Dental Implants in Vietnam: What Every Dental Tourism Patient Needs to Know
Dental implant in Vietnam is well-known for citizens of Australia and the US who are looking for an affordable alternative to replacing their lost tooth (teeth). Getting affordable dental implants is the top reason why our dental tourism patients from Australia and New Zealand travel for a dental holiday in Vietnam. Here at Lotus Dental Travel, we have helped thousands of clients each year to get their life-changing implant teeth replacement in Vietnam for a fraction of the cost. In this blog, we’re going to explain detail about dental implant procedure, the cost of dental implants in Vietnam and whether it’s worth to travel thousands of miles to get an implant.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an effective way to replace the missing teeth due to diseases or accidents. When you are missing one or more teeth you won’t like the gap looks when you smile. A missing tooth may affect how you speak, and other teeth around it tend to shift gradually. Also the loss of teeth and bone can make your face sag which makes you look older.
The dental implant can keep other teeth intact since you are at an increased risk for oral bone loss after losing a tooth for a long time. Titanium is the main component of dental implants – the special material that the human body accepts well. Posts surgically placed into the jawbone is made of titanium. They replace the root of one or more missing teeth. They will support a dental prosthesis such as a single tooth crown, bridge or a full set of dentures.
Implants generally last 10-20 years, or even an entire lifetime if the patient complies with oral hygiene and regular checkups. The ceramic crowns can often last between 10 and 15 years before replacement.
What are the advantages of an implant?
Scientists, as well as dentists, highly appreciate and always recommend patients who unfortunately lose their teeth to do a dental implant. You wanna know the reasons? There are eight of them, and more:
The most natural look: This is an advantage that we can easily see with the naked eye. The loss of teeth will greatly affect the aesthetics of your teeth and smile, making one feel insecure when communicating with others. Therefore, dental implants that mimic your natural teeth will make you feel more comfortable and confident in everyday activities.
Rehabilitation of teeth: Titanium posts are placed deeply into the jaw bone and to create a strong connection with it just like the natural roots, to recover the chewing function of the teeth, allow you to eat your favorite dishes more comfortably than other prosthetic solutions.
Prevent bone resorption due to tooth loss: When a tooth is missing, the bone loses its stimulus in that spot and your body begins signaling osteoclasts to break down the jawbone which will gradually cause resorption. You can see that happen with some elders when they lose their teeth, their jawbone may become smaller, lips and cheeks may start to sink in, causing aesthetics problem. Implants are the perfect resolution for that problem since they stimulate the bone to produce to balance with the resorption.
Dental implants do not affect adjacent teeth: Dental bridge or removable dentures procedures require the invasion of the adjacent teeth. Over time, these adjacent teeth will be easily damaged. Implant dental techniques are applied directly to the missing teeth without affecting the adjacent teeth at all.
The most long-lasting solution: Implants have high durability, they can last 20 years or permanently if you take care of them properly.
Improved voice and pronunciation: When your teeth are missing, your voice will be changed, which can lead to lisp or mispronouncing difficult words. The implants fill up the missing spaces which help to improve the voice and the pronunciation.
Prevent decay or other diseases with real teeth: Of course, a tooth made of titanium and porcelain crown would make cavities and other diseases that normally happens to real teeth absolutely impossible.
Convenient cleaning: Implants do not require to be removed to clean like a removable denture. With implants, you may maintain your oral health regimen as if you had never lost a tooth in the first place
Cost of dental implants in Vietnam
How much does a single dental implant cost in Vietnam?
The cost of a dental implant in Vietnam is about 30% less than in Thailand and 70% less than in Australia, ranging from $900 – $1700. This is quite affordable comparing to the cost of a dental implant in USA which is from $3,000 to $4,800, and the cost of an implant in Australia which is about $5000.
