Dental Implants are fast becoming the treatment of choice in restoring missing teeth. The cost however can be prohibiting to a lot of people, especially those with no dental insurance coverage. As the Philippines is becoming popular among tourists for its pristine beaches, inexpensive food and unparalleled hospitality, more and more people are discovering the talents of Filipino doctors and value of Medical Tourism in addressing their medical and dental needs for a fraction of the cost.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are root replacements that are placed on the jaw by an experienced implant dentist to provide a strong foundation where fixed bridge or removable dentures can be attached. A strong dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels and function like natural tooth.
Are Dental Implants cost effective?
Like natural teeth, dental implants are built to last. Though they need periodic check -up and adjustments, as long as they are properly placed and cared for, they can last a lifetime. Dental implants is an investment that can serve you for a long time, which make them cost effective.
What are the advantages of Dental Implants?
- Comfort – Dental Implants look and feel like natural teeth. they are designed to integrate with your bone so they become permanent. The restoration is firmly screwed to the implant so there is no fear of it falling out or being displaced when you eat, talk or laugh.
- Better Appearance – a face without teeth can appear sunken and old. Dental implants allow you to retain your natural face shape and smile.
- Protects healthy bone – loosing one or more teeth can lead to loss of bone in the area where the spaces are at. When our jawbone is not supporting teeth, it deteriorates and shrinks. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
- Protects healthy teeth – Restoration using fixed bridge would require grinding of the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth in order to support a bridgework, thereby damaging an otherwise healthy teeth. In contrast, dental implants go in the jawbone where your missing tooth root was, without damaging healthy teeth. Dental implants also prevent adjacent teeth from shifting towards the space left open by a missing tooth or teeth.
Winning Smile Dental Clinic is a qualified dental practice in Makati, Philippines that can address your Dental Implant needs at a fraction of a cost
What type of Dental Implants does your clinic use?
The implants we choose to use in our clinic are meticulously researched and only those with at least 5 years of follow-up studies are considered. Also, we only use implants that have a US FDA approval and with a strong following in the USA. In this regard, we use the Korean brand Osstem (Hi-Ossen in the US) and Straumann implants in our clinic. However, we are able to use any other brand of implants if the patient has a specific request to use that kind of implant, provided that it is available locally.
Please give me a summary of the steps in the process of getting an implant at your clinic.
The first step for any dental procedure in our clinic is always patient information gathering, clinical diagnostic examinations and treatment planning. If the patient is not physically present, a panoramic x-ray or full mouth x-rays will help us to make a preliminary diagnosis and aid in formulating a tentative treatment plan. Note that because x-rays are 2-dimensional in nature, the treatment plan we make based on the x-rays alone may change considerably once we see clinically the patient’s oral condition.
Implant surgery is basically an extraction but done in reverse. Instead of taking out a tooth, we insert a root form metal (implant) into the patient’s mouth. This involves opening up the gums, drilling and enlarging a hole into the patients bone and inserting the proper diameter and length of implant. To the patient, this may sound like a very painful procedure. But in truth, implant surgery is less painful than taking out a tooth. This is because with implant surgery, we are using precise equipment to sequentially enlarge the hole (called an osteotomy) and with just a few drills, we are able to finish the osteotomy and place the implant. The actual time it takes to place an implant from anesthetizing the patient to closing it up is about 30 minutes.
Where is the procedure done?
Dental Implant placement is a surgical procedure that can be done in the dental clinic. Gone are the days when a patient has to be hospitalized or put under general anesthesia to receive dental implants. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia just like tooth extraction. For patients who are highly anxious or receiving multiple implant placements, they have the option to be under conscious IV sedation.
How much do your procedures cost?
Implant surgery costs P55,000 ($1,272) and the implant crown costs P30,000 ($530) for the Osstem implants. For the Straumann implants, implant surgery costs P80,000 ($1,696) and the implant crown costs P40,000 ($848). The discrepancy in prices is due to the big discrepancy in cost for the different systems.
How many surgeries/appointments are required?
For straightforward cases, meaning no bone augmentation is required, the patient needs only to come to the Philippines twice: the first for placing the implants, and the second is for fabricating the implant crown. During the 1st visit, we require the patient to be in the Philippines a minimum of 7 days for proper post-operative follow-up.
For the second visit, we require the patient to stay a little bit longer because the fabrication time for the implant crown depends mostly on how long the lab will take. Because we only send the cases to laboratories who have the proper know-how of fabricating implant crowns, this may take between 1-2 weeks to finish. In cases where we need to do a sinus augmentation, it may be possible (case-to-case basis) to do implant placement simultaneously. However, we do require that the patient stay a little bit longer, a minimum of 10 days just to make sure that there are no surgical complications
What is the healing time required?
The downtime for the surgical procedure for straightforward cases is usually just 1-2 days. Most of our patients don’t even report of any post-operative pain after the procedure and have no need for any pain medications. Healing for the surgical site usually takes about 7 days, meaning the site is fully closed by then. Actual bone integration of the implant takes 3-6 months.
Will the patient have teeth after implant placement?
Temporary removable dentures, flippers, or fixed teeth are often used after dental implant insertion. The proper fit of these temporaries after implant insertion is crucial. After surgery, the surgical site is swollen, so the temporary may not fit properly. The patient will be advised not to wear the temporary flipper until the numbness in the area subsides. It is very important when temporary teeth are placed that they do not touch the gums in the area of the surgery, nor do they put pressure on the implant. They may need to be adjusted, and re-adjusted again after the swelling has subsided. Until the post-operative appointment, the patient should not eat with the removable temporary teeth. In social situations where the patient will need to wear dentures, he/she should choose a diet that is soft and does not require chewing.
In certain cases, immediate temporary loading (immediate temporary fixed teeth insertion over the implants) of the implants is possible. The attending dentist will determine this.
What is your success rate?
The implant integration rate of modern implants are now pegged upward of 95%. Because of this, if the implant does not integrate properly (within 3 months of placement), we will replace the implant at no cost to the patient. Alternatively, if they choose to have it managed in their home country, we can provide their attending dentist with all the details of the treatment (what type of implant was used, what diameter and what length). We will also be available to correspond with their attending dentist if necessary.
Winning Smile Dental Clinic
Suite 607-608 The Medical Tower, Rufino Street, Village, Legaspi, Makati, 1229 Metro Manila, Philippines
Mon-Sat: 10:00AM – 5:00PM