As we get older, nearly all of us will need restorative dental work. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million Americans are missing at least 1 tooth and more than 40 million Americans have none of their natural teeth. If you are looking for a solution to get affordable dental care, you are not alone.These 5 steps will help you get the care you deserve at a price you can afford.
1. Get Imagery and a Treatment Plan
As uncomfortable as it may be, you have to understand the problem you are facing before you can do anything about it. You should start by getting an initial consultation, panoramic x-rays, and a treatment plan at your local dentist before committing to any major dental work. If your treatment plan comes with a side of sticker shock don’t be discouraged!
Getting a consultation and imagery is likely covered by your insurance provider. If you will be paying out of pocket, you can expect to pay between $150-200 USD.
2. Determine What Your Insurance Will Cover
Most dental insurance plans are offered through employers. A typical plan covers 100% of routine work like cleanings and fillings, 80% of basic work like root canals, and 50% of major work like crowns and dental implants. Plans are typically capped at an annual benefit of $1,000 to $2,000 USD, after which you will be paying entirely out of pocket. Medicare and Medicaid do not cover dental work.
Many of our patients report getting quotes for full mouth restorations of $50,000 USD or more. Dental Implants can cost $4,500 and crowns generally cost $1,300 or more.
3. Compare Dentists Locally
Within your city, the price of procedures performed by similarly skilled dentists, using the same procedures and technology can vary considerably. Comparing prices locally could save you thousands of dollars. With your x-rays and treatment plan, shop around for dentists near you and gather an idea of what the cost is in your area.
4. Compare Dentists Abroad
Comparing dentists abroad can save you tens of thousands of dollars, particularly in more extensive cases. Dental implants, crowns, and oral surgery can be found for 70% less in countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia in the clinics of very experienced providers.
5. Follow Your Recovery Instructions
Wherever you choose to get your procedure, follow your dentist’s recovery instructions. This generally entails refraining from smoking and alcohol, and eating soft foods as your body recovers. Following your recovery instructions will help your body heal quickly and let you get back to doing what you love as soon as possible.
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If you need assistance or have questions of any kind, reach out to the team here at Apollo Medical Travel. We will quickly get you a free quote and help you make an informed choice about your care.
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