When it comes to cheap dental implants, there are some things that should probably be left well alone!
Let’s face it, we all love to bag a bargain. Whether that’s a great deal on a vacation or a super-cheap deal on the latest mobile phone, it’s usually enough to send the excitement levels rising, as you give yourself an imaginary pat on the back for a job well done. However when it comes to your oral health, and in particular dental implants, you have to ask yourself, is it really worth the compromise?
It’s well documented that the dental implant procedure doesn’t come cheap and indeed, there are many factors that influence, and to a certain extent justify the initial cost. Things like:
- The cost of materials – Titanium, porcelain etc
- The design of the implant itself – One which supports long-term use with the results to match
- The cost of the technology – In our case, we use a fully-digitalised flapless technique which shortens surgery time involving less discomfort
- The experience of the implant surgeon and,
- The possibility of other surgical procedures – such as bone grafts and sinus lifts etc.
The issue is that when you start to investigate offers for cheap dental implants and look beyond the attractive price tag, you’ll notice that in 9 cases out of 10, they fall short on one or more of the points above. Here are some examples…
Cheap dental implants for only $499!
As a bit of fun, I Googled that exact phrase and the first thing that came up was a Michigan dental practice based in the US. While it’s true that they do offer implants for just $499, in reality, this is for the implant only. You then have to pay an additional $750 for the abutment and $1000 for the dental crown. This works out at a total cost of $2349 USD. To be fair to the dental practice in question, they do make it pretty clear that the initial cost is for the dental implant surgery only, but nevertheless, patients aren’t really getting an implant-based restoration for 499 bucks.
As a top tip – If you see an advert for a cheap dental implant, always check what that price entails. Chances are it’s unlikely to be the final cost.
Black Friday Sale – One-piece Implant only $40.00
When dental implant companies have to resort to Black Friday deals to entice dentists into buying their products, you know you’re in trouble! Inevitably though, these are the same companies who want to get into the lucrative and ever-expanding dental implant market. However, in order to get noticed against the well-established brands, those regarded with the highest perception of quality and a proven track record to boot, they can only compete in one area -price! The question is, if your dentist is purchasing – for want of a better word – ‘knock-off dental implants’ – how is that going to affect you as a patient?
Many cheap dental implants brands come with little or no research and include the least reputable ‘clone type‘ dental implants. As such, without extensive clinical success supporting their longevity, there’s no guarantee that any $100 implant placed, is going to last, and that has to be something worth considering.
As a top tip – If you’re considering dental implants, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist what brand they use and take this into consideration when choosing your preferred provider.
Cheap dental implants in Malaysia – Only $1100!
If the lure of a cheap dental implant procedure combined with a mini holiday, gets you excited, then you’re not alone. Over 10,000 Australians travel abroad for dental treatments each year and with prices up to 60% cheaper, it’s no wonder! Even with the cost of a return flight, many patients are able to save money. Yet ‘dental tourism‘ as it’s been coined, is not without its drawbacks.
Limited treatment planning
While it’s true that some dental tourism operators will send a client’s X-rays and case studies to the clinic in advance for review, what often happens is that due to client time restraints – remember most patients visits are carried out during annual leave – any planning if any, is undertaken quickly. As such, patients often find that normal treatment protocols are changed, and in some cases, compromised, to take into account their short visiting time frame.
Cut-price dental implants may mean poor treatment quality
While it’s fair to say that there are some great dentists working in countries such as Malaysia, Bali, and Thailand, they aren’t normally the ones offering bargain-basement dental implants! Generally speaking, those who do, aren’t trained to the same standards as Australian dentists, have limited chairside experience, and/or use cheaper or lesser known implants.
Let’s put it this way, would you really entrust invasive dental treatment to someone with little experience or who isn’t trained to the same high standards as you would expect here in Australia? Surprisingly, there are plenty of bargain-seekers who do and that’s the real risk of cheap dental implants abroad. So, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck – then chances are it invariably is!
As a top tip – If you do decide to seek dental treatment abroad, weigh up every aspect of the treatment and aftercare and ensure you ask all the right questions before you book. This way you can at least limit any risks.
So there you have it. It just goes to show that some of the best things in life are reassuringly more expensive and as a result, cheap dental implants are a risk you probably shouldn’t be taking.
Here at Evergreen Dental, we offer the highest standards of dental care delivered by highly-experienced professionals offering compassionate and gentle dentistry. So if you have a missing tooth or teeth and are considering dental implants, then why not book a consultation with us. We can help you to transform your smile and your confidence, so call today on (02) 8074 3849.