I’ve been trying to find affordable dental implants. All the research I’ve done has pointed to going over the border. Apparently, it’s cheap enough that you can pay for the implants and travel and still come out on top. I’m not trying to be a cynic, but this just sounds too good to be true.
I’m very glad you wrote and that you have a questioning mind. That could save you from a nightmare scenario. Yes, things do cost more in the United States. One of the reasons over-the-border dental care is cheaper (at least on our southern border) is because of the quality of treatment you’ll receive.
For example, in Mexico, there are zero regulations requiring dentists to sanitize equipment. Whether or not the dentist sanitizes his or her equipment either between patients or at all is totally up to the dentist. There have been countless horror stories of people who’ve left the country to get “affordable dental implants” only to end up losing half their jaw due to serious infections.
As if to add salt to the wound, there is no recourse for the patient when things go wrong. You can report it to the authorities, but it’s up to the dentist whether or not he will admit any fault or even try to make things right.
Finding Safe Affordable Dental Implants
There is a big difference between cheap and affordable dental implants, as you read above. You should also look at the Mansueto Case sometime. This was an American Dentist who lost his license but would take patients over the border to Tijuana to give them affordable dental implants. One woman almost lost her life as a result.
The best way to get safe dental implants in an affordable way is to speak with an implant dentist who offers implant overdentures, sometimes called implant supported dentures, as well as payment plans.
These allow you to get 4-6 implants for your arch, cutting down costs significantly. Some dentists offer in-house payment plans. Others work through a company called Care Credit, which is a medical credit card offering low (and sometimes no) interest payments.
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