Dental implants are considered to be the superior choice for tooth replacement options. Crowns supported by implants have the look and functionality of natural teeth and also aid in the prevention of jawbone loss. However, dental implants are not the best option for every patient. Implants may be unsuitable for some patients due to medical conditions, financial reasons, or for those who prefer other types of less invasive treatment alternatives.

How Can You Get Affordable Implants?

We will discuss some of the most viable inexpensive dental implant alternatives.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are removable appliances that replace one or more missing teeth. They can be positioned on the upper or lower jaw and are secured by precision attachments that fit onto crowns or by clasps that surround the existing teeth. Their gum-colored acrylic base supports the denture. The denture base may or may not include a metal framework for extra strength and support.

The cost of partial dentures depends upon their quality. More expensive partial dentures generally use higher-quality materials and advanced manufacturing techniques, enabling them to be more durable and to better replicate the look and feel of natural teeth.

Pros:

  • They are a safer option for patients who have recently had their teeth removed because dentures allow the mouth time to heal.
  • Partial dentures may be modified should additional teeth need to be replaced at a later time.
  • Partial dentures are a non-invasive, reversible procedure. You can choose to have implants placed at a later time should your health or financial situation change.
  • For patients who have never worn dentures before, partials are a more comfortable option. Since they are customized for patients, they are lightweight and flexible.
  • They are easier to adjust.
  • The process of getting partial dentures is easier and faster.

Cons:

  • Partial dentures cannot be worn overnight and should be removed regularly for cleaning.
  • The natural teeth that support partial dentures may be gradually weakened.
  • Dentures are not permanent restorations and need to be replaced as required.
  • They may trap food and debris, which can increase the possibility of gum disease involving the remaining natural teeth.
  • Certain foods cannot be eaten while wearing partial dentures, e.g., caramel and hard foods.

Flippers

Dental flippers are removable partial dentures used by dentists or oral surgeons as a temporary replacement for one or more missing teeth. They are made from denture acrylic that simulates the gum tissue and acts as the support for the replacement tooth.

Since denture teeth are less expensive than an implant, patients may opt to wear flippers indefinitely. For underage kids with missing teeth, flippers can be a long-term solution until they have grown and developed enough to become a candidate for other tooth replacement options.

Pros:

  • Flippers fill the gaps resulting from missing teeth to give patients a better appearance.
  • They can be prepared in advance of the tooth extraction procedure.
  • They enable patients to chew food more easily despite the missing teeth.
  • Flippers help stabilize the remaining teeth and prevent them from shifting.
  • Affordable all

Cons:

  • Dental flippers are less durable than removable partial dentures, implants, and dental bridges.
  • Some people find wearing a flipper uncomfortable and want a more long-term solution.
  • Flippers limit the patient’s ability to bite or tear food. Some foods may need to be avoided entirely while wearing the flipper.

All-on-4 Dentures

All-on-4 dentures are an excellent permanent tooth replacement option for patients missing several teeth or who do not have any natural teeth. Traditional dental implant surgery needs up to 10 implants per arch in order to secure crowns in place. The all-on-4 technique requires four implants per jaw to secure an implant-retained hybrid denture or partial. The procedure is more affordable and efficient as compared to traditional implant restorations.

Pros:

  • The procedure requires only one surgery.
  • The procedure rarely requires bone grafting.
  • The all-on-4 implant procedure has a shorter recovery time than traditional implant procedures.
  • The entire procedure is more affordable than traditional implants.

Cons:

  • There is a slight chance of implant failure if new bone does not form properly around the implant.
  • During the healing process from the surgery, patients may face temporary tender gums and may have difficulty speaking.

Cheap Implants from Abroad

The cost of a tooth implant procedure in the United States ranges from $2,500-$5,000 per tooth. However, in Mexico, the treatment cost is below $3,000. In Thailand, it costs around $3,500. And in India, the cost can be less than $1000 per tooth.

Pros:

  • Lower cost then implant brands available in the US.
  • Lesser overall expenses for the procedure.
  • Good quality treatment in internationally accredited dental clinics.
  • Multilingual medical teams are available at many facilities that regularly treat foreign nationals.

Cons:

  • Lesser pricing transparency.
  • The expense of travel, lodging, meals, and transportation increases the overall cost of the treatment.
  • US medical or dental insurance is unlikely to cover any of the expenses of treatment.
  • The medical team cannot always reach out to patients or be accountable for any adverse reactions to drugs, dental materials, or treatment.
  • Patients may not be able to make changes to the smile or bite easily after returning to the US.

Patients facing dental issues should have tooth replacement as soon as possible to prevent any complications, such as the need for bone grafts, before treatment. Additional treatments will extend the overall time and cost. Contact us at European Denture Center to discuss your options and hear more about cheap and inexpensive dental implant solutions that may be right for you.