Have you ever imagined that you could take a trip down to Thailand to have your teeth cleaned? Yes it may sound outrageous for just a simple procedure but dental costs have continues to rise in Australia and more and more Australians are now taking up medical tourism packages to travel overseas for treatment. Research has shown that you could save up to 75% in cosmetic dental treatment costs in countries such as Thailand. Australian Dental Association (ADA) acknowledges that dental tourism is on the rise and some hospitals in Thailand have reported receiving over 11,000 overseas visitors with about 500-600 of these being Australians.
Thai dentistry is recognised world over as among the finest and at Medical Tourism Abroad we have partnered with a variety of clinics to help our clients receive only the best treatment in Thailand. Our services are flexible and we are with you every step of the way to support and guide you as you plan your dentistry treatments.
Thailand offers several dental services and the prices are varied. Let’s take a look at the most popular ones:
|Type of Dental Service||Procedure Done||Cost in Thailand||Cost in Australia|
|Veneers||A veneer is a thin covering placed over the front face of the tooth only and not the entire tooth.||$296 – $555/ porcelain veneer$148 – $222/ composite veneer||$1,200-$1,300/ porcelain veneer$480-$500/ composite veneer|
|Dental Crowns||Crowns are used to strengthen broken or cracked teeth. They are perfect for improving the appearance of badly shaped and discoloured teeth.||$530||$1100-$2000|
|Tooth Whitening||You can choose between laser bleaching which about an hour or you can do the at-home bleaching which takes 2 to 3 weeks.||$280-$900 (laser)||$500-$2500 (laser)|
|Dental implants||These are metal pillars made from titanium and surgically placed in the bone under your gums to restore the natural look of your teeth.||$2,300||$4000-$7,500|
|Root Canal||This is the procedure done to save a tooth affected by cavity or tooth decay instead of extracting the tooth.||$345||$1700|
|Dentures||A denture is an artificial tooth used to replace some or all your teeth.||$300/denture||$700/denture|
|Bridge||Bridges help maintain the shape of your face by replacing missing teeth.||$140 -$200/ unit||$200 – $400/unit|
If you are considering overseas cosmetic dental treatment here are few things you should do first:
- Research: Do a lot of research and look for reviews and recommendations. Look for background information and details of various dentists such as qualifications and where they trained.
- Get a Check Up: Visit a dentist in your local area for a general check-up just to ensure you are fit for travel and to confirm which procedure is necessary.
- Have Full Details: If working with an agent ensure you get a full treatment plan that has a time frame and the total costs.
- Make Time: Ensure you have ample time for the medical trip. Remember you might need some time to recuperate so ensure you have enough travel days.
What Do Patients Have to Say about Dental Treatment in Thailand?
“I believe my Thai dentists were more expert and knowledgeable than my Australian dentist. They replaced my broken crown with a type that was likely to be more durable and I’m happy with it.”
“My Father had cosmetic dentistry done at a private hospital in Phuket. I think he paid 1/4 of what it would have cost in Australia and he is extremely happy with the work.”
“I had some major dentistry done in March in Patong. I had a specialising dentist for each procedure and no problems at all. Word of advice is to do your research well before you settle on a clinic.”