Why You Can’t Compare Dental Implant Procedures In Malaysia And Australia
If you have been to a consultation with a dentist in Australia and been handed a cost estimate for a procedure that you think is over-priced, you can’t request a quote in Malaysia and expect to be given the same treatment.
Each dental practitioner has different training and will approach treatment differently. Each dentist will favour different brands of implants based on his or her previous experience.
At your initial consultation your dentist will do an assessment including a full medical history, x –rays and digital photographs, and come up with a suggested treatment plan for you. It will be accompanied by the costs of each phase of the treatment – and those too will be unique to that practitioner.
If you have decided to go to Malaysia for dental implants, then the dental practitioner to be performing the procedure should assess you and create a treatment plan to follow.
You Can Expect An Extended Treatment Duration
Dental implants take a great degree of skill and planning. Because there are so many variables, and because your dentist is recreating a permanent replacement to your lost tooth roots you can expect it to be some time before your body accepts and integrates the titanium implant that will be screwed into your jaw.
Do you intend to fly to Malaysia on more than one occasion to give yourself enough time to heal between each stage of the procedure – or do you expect to rush everything into one trip?
While every patient’s case is completely different, you can expect to go through some of these steps before your dental implant has osseo-integrated with your jaw:
Some patients require a tooth extraction before their dental implant. Sometimes it’s a good idea to do a bone graft after removing a tooth, to prevent bone loss before it occurs.
Bone graft or sinus lift
Some patients do not have thick enough jaw bone to support a dental implant and need to have bone transplanted into the site to thicken it, before the dental implant can be placed.
Placing the implant
Once your mouth is prepped and your jaw is strong, your dentist can make the incision and drill into your jaw to place your implant. It may take up to three months for you to recover from this stage of the procedure.
Placing the abutment
The abutment is an extension between the titanium roots and the artificial crown. Placing it requires your dentist to re-open the site and close it up again.
Placing your crown
Once you dentist is satisfied with your progress, he or she will match a crown to the rest of your teeth, to ensure a natural finish.
If the idea of a protracted dental implant surgery doesn’t sound appealing to you, you’ll be pleased to know that DDSS and DDII offer digital dental implants, offering patients faster dental implants than ever before.
Due to the fact that no incisions are made with digital dental implants, your chances of developing an infection at the site are minimised significantly.
Infection Control Will Always Be A Concern
The standards for infection control are managed very strictly in Australia but the same can’t always be said for other parts of the world. Malaysia’s standards are completely different to those in Australia so patients traveling abroad for dental tourism procedures really can’t expect the same level of protection as they can at home.
In the rare event that something does go wrong with your dental implant procedure in Australia there is recourse you can follow and steps you can take.
How Is Your Post-Operative Care Going To Be Managed?
After your procedure you will have a few visits to your dentist to check on your progress and ensure your implant is stable. If any adjustments need to be made, or if there is any discomfort, you need to have someone to go to – and that’s difficult if your practitioner is in Malaysia.
In the event that your dentist needs spare or replacement parts, it is essential that they can be sourced easily – otherwise the implant will need to be removed and replaced, making for a much more expensive long term project.
Still have questions about dental implants or considering getting your treatment done in Malaysia? It’s always best to speak to a professional. Please contact us for the most convenient appointment