Dental Implants Abroad
Discover the Potential Dangers of Obtaining Your Dental Implants Abroad!
Getting your dental implants outside Australia may be a little cheaper, but the potential dangers that accompany a dental implant treatment abroad can have dire consequences. The Malo Clinic advises against dental implant treatments abroad, this to protect our patients and avoid complications that usually accompany dental tourism. To discover the potential dangers of dental tourism, please read our information below.
Cheaper Treatment, Cheaper Materials
The phrase “you get what you pay for” certainly applies to dental tourism, especially when you intend to get your dental implants from a clinic outside Australia. When you take a look at some of the prices for dental implants in Asia, you will notice that they are lower than the prices of dental implants in Australia. However, an explanation for the lower cost of the treatment can be found with the materials used in your treatment and the staff performing your procedure.
The Malo Clinic has often come across patients with failing dental implants. These dental implants were acquired abroad, but shortly after their treatment, patients experienced either failing dental implants or infections. With no access to the facility where they acquired their dental implants, patient have to come to the Malo Clinic to fix the problem. Unfortunately, these patients will have to pay for the fixes, which leads to the treatment costing a lot more than they intended.
Failing dental implants that have been implemented abroad can occur because of a few denominators: low quality dental implants, abutments or prosthesis, and unqualified medical staff. A dental implant procedure requires quality dental materials that can last a lifetime, as well as a professional who has been trained in these specialist procedures.
Difference in Standards
In Australia, dental facilities need to comply with the rules and regulations provided by the Australian government. However, when you have your dental implant treatment in a different country, there will be different standards.
For example, when you head over to Asia for a dental implant treatment, there will be different standards for hygiene and even for the staff who is executing your treatment. An oral surgeon who is qualified to execute your treatment in Asia is not necessarily qualified to perform the procedure in Australia, so you cannot be certain that the person who is treating you is qualified to do so.
The difference in standards can involve a lot of health risks for the patient in question. Poorly executed procedures and poor standards can lead to infections and complications, so it is usually better to trust in the high standards and experienced oral surgeons of Australia.
Not Being Able to Communicate
Communication problems are quite common for patients who are getting their dental implant treatment abroad. When you enter a dental facility abroad, you can never be sure that all the staff who will be treating you speak or understand perfect English. If you are feeling any discomfort during the treatment, or when something does not feel right, you will not be able to convey your concerns. This may lead to failed procedures and a lot more dental problems down the line.
High Chance of Complications
Getting a dental implant treatment abroad is accompanied by a high chance of complications. Some of these complications do not come to light until a couple of months after you had the procedure done and you cannot travel thousands of miles again to get the problem fixed!
Complications do occur and it is impossible to eliminate that risk completely. This is why it is important to have a worldwide warranty for your dental implant treatment. If you do not have a worldwide warranty for the treatment you have received abroad, you will have serious problems finding a dentist in Australia who is willing to fix the problem.
Lower Success Rates
When you have your dental implant procedure done at the Malo Clinic, you can count on a success rate of 98%. If you get your treatment abroad, the success rate drops tremendously because of the risks that are involved with dental tourism. Infections, poor dental materials and unqualified staff are just a few factors that can affect the success of your treatment, so it is important to take into account the fact that your treatment may fail.
Tips to Reduce the Cost of Dental Implant Procedures in Australia
Getting your dental implant treatment in Australia is a lot safer and the success rate of the treatment is a lot higher. What many people do not realise is that they can take advantage of affordable dental implant treatments within Australia as well, so they do not necessarily have to go abroad to get the treatment done.
Instead of going for a normal dental implant treatment, you can choose the All-On-4 dental treatment. All-On-4 has a higher success rate than normal dental implant treatments and is a lot more affordable as well. During an All-On-4 dental implant treatment, the oral surgeon will only use four dental implants for the upper or lower jaw, which cuts the cost of the treatment considerably. It is also a great alternative for people with a limited amount of jawbone, since All-On-4 does not require bone grafting.
Another great way to reduce the cost of your dental implant treatment is obtaining the right dental insurance. Unfortunately, Medicare will not cover you for major dental procedures such as dental implants, so you will have to turn to a private health insurer if you want to claim for your dental implant procedure.
Dental implant procedures usually fall under the extras of your health insurance policy. In order to be able to claim a good amount of money for your treatment, make sure that the annual limits of your extras matches your treatment. To determine the right annual limit, use the treatment plan you received from your Malo Clinic dentist or oral surgeon.
Good dental insurance can also cover you for general dental procedures, so having a good health insurance plan can go a long way. When you look for the right health insurance plan, do not be afraid to compare various health insurers to ensure you are getting the best deal.