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Best Cheap Deals On Dental Implants

Updated on January 4, 2012

Affordable Dental Implants Introduction

Dental implants are without a doubt the best option when it comes to artificial tooth replacements. Both fixed bridges and dentures have proven to be less durable and weaker than implants, and ironically, an implant may be needed to secure a bridge in the first place.

In this article I will be focusing on providing information and resources for viewers regarding modern and cheap dental implants techniques. My main objective is to illustrate how dental implants, particularly modern variants, are a perfect way to avoid discomfort and potential embarrassment, allowing you to continue to smile warmly without fear.

I will also outline contraindications, as dental implant surgery can be ruled off limits on occasion when secondary illnesses or situations make implantation a liability rather than a definitive cure. In short -- we'll be covering the entire ordeal, from prerequisites to maintenance, and everything in between.

How Does It Work?

A single implant is comprised of three separate sections and functions. In the picture to the right, you can see a lower screw-like titanium base which is embedded directly into the bone. This gives the implant a solid base, mimicking nearby existing teeth. Implantation surgery will general embed this section using local anesthetic, intra venous sedation or more typically under general anesthetic (as always sedation and anesthetics comport a measure of risk, so finding a suitable and licensed practitioner is vital -- but more on that later).

The tip of the titanium spine, protruding from the gum is called an abutment, this will allow the crown (or the artificial tooth) to rest firmly in place, and make it almost perfectly indistinguishable from other teeth.

Sedation, length of treatment and medication will depend largely on how much work will need to be done. In the case of a single tooth, it can take as little as 20 minutes to secure the procedure and will often be performed under local anesthetic. 

Am I eligible?

Pre-existing medical conditions may interfere with dental implantation. The following conditions and behaviors can influence the success of the procedure:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes (type II diabetes can lead to healing problems because of poor blood circulation)
  • Smoking (can lower success rate)
  • Alveolar Bone loss (there must be sufficient bone)
  • Certain Medications (an example are bisphosphonate, generally speaking if a temporary suspension of the medication is possible, then the procedure can take place)

In any case, and because I am not a doctor, it is important to let your practitioner know the totality of the medication you are taking and what conditions you are subject to, whether or not you believe there are related to the implantation process or not.

Cost of Dental Implants

Because dental implants are considered "cosmetic surgery", you will not be able to get them free, or otherwise easily financed. The term affordable dental implants is a highly relative one -- but there because there is such a high degree of variance in price ranges, finding a good deal is imperative (further down in the article).

Prices can range from around $1200 up to over $5000 per single dental implant (there have been cases where implants have been offered for as low as $600, and if you manage to find such a great deal I would strongly advise talking directly to other patients of that clinic).

Finding A Cheap Dental Implant Deal

Searching locally is both convenient and easy, thanks to the exhaustive services of AAID's website (American Academy of Implant Dentistry). To the right of this text I have linked their search module which will aid viewers in finding an licensed practitioner in your area.

Other options include using the Internet to browse potential institutions and clinics. The pros to this are that you may find long-term financing deals and cheap prices, the cons are obviously the lack of transparency, and while low prices can be distracting, it is important to know exactly who you are dealing with. While many people from all over the world choose to travel abroad and have the procedure done in other countries, which offer lower rates, I don't find it advisable. But as long as they are officially licensed and provide post-surgical care, they can be considered.


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    • debbie roberts profile image

      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      I found your hub interesting as I've just had to have my first lot of dental work done and it got me thinking to what the options are for implants if I ever needed.

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      houstondentalimpl 6 years ago

      Quite interesting.I think it ill help many people who are not at all aware of the situation.As teeth are priceless,everybody should take care of it.Smile forever....

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      dentalimplantsla 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      My seventy+ year old mom still is using dentures. I've sent her the link to this article in the hopes that she'll see the benefits of dental implants. At least with dental implants, she won't forget to put them in. Boy, that can be scary- someone with out their teeth!

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      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      My son and my wife both have dental implants. The doctor they go to is a prostledontist and oral surgeon. He specializes in fixing botched implants. You have to wait two months to get in....he is expensive, on the top of the range that you spoke of, but both of them have implants that are amazing. They both have regular dentists that are impressed with the implants every time they go in.

      I think that was worth the price, even if it took me two years to pay it off with insurance.

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      Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

      I'm researching this for my own mouth and found this quite useful.

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      L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

      Very interesting article giving the facts about a good alternative dental procedure.

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      My Mother's Child 7 years ago from Southern United States of America

      Thanks for giving this information in real words instead of "dental doctor speak". It is the type of article I need to read when I am interested in a certain medical issue.