Fixed Dentures Abroad

Fixed Dentures Cost Package
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International Destinations: India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand

As per the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III, in the United States, about 57% of adults in the age group of 65 to 74 years, and 51% of adults in the age group of 55 to 64 years, wear partial or complete dentures. In most cases, the need to wear dentures is attributed to the loss of teeth due to gum disease, bacterial infections or periodontal diseases.

Dentures are simple prosthetic devices that are customized for each individual, to restore the function of the missing teeth, like, the ability to chew, improving the speech, protection of the gums, and cosmetic appearance. However, most conventional dentures are removable. These removable dentures require considerable amount of maintenance – cleaning, washing, etc to avoid secondary infections of the mouth.

In terms of their ability to restore the functions of the lost teeth, removable dentures are a poor substitute. Removable dentures provide just 10% of the chewing ability of the real teeth; they interfere with the ability to speak and tend to be a cause of public embarrassments if they slip out of their position. Fixed and removable dentures are types of partial dentures that are worn by patients who have lost only some of their teeth. With regards to financial considerations, fixed denture costs are fairly higher than removable dentures; however going abroad for dental care gives several options for affordable dentures. With quality of medical care improving across the globe going for permanent dentures abroad is highly beneficial as the cost of permanent dentures Abroad is about 50-60% lower than that in the United States.

What are Fixed Dentures?

Fixed denture prosthesis are devices used for dental restoration (or filling), which are attached permanently to the tooth roots, natural teeth or dental implants. Fixed dentures (similar to removable dentures) are a type of partial dentures, which can be used in patients who have lost only few of their teeth. Fixed full dentures are used when the patient is completely edentulous and the dental bridges are supported by dental implants.

Fixed partial dentures fill the gaps or spaces caused due to the loss of one or more teeth, and hence, fixed partial dentures are often referred to as “dental bridge” as they perform the bridging function. A dental bridge (i.e. fixed partial denture) is composed of two dental crowns, for teeth on either side of the gap and the false tooth (s) that lies in between. The fixed partial dental bridge is supported by natural teeth, dental implant or a combination of both, and is firmly cemented with the supporting structures and thus not removable. The dental bridges or fixed dentures are composed of different types of material, which include porcelain, porcelain mixed with metal, gold.

The cost of fixed dentures depends upon several parameters like the material to be used, skill and expertise of the technician, whether additional procedure like filing or root canal would be required for the support, etc. Overall fixed dentures are more expensive than removable dentures; however fixed dentures abroad, can save overall expenditure up to 60% to 70%

Fixed dentures Vs Dental implants

Dental implants involve the surgical fixture of the implant into the jaw bone, which subsequently integrates with the jaw bone to stabilize the root of the tooth. In fixed dental implants, a screw is inserted into the gum which works as the fixture, to which the prosthesis is attached to either by cement or another screw. While selecting the procedure it is essential to understand the benefits and limitations of dental implants vs. bridges

  • Fixed dental