Getting a dental implant in Thailand: What to expect?

After a good amount of research online and consultation with dental specialists, dental implants are recommended for your tooth loss. Unfortunately, you have also learnt that you will have to pay a large sum out of pocket for this treatment. Whatever the case is, do not let the costs alone stop you from getting the treatment you need and the smile that you deserve. A great solution to this is getting a dental implant in Thailand or Vietnam if you are from a developed country with generally higher living expenses.

dental implant in thailand

Sounds good? Let Sydney guide you through everything about having your implant treatment in the exotic land named Thailand. You will know what to expect, the procedure, as well as the costs and how much you can save. 

1. An overview about dental implants

A dental implant is made to replace the root of a decayed, severely damaged, or lost tooth. The implant is placed deep into your jawbone to be anchored into the body during a process called osseointegration. This is to create a stable base for holding the tooth restoration to be bound on top in the last step of the treatment.

Overall, a dental implant consists of three main parts:

  • A screw-like metal post, usually made of titanium to play an alternative tooth root;
  • A connecting piece, known as an abutment, to attach the implant post to the top prosthesis;
  • A tooth restoration, also called a prosthesis, which can be a dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on the type of the implant and the needs of the patient.

2. Why are dental implants needed?

Dental implants can be ideal for people who have lost a single, several, multiple, or all teeth in the mouth or those who have teeth that are severely decayed or damaged. 

Besides from the consequent unappealing looks, missing teeth can cause even more serious problems. Without sufficient teeth, the biting and chewing ability is severely impaired, leading to digestion problems, such as stomach upset or gastric indigestion. Another thing is tooth loss causes jawbone deterioration, which can result in other dental issues and a misshapen face. Moreover, long-term tooth loss is the culprit of a misaligned bite.

3. Dental tourism in Thailand

This relatively new type of tourism is receiving more and more attention on a global scale. It basically means traveling to another country with lower living costs for dental treatment and a good time at the same time. 

Dental tourism usually benefits developed nations’ citizens as they travel to a developing country, like Thailand and Vietnam. With everything required in the trip including airplane tickets, lodging, and meals as well as dental treatment fees counted into the bill, they can save up to 20% in comparison to having the very same treatment in their home country.

dental implant in thailand
dental implant in thailand

3.1. What are the steps involved in dental implant treatment in Thailand?

First visit

During this initial appointment, a dental provider will give you a comprehensive evaluation, through:

  • A thorough oral examination to determine the state of your teeth and jawbone. This helps determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants and the right type of implants for your particular case and needs;
  • Asking about your medical history and for your current list of medication and supplements. If you are afflicted with certain health conditions relating to the bone, blood clotting, and autoimmune, you may not be a good candidate.

They will also make sure to give all the information you need in an accurate manner and answer any questions that you have about the treatment. If they deem you not suitable for implants, the dentist will give you recommendations on alternatives that you can choose from.

Implant surgery

The oral surgeon will first put you under local or general anesthesia to give you a painless, comfortable experience over the course of the surgery. Then they will make a small cut into your gum to expose the jawbone beneath. Next, they use a specialized drill to generate an access hole into the jawbone to plant an implant post deep and securely into it. Finally, they will close the access hole over the implant.

Placing the abutment

Following the implant surgery, you will have a recovery period of around 2-6 months. This period is also referred to as osseointegration where the implant post gets fused into the body for a stable base to hold the tooth restoration.

Once osseointegration is complete, you can come back in the clinic to have a mini surgery where the oral surgeon gives you an abutment on top of the implant. This procedure is performed with the help of a numbing medication so you will feel painless and at ease.

Attaching the tooth restoration

After the abutment placement, you will wait for another two weeks or so before you can return to the dentist for the final step. At this appointment, the dentist will attach a prosthesis, be it a dental crown, bridge, or denture that has been fabricated in the lab based on the measurements of your teeth and jaw. This tooth restoration is designed to look and function exactly like your original teeth. And now you can walk out of the clinic with a new beautiful smile and a surge of confidence.

3.2. How much does a dental implant cost in Thailand?

There are a wide range of factors that decide the total cost of a dental implant treatment. Apart from the costs of the three main components included in an implant, that is a metal post, an abutment, and a prosthesis, other services and possibly extra procedures can be added into the bill. These services include the initial consultation together with an oral examination, X-rays, and CT scanning. Preparatory procedures, such as a sinus lift or a bone graft surgery can also increase how much you pay for the treatment. Anesthesia is also a factor – you can choose between local anesthesia or an IV sedation. 

Dental implants are available at very reasonable costs in Thailand, which can be 50-70% lower than those offered in countries like the UK, US, and Australia. To illustrate, a single-tooth implant charged at AU$ 3,000-7,000 in Australia can only be $1,000-2,000 in Thailand. Below is an average pricing quote for different types of implants performed in Thailand for your information.

dental implant in thailand
dental implant in thailand

 

Type of treatment  Cost
A single dental implant AU$ 1,000 – 2,000
Immediate/one-appointment dental implant AU$ 1,500 – 2,500
Abutment & Porcelain crown AU$ 1,000 – 1,500
All-on-four dental implants AU$ 10,000 – 13,000

4. A word from Sydney

Hopefully after this post from Sydney Dental you’ve had a good picture about what it entails to get a dental implant Thailand enabled by dental tourism for an easier time weighing your treatment options. If you are still unsure of anything in search of a new unforgettably stunning smile, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are at 499-501 Ba Hat St, Ward 8, District 10, HCMC, Vietnam looking forward to your visit. You may also call us at (028) 3504 9440 for a free no-obligation comprehensive consultation. Your pretty, shiny smile is 100% guaranteed at Sydney Dental!

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