And the all-on-4 dental implants? In Mexico you would be looking at around $9,000 instead of the $35,000 in the US. All of the other procedures that may need to be done? Those are also a minimum of 40 percent less!
Taking into consideration the extreme cost differential up front, what about dental insurance? There are many dental clinics in Mexico that gladly accept US dental insurance from the larger companies like Delta Dental, Metlife and Aetna. You may have to pay the cost up front and be reimbursed, however, dental work in Mexico could be the option you’re looking for!
The team at Dental Alvarez has 35 years of experience in all types of dental procedures. The dentists and staff use advanced technology that is specialized for accurate placement of dental implants. Dental Alvarez uses high quality materials including titanium. The caring staff and certified dentists all work to provide high-quality work at affordable prices. Dental Alvarez accepts many major dental insurance plans as well. Contact Dental Alvarez today for a consultation.