Bangkok Dental Spa - Dental Implant

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Implant Thailand, Dental Implants Bangkok in Sukhumvit Road Clinic Bangkok Thailand

Q1 What are Dental Implants? – learn about the placement and makeup of a dental implant

A natural tooth consists of a crown (the part you see above the gum), and the root (the part hidden under the gum, within the jawbone). It is the root that actually holds the natural tooth in place.

When a person is missing a tooth, the dentist must decide how to re-create the crown portion, and he must choose the best method to hold it in place. Dental implants were created for this purpose.

Dental implants are metallic cylinders that are placed into the jawbone where original teeth once existed. These root-like cylinders are used to secure a replacement tooth in place in a spot where a tooth is missing. Dental implants can also be used to secure loose teeth in place by being installed alongside the loose teeth and anchoring to them with splinted crowns. This will allow the loose teeth to function better and last longer in the mouth.

Dental implants are made of various biomaterials. Most commonly, a surgical metal called titanium is used, because it is the most compatible with human biology. They are surgically placed in the jawbone, right in the dentist’s office, using a local anesthetic. Approved and tested implant systems are very successful. In fact, some have lasted more than 20 years with a better than 90% success rate. Patients who have good oral hygiene and take care of their new teeth can enjoy implants that last a lifetime.

Q2 Why do I need Dental Implants? – find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants

People lose one or more teeth for a wide variety of reasons, including infection, gum disease, accident or injury. When natural teeth are removed, many problems occur. The remaining teeth shift, rotate and become crooked. An improper bite will develop, making it very difficult to chew food properly. Spaces and gaps between teeth may cause embarrassment, problems with speech, and lack of self-esteem. Dental implants, when properly placed, can restore missing teeth, thereby eliminating these potential problems. People who have teeth replaced with dental implants report better ability to chew food and eat properly, renewed confidence while speaking, and better self-esteem.

Self Test:

If you have been thinking about getting dental implants, you are probably wondering if you are a possible candidate for this procedure. You can take this simple test to see if this procedure might help you.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I missing one, two, or more teeth?
  • Do I hide my smile because of unsightly spaces between my teeth or because I am missing teeth?
  • Do I lack confidence when I smile, speak or eat?
  • Am I having trouble eating, chewing, or speaking properly?
  • Are my teeth loose, or am I getting or in need of treatment for advanced gum disease?
  • Do I have dentures that slip or cause sore spots when I chew?
  • Do my dentures need to be relined frequently because of bone resorption?
  • Do I carry my complete or partial dentures in my pocket or leave them at home?
  • Am I having any problems with existing crowns or bridges, either functionally or cosmetically?
  • Are the teeth holding my bridge loosening or moving?
  • Can I wait three to nine months for the entire implant process to be completed?
  • Will I be willing to commit to the high standard of home care that is necessary to properly maintain a dental implant?
  • Will I follow up with regular dental checkups?
  • Do I believe that my life could be improved if my teeth were improved?

If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, you may be a candidate for the dental implant procedure.

Q3 How do Dental Implants Work? – outline of the different ways by which dental implants can improve your smile

Dental implants replace the form and function of missing teeth. They support replacement teeth in virtually the same way that your natural tooth root supports your natural teeth.

Various replacement options are possible:

  • Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, so that grinding down or altering adjacent teeth is no longer necessary.
  • Dental implants can be used as anchors to support a fixed bridge.
  • Dental implants can support loose teeth by being splinted to them.
  • Dental implants can support replacement teeth for an entirely toothless jaw.
  • Dental implants can provide stability for a complete denture, thereby eliminating unsightly moving and clicking associated with dentures

Dental Implants are actually an amazing procedure, actually giving you a second chance for your teeth!

Q4 What exactly does the Implant procedure involve? – detailed description of dental implant surgery

  1. Surgical placement of the implant(s) into the bone. This is usually done right in the dentist’s office, with a local anesthetic. After surgery, there is a healing period of approximately four months. During this time, the implants fuse to the bone by a process known as ‘osseointegration’.
  2. Next, there is a minor surgical exposure of the top of the implant, whereby the dentist will attach the post to the implant. The function of the post is to become the support for either one tooth or a set of teeth. This is a short procedure that usually requires only local anesthesia.
  3. The last phase is the restorative phase. The dentist will take impressions and then make a prosthesis that will attach to the implants. This will require several visits. Once completed, your mouth will be restored to natural looking, strong teeth.

