Overseas Dental Implant Surgery – Are The Risks Worth It?

This article is designed to give you some points to consider on the positive & negative sides of overseas dental implant surgery.

Whatever activity you choose to do in life there is always some degree of risk involved. From something as simple as driving to the shops – there are risks associated with this ie. You may have an accident on the way – you may hit a pedestrian – you may suffer a heart attack – you may be struck by lightening. As you can see there is some degree of risk even if it may seem a remote possibility. Everyone has there own way of assessing how risky an activity is. We are all different so each of you reading this needs to take into consideration your own personal risk assessment level. What may seem like a relatively risk free option for one of you may have another person quaking in their boots. So let your own inner feelings assist in guiding your decisions in this exercise.

However you can greatly reduce the risks of overseas dental implant surgery by doing your own personal research on this very popular topic.

Is it worth considering taking a holiday for overseas dental implant surgery?
• If I live in the UK where are the most popular locations for getting dental implant surgery performed overseas?
What are the risks associated with overseas dental implant surgery? – (i) if something goes wrong when you get back home – who pays the cost of getting back to see them – (ii) do they offer written guarantees (iii) do they have testimonials of people you can contact to verify the quality of their surgery. (iv) do the “surgeons” have qualifications from a recognised dental college/university. (v) is the saving big enough to warrant the risk. (vi) Research different surgery costs for various forms of dental implant surgery in these offshore locations. (places to consider offshore dental implant surgery- eastern Europe, Thailand, Bali, Central & South America.

Happy to smile at the world with new found confidence thanks to Dental Implant
Happy to smile at the world with new found confidence thanks to Dental Implants

Need a dental implant, but the price is seriously putting you off? Don’t worry you are not alone. Many Britons every year find themselves in the same situation. What’s worse is that the NHS (National Health Service) will not cover overseas dental implant surgery, apart from extreme situations. This means that at the end of the day all that money will be coming out of your own pocket. These exceedingly high dental costs are the main reason why many of you  need to think carefully before committing to dental implant surgery.
As an alternative to these high costs many people from the United Kingdom are trying something different and that is that they are going to offshore locations such as Eastern Europe, Thailand and so on to get these surgeries done for a greatly reduced cost. For them it’s like a win- win situation; not only are they paying less but they are getting a holiday as well.
Below is a snapshot of the dental costs in different countries:

Country City Prices From (€)
Lithuania Vilnius, Kaunas 880
Latvia Riga, Sigulda 550
Belgium Brussels 600
Czech Prague 1400
Estonia Tallinn 700
France Paris 2000
Germany Berlin 2100
Ireland Cork, Derry, Dublin, Limerick 1100
Romania Bucharest 1000
Slovakia Bratislava 550
Slovenia Ljubljana 750
Thailand Bankgok, Phuket 1590
UK An average across main cities 3400

 

Sources: http://www.surgeryprice.co.uk/dental-implants-cost
https://smileplanners.com/thailand-dental-implants.html

But before you jump right onto this bandwagon and start planning your dental surgery and holiday abroad, calm down and start thinking about the risks that are associated with travelling abroad for dental implants. After all there are two sides to a coin and each option has advantages as well as disadvantages.
RISKS:
The biggest risk in my view is that you have no concrete way to evaluate the qualifications of a said dentist in a different country. In the United Kingdom as a patient will have access to the General Dental Council from where you are able to reach out to certified and qualified dental surgeons.  This in itself acts as a guarantee for the dental surgeon. But if you are going abroad then you have no way of knowing for sure that the said dentist matches in qualification to the dentists at home.
Other than that, any dental procedure takes a certain time to heal and set in and this is a possibility a potential liability. Imagine that you have travelled abroad to get your dental implant surgery done and 3 months down the track something goes : infection, great pain and discomfort, the implant feels loose? Do you travel back? If so then who pays for that extra ticket and accommodation cost? If not then are you willing to go to a new dentist who might start your treatment from scratch?
Other than that it is essential that you ask these dentists for testimonials from their previous patients, so that you can go through them and contact the previous patients. In this way you will be able to get a clearer picture of whether or not the dentist is reliable or not. But having said that, when you are in the United Kingdom then it will obviously be easier to know about the reputation of your chosen dental surgeon.
Lastly in the United Kingdom you can always make a complaint should you not be satisfied with the services your dental surgeon provided. It is mandatory for your surgeon to follow up on this complaint. But maybe this may not be possible in different countries and thus it must be a consideration that you need to contemplate when deciding whether to go abroad for dental implant surgery.
Although travelling abroad may be cheaper including the travel & accommodation costs for dental implant surgery there are many risks involved which need to be weighed up in your mind based on your own risk assessment level. These offshore locations do claim to have a success rate of around 99% with patients being totally satisfied, but personally I would recommend strongly on doing the research.
Questions or Information To Request:
• Do the dental surgeons have qualifications from recognised universities?
• What are the costs for each procedure that you are considering? Are they fixed?
• Do you have testimonials – written or video that can be verified?
• Do you offer accommodation packages?
• If something goes wrong after I return home that is due to product failure or a mistake by the surgeon – do you guarantee to cover my expenses to return and have the work rectified?
There are numerous other possibilities that you may wish to have clarified but the above questions are a good starting point to reduce the risks of offshore dental implant surgery.

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New Dental Implant Procedures

New Dental Implant Procedures

Latest techniques being used in the field of dental implant surgery

  • in the United Kingdom &
  • Outside the UK
  • Are these new dental implant procedures considered safe and are the results considered successful?
  • What is the lifespan of an implant?
  • Infection risks

New Dental Implant Procedures are very important for progress in the field of dentistry. With high sugar intakes and poor oral hygiene prevalent in a high proportion of the population in the United Kingdom, it is no surprise that many Britons spend thousands of pounds in their lifetime to repair or replace lost or damaged teeth.

What Does Dental Implant Surgery Involve?

Many people are still unaware of what is involved with dental implant surgery and this article is designed to give you some basic background information to assist you in deciding if you may require dental implant surgery now or in the near future.

To put it simply dental implant surgery is simply outpatient surgery done to make up for any tooth loss in your mouth. A highly trained oral surgeon replaces your damaged or lost tooth with a new artificial “tooth”. Implants are generally used to hold the false tooth in place.

Bone Grafting:

For dental implant surgery to take place, in some instances, bone grafting may be required. This is where a screw is placed in the jaw. This is usually done when there is not sufficient bone available in the jaw to hold the new artificial tooth. Other than that many people have also used dentures to replace their lost teeth.



New Dental Implant Procedures:

With our ever evolving world new technology is not restricted to electronics. The medical field is continually researching for faster & less invasive methods to perform surgery. The area of dental implant surgery is no stranger to new techniques.

  • One of these new dental implant procedures that is now used in the U.K is called ‘A Guided Zygomatic’. This is usually done when there is extreme bone loss as it involves the use of 2 extended implants, which gives the dental implant the advantage of being around 50 to 55 mm long as compared to the usual 10 to 15 mm long length.
  • In this technique the dental implant is inserted in the cheekbone and not the jawbone.
  • Before this  new dental implant procedure can take place a 3D scan is done of the entire mouth and using that scan the dentist inserts the implant through the cheekbone.
  • The best part is that no surgery takes place, meaning that this technique is quicker as it can be done in just one sitting.
  • Apart from the fact that the guided zygomatic is quicker than previous techniques, it is important to also note that it has proved to be highly successful as well.
  • A study done by Brånemark and colleagues saw that the success rate for this technique is 94%, which consequently means that it is a safe technique.
  • In addition the lifespan for this procedure is quite high as it can last for around 40 years, which iwill see many of us out.

Low Infection Risk

  • A study done by Becktor, DDS; Isaksson, MD, DDS, PhD; Abrahamsson, DDS; Sennerby, DDS, PhD evaluated 31 zygomatic implants over a period of 46.4 months. Over this time frame only 3 of the implants had to be removed due to recurrent sinusitis. Other than that the rest were fine, which means that infection risk is low and according to this study it is just 9.7%.

 

Outside the United Kingdom:

Guided Zygomatic technique is not only popular in the United Kingdom but it is also popular in other countries such as Thailand. (for a personal account of one persons research and experience of having dental implant surgery performed in Thailand). Thailand is widely recognized internationally as having excellent dental implant facilities. Many health funds from more developed counties will actually subsidise an overseas “holiday” for what is deemed as necessary dental procedures. The dental costs charged overseas will save the health funds in many cases thousands of dollars.

In other countries like the United States, also have  other new dental implant procedures . These include:

  • Immediate Load Dental Implants: In this procedure a crown (temporary tooth) is placed on the same day as the dental implant placement and with time the natural bone and the dental implant fuse together allowing for the long-term permanent crown to be placed within 3 to 6 months.
  • Mini implants: As the name suggests these are implants that are smaller in size around 3 mm and are placed through less invasive techniques. This is usually done on patients that don’t qualify for traditional dental implant techniques.
  • All-on-4: This technique eliminates the use of bone grafting as it uses the already available jaw bone to insert the 4 dental implants which are needed to stabilize the new replacement tooth. This is a time consuming technique and involves many appointments.

So as you can see there are many different  new dental implant procedures available both in the United Kingdom and abroad. But you need to find one that works best for you and your dental situation. So make sure you consult your dentist and gain professional advice. Not only that but make sure that you are aware of all the dental costs involved with your procedure and whether your dental insurance will cover you or not. But whatever the situation never delay a dental implant surgery for a long time period as it may lead to bigger problems and that is something everyone should avoid.

This article is to be used for information purposes only and is not a recommendation for any of the outlined procedures. One should always do research and consult professionally qualified surgeons before embarking on dental implant surgery.