What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a form of dental surgery in which a prosthetic device, usually an artificial tooth (crown) is permanently attached to the jaw. The popularity of the procedure as way way to replace missing teeth is due to its durability and the fact that it doesn’t need any special care after it is completed.
What countries are the most popular destinations for this procedure?
Mexico, India, Israel, Thailand, Hungary, Costa Rica, and many more.
What is the range of prices?
Dental implant prices can vary considerably depending on the specific work that needs to be done on each patient. But as a general guideline, Americans can expect to spend around $2,500 for a single tooth. The prices in the U.K. and Canada are similar.
In Israel and Thailand, the price is around half the above.
In Mexico, Costa Rica, Hungary, and India an implant can be less than $1,000.
An important consideration in comparing dental implant prices at home versus abroad is the fact that an implant usually requires at least two, or even three visits several months apart. So the cost (and time) of additional travel needs to be taken into account.
What are the common complications if the procedure is performed abroad?
Even under ideal circumstances, there are risks involved with getting a dental implant. These include infection as well as bone, nerve, or blood vessel damage. There is also a risk of the implant failing to properly integrate with the bone.
However, all of the above problems can be more common and more serious if the surgery took place in a less than ideal location, such as an overseas facility that lacks international accreditation or fails to meet accepted standards of hygiene, modernity, or professionalism.
And if something does go wrong, getting the problem fixed may require traveling yet again (if the original dentist will even agree to do it) or else paying far more for redoing the procedure back home.
A widely reported case from 2016 involved a California woman who traveled to Mexico for dental work. With no x-rays or preliminary work, she had 20 teeth extracted and quickly replaced with implants. Not only were the implants the wrong size, but a serious infection resulted. In the end, she needed surgery in the U.S. to undo all the work and have it replaced with dentures.