Planning Your Trip

Bangkok Dental Spa

to Thailand for a dental treatment

Visiting Thailand for dental work is killing two birds with one stone. You get a vacation in beautiful Thailand, as well as a new and improved smile that you will bring back home. However, planning your dental tourism trip can be time consuming and ultimately confusing. Here are a few examples of appointments and visit plans for each type of procedure to help you get an idea on how to plan a vacation around your dental appointments.

  • Cleaning – 30 minutes
  • Teeth whitening – 45 minutes
  • Root canal treatment – from 1 to 7 days for each of the 1 to 3 visits
  • Cosmetic veneers – from 1 to 2 week
  • Full-mouth rehabilitation – 1 week or 3 to 4 weeks (varies between cases)
  • Simple implant – from an hour service on the first trip and 2 weeks for the second trip for abutment and crown on the implant
  • Full mouth implants – from 1 to 3 weeks for each of the 1 to 3 trips depending on the treatment plan
  • Cosmetic crown zirconium or veneer – 3 days

Appointment Plans in More Detail

To help plan your trip to Thailand and to Bangkok Dental Spa, we have come up with appointment examples to give you an idea of how much time each dental service takes and how much time you should plan to be in Thailand.

Please refer to the following for examples of past visit/appointment plans for each major dental service we offer:

Teeth Whitening

Appointment 1
Laser Teeth Whitening will take approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour.

Only 1 appointment is needed.

Cosmetic Veneers

Appointment 1
Consult with dental specialist to create a treatment plan specific to you. Finalize the plan and start treatment

3 – 5 days gap for laboratory work

Appointment 2
Fixation, approximately 2 hours depending on the case

Appointment 3
Optional check-up appointment

Crowns

Appointment 1
Consultation to draw up treatment plan, and quote specific to you. Finalize the plan, come to an agreement and start treatment. 2 hours, with temporary to bring home

2 – 5 days gap for laboratory work

Appointment 2
Fixation of crown of bridge, approximately 1-2 hours depending on the case

Appointment 3
Optional check-up appointment

Dental Implants

First Trip to Thailand

Appointment 1
Consult and xray with dental specialist to create a treatment plan specific to you. Finalize the plan and start treatment

Appointment 2
Implant surgery (implant Fixation) approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the case.

Appointment 3
Optional check-up appointment

At least 2 months gap to allow proper healing bone formation around the implants and make sure that you will have the strong implant before we loading with crown or chewing food

Second Trip to Thailand

Fixation and insertion of abutment and permanent porcelain crown on implant between 3 – 5 days in most cases.

Immediate Implants

Appointment 1
Consult and xray with dental specialist to create a treatment plan and quote. After agreement, we will start work by preparing for the lab work of the crown or prosthesis. Approximately 2 hours.

Appointment 2
Day of the surgery. Teeth extraction and implant placement. Temporary crown on the implant abutment. Approximately 1 – 2 hours in total.

Appointment 3
Depending on the case, you may need a third appointment or a second trip to thailand in 2 months time to change the temporary crown to a permanent porcelain crown.

Immediate Implant with Loading Force

Appointment 1
Check-up, consult, payment, X-Ray with 3D CT scan to create the plan. Approximately 1 hour.

Appointment 2
Day of the surgery. Extract bad teeth and perform immediate replacing of 4 – 6 implants on both upper and lower arch. Total will be 8 – 12 implants for the upper and lower arch.

Appointment 3
Day 2 of the surgery, in the case where patients prefer having the surgery of the upper arch and lower arch on 2 separate days.

At least 3 days for laboratory work

Appointment 4
Insertion of the new prosthesis on both upper and lower arch.

Appointment 5
Final check up before returning to your home country.

As you can see here, some appointment plans require 2 to 5 days gap for laboratory work or healing time in between appointments. This is a perfect opportunity to explore Bangkok or plan a couple of days trip to beautiful cities like Chiangmai, Samui, and Phuket.

For day trips in Bangkok City, our staff will be able to give you great recommendations to hidden gems, local foods, and safe activities you can do in between your dental appointments.