If you’re thinking about dental implants in Thailand because of the cost, it’s worth remembering that not every case of dental tourism goes to plan. At Barkly Street Dental Group we pride ourselves on utilising superior dental implant technology combined with our dental practitioners’ many years of expertise, so that our patients reap the long term benefits of dental implants. Here are a couple of reasons why dental implants in Australia are safer.
The Dental Implant Procedure Takes Time
Having a dental implant isn’t just arriving at the dentist’s office and leaving with a replacement tooth. The procedure requires meticulous planning and must be completed in stages so that you can heal adequately.
Your personal circumstances will dictate how long the process is and which procedures are required – but you can expect a fairly intimate relationship with your dental practitioner over the course of approximately 18 months. During this time you may expect
- The removal of your damaged tooth
- Bone grafting (if you don’t have thick enough jaw bone to support an implant)
- A surgical procedure to place your dental implant
- A period of healing and osseo-integration
- The placement of your abutment
- The placement of your crown
This level of collaboration is difficult to achieve if you have a window of a few days or weeks in Thailand. It may require more than one trip, but even with two trips you would be compromising somewhere. Barkly Street Dental Group offers our patients a fully comprehensive dental implant service, so you can benefit from working with one dedicated practitioner for the course of your treatment plan.
What Can You Expect During Dental Implant Surgery?
A comprehensive assessment and screening
Each patient’s treatment plan begins with a consultation, during which your medical history will be taken, as well as a series of digital photographs and x-rays. The condition of your teeth and soft tissue will be evaluated for signs of decay and gum disease.
Your dentist will also ask you some questions and perform some checks – because not everyone is eligible for a dental implant.
If you suffer from heart disease or have had a recent heart attack, your dentist will not advise you to go ahead with dental implant surgery because of the stress to your heart.
Patients suffering from conditions inhibiting bone healing
A dental implant needs to fuse into the jaw in order to be solid enough to bear the weight and force of biting and chewing. Any condition that could compromise this would lead to implant failure. Examples of such conditions include osteoporosis, brittle bone syndrome, and bone cancer.
This part of the process is important and can’t be rushed, but if you have to book flights and accommodation you won’t be able to follow the process through properly like you would if you were getting dental implants in Australia. Your dentist in Thailand may not perform the same procedural checks and balances and this may only become apparent during the course of your treatment.
You Need Sufficient Time To Heal
Patients who have bone grafts have an additional step in their dental implant treatment plan. Minor bone grafts can sometimes be done at the same time as placing the dental implants, but this is not the case in all procedures. If you need a major bone graft you will need to wait for the bone to heal before your implant can be placed.
Once your dental implant has been placed, you enter another waiting period where the titanium screw needs to fuse with your jaw bone. This has to happen before the abutment and crown can be placed and it can’t be rushed because it can overload the implant and cause it to fail.
By having your dental implants in Australia you can give yourself enough time to heal and a greater chance of a successful procedure. You can work closely with one dentist and return for check ups whenever you need to. Dental implants in Thailand put you (and your dentist) under unnecessary pressure.
Infection Control Is A Concern
While dental implant failure is rare, it does still happen and needs to be considered. Very strict regulations are in place to protect patients in Australia, and they are not the same rules as those that are in place for dentists in Thailand.
Dr Harrison’s membership with the International Team for Implantology and the Australian Dental Association is testament to the practice’s commitment to excellence and ensuring our patients dental services of the highest calibre.
Dental implants in Thailand may appear to offer a short term cost relief, but certainly do not offer the lifespan or level of quality as those placed by a locally registered and recognised practitioner who is suitably qualified.
There’s no reason to look to dental implants in Thailand as a tooth replacement option. For more information on dental implants that can last for the rest of your lifetime, please get in touch with us: (03) 5975 5355.