I have four missing teeth – three upper left and one right – all toward the front of my mouth. So I try to smile with my mouth closed. I’m 40 but cannot afford dental implants. After searching online and watching YouTube and Instagram videos of people who got dental implants, I felt depressed. I stopped watching the videos two months ago, but I still don’t have a decent smile. I cry about this at least weekly. What can I do if I cannot afford dental implants? Are there any assistance programs or a way I can find a dentist who will do the work if I sign an agreement to be used for their advertising? I don’t know how to get a better job or move forward without a decent smile. Thanks. Leisa
We understand your concerns about your appearance and self-image. Although you will have to pay for dental implants, we will suggest some ways to make them more affordable.
How Can You Get Affordable Dental Implants?
Getting dental implants can be more affordable if you consider the following options:
Dental school for implants
A local university dental school that provides dental implant training needs patients for their students to perform implant surgery. The dental school will discount the cost if you qualify as a teaching subject.
A removable partial denture can replace missing teeth until you save up and can afford dental implants.
Phase the treatment
You can find a dentist willing to replace your missing teeth in phases. You can get one dental implant at a time, pay for it, and then plan for the next implant.
Many cities have a charitable dental organization for people who cannot afford to go to a dentist. Although charitable organizations cannot afford to give patients dental implants, they can provide a removable denture to replace missing teeth. Replacing the teeth can build your confidence about finding a better job, which may help you afford to get dental implants progressively or eventually qualify for financing.
Sugar Land implant and cosmetic dentist Dr. Siny Thomas sponsors this post. Contact our office to ask about payment plans or financing for dental care.