The low cost (ranges from $900 – $1700) with high quality has made Vietnam such a potential candidate for the best country for dental implants. You could receive the high quality, full-package treatment with a credentialed dental implant expert in one of the top-notch international accredited dental clinics. Compare those prices with the ones of US clinics above. And remember that the savings are much greater with multiple implants or full-arch implants.
|Dental Implant Costs||Vietnam Cost (USD)||US/Australia Average Cost (USD)|
|Single Tooth Implant (per tooth)||1,350||2,500|
|Single Tooth Implant with Crown (per tooth)||1,500||4,100|
|All on 4 implants (per arch)||7,000||22,600|
|Fixed Bridge (with 6 dental implants per arch)||8,500||27,000|
|Implant-supported dentures (per arch)||6,000||16,500|
To learn more about the average cost of dental implant procedures in the top-quality clinics in Vietnam, check the average Dental Cost in Vietnam. To learn more about dental implant packages in Vietnam, check Dental Travel Packages.
Factors to consider regarding the cost of implants in Vietnam
The prices of different clinics could vary, the detail of those prices is the one that matters. If you see ads with exceptionally low prices for dental implants, below are some questions you should consider before getting the procedure:
- Price inclusion and exclusion: does the price include diagnosis, x-rays, medication, bone graft, soft tissue treatment, extraction, the abutment, crown, post-operative care?
- Implant components’ brand, crown material, crown manufacturing location
- Profile of the surgeon who conducts your surgery. Remember to check his/her expertise, education, year of experience, and successful rate
- Warranty policy for the dental implant: How long do they guarantee last? Is the replacement for components of the implant free-of-charge if it breaks, and for what reasons? Do they reimburse or correct their work if a complication happens
- Payment plan and payment methods they accept
Know if you’re a good candidate for dental implants before travel
Before deciding to plan for your dental trip, remember to consult with your dentist to know whether you’re qualified for the implant surgery or not.
Suitable age for dental implants:
Dentists recommend that people with missing teeth should perform implantation when turning 18 or older. Because at that time, the jawbone has developed stably, completely and is qualified to perform the surgery.
Healthy gum tissue, no infection:
The gum tissue covered around the implant must be healthy and free of infection. Thus, new gum tissue can integrate well into implant abutment to maintain Implant and heal incisions fast.
Qualified jawbone level:
The jawbone at the implant site must be very healthy and the height and thickness of the bone must meet the required figures in order for the implant to grow stably.
Good health, not suffering from chronic diseases:
Patients need to be in good health and mental status. In particular, if you suffer from chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes then implantation is not ideal for you because the diseases will affect the treatment results. Surgeons might use anesthesia to reduce pain for patients. Therefore, patients must be in good health to avoid unwanted complications that might occur
Smoking harms the body’s immune system, which makes it difficult for the body to heal tissues. Heavy smokers often have a very low rate of successful implant surgery. Tobacco prevents the healing of bone, weakens the structure of the bone and might leads to open wounds, infections or bone resorption. Therefore, to implement Implant surgery, the patient must quit before and after the surgery
Pregnant women shouldn’t take implant surgery either because the exposure of x-ray required before the surgery might be harmful to the child
What happens during a dental implant procedure in Vietnam?
When you arrive in Vietnam for your dental implant package, you’ll have the first appointment for an initial examination and consultation even if you’ve had your examination result in Australia before.
Stage 1 – Implant Placement
During this appointment, the dentist will do a comprehensive dental exam, take CBCT or panoramic X-rays of your mouth, and then take impressions of your teeth. The dentist will discuss with you the condition of your teeth, the pros, cons, and risks of the alternatives to come up with a comprehensive treatment plan. Since there are multiple different types of dental screws along with different brands, the dentist will mention this and suggest to you which is the best option for your case.
Damaged tooth removal
The damaged tooth will be removed if needed to make room for placing implant fixtures.
Jawbone preparation (grafting) or sinus lift, if needed
If your jawbone isn’t thick enough, you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. That’s because a certain bone thickness is needed to create a strong base for the implant and to fit the length of the implant.
