Dental implants are the best option for replacing lost teeth. They have a natural appearance and very stable. Dental implants also last a long time. However, on the down side, dental implants are costly. Dental insurance doesn’t usually cover dental implants. Therefore, you may have to pay out of your own pocket.
Dental procedures cost significantly less in countries such as India, Thailand, Philippines, etc. The cost difference is so significant that even after spending for travel and lodging, you can still save some money. If you choose a well qualified and experienced dental surgeon, there will be no difference in terms of quality. And best of all you can enjoy a vacation and still save money!
Here is a comparison of the cost of dental implants in India and USA:
|Type of treatment/implant||Cost in India||Cost in USA|
|Alpha-bio implants||$ 500 to 600 (Rs. 30000 to 35000)||$ 5700|
|Single stage dental implants||$ 850 to 900 (Rs. 55000 to 60000)||$ 4500|
|Bone graft||$ 450 to 500 (Rs. 28000 to 30000)||$ 3500|
Note: These costs are approximate and may change from place to place or clinic to clinic.
Advantages of India for Dental Tourism
Medical facilities in India are significantly less costly than western countries. Medicines are also very cheap in India. India has a large pharmaceutical industry which manufactures generic drugs at a very cheap price.
Hotels and travelling is also cheap in India. For example, you can get a good hotel (e.g. Oyo) for $25 per night in a tier-II city. If you wish to stay for longer periods of time, you can get a 2 BHK apartment for about $100 per month in a tier-II city. Costs in Metro cities are higher but they are still low when compared to USA or Europe.
Qualified and skilled doctors and dentists:
India has a large number of qualified doctors and dentists. Medical education is very competitive in India and usually only the brightest students become doctors or dentists. Therefore they are highly qualified and skilled.
Most educated people in India speak and understand English. Most professional courses such as medicine or engineering are conducted in English. Therefore, you should have no issues in understanding your doctor dentist. Most doctors and dentists also study abroad to upgrade their skills.
Ease of appointments: Unlike certain countries, you don’t have to wait for long periods of time for dental appointments. Many dentists also offer online appointments. However, it is advisable to call the office directly and book an appointment. You can also enquire about the qualifications of the dentists, the facilities available and the likely costs you will incur. Dentists in India generally spend a lot of time with their patients and try to resolve all problems.
Lots of places to explore:
India has lots of cultural and historical places to explore. India has thousands of years of history. Every place you visit has centuries old temples and forts. South India has excellent beaches. There are beautiful mountains in the extreme north. For less than what you will be spending in USA for dental implants, you can have a nice vacation in India and also get the implants from a skilled dental surgeon.
Information on Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to replace lost teeth. The artificial roots are surgically placed in the jaw bones and allowed to heal and integrate with the bone. Once the root has healed, an artificial tooth is placed over it. The artificial tooth is made that it matches the color of neighboring teeth. In terms of appearance and functionality, it is same as natural teeth. One cannot tell the difference between dental implants and natural teeth just by looking.
Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. They have a high success rate of 95%. Dental implants are very stable and fail only in rare cases. Once implanted, they last for ten to fifteen years without any problem.
Composition of dental implants
Dental implants are made of commercial grade titanium. There are four grades of commercial titanium depending on the percentage of carbon and iron present in it. Dental implants are generally made of grade 5 titanium. Dental implants may also be made of titanium alloys. Titanium 6AL-4V which contains 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium is commonly used to make dental implants.
What can dental implants do?
Dental implants can be used for:
- Replacement missing teeth without affecting neighboring teeth
- Providing support to a bridge and eliminate the need of removal partial dentures
- Providing support for dentures to make it more secure
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
If you have good general and oral health, you are a candidate for dental implants. To support the dental implant, adequate bone in the jaw and healthy gums that are free from periodontal disease are needed. Your dental surgeon will conduct a preliminary examination and check your gums to ensure that you are a candidate for dental implants and advise you according.