Dental implants have revolutionised dentistry, and offer a permanent alternative to dentures and bridges, as well as provide increased functionality and comfort. But all these benefits can come with a high price tag, which is why some patients consider getting cheap dental implants in India. However, not all dental implants are created equal. Here is some information about dental implants and the cost of dental implants in India.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically inserted into the jaw or gum line and are used to support a crown or artificial tooth. They can also be used to support a dental bridge and dentures.
Many people elect to get dental implants over dentures or bridges as dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. The allow you to chew and speak naturally and are more comfortable than dentures as they will not move around your mouth. They are also designed to last longer than dentures and help to support the underlying bone structure and tissue to prevent atrophy.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants work by inserting a metal post directly into the jaw or by fitting a frame in the gums and attaching the posts to the frame. The post is usually constructed from titanium, and because titanium is biocompatible, the implants then fuse with the jawbone and surrounding tissue to create a stable foundation for the crown.
It can take between 3 – 6 months for standard implants to fuse with the jaw; however, there are some methods that can attach the crown to the post in the same day if your jaw is in good condition.
Crowns can be fabricated from a variety of materials including zirconia, porcelain, and ceramic, and are customised to blend in with your other teeth for a natural-looking smile.
Cost of Dental Implants in India
Around 15,000 Australians travel abroad each year for dental surgery and India has become one of the hotspots due to its affordability. But there are several factors to consider when thinking about tooth implant cost in India.
The total cost of dental implants in India depends on the number of teeth to be replaced, the type of implant, and the type of crown. You may also need additional surgery such as a bone graft if you lack sufficient jaw bone structure, which can add to the cost.
Dental implants in India can range from 30,000 – 50,000 rupees for both the post and crown, which is equivalent to $600-$1,000 Australian dollars depending on the dentist and brand of post and crown used.
You will also need to factor in the travel costs associated with a trip to India, as well as the cost of travelling for follow up consultations. Dental implants can take up to a year to complete, depending on the condition of your other teeth and jawbone and also on how fast you heal. So you may need to make multiple trips to your dentist.
You may also experience some pain after the implant has been put in. It is important to see your original dentist to address the cause of the pain and ensure that the implant is positioned and healing correctly. This could mean additional follow up treatments. All these added travel costs can end up costing you more than the savings you would have by getting dental implants in India.
You should also consider your insurance. If you have dental coverage under your private insurance plan, you will not be eligible to make a claim if you get dental implants in India. If you don’t have coverage for dental implants, it may ultimately be more affordable to change insurers that to resort to dental tourism.
Risks of Dental Tourism
While no operation is risk-free, licensing standards and regulations are different in countries outside Australia, which can often mean less experienced and less qualified surgeon will be performing your surgery.
Travelling for dental implants also increases your risk of complications post-surgery due to exposure to pathogens and microorganisms that your body has not encountered before, which can reduce your immunity. You also run the risk of blood clots while travelling, or failure to comply with recovery protocols due to language barriers.
Finally, an Australian dentist can readily access your medical and dental history to check for allergies or sensitivity to certain medications or instruments which can improve the likelihood of a successful dental implant. A dentist in India may not have full access to your medical history beyond the information you provide, putting you at risk of an ineffective or harmful procedure.
While the initial outlay for dental implants may be higher than other tooth replacement options such as dentures or bridges, they offer a longer-lasting, permanent solution to missing teeth. Getting dental implants in India is never risk free and may seem like a good way to cut the cost of dental implants, but there are hidden expenses that may end up costing you more long term, and you won’t have any recourse as you do at home in Australia because dentistry is highly regulated.
If you are interested in dental implants, call Southern Smiles on (02) 8503 9902 to speak with our friendly and experienced staff about how dental implants can help you achieve a winning smile.