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Dental Implants in Thailand Cost – Is It Cheaper on Getting the Treatment?

It’s no secret that visiting a dentist in Australia for complex dental work such as dental implants can cost you an arm and a leg. According to, a single dental implant costs anywhere between $2,000 and $7,000. The cost varies according to the type of treatment you need, how much your dentist charges, and whether you need additional treatment such as a bone graft or sinus lift. 

In today’s economy, where financial outgoings are rising, and disposable income is dwindling, it’s hardly surprising that people seek dentists for alternative options for essential and cosmetic dental work. In fact, over 15,000 Aussies travel to Thailand every year for dental treatment. 


How much do dental implants in Thailand cost? 

Dental work costs far less in Thailand than in Australia, and you could save around 50-70% of the price back home.

comparison dental implants treatment in thailand sydneyWhile Thailand may not be the cheapest destination for dental implant treatment, the savings are still sufficient to cover the cost of flights, accommodation and a short tropical holiday in paradise.

Sound too good to be true, right? 

Well, that’s because, in many cases, it probably is. 

Before booking your ticket to Bangkok, you should consider more than just the cost. There may be risks associated with undergoing dental implant treatment in Thailand that you may not incur in Australia. 

Before jumping in for the prices and anything else, let’s look at the reason dental implants are cheap in Thailand. 


Why dental implants in Thailand cost less than in Australia?

You likely think that a dental implant costs less in Thailand because the standard of care is not up to par with Australia. That’s certainly not the case. 

A quick internet search reveals many prestigious clinics kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technologies, staffed with highly qualified dental implant surgeons and nurses. 

The reason dental implants cost less in Thailand is because of the cost of living. The high overheads incurred by dentists in an expensive city such as Sydney and the salaries dentists have to pay themselves is indicative of the price of dental treatment overall here in Australia.

The average salary of a Thai dentist with between 2 and 5 years of experience is THB 1,395,741 (Thai Baht), which equates to AUD 58,436.85. Office rent can cost as little as THB 450 (Thai Baht) per square metre (around AUD 21), meaning that dentists can open up their clinics to overseas patients for less and still return a profit.


So, what are the potential risks of dental implant surgery in Thailand?

The principal pitfall of dental tourism (the term for getting dental work overseas) is that it promises to deliver complex dental implant procedures in a short space of time, which is unrealistic. 


Insufficient time for the dental implant procedure

You probably know that the dental implant procedure isn’t a quick fix to missing teeth. Instead, it requires several preparation appointments, dental implant surgery, and a follow-up treatment plan to ensure that problems are spotted or avoided every step of the way so that instant treatment can occur. 

When you succumb to the temptation of the cost of dental implants in Thailand, you are taking a gamble with your oral health. At most, you may have taken a fortnight’s annual leave, which doesn’t leave the Thai dentist much time to assess your condition, take x-rays and scans, fit in multiple treatments, and oversee the early stages of your recovery. The dentist may rush your treatment to fit in with your return flight when it would have been safer and wiser to wait.

It can take months for any problems relating to the dental implant process to arise. Even if the procedure goes well in Bangkok, it’s not until you’re back home and your suntan has faded that problems may occur.

Under the care of your local clinic dentist in Sydney, who carried out your treatment, problems are unlikely to occur. And if they do, your dentist will provide treatment under your original treatment plan. 


The language barrier

While many people in Bangkok speak good English, it might not be plain sailing when it comes to the finer points of dentistry.

When English isn’t the first language of your implant dentist, important points may get lost in translation. The last thing you want is not to understand what your dentist tells you before, during and even after the dental implant treatment or convey your message to them. 



Possible complications on getting the dental implant treatment

Like any treatment surgery and dental implants are no different, there is the potential for risks and complications. Although the same applies at home, it’s far easier to climb into your car and drive the short distance to the dental clinic than to board a plane and fly thousands of miles to Bangkok. There’s also the added cost of the flight, accommodation and food before you can see your Thai dentist. And, you’ve no idea what the outcome is likely to be. 

risks possible getting from dental implant treatment thailand sydneyYou may have to turn to your local dentist for assistance, and this could cost you as much as if you had undergone treatment back home in the first place.

Suddenly, any savings you may have made on getting a dental implant in Thailand have disappeared, your stress levels have soared, and to add insult to injury, you may be out of pocket too.

Is it worth taking the risk that dental implants in Thailand could cost you your health and sanity? 

If your answer is no, and you’re looking for long-term quality dental work, then get in touch with No Gaps Dental by calling us on (02) 8806 0227 and ask about our fees or prices and payment plans so you can afford to get your dental implants at home. 



Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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