If you’re fed-up with dentures and want more comfortable, secure and, frankly better looking tooth replacements then one of the newest innovations in dentistry may be just what you need. The treatment replaces all the teeth on either the upper or lower jaw (or both) on just four dental implants. However, the cost is hideously expensive at AUD $27,000 (NZD $29,000), which is why Thailand is a great option for many Aussies and Kiwis.
The all on 4 price Thailand’s dental clinics are offering equates to savings of more than 57%. On a procedure that is so expensive it means thousands of dollars, as the price in Thailand is around AUD $11,500 (NZD $12,400). This is more than enough to offset the cost of a luxury trip to Thailand for you and a partner, including flights and accommodation—and you’ll still have money to spare.
The huge savings are the main reason why many people become dental tourists. Thailand is not just a major tourist destination but also has a robust dental and medical tourism industry too and is one of the leading destinations on the planet for medical travellers.
Low prices on medical and dental procedures that are expensive at home, coupled with the opportunity to enjoy a holiday in an exotic location is too good an opportunity to turn down—even more so because the professionalism of the medical staff in Thailand is second-to-none.
While there are horror stories surfacing from time-to-time about the tragic consequences of medical tourism trips, the headlines never mention the vast majority of patients whose treatment abroad passes by uneventfully. The key, as with anything these days, is to do your own research. It’s not always easy to do, but the nature of researching information is to cross-reference, use as many sources as possible and check out forums where you may be able to speak to past patients. Remember—the onus is on you to find a reliable clinic where you can substantiate its promotional information.
What About the Quality?
Dental clinics that treat international patients tend to be modern with contemporary décor that could rival a boutique hotel. For patients used to public health services at home, the experience is luxurious, especially as the Thai customer service ethic is very much in evidence. Some dental clinics offer a spa-like experience with additional services, like massage and facials to help patients relax.
Globalization ensures that new techniques are rapidly disseminated across the world and there are specialist all-on-4 dental clinics that are affiliated with the Malo Clinic in Lisbon, which is where the technique was pioneered.
Dentists are highly-skilled and well-trained, with a good proportion of Thai dentists having trained overseas, and with professional memberships of international organizations, such as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
For an all-on-4, Thailand’s prices are unbeatable—and the country offers a variety of locations where you can enjoy a holiday before your treatment, and relax afterward.