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Low Cost Dental Implants Abroad

Low Cost Dental Implants Abroad


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Dental implants are often called the next best thing to natural teeth.

Options for affordable dental implants are available in the leading dental tourism destinations around the world.

Full and Partial Dentures

Dental implants have become so popular over time that there is a separate branch of dentistry dedicated just to them. The field is called implantology.

Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

There are numerous reasons why dental implants are preferred to traditional treatment options, such as removable dentures.

Given below is a table which highlights the differences between the two.

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Dentures vs. Implants Pros and Cons
Point of Comparison Dental Implants Removable Dentures
Nature of treatment Fixed and permanent Removable and temporary
Invasiveness Surgery required Surgery not required
Need for future remodeling No remodeling needed Relining after a few years required
Stability Have a root component which makes it stable No root component, so are not so stable
Durability Last a lifetime Need to be remade after a few years because of the fit changes

According to a 2018 research study, dental implants have a high success rate of 98.7%.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

The dental implant procedure is usually very flexible. By making minor changes, it can be made suitable for every patient.

However, since it is a dental surgery, some medical conditions might hinder the process.

Dental implants might not be recommended in case of the following:

  • Certain bone diseases where the bone density is low, e.g., severe osteoporosis
  • Heart conditions like bacterial endocarditis
  • Certain neurological disturbances
  • Blood disorders like Hemophilia
  • Ongoing radiotherapy
  • Oral cancer
  • Uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension
  • Bruxism

Why can’t you have implants in the above cases?

  • The dental surgeon is not only concerned with the health of the implant after placing it but also your general health.
  • Sometimes, when a patient’s health is already compromised, the body isn’t able to take the load of a surgical procedure.
  • It takes a toll on the body and there is no way to know how the body will react. So, it’s always better to not take a risk.
  • In cases of diabetes and high blood pressure, proper evaluation before the dental implants surgery is required to establish whether it is an option or not.
  • Bruxism is another aspect that needs to be evaluated. It is a habit in which a patient abnormally clenches their teeth, especially at night, creating extreme forces.
  • As per a 2016 research study, these forces can become a reason for implant failure. (Specific mouth guards are available to break this habit.)

Types of Dental Implants

Based on the number of implants, they can be classified as:

1. Single Unit Implants:

When one implant replaces one tooth, it is called a single unit implant.

2. Multi-Unit Implant System

More than one implants are used to replace several missing teeth. Nowadays, implant systems are available where it is possible to replace all the teeth in one arch.

For example, the All-on-4 system includes four implants in the entire jaw, over which the prosthesis rests.

Likewise, there are All-on-6 and All-on-8 dental implant systems too.

Implants can also be classified on the basis of their structure too:

1. One-piece implant: These are implants which have an inbuilt abutment. The abutment need not be attached separately later on.

2. Two-piece implants: The abutment and implant come in a pair. The abutment has to be attached to the implant and is a separate component.

Components of Dental Implants

Just like a natural tooth has roots and a crown, the implant structure has both these components too.

1. Implant

  • The first part that goes into your jawbone is the actual implant screw.
  • It is usually made of titanium, one of the only known metals which don’t harm the oral tissues.
  • This “root” component provides support to the whole structure.

2. Abutment

  • The part which connects the implant to the crown is the abutment.
  • This part is only applicable in the two-piece implants.
  • Without it, the crown can’t be attached to the dental implant.
  • The implant and abutment come in pairs.

3. Crown/Bridge

  • The topmost part of the whole structure is the porcelain crown.
  • In the case of the multi-implant systems, the crown is replaced with a dental bridge.
  • It is tooth-colored and mimics the natural teeth.
  • Newer materials for dental crowns, such as zirconia and E-max, are available these days.

These are stronger and more aesthetic than the traditional metal, ceramic crowns, or all-ceramic crowns.

Apart from these components, there are some other accessory parts or materials which are used only in specific cases.

For example, when the quantity of bone is less, a bone graft is used to strengthen it. The graft is then secured with a surgical membrane.

The possibility of bone grafts before dental implants is discussed with the patient during the treatment planning phase.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implant procedures usually require a minimum of two appointments spaced 3-6 months apart.

The detailed explanation of the procedure is given below:

1. Consultation

  • The first step is identifying the problem and getting to know your treatment options.
  • Apart from a physical examination by the dental expert, this step will include CT scans and X-rays of your mouth.
  • This will give the surgeon a better idea of the internal structure of your jawbone and existing teeth.
  • After this, some preliminary procedures like scaling and extractions might be suggested by the dentist.
  • The reason for this is that your mouth should be as healthy as possible before undergoing the implant surgery. This will decrease the risk of failure of the implant.

According to a 2014 research study, plaque accumulation was found to be one of the leading risk factors for implant failure.

