Thailand Dental Implants - Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a single dental implant cost in Thailand?
A dental implant starts at 49,000 Thai Baht. The 49,000 Thai Baht Implant Price is the current promotion for Bangkok Dental Implants. Phuket Dental Implants start at 53,000 Thai Baht. The cost includes the dental implant, the implant abutment and the porcelain crown on top on the implant. Treatments billed in Thai Baht at time of payment.
What parts make up a dental implant?
Typically, the implant is made of 3 parts; 1) the implant that is placed in the jawbone, 2) the abutment that is attached to the top of the implant, and the crown that fits on the abutment. After implant surgery, the titanium implant fuses to the bone in a process called ‘osseointegration.’ The first dental implant was placed 30 years ago. Since then dental implant technology has come a long way and dentists have treated over one million dental implant patients.
How long do dental implants in Thailand take?
Implant dentist can use different implant techniques and types of implants depending on the case presented. For single implants and implant supported bridges that use porcelain teeth (restorations) the implant dentists use conventional implants that require 2 trips, typically over 4 to 6 months. You should budget 10 days (not including travel days) for the first trip, with an implant healing period of 4 to 6 months, and and another 10 days for the crown or bridge on the implant.
Note: For Whole Mouth Dental Implants in Thailand With Immediate Loading such as the All-on-4, All-on-5 and All-on-6 Dental Implants Technique the fixed teeth can be attached within 10 to 14 days in most cases. Immediate Loading Implants are for people with no teeth at all or severely compromised, decayed teeth. Immediate Loading Dental Implants uses Acrylic Teeth for teeth in 10 to 14 days. This is a specially designed technique using tilting posterior implants and a specially made acrylic teeth spanning 4, 5 or 6 implants per arch.
Can I get a single implant and porcelain crown in one day in Thailand?
A single dental implant in Thailand takes 2 trips over 4 to 6 months. In most cases the implant dentist will insert the implant on the first trip. The implant then needs to heal to the jaw bone in a process called ‘osseointegration.' A single implant must not have too much pressure or forces on it during the healing phase otherwise it can fail. Placing a crown on a single implant during the healing phase increases the risk of implant failure, therefore the Thai implant dentists require the implant healing period for the best long term outcomes and implant success rates. While implants manufacturers continue to decrease healing times for implants, the dentists we work with prefer to take a more conservative approach for the the highest implant success rates and the best long term results.
Some of your prices are higher than other clinics in Thailand, why is that? Do you make up prices?
We never mark up prices, the prices on the Smile Planners website are the same as the clinics published prices. Prices in Thailand can vary for a number of reasons including the choice of dental materials to the skill level of the implant dentist. Unlike other dental holiday companies that work with hundreds of dentists at multiple hospitals and clinics in Thailand and sometimes in many other countries too. We only work with a handful of oral surgeons and implant dentists in Thailand at a select few new, modern clinics in Bangkok and Phuket. The majority of the implant dentists we work with have international training, are experts in their field, and are also consultants to Thailand's leading internationally accredited hospitals.
Why do I need an OPG x-ray or CT Scan to get an evaluation?
The implant dentist needs to see the underlying conditions of the jawbone, it is also needed for the implant dentists to plan the placement of the dental implants. In most cases a local dentist can order an OPG. Plus it's always a good idea to get a local dental evaluation and opinion first.
How do I send the OPG or CT Scan?
Let's look at OPGs first, the OPG is sometimes called a Panorex. The OPG is a 2D x-ray image of the upper and lower jaws in one frame. Most dentists provide digital OPGs which are easy to upload to a computer and email. However, some dentists still provide big, film OPG x-rays, these x-rays have to be sent in the mail to the clinic for evaluation. Film x-rays can be scanned to computer but only with high-end medical scanners. A home or office scanner is not suitable for scanning x-rays because the x-rays lose too much resolution and appear too dark.
CT scans have to be mailed to the clinic. The CT Scan is on the disk with a special key to unlock the information on the disk, the CT disk and key have to be uploaded together to the computer. Uploading the files and sending by email does not work because the clinic still needs the key.
OPGs and CT Scans can be done in Thailand too, but then the treatment plan and quote can only be completed upon arrival. Also, sometimes due to underlying conditions, the dental work can not be done or must be delayed, this must be taken into consideration when flying in for the OPG or CT Scan in Thailand. Plus as mentioned earlier, getting a local evaluation first is a good idea.
What is the process for making a dental implant appointment in Phuket or Bangkok?
First the implant dentist will need to evaluate an OPG x-ray and create a treatment plan and estimate of work. Once the estimate is agreed upon, we will look at the clinic schedule and suggest a treatment start date. You book your flights and send us you arrival and departure information and we will arrange the complementary airport car service in Bangkok or Phuket to meet you at the airport when you arrive and take you to your hotel. We can suggest hotels in Bangkok and Phuket with special dental holiday rates or you can choose your own hotel. In most cases the clinic will provide transportation to the first appointment. Please note that should you choose your own hotel, some hotels may outside the clinic pickups areas.
What if I am traveling with a partner, family or a friend for my dental treatment to Thailand?
That's great. We recommend that you travel with a partner, family or a friend. And unlike other dental holidays companies, we do not charge you any extra travel fees for 1 family, friend or partner when sharing a room. If you are traveling with 2 or more people, there is a fee for extra bed, extra breakfast or if needed, extra room, but the extra room will be at the best possible rate we can get from the hotel with no markup to you.
How do I pay for the dental implants?
The clinics accept Thai Baht, Visa, Mastercard, and in some cases Bank Wire and Forex Transfer. Please note that the treatment will be billed in Thai Baht at the time of payment. When exchanging money your bank or credit card company may charge fees to exchange money and the exchange rates can vary by financial institution. It is sometimes good to shop around for the best exchange rate and lowest fees.
Payments plans are available through Smile Planners by Mac Credit in Australia.
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