The popularity of dental implants in Thailand is growing. Many people see them as the preferred treatment for missing teeth over the non-permanence of dentures. If you’ve heard of the procedure, but don’t know what it entails, we’ll explain the process of having a dental implant installed, as well as what you should know about the healing process and the cost.
Three Parts of a Dental Implant
There are three parts to a dental implant in Thailand that make the entire process of having an implant take a few months. When a patient requests a dental implant, the first order of business is to take x-rays of the jaw into which the implant will be inserted and check the jawbone for signs of a lack of thickness and any weakness.
If the jaw looks healthy, the patient is given injections and an incision is made into the gum where the tooth used to be. The incision exposes the bone of the jaw. The dentist drills a hole into the jawbone and inserts the dental implant into the hole in your jaw.
If your jaw is not thick enough to support the implant, your dentist may have to perform a bone graft in which a synthetic bone material or natural bone from another part of your body is grafted into your jaw.
There is a lengthy period of time between the first and second procedures of a dental implant in Thailand. This is because the bone needs to knit with the implant to provide the strength to support the biting and chewing forces of the eventual tooth. This process is called osseointegration, and it can take several months until your dentist feels the bone has fused sufficiently with the implant.
Once the implant has fused with the jaw, your dentist will once again make an incision that exposes the edge of the implant protruding from the jaw. They will insert an abutment that will hold the final crown. This abutment is cemented or screwed into the dental implant securely.
The other edge is left exposed while this procedure heals over a few days, and a denture can be used to cover up the healing abutment.
Once the abutment procedure has healed sufficiently, it’s time for the final part of the process. The dentist will take impressions of the teeth surrounding the site of the dental implant and create a crown that matches your other teeth in size and color.
They will make an incision around the abutment and cement the crown onto the post protruding from it. The gum will grow over the top of the crown, and your new tooth will look just like its neighbors.
Cost of a Dental Implant
The cost of a dental implant in Thailand is much less than the cost of one in other parts of the world. It will cost about US $700 to $2500, whereas in other countries like the UK and US the cost can be anywhere from US $4000 to 5,000. The cost depends on the tooth being replaced, with much more attention being paid to the shape and color of teeth in the front of the mouth.