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27 July 2017

Cutting corners on dental implant placement could prove to be a bad mistake.

As reports in the newspapers seem to be indicating, money is starting to get a little tight for some people. Generally, when this happens, we look at ways to cut back our expenditure, perhaps buying less, or more likely, switching to cheaper brands.

Whilst this may work with some products, it is a risky strategy when it comes to dental care, and especially implant placement.

If you do a search for ‘dental implants’ even within your own area, you are likely to see a number of adverts offering ‘cheap implants abroad’ or similar. These can, at first glance, seem very tempting. After all, who would not want to pay less and have a few days in a hotel to recover too!

The drawbacks

The financial incentive to go abroad for dental implant treatment is understandable, but is also probably the only plus factor. There are a significant number of risks in taking up these offers, and we look at a few of these below.

How qualified and experienced will the dentist be? – Whilst there are many talented dentists abroad, it can be difficult to ascertain whether the ones offering these cheaper implants have the level of expertise required to place implants safely and successfully. Different countries may have different standards and may not adhere to those that we are used to in the UK. In addition to this, even where the skills have been gained, experience can count for a lot. Some of these dental practices may be relatively new to implant placement, unlike the experienced implant dentists at our Surbiton practice.

Are the implants good quality? – At the Confidental Clinic, we only use high quality implants for this procedure. This is very important as only titanium implants will fuse with the bone, giving a secure base upon which the crown can be attached. It is possible that some dentists outside of the UK may resort to cheaper implants as part of their cost cutting exercise. Although the procedure may appear to be an initial success, if the implant does not fuse with the bone correctly, it may become loose and fall out.

Follow up appointments – At the Confidental Clinic, patient care is priority, and any patient receiving treatments such as implants will be monitored carefully during their progress. This benefit is unlikely to be a part of any cheap dental implant package abroad. If you wish to have them checked during the recovery process, it is likely that any check up, along with air fares and hotels, would have to come from your own pocket.

There are other reasons too, such as language barriers that may need to be overcome if you travel for your implant placement. Our view is that saving a few pounds is simply not worth the risk. Although you might have a successful procedure, you also might not be so fortunate and may suffer from failing and potentially painful implants.

If you have been considering dental implants but are concerned about the cost, why not talk to our Surbiton dental team about the payment plans that we have available to help you spread the cost. Call the Confidental Clinic today on 020 8399 1291.

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