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). In this blog, we’re going to explain detail about dental implant procedure, the cost of dental implant in Vietnam and whether it’s worth to travel thousands of miles to get an implant.

What are dental implants?

Dental implant structure, what is dental implant

A dental implant is an effective way to replace the missing teeth due to diseases or accidents. The consequences can be severe, both for your face aesthetically and functionally. When you are missing one or more teeth, there are some reasons why you should replace them. 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.

You may want to choose dental implants if you are wearing uncomfortable dentures or not happy with current ones

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.

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:

  1. 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 unconfident when communicating with others. Therefore, dental implants that mimic your natural teeth will make you feel more comfortable and confident in everyday activities.

  1. 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.

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.

  1. The most long-lasting solution

Implants have high durability, they can last 20 years or permanently if you take care of them properly.

  1. 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.

  1. Implant does not suffer from tooth decay or other diseases like 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. 

  1. Convenient cleaning

Implant does not require to be removed to clean like a removable denture. With implant, you may maintain your oral health regimen as if you had never lost a tooth in the first place

What Makes a Person a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Good Candidate for Dental Implants

  • 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
  • Quit smoking: 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
  • Not Pregnant: Pregnant women shouldn’t take implant surgery either because the exposure of x-ray required before the surgery might be harmful to the child

Before deciding to plan for your dental trip, remember to consult with your dentist to know if you’re qualified for the implant surgery or not.

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.

Initial consultation

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.

Damaged tooth removal

The damaged tooth will be removed if needed to make room for placing implant fixtures.

Jawbone preparation (grafting) or sinus lift, when needed

If your jawbone isn’t thick enough, you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. That’s because 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 placement

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.

Abutment placement

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 crown can choose.

  • 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 to take care of dental implants after surgery?

Click on this post to check out the instruction for necessary post-surgery care of dental implants

Risks and complications of implants:

Before any surgery, the surgeon will inform the risks carefully to people who decide take dental implant surgery. Though these risks are rare and could be treated easily with good cooperation of the patient

  • The implant could fail, due to infection, the bite, clenching, or grinding of the teeth
  • Infection at the implant site
  • Peri-implantitis due to bad hygiene or patient prior to medical history
  • Nerve injury may happen during the drilling or placement of the implant since these nerves run right under the lower jaw
  • The drilling may break through to the sinus membrane above the upper teeth. In this case, the surgeon would have to close the sinus for a period of time to allow it to heal in order to conduct sinus lifting several months later

How to avoid dental implant failure?

Most failures happen due to bad habits of oral hygiene, so if you want to minimize the chance of dental implant failure, you’d better commit to daily vigilant oral hygiene. Adequate brushing and flossing as well as regular check-ups with your dentist several times a year is vital to keep your smile as all components of it healthy.

Top five dental implant brands

Here are the top five manufacturers of implant accounting for more than two-thirds of the global market:

            

  1. Straumann: This Switzerland brand founded in 1954 is one of the most reliable brands in the dental implant field
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Implant brands differ by material, and design elements such as shape, dimensions, threads, internal connections to fit a variety of needs. A person needing to replace a lost mandibular molar with an implant has to choose wisely. Their jaw bone has reduced for a long time since tooth loss and the bone’s height from trigeminal nerve have decreased, therefore requires a shorter yet steadier implant designs. Only some brands provide such implants type. The implant’s quality also varies by cost. Some implant designs require less technique, stabilize primary better, yet decrease secondary stability (in the first 8 months after surgery). On the contrary, some implant brands boost long-term stability but require surgeons with good specialty.

Dental implant in Vietnam includes all 5 implant brands. 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.

How long do implants last?

Implants generally last 10-20 years, or even an entire lifetime, depending on the location of the implant and patient compliance with oral hygiene and dental visits. The ceramic crowns can often last between 10 and 15 years before replacement. Most of the Vietnamese dental clinics have warranty policies on dental implant components along with their offer of dental implant packages, which usually is effective from 10 years to a lifetime. 

Vietnam dental implant costs 

You might wonder how much a dental implant package in Vietnam costs, and if it’s worth to fly thousands of miles for it.

The cost for a single dental implant in the USA is estimated to be in the range of $3,000 to $4,500

A single implant package in Australia is about AUD $6000 (Approx. US$4000).

Vietnam dental implants cost is about 30% less than in Thailand and 70% less than in Australia and the US.

In Vietnam, with only $1000 to $1700 in your pocket, 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.

To learn more about the average cost of dental implant procedures in the top-quality clinics in Vietnam, check this link.

If you decide to travel abroad to receive treatment, remember to consult with your dentist at home about the situation. Do consult a dental travel agency so they can inform you, objectively, the opportunities and risks that you’re likely to take, the suitable clinics and surgeons for your needs and requirements, and represent your rights as a patient in a foreign country. To learn more about dental implant packages in Vietnam, check this link.

Questions to consider about the cost

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
  • Ask for the profile of the surgeon who conducts your surgery. Remember to check his/her expertise, education, year of experience, and successful rate
  • Detail of their warranty policy for each part of 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? Are post-check-ups after surgery free?
  • What kind of payment do they accept?

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