A dental crown is a restorative dental treatment that can restore bite function and confidence. Because a high-quality crown is more resilient and natural looking than something substandard, it’s important to invest in a reputable dental practitioner who can provide you with the necessary post-treatment care. If you’ve been comparing the costs of dental crowns in Australia with dental crowns in Thailand, it’s worth knowing that there are more cons than pros to dental tourism. Let’s take a closer look at them.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Also known as caps, crowns are covers that are placed over teeth that have been damaged or decayed. In addition to improving the appearance of the tooth, a crown also makes it stronger. The most commonly used materials for dental crowns are porcelain, composite resin, ceramic, glass and metal.
What Are The Benefits Of Crowns?
- Dental crowns can be used for
- Giving a weak tooth more protection
- Providing support for a dental bridge
- Restoring a large decayed area, where a filling would be too big
- To complete and cover-up dental implants
- Strengthening a tooth that is cracked, chipped, broken, misshapen or discoloured
The Pros And Cons Of Dental Crowns Thailand
The Pros Of Dental Crowns Thailand
Cost is usually the most influential factor when patients consider having their dental crowns done in Bangkok Thailand. Despite the many advantages that exist when having dental treatment in Australia, many patients are attracted by the prospect of being able to have a holiday at the same time as their dental treatment. But, for the reasons that we will list below, there are plenty of other reasons to consider having your crowns done in Australia.
The Cons Of Dental Crowns In Thailand
The Complexity Of The Procedure
If you require a dental crown, the treatment is relatively urgent. Dental decay is the leading cause of tooth loss and it can worsen very quickly if it is not addressed. In Australia, the procedure can usually be performed on the same day as the trauma to the tooth, or when the infection is discovered.
Delaying treating the infection, or leaving the infected site exposed can result in a more widespread and severe infection that is costlier to treat in Thailand.
The Reality Of Complications In Other Countries
Dental tourism is a large industry, and favoured more for cosmetic procedures than for general and restorative dentistry, and while dentistry in Thailand may seem attractive on the surface, can give rise to a number of complications that are quite easily managed in Australia.
Infection control standards as well as standards for dental bridges and implants, for example, are very high in Australia and there are legislative frameworks and bodies that govern the standards for infection control. This makes dentistry safer in Australia for consumers and while it may seem like a hidden benefit, it really does become very important in the event that something does go wrong. Locally if something does go wrong, your dentist can rectify the situation quickly. If something goes wrong in an exotic location like Bangkok or Phuket Thailand, you are really on your own within Thailand’s health system, to deal with the consequences.
The Standard Risks Still Apply
Even if you were to have a dental crown procedure completed in Australia, there are some risks to be aware of. They include
- The crown loosening or falling out
- Allergic reaction
Once the anaesthetic has worn off after the procedure, it is normal to experience some discomfort and sensitivity. This should improve in the first few days after the procedure.
In the event that the crown is not shaped currently, or not adhered with enough dental cement, it may loosen and/or fall out of place. If it becomes loose, it’s possible for bacteria to get trapped below it, causing an infection.
Because there are applicable risk factors that require discussion and preparation that needs to be done, good communication is key. And this can be strained if you are working with foreign dentists in Thailand and having to rush your procedure in order to accommodate travel plans.
In order to believe that crowns are cheaper in Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand, you would have to assume that nothing went wrong, and you were having the same standard of procedure in Thailand as locally. In fact, to make a true comparison, you would need to factor and budget for the possibility that something goes wrong.
If you are considering dental crowns in Thailand, it’s best to have a second opinion of prices. Please contact us for a consultation : (02) 8203 8760.