Written by: Tracy B. McManamon, 2016
All-On-Four Dental Implants are ever growing in popularity, as patients realize their long term value. Implants are merely artificial roots, which can serve as the foundation for your new teeth. These artificial roots are attached directly to your jawbone causing greater stability and long term wear. Whereas dentures wear on the jawbone and seem to inconveniently slip at just the wrong moment, dental implants both strengthen the jaw and remain firmly in place at all times. Dental Bridges are another option many turn to, particularly when they are only missing a small number of teeth. While a great option, often patients find the upkeep at home and required follow-up maintenance tiresome and financially draining and therefore looking into affordable all on four dental implants may well be worth your time. Implants not only look and feel like your natural teeth, but they are built to last a long time with minimal follow-up or maintenance.
It is possible that a patient may need one of three procedures: full mouth implants, partial implants, or a single implant. Whether they are replacing all of their teeth, or just a few, or even just one, this procedure is meant to last a long time, is said to be more comfortable than other forms of dentures, prevents bone loss often caused by other forms of dentures by maintaining the strength of your jawbone, retains their natural biting and chewing abilities, requires easy maintenance, and will not put any extra stress on surrounding teeth. For all of these reasons, dental implants are ever growing in popularity; however, the staggering prices for dental implants often place it just out of reach for those most in need or desiring it. In the U.S. many Affordable All on four dental implants, for example, range from around $35-45,000 and as most dentists and insurance companies consider this procedure “cosmetic,” the average person is left bewildered as to how to proceed and obtain the implants they so readily need.
Some have turned to schools of dentistry for lower costs, but are often faced with long waiting periods. Dentistry schools are also only able to accept patients fitting a particular criteria. There are discount plans and financing options; however, even these only help to deter a small fraction of the cost or simply spread it out over the course of a downpayment followed by many monthly payments. The fourth option, perhaps lesser known, but growing increasingly preferred is medical travel. Prices for dental implants outside of the United States, take Costa Rica for example, can save someone 50-70%. This savings takes into account airfare, lodging, and even sightseeing while in Costa Rica. For patients seeking world class, highly trained dentists with a great deal of experience, while needing to cut the overall cost of the procedure in half, medical tourism may be just the ticket.