We do have patients who ask, “Why are dental implants expensive and why are some implants cheaper than others?”.
I would, as a clinician, rather be putting the very best implants in my own patients in order that if there is any issues down the road, they could be resolved, as we have a good backup from a known company.
Now as a periodontal specialist, a gum specialist, I lecture on dental implants and I also partner with numerous implant companies. I am a key opinion leader. Many of the dental implant companies that I am dealing with have the cutting edge of implant dentistry.
I think as a patient you will have to decide based upon why you are having this done? Do you would like to have something done cheaply? Because you can’t have something done cheaply and it still is good!
You have to be aware that if you are going to have your treatment elsewhere, and when you come back and you have problems within the UK, you may not have anybody who may help you. Because things may be complicated and without knowing what was the implant system that was used – there more than 600 implant systems that are used around the globe – and it becomes more complicate. Consequently, the costs will increase.
If it is a simple implant treatment that you are having abroad and you are confident in your clinician and there is no complication, then I don’t think it is an issue. If there are problems and you are back in the UK, then you will have to consider what you need to do …
Dental tourism will always exist. There are good clinicians across he World. I think it is essential that if you do want treatment abroad, you’ve got to investigate and find the right clinician who can possibly do the most effective treatment that they can for you.
With my cutting edge equipment, I can precisely plan how to reconstruct the bone to accommodate my patient’s dental implant to ensure that there is long term success for my patient.
As an implant dentist and as a Periodontal Specialist, when I see my own patients, I utilise my Cone Beam CT Scanner to assess the quality of the bone and if there is ample bone available for the placement of an implant in order that I can avoid any dangerous structures that might be a cause for problems later on for my patients.
Because things may be complicated and without knowing what was the implant system that was used – there are over 600 implant systems that are used around the World – and it becomes more complicate. With the equipment, we can then create a virtual image to plan your implant placement within the computer model.
Now as a periodontal specialist, a gum specialist, I lecture on dental implants and I also work with quite a few implant companies. Some of the dental implant companies that I am working with are at the cutting edge of implant dentistry.
We also have a 3D IntrAoral scanner which allows impression techniques to ensure that we can make your customised crown from a 3D printed model. Things are just developing at a rapid speed within the implant dentistry and it is of great important that your clinician and, me as your clinician, have that cutting edge …
In my practice we use most up to date technology by employing our CT Scanner to assess the quantity and quality of the bone that you have. With the equipment, we can then create a virtual image to plan your implant placement within the computer model. And therefore, we can avoid mistakes or any deviation from the dental treatment plan.