2. Treatment Planning

  • In this phase, all treatment options are presented to the patient.
  • You can talk to your dentist about the cost and the various steps involved.
  • Only after clearing all your doubts will the dentist proceed with the dental implant surgery.

3. Implant Placement

  • The first step is placing the implant.
  • A hole is drilled into your jawbone after opening up the gums.
  • In this hole, the implant is screwed in and covered up again with the gum tissue.
  • If bone grafting is required, it is done either along with the implant surgery or 3-6 months before it. This will only be established once your bone has been examined by the dentist.

4. Healing Phase

  • This phase lasts from 3-6 months.
  • During this phase, the patient is given a temporary crown.
  • The jawbone fuses with the implant in the healing phase.
  • The bone grows into the micro-crevices on the implant surface. This forms a very rigid and strong bond.

5. Final Appointment

  • During this sitting, you will get your final abutment and crown.
  • Once crown cementation is done, the procedure is complete.

How much for Dental Implants Abroad?

Dental implants can cost you a fortune if you are planning to get them in a country like the United States or Australia.

The high prices can be attributed to high living costs. Another factor pushing up the prices is the fact that the dentists in these countries have to repay heavy student loans.

Moreover, the operating and labor costs to run a clinic in these countries are higher.

However, there are some places in the world where you can have affordable dental work without compromising on quality.

Dental implants in Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, and El Salvador are pocket-friendly options.

Here is a table showing the cost of dental implants abroad:

Implant Price Comparison (USD)
Country Dental Implant Cost
USA $ 4,000
Canada $ 3,000
UK $ 3,500
Australia $ 3,000–6,000
New Zealand $1,250-3000
Hungary $ 900
Mexico $ 750
Thailand $ 795
Costa Rica $ 700
India $ 540

Getting dental implants in Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand; San Jose, Costa Rica; El Salvador; Cancun and Los Algodones, Mexico, and other dental tourism destinations allows you to have an exotic vacation, besides cost savings.

Dental Implants FAQs

1. Can I be put to sleep during the implant procedure?

Anesthesia is administered before any dental treatment.

If a patient is apprehensive or anxious, general anesthesia can also be given. This means that the patient will be asleep during the procedure and won’t feel any pain.

2. How long will my teeth implants last?

If good oral hygiene is maintained, an implant can last you a lifetime!

However, some habits like smoking and bruxism can cause damage to an implant.

In case you have any such habit, be sure to inform your dentist so that they can tell you the appropriate protocol.

3. Can previous tooth implants be re-used?

This will depend on the position of the previously placed implant. If it lies in a favorable position and is in good health, it might be possible to use the implant.

You can discuss this with your dentist during the consultation phase.

4. Why do I need two dental implant trips?

In between the two trips, there is a period of healing.

This is the time when the bone fuses to the implant surface in a process called osseointegration.

The failure to fuse will result in a failed implant. Only after fusion, the permanent crown can be attached, and the implant can become active and load-bearing.

5. Why is the cost of dental implants in Mexico less?

The dental education cost, rent, and other overheads are all lower in Mexico.

This accounts for the dramatically lower prices of dental treatments in Mexico. You save about 50-80% on implants in Mexico compared to the US and Canada.

Dental implants in Los Algodones, Tijuana, Cancun, Mexicali, and Nuevo Laredo are some of the popular options in the country.

6. Can I smoke after dental implants?

Smoking increases plaque accumulation. This results in the concentration of a colony of bacteria in your mouth which will attack the tooth implant.

Thus, the chances of dental implant failure because of smoking increase manifold. It is recommended that for a few weeks after surgery, the patient refrains from smoking.

Smokers are advised to join some support groups to get them through this phase. They can also use e-cigarettes with nicotine-free liquid.

7. How long before I can go back to work after dental implant surgery?

Most of our patients have reported going back to work within a week. A 5 to 7-day rest is recommended after the surgery.

In case you have any underlying medical condition, your rest time may be more. This is just to let your body get back its strength.

8. What if I am afraid of getting surgery?

Our fears are usually based on the experiences that we hear from friends and family. Every dental treatment has a different course.

Plus, dentistry has come a long way. There are painless methods like lasers which are being used in some cases.

For surgeries, there are different types of anesthesia available.

Conscious sedation is a popular technique for apprehensive patients. This lies somewhere between general and local anesthesia. You are not put to sleep completely, but you don’t feel any pain.

9. Will I be able to eat everything after getting implants?

Yes! Dental implants look and feel exactly like natural teeth. You can eat anything you want.

10. Do implants need special maintenance?

  • Implants can be maintained just like natural teeth.
  • Dental care for implants requires brushing twice a day, flossing every day and going for a dental visit every six
  • No special brushes are required. Your normal toothbrush will be enough.
  • In case you feel anything abnormal, like uncontrolled bleeding or extreme pain, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist immediately.

Contact us now for more information on low-cost dental implants abroad. We have self-pay affordable options for people with no dental insurance.