For patients who have lost maxillary molars or premolars for a long time, there’s a high chance that they suffer from bone resorption and there isn’t enough bone to place the implant.
A sinus lift (sinus augmentation) surgery is needed when the bone thickness of your upper jaw in the area of molars and premolars is not qualified. The bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose to make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward.
Dental implant surgery
During surgery, your oral surgeon makes a cut to open your gum and expose the bone. The surgeon then drills a hole into the bone where they will place the dental implant fixture in. Since the fixture will have the function of the tooth root, it’s implanted deep into the bone. After the surgery, you’ll still have a gap where your tooth is missing. A type of temporary denture can be placed for appearance if needed. You can remove this denture for cleaning and while you sleep.
Bone growth and healing
Once the implant fixture is placed in your jawbone, osseointegration (bone growth around fixture) begins. During this process, the jawbone grows into and unites with the surface of the dental implant. This process can take several months, helps provide a strong base for the new tooth.
Stage 2 – Install Permanent Restoration
When the healing process completes, you may need an additional appointment to place the abutment – the connecting part between the crown and the fixture. Your oral surgeon reopens your gum to expose the dental implant and attach the abutment to the dental implant. Once the abutment is placed, your dentist will take another impression of the abutment for each replacement tooth. After the abutment is placed, your gums must heal for about two weeks before the artificial tooth can be attached.
Artificial tooth placement
After your jawbone is strong enough to support the use of the new tooth, the dentist will place the crown in by screwing it into the abutment or cementing in place. There are two main types of restoration that can be chosen.
- Removable Crown – white teeth with pink plastic material to simulate a tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. The crown mounts on a metal frame, which snaps into the abutment. This means you can remove it for daily cleaning.
- Fixed Crown – the artificial tooth either screws into the abutment or cement in place permanently. This type of crown is much stronger and stable than a removable crown.
Routine care, re-examination and regular check
After the successful surgery, patients should take good care of the implant by routine care and regular check. About 6 months afterward, the patient should arrive at the clinic for a follow-up examination to check the condition again. This examination makes sure the restoration of the wound and the connection of the implant with jawbone.
How do you know if your dental implant procedure in Vietnam is successful?
Here are the signs and symptoms of a successful dental implant procedure:
- Minimal to no dental implant pain after 2 days
Two days after your tooth implant surgery, you would still have swelling as the gums heal. However, there should be hardly any pain 2 days after your dental implant procedure in Vietnam. If you are still experiencing significant dental implant pain, call your Vietnamese dentist. It could be a sign of dental implant failure.
- No infection
An infection can develop anytime during your dental implant recovery from surgery. However, this implant complication can also happen several weeks, months or even years after implant surgery. Infection can be caused by a number of reasons – from an infected surgery, body rejection of the implant (which is very rare), incorrect positioning of the implant, bad oral hygiene, etc. The symptoms include jaw pain, significant swelling, fever, secretions or bad odor from the implant site. Follow your Vietnamese dentist’s post-procedure instructions to avoid infections and dental implant failure.
- No numbness
Numbness on your lip, tongue or lower cheek is a symptom of bad dental implant placement. Either the dental implant is touching a nerve or a nerve was injured during the placement of the titanium post.
- No mobility
Your new teeth should be strong and rigid, just like regular teeth. If there is movement, your dental implants may be loose. It´s a sign that the dentist didn’t do a good job ensuring that enough bone would grow around the implants. It could also mean that the dentist loaded (attached the crown or prosthetic) prematurely without properly considering if there´s enough bone holding the dental implant. In rare cases, the body may reject the dental implant. Titanium is simply not compatible with your body. In this case, your dental implant may wiggle and eventually fall out.
- Full use of your new implant teeth
The placement of the titanium post is just half of the procedure. If you are having trouble speaking or eating with your new implant teeth, there could be a problem with your dental implants or teeth restoration. You shouldn’t have any trouble biting an apple or chewing on steak with your new implant-supported teeth. If these happen, your Vietnamese dentist may need to adjust your implant crown or prosthetic to make them comfortable.
