Today, society is more concerned with appearances then they ever were. This is just one reason why more and more people are choosing to get dental implants instead of dentures. People prefer the more natural look of permanent implants over the hassle of dentures that don't look as close to real teeth. People also feel that it's easier to clean and take care of their mouth when they have implants, because they are brushed and flossed like real teeth. The only downfall of dental implants for most folks is the extremely high price. If you don't have dental insurance, then the high cost can be devastating. Luckily, there are a few different ways you can get free or deeply discounted dental implants, and here are 4 of them:

1. Health Insurance

You may not have dental insurance, but health insurance is mandated in many states across the USA. This is why the first call you make after you've learned that you need dental implants should be to your health insurance provider to inquire about coverage. You may be surprised to learn that some of the cost of implants will be covered under your plan.

When talking to your health insurance representative, make sure he or she is researching the correct CDT code. This one little code is used by insurance companies to see if a specific procedure is covered or not. Get the correct CDT code from your dentist, and then give this code to your health insurance representative.

2. Nonprofit Organizations

There are nonprofit organizations throughout the country that provide various types of dental care and treatment to people who are eligible. Each organization has their own eligibility requirements, so you must contact them directly to see if you qualify for their services. Your dentist should be able to help you find an organization near you.

One such organization is called "Dentistry from the Heart." It has been in operation for over 14 years. This group holds special events all around the country where people can come for dental work for free or at a deeply discounted rate. To find an event near you, visit Dentistry from the Heart's website.

3. Your State's Dental Society

Every state as a local dental society, and most of these societies have charitable programs to help people who need dental implants and other dental services. Some programs may be geared specifically to people who have disabilities, and some programs are only for low income families, but there are some programs that help a wider range of people. Call your local dental society to see if you meet the requirements for any of their dental programs. If you do, then they will refer you to a dentist who will provide dental implants to you for little to no cost. 

4. Dentistry School

Finally, check with your local dentistry school. Most dentistry schools offer dental work at a very low price in order to have real life mouths for students to practice their skills on. But don't let the thought of a student working on your mouth get you nervous. There is always a licensed dentist right there to help the student at all times. The school pays for all the costs associated with the procedures done at the school, since the dentists have volunteered their time to teach the dental students. In a nutshell, if you have a student place your dental implants, they will be free. All you need to do is call your local dentistry school and volunteer as a patient needing dental implants.

Now you have 4 different resources for getting free or deeply discounted dental implants. If one of these options sound like a good fit for you, then take the next steps to get the ball rolling. If you have questions about getting free or discounted dental care, call your local dentist. He or she would be happy to help you.