Thanks to the advances in modern dentistry dental implants are becoming more popular. As the procedure has grown in popularity so too has the new for cheaper implants and much interest has been piqued in terms of the cost of a Thailand dental implant. Opting for a cheap dental implant in another country is certainly a risky business – let’s understand why.
How Much Does A Dental Implant Cost In Thailand?
Well according to some people only a fraction of what they would pay at home. In fact locals are very quick to point out that dental implant surgery can cost the same as a surgery and a five star holiday in a seaside location. But of course, these procedures do not always go in a straight line and there are other complications and side effects to be aware of.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the biggest benefits of dental implant surgery and why having yours placed in Thailand can be counter-intuitive.
Dental implants are a permanent way to replace missing teeth
Dental implants are popular for their permanence and the only way they can remain permanent is if they are integrated into your bone. In order for this to happen new bone must grow around the metal post. This takes time. In fact this can take a few months for full integration to occur.
If you do not have adequate bone for implant surgery you will require a bone graft first. It can take your body a few months to respond to the bone graft and grow new bone.
Having to wait months between procedures is not ideal when you have to travel abroad for your surgery. It makes it difficult to develop a good relationship with your dental practitioner when there are a few thousand kilometres separating you. And not many people can afford to spend a month in an exotic location while they wait for the healing process to be complete.
Dental implant surgery must be carried out by a qualified professional
Locally your rights and interests are protected by regulatory bodies and consumer protection agencies. As soon as you move outside of local borders, these regulations no longer apply and you are subject to the laws of the country in which you receive dental care. This means if you have a problem later on, it can make it extremely difficult to resolve.
If you consult with a dental practitioner who has qualified and is practicing abroad he or she will not have met the same standards as those applied by local tertiary institutions. You might not be as impressed by your foreign doctor’s qualifications.
The language barrier is a major consideration if you only speak English but wish to have your dental implant surgery carried out overseas. Communicating with your dental professional is an essential part of your treatment plan and can result in misunderstanding and dissatisfaction on your part.
There are loads of different implant brands out there
So much choice is one of the reasons that dental implant surgery has become so popular, because it offers everyone an option for their needs and budget.
If you are fortunate to have a successful Thailand dental implant surgery and your implant integrates well, there may come a time in the future when your local dentist needs to source replacement parts for the implant itself. If the brand is not available locally, it can make maintenance very challenging.
What Recourse Do You Have?
It might sound scary but it must be said: what happens if things do not go according to your treatment plan? What if there is a complication with your surgery? What recourse do you have in a foreign country? There are more questions than answers and that is unnerving when your health is at stake.
Ideally, with good dental care and discipline, your dental implants should last for the rest of your lifetime. It is much easier when you have access to the professional who performed the surgery, and you can communicate in the same language.
In so doing you do not compromise on quality or expectation – and neither does your dental practitioner. Thailand dental implants may seem like a cheaper solution but in the long term could wind up being much costlier.
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