- Enough soft tissue around the tooth implant
The implant did not have enough gum tissue around the screw. Tissue management is an important skill for skilled implant dentists. Your fully restored tooth implant should have enough gum tissue around it after completion. An infection can occur if there´s not enough gum tissue around the implants.
Top five dental implant brands in Vietnam
It’s always the best to use well-known brands, especially when it comes to medial materials. Dental implants, or dental screws, are placed into the jawbone, directly contacting the blood vessel and nerves; they need frequent checkups and maintenance in order to check that the materials are compatible with the patient’s body. Using one of these top 5 brands not only assures high-quality and certified dental material, but it’s also easier for your home country’s dentist to maintain and do checkups on the placed dental implant. Here are the top five manufacturers of implant accounting for more than two-thirds of the global market:
- Straumann: This Switzerland brand founded in 1954 is one of the most reliable brands in the dental implant field
- Nobel Biocare by Danaher: Switzerland manufacturer, founded in 1978, acquired by Danaher Corporation in 2014, specialized in implants, customized prosthetics and the software used for diagnostics and treatment planning
- Astra Tech by Dentsply Sirona: Swedish based company acquired by Dentsply Sirona in 2011 for 1.8 billion US dollars. Dentsply Sirona is a pioneer in the dental industry, besides implants and implant materials, they provide CAD/CAM systems, equipment, and other innovative product solution to support dentists with implant procedures.
- Zimmer Biomet: Established in 1927, Zimmer Biomet is specialized in a wide range of orthopedic products which have generated a revenue of 7824 billion US dollars in 2017. In the dental implant field, the company not only specializes in manufacturing implants and related materials but also is an expert in digital solutions
- BioHorizons by Henry Schein: Started in 1994, known and respected for making high-quality innovative dental products that are based on very thorough scientific research.
Straumann and Nobel Biocare are the two most popular implant brands in Vietnam in 5 implant brands stated above. When you choose dental implant packages in Vietnam, remember to ask which implant brand the surgeon’s going to use. There might be some brands at lower prices. Don’t compromise on quality and ask them which is suitable for your situation.
Frequently asked questions
Why is the cost of dental implants in Vietnam so low?
There are some concerns that the low cost offered by Vietnamese dentists is the result of unskilled dentists and low-grade materials.
In fact, most dentists in Vietnam have received international education and training about Implant treatment from Australia, USA… Besides, cutting-edge technologies are also applied in Implant planning.
In Vietnam, the average living cost, as well as the average salary for dentists, education fees, medical materials and facility costs are much lower than those in Australia, New Zealand or the US. Those factors are the major cost drivers that make up good treatment costs as a whole.
How long do i have to stay?
Stage 1: Implant Surgery
The average length of stay is 7 days. However, it still depends on your requirements, we might be flexible in planning your stay.
Stage 2: Prosthesis Placement
After the healing process for 3-6 months, you may choose the second trip to Vietnam to place the prosthesis, which lasts for around 7 days. Or for your own convenience, you might have it done in your own country. In that case, your Vietnamese dentist will forward your dental records to your local dentist.
Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants procedure?
There are many employers and insurance companies that provide coverage for dental implants. If you have health insurance, please ask the insurance company what paperwork needs to be prepared so that the dental clinic and dental tourism facilitator could manage to have it done.
How does the warranty policy work?
After successful implant surgery in Vietnam, patients should take good care of the implant by regular check. Your Vietnamese dentist will forward your dental records to your local dentist so you can do the follow-up examination in your country. The warranty period is normally up to 20 years or permanent for dental screws, and from 7 years to 15 years for prostheses (crowns, bridges). Before choosing a clinic, you should ask the dentist carefully to be well informed about the warranty policy and save your rights.