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Low Cost Dental Implants Abroad

Low Cost Dental Implants Abroad

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Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. These are a brilliant option for people with single or multiple missing teeth.

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

Low-Cost Dental Implants Abroad

Over time, dental implants have become so popular that there is a separate branch of dentistry dedicated to them. The field is called implantology.

An enormous advantage of implants is that they replace a tooth’s root. This makes them the most stable option.

The root is essential to keep your jawbone strong and in good shape. In the absence of root, bone resorbs faster. Thus, imparting an aged appearance to the face.

Dental Implants Vs Dentures

Due to multiple reasons, dental implants are preferred over other traditional treatment options, such as removable dentures.

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

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Comparison: Dentures and Dental Implants 
 Point of Comparison Dental Implants Removable Dentures
Nature of treatment Fixed and permanent. Removable and temporary.
Invasiveness Surgery required. Surgery not required.
Stability   More stable due to the root component. Less stable since there is no root component.
Durability Last a lifetime. Need to be relined every few years.

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 ideal candidate will be:

  • In good general and oral health.
  • Have healthy gums and jawbone.
  • Above 18 years of age. Till then, the jawbone keeps growing. In the growing years, transitional implants can be placed.

People at Risk of Poor Outcomes

You may have a comorbid disease and still be a good candidate for implants.

However, since it is a dental surgery, the following medical conditions might be a hindrance:

  • Certain bone diseases where the bone density is low, e.g., severe osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Dental Implant Jawbone

  • Heart conditions like bacterial endocarditis.
  • Certain neurological disturbances.
  • Blood disorders like Hemophilia.
  • Ongoing radiotherapy.
  • Oral cancer.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension.
  • 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, bruxism can lead to implant failure. (Special mouth guards are available to break this habit.)

Overall, dental implants have a very high rate of success. The dental implant procedure is usually very flexible. By making minor changes, it can be made suitable for every patient.

Types of Dental Implants

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

1. Single Unit Implants:

When one implant is used to replace a single tooth, it is called a single unit implant.

2. Multi-Unit Implant Systems:

Multiple implants are used to replace several missing teeth. Nowadays, implant systems are available which can 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.

Dental implants can also be classified on the basis of their structure:

1. One-piece implants: 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 a root and a crown, the implant structure also has both these components.

1. Implant

  • The part that goes into your jawbone is the actual implant screw, it resembles the root of the natural teeth.
  • It can be made of many metals. Usually, titanium is preferred. It is an inert metal which does not harm or react with oral tissues.
  • This “root” component provides a foundation for the whole structure.

2. Abutment

  • This connects the implant to the crown.
  • This part is not relevant in the one piece implants.

3. Crown/Bridge

  • The visible part of the whole structure is the 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.
  • Latest materials used for dental crowns are Zirconia and E-max.

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

Dental Implant Parts

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.

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, the initial consultation will include CT scans and X-rays of your mouth.
  • This gives the surgeon a better idea of the internal structure of your jawbone and dental health.
  • Some preliminary procedures like scaling and extractions might be suggested by the dentist.

The reason being that your oral health must be excellent before you undergo implant surgery. This decreases 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, a treatment option is finalized.
  • 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.
  • After you have been put under anesthesia, a slight space is created in the jawbone, using a very small surgical drill.
  • In this space, 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.

The need for bone graft will only be established once your bone has been examined by the dentist.

4. Healing Phase

  • Osseointegration takes place in the healing phase.
  • This phase lasts from 3-6 months, depending upon the quality of bone and your body’s healing capacity.
  • The patient is given a temporary crown.

Microscopically, Osseointegration is the process when bone fuses with the implant screw, forming a very rigid and strong bond. This is the most important phase in the success of the implant.

5. Final Appointment

  • Once osseointegration is complete, you will get your final abutment and crown.

What is Cost of 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, for their dental education.

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, and Thailand cost around 20% of the cost in the United States.

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

 

Getting dental implants in Bangkok, Phuket, San Jose, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cancun and Los Algodones in Mexico cost between $700-800. Getting treatment done in these places also has an added advantage of an exotic overseas holiday.

Dental Implants FAQs

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

Anesthesia is administered before any dental treatment.

If you are extremely apprehensive or anxious, conscious sedation can be given. One remains sedated and does not feel any pain. In rare cases, if a need is there, general anesthesia can also be administered.

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 previously-placed implants be used along with new implants?

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 to make 2 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. What kind of diet is recommended after dental implant placement?

Depending upon the procedure, semi-solid to soft diet is recommended for a few days. It is recommended to take a diet free of nuts and chips, to prevent trauma to the gum tissue in the mouth.

6. Can I smoke after dental implants?

Studies reveal that smoking increases the dental implant failure rate by 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 5-7 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 recover 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.

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?

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

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