Considering dental implants overseas? Some factors to consider.
When considering dental implants, many weigh the pros and cons of doing it overseas. The major consideration of it being cheaper is a big attraction! Below are some reasons why dental surgery and implants done overseas may not work out long term.
Dentist or specialist qualifications
All dentists and doctors practicing in Australia are qualified under the Dental and Medical Boards of Australia. This can be easily verified by a quick search on the internet. These regulatory boards:
- Ensure the highest standard of training
- Maintain continuing education protocols
- Handle complaints. Should you have any concerns about your treatment they will assist you so that you can have complete peace of mind.
If you decide to travel overseas for dental or surgical procedures, you will not have the comfort in knowing that the practitioner will be trained in accordance to rigorous Australian medical standards. Should something untoward happen, there is no guarantee of a regulatory body to assist you.
A certificate on a wall, or an impressive website biography wall does not equate to being a properly trained dentist or doctor. Unfortunately there have been some instances reported where some of these qualifications were shown to be fake.
Dental implant work is not a quick procedure
Dental implant work, when done properly, require more than one visit over a period of time.
First a titanium screw is inserted into the jaw bone at the site of the missing tooth. 3 to 6 months after, once the gum tissue and bone around the implant have healed, a crown (fake tooth) will be attached to the titanium screw. During this period regular monitoring is required to ensure healing is progressing well, and that there are no foreign bodies or infection. Once time has been allowed for the implant screw to integrate with the bone, the implant crown can be placed.
Overseas dental implant placement does allow for time between the various stages. When a dental implant procedure is not staged appropriately the chances of failure are much higher .
The possibility of something not going to plan
There is no such thing as a guaranteed surgery, all surgeries can come with some risks!
Doing dental work overseas, even if successful at the first point, can still have a chance of infection. Problems can develop slowly and not show for some time. Dealing with any problems will be much easier with a local dentist/specialist who is familiar with your implant history.
Once dental implants are placed post-operative care might be required for up to several months. It is important to have someone to consult if the crown does not match your other teeth, if the implant placed is uncomfortable, or if the implant does not integrate with the bone.
Dental materials used and infection control
When medical and dental procedures are performed in Australian clinics you can have peace of mind that hospital grade sterilization protocols are being adhered to. You can also trust that the genuine implants and components are being used. Unfortunately, there are a lot of counterfeits on the market, particularly when going abroad.
Although saving a bit of money does have its appeal, the risks involved in medical tourism are significant. Not to mention the additional costs which may be incurred if the dental implants are done poorly. Is it worth taking a gamble with your teeth, appearance and health?