Forget crowns, bridges and caps: dental implants are becoming the go-to solution for damaged teeth, with increasing numbers of dentists recommending them. However, as implants are more expensive than other forms of treatment, without the backup of a private dental care plan to help with funding, implants may seem beyond your budget. This doesn’t have to be the case.
There are several options when it comes to paying for private dental treatment like implants, so be sure to explore them as possible solutions if your dentist recommends them as the best form of treatment for you.
Look at Staggered Payments
Many dental practices are aware that the upfront cost of implants is more than most people budget for, and they respond by offering finance packages. In general, these involve paying a deposit and the remainder in stages. Do shop around, especially by looking at interest rates, if any.
Ask for a Discount
This may seem a bit cheeky, but if you plan to have more than one implant, or regularly recommend a private clinic to friends who then join and have treatments, it is worth asking for some money off your own or for a cash discount if paying in full upfront.
Consider a Bank Loan
If you have a good credit record, it shouldn’t be too difficult to secure a bank loan to pay for your treatment, (and you could still try for the cash upfront discount). Although this method automatically adds interest charges, the repayment period and amount may be better suited to your budget.
Look at Treatment Options Abroad
Some people choose to go to another country for dental implants, as the overall cost with flights and accommodation can still work out cheaper. This option requires careful research, as poor-quality implants or sub-standard dental work can cause havoc, and realistically it is difficult to fly back for any unexpected follow-up treatment needed. One compromise is to look at alternative locations just outside the UK. It’s easy enough to contact a dentist in Dublin such as Docklands Dental and get some quotes to compare with local prices.
Dental implants may not be the best solution for everyone, but if it is only the cost that puts you off this amazing treatment opportunity, it really is worth shopping around for a solution.