When you need more complex dental work such as dental implants, you may be worried about how much do dental implants cost. With an average price of between $3000 to $7000 for a single implant, it’s fair to say that dental implants here in Australia don’t come cheap.
In fact, according to a report by ABC news in 2018, 3 out of 10 people in Australia had admitted avoiding a visit to the dentist because of the cost and a further 1 in 5 Australians were unable to afford the treatment recommended by their dentist.
Dental care isn’t subsidised for most Australians and about half of the population don’t have any private dental insurance. It’s hardly surprising then, that each year some 15,000 Australians travel overseas for cosmetic surgeries, including dental implants. Some of the most popular places to visit for dental work include Thailand, Bali, and the Philippines.
How much do dental implants cost in Bali?
If you’re considering dental implants, Bali would seem a great place to visit. With dental implants including the abutment and the crown, being advertised for just $1700 or less, it really is a bargain. Add to this the beautiful white sun-kissed beaches surrounded by sparkling turquoise water– what could be better?
While plenty of dentists in Bali do promise dental implants that cost just a third of what you may pay at home, there are 3 things you should consider before rushing off to book your flights.
1. Your dentist may not have the same level of training – When you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair at Scott Street Dental you don’t for a moment have to wonder whether the dentist is highly qualified. Dentists are nationally registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency via the Dental Board of Australia and can be easily checked out online.
Heading to Bali because of what dental implants cost there, may not give you the same reassurance. How can you be sure that your dental implants dentist has the same extensive level of training as the dentists here at Scott Street Dental?
If you really are intent on going to Bali for dental implants, then do as much research about the dental clinic and your dentist’s credentials before you leave.
Back home, the Australian Dental Association carefully regulates all dentists and handles any complaints you may have about their standard of dental care. Having your dental implants placed by Scott Street Dental gives you peace of mind that you’re in safe, experienced hands.
2. Dental implants can’t always be carried out quickly – When you’re heading to Bali to get discounted dental implants, there’s more involved than just the dental implants cost. You’ll have to factor in time off work (probably your 2 weeks annual leave), flights, accommodation, food and more. You also need to consider that getting dental implants takes more than one visit to the dental clinic.
For instance, the procedure for dental implants is usually carried out in a couple of stages, with 2 visits to the dental clinic. First, the dentist embeds the titanium dental implant post into the jaw bone where your tooth is missing. Then, once it has healed successfully, the crown will be attached to the post to complete the restoration. The healing process can take between 6 to 9 months depending on the individual’s ability to heal. This is, of course, assuming that you don’t need a bone graft beforehand to supplement the depth of bone needed to support the implant post.
Naturally, you probably can’t stay in Bali for a six-month holiday, so you’ll have to book one or more flights and accommodation etc. depending on how complex your case is. Any dentist who rushes ahead without waiting for the surrounding bone to fuse securely with the implant post is playing with fire and there’s an extremely high risk that your implant will fail.
3. What happens when something goes wrong? – Let’s say that you did get your dental implants placed in Bali and something went wrong after you’d returned. How are you going to rectify the problem? Most people aren’t going to be able to hop on a plane back to Bali at a moment’s notice and even if they could, it’s an added cost!
Furthermore, certain problems like dental infections don’t always show themselves straight away. Infections can develop slowly under a tooth and by the time you’ve noticed discolouration to the tooth or sore gums, the infection could have been there some while.
As you’re going to need professional assistance to treat the infection and to ensure your implant is stable, the cost of this repair work is now going to creep into any money you may have saved on dental implants cost in Bali. Suddenly, your cheap dental implants are becoming ever more expensive!
Here’s the bottom line – While saving yourself a bundle of cash on complex dental restorations may sound appealing, you could be placing your dental health at risk. Having your dental implants carried out at Scott Street Dental gives you access to sterile conditions, highly trained dentists, top name implant brands, and the latest in dental technologies. We also provide a variety of payment methods to make your dental treatment more affordable.