Lower Cost Dental Implants Abroad – Is It Worth the Risk?

Looking at the pros and cons of travelling overseas to have dental implants placed.

If you are considering undergoing a dental implant procedure, then you may possibly have been tempted to travel abroad for your treatment. Maybe you’ve seeing adverts either on-line or in newspapers, from practices and agencies, attempting to lure people with the offer of cut-price dental implant procedures in far off lands?

Some factors to consider

Here at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, we would strongly recommend to anyone who is considering travelling abroad for dental treatment, that they fully research both the clinic, and the country in which the clinic is based. Particularly checking the country’s regulatory body, and the levels of treatment and care that it enforces. We also recommend that you should check the dentist’s qualifications, and their personal experience in carrying out the procedure.

Having a dental implant is a complex procedure that requires excellent communication between both parties. This is something that may prove difficult if English is not the first language of either the dentist or his assistants.

There are implants, and then there are implants!

We would recommend that you determine the type and quality of the implant that will be used, prior to agreeing to any aspect of your treatment.

Here at Confidental Clinic we will only ever use quality implants that are manufactured to the highest standards, by companies that have become established names in the field of implant dentistry. There are cheaper implants available, though these are often without the quality and reliability that our implants offer. It is usually these cheaper, so called ‘copy’ implants that are used in clinics that offer cheaper procedures.

Consultation and aftercare

A dental implant will generally require several consultations with the dentist who is carrying out the procedure. There will be the initial consultation eith our Clapham implant dentist during which x-rays are taken to check that your bone density and quality is sufficient to allow for a successful treatment. Following this the options for treatment should be explained and discussed with you. During the procedure, the implants are fitted into the bone of the jaw, this will require the use of a local anaesthetic to minimise any pain or discomfort.

Our dentists are fully trained in the use of anaesthetics, and we only use the most modern and trusted types. We can also offer help if you are at all nervous or anxious, either because of the procedure or the anaesthetic. Following the procedure where the implants have been inserted into the jaw, they will be allowed time to heal and to integrate themselves fully with the bone. This can take up to 12 weeks, following which impressions will be taken for the new crown or denture plate to be modelled on.

What happens if something goes wrong after the treatment ?

Each of these consultations will require a visit to the dental surgery. If this is abroad then the costs of travelling and accommodation, not to mention time off from work and any subsequent loss of income can quickly start to add up, ultimately possibly wiping out any potential saving.

Please get in touch

We realise that a dental implant procedure can be a costly undertaking for many of our patients. If you are considering having dental implant surgery, and you would like to discuss any aspect of the treatment, including information on the finance packages that we offer, then please contact our surgery on 020 7801 9060. One of our team of caring and dedicated practitioners will be only too pleased to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.