If you have badly damaged or decayed teeth and need to restore them to full function, dental crowns can improve the appearance, strength and shape of your natural teeth. Crafting a dental crown that complements the other teeth in your mouth is a highly skilled technique but because patients may not always understand the amount of work that goes into them, many start researching dental crowns Thailand in order to save some of the cost. It’s worth remembering that you do get what you pay for and in dentistry, investing in your long term dental health is always the best course of action. In this post we’d like to bring some important factors to your attention before you invest in dental caps.
What Are Crowns?
Also known as dental caps, dental crowns are created to fit over what is remaining of your natural tooth, using your tooth as a support structure. They can be made out of ceramic or porcelain, and sometimes have a metallic base.
When dental crowns are well done, by professional and experienced dental practitioners, they should not be discernible from the other teeth in your mouth.
Dental caps can be used to:
- Support a weak tooth that needs protection and reinforcement
- Protect teeth that are cracked, chipped or worn
- Change the colour of discoloured teeth that do not respond to whitening
- Cover up a dental implant
- Support a dental bridge
- Improve the general appearance of your teeth (commonly known as a smile make-over)
Facts To Think About Before You Choose Dental Crowns in Thailand
As you can see from the list of uses above, a dental crown may be required in an emergency, or as part of more complex dental treatment. When you go abroad to exotic locations like Thailand, you open yourself up to a number of risks that would automatically be taken care of if you were to have treatment locally. Some of the complications include:
An Increased Risk Of Infection
The standards of infection control are very high in Australia and are this way for your protection and benefit.
While it might be a feature of your consultation, the cost of providing such a service has to be built into the cost of your dental crowns, and it shouldn’t be disregarded.
Differences In Aesthetics
Your idea of a smile makeover might be different to that of a Thai dental practitioner. This might mean that you end up with a result that you are not happy with, or delays in your plan to return home because you need to have your dental crowns redone.
General Communication Challenges
Patients need to be well informed of all their risk factors, as well as be given insight into their dental procedures, which includes dental crowns. They need to know what to expect in order to prepare properly. When you’re communicating with a foreign language professional, your conversation extends beyond the conversational, and into more technical jargon that you both need to be able to understand. This can be a challenge in a short period of time.
It’s Not Actually Necessary
Dental crowns in Australia are produced to a very high standard. You typically only need two visits to the dentist to complete your procedure and it is performed under local anaesthetic. Your dentist should take x rays first to ensure there is no sign of infection. During your first visit, your dentist will prepare your tooth or teeth by removing any damaged or decayed tooth and filing your tooth into the appropriate shape to hold the dental crown.
Your dentist will create an impression of the tooth and send it to the dental laboratory to be crafted. It may take two to three weeks to create, during which time you will wear a temporary crown. Once the dental crown is ready, you will return for your second visit, and your dentist will secure the crown in place. It will be checked to ensure it fits in with the other teeth in your mouth.
What Happens If Something Goes Wrong?
If you do decide to go ahead with dental crowns in Thailand you need to have a backup plan in the event that something does go wrong. Potential problems that could arise include an allergic reaction or a crown that loosens and/or falls out.
If you’re still thinking about dental crowns in Thailand, it’s best to speak to a professional locally and get a second opinion. To find out more about your personal risk factors, please get in touch: (03) 8737 9359.