Worried About the Expense of Dental Implants? Spend Less in Thailand

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We all want to maintain good dental health throughout our lives, and keep our smiles looking great too if we can. Whether because of an accident, tooth decay, or other dental issue, as you get older there is a greater chance you will lose some teeth. Perhaps you already have. Missing teeth not only cause your overall dental health to deteriorate, but they can also leave you unsatisfied with the appearance of your smile.

Replacing lost teeth with dental implants is an effective way to keep your dental structure in balance, and getting rid of those gaps will help you to smile with confidence again. Unfortunately, implants are also among the most expensive types of dental treatment for damaged teeth, and many people who need them simply cannot afford them. If this sounds like the position you are in, you might seriously consider the option of travelling to Thailand for treatment.

Dental Tourism is Booming in Thailand, Thanks to Quality Treatment at Low Prices

When it comes to dental tourism, Thailand is one of the most visited destinations in the world. The modern clinics here are staffed by highly-qualified and experienced dentists, many of whom studied dentistry at universities in Australia and Europe. The most advanced dental equipment and materials are imported from leading manufacturers in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. Standards are set so high by dental professionals here that many clinics are JCI-accredited.

You will find dental clinics in Thailand that specialise in complete mouth restorations, where you can save thousands of dollars on the All-on-4® treatment concept, All-on-6 and other multiple implant treatments. Even if you just need one dental implant to replace a lost anterior tooth, it is still likely to cost around 70% less in Thailand than in Australia. If you are looking for high-quality dental treatment, Thailand offers affordable prices at modern clinics across the country.

The Cost of Dental Implants Compared: Thailand vs Australia

The word is most certainly out that dental implants in Thailand cost a fraction of Australian prices, but just how big a difference in price is there between these two countries? We have calculated the average price for implant procedures in both Australia and Thailand, then compared them to one another. Here are the results:

Consider the average price for a titanium dental implant, complete with abutment and crown, from a clinic in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, and Melbourne. This currently stands at roughly AU$3,800 but in Thailand the same type of treatment costs on average just AU$1,480. So the total saving on one dental implant can be over AU$2,300 if you visit a dentist in Thailand instead of Australia.

It is a similar story when the average prices for a full-arch implant procedure are compared. At an Australian dental clinic, this type of total teeth replacement treatment usually costs in the region of AU$34,000. Have the All-on-4® treatment concept at a dental clinic in Thailand and the average price comes to just AU$14,280, which is almost $20,000 less!

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A Quick Guide to How Dental Implants Work

Before you start arranging your dental trip to Thailand, you should learn more about dental implant surgery, including what is involved and what could stop you from having implants. While the vast majority of people are suitable candidates for dental implants, there are a few things that can stand in your way.

First, let’s go over the actual procedure. It begins with surgical incisions made on your gums, followed by small holes drilled into your jawbone. The incisions are then sutured, with the implants left to fuse to your bone. Once the implants are completely stable, an abutment and crown can be attached to each implant and the procedure is complete. Then, after a period of healing, an entire arch of replacement teeth is attached to the four implants.

One oral health issue that will delay any dental implant treatment is periodontitis (gum disease). This will have to be cured before any incisions can be made on your gums because it is essential for your gums to heal quickly and without complications. Another potential problem is a lack of bone in your jaw. X-rays and CT scans will identify whether or not your jaw is wide and deep enough to securely hold dental implants. If it is not, then you may require a bone graft to aid the regeneration of your jawbone.

Should You Have Single Implants or Full-arch Treatment?

The major difference is that a single implant restores just one tooth, whereas the All-on-4® treatment concept provides a complete replacement for a full arch of teeth. More preparation work is needed ahead of a full-arch treatment because all remaining teeth must be pulled out for the new bridge of replacement teeth to fit snugly in place.

The All-on-4® treatment concept is particularly well-suited for edentulous patients, but is this the best option for you?  This procedure effectively restores proper function to your mouth, so you will be able to bite, chew, and talk normally. It also provides you with a uniformly white and straight smile.

When you have lost just a few teeth, single dental implants are likely the best option. Translucent ceramic crowns look very much like real teeth and are crafted to fit perfectly within the gap left by missing teeth. In addition, their colour can also be closely matched to that of neighbouring natural teeth. Now, to get you started on your search for an affordable dentist, below are five excellent dental clinics located in some of the most popular Thai tourist destinations.

Five of the Best Thai Dental Implant Clinics<

The Bangkok Smile Malo Clinic is one of the best-known dental clinics in the capital, and over 2,000 patients have written a review of their experience here. This practice scores a full five stars for patient satisfaction and is staffed by many talented dentists. When you have dental implant surgery here, you can get follow-up treatment at any Malo Clinic in the world using their International Patient Guarantee Program.

Also in Bangkok is The Ivory Dental Clinic, a Global Patients’ Choice Award winner. The experienced dentists working here trained in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and the United States, and specialise in areas of dentistry like implantology and prosthodontics. Expect the latest dentistry technology and equipment at this modern clinic.

In the northern city of Chiang Mai is another excellent option for low-cost dental care. The Kitcha Dental Clinic was established almost 40 years ago and has been treating international patients for decades already. Only materials from leading dental implant manufacturers are used here, including the Swiss company Straumann®, and Dentsply Sirona, based in the United States.

Our next dental practice in on the tropical island of Phuket, in the popular beach town of Patong. The five-star rated New Smile Dentists clinic has been welcoming patients from all over the world for 20 years, and the highly-qualified dentists here speak a variety of languages, including English, German, and Japanese.

Finally, we have the modern OrthoSmile Dental Clinic in Pattaya, where a complete range of dental treatments is available, from tooth extractions to implants. This practice has passed our thorough four-part review process, including dental license verification, treatment room inspections, and an online reputation check, to become a Dental Departures Verified Clinic.

Book Your Thai Implant Treatment with Dental Departures

You can book an appointment at any of the dental clinics listed above in just a few minutes here at Dental Departures. All you need to do is provide a date and time that suits you, add your contact details, and we will talk care of the rest. Expect a confirmation shortly after your request, and relax in the knowledge that any dental treatment booked through Dental Departures is covered by our Best Price Guarantee.

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Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and over ten years’ experience writing about travel and health. With firsthand knowledge of medical and dental tourism in Mexico, Slovakia, and Indonesia, he is on the editorial board of experts at Medical and Dental Departures.
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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be dental advice or instructions for dental diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your dentist or a qualified dental professional before starting or changing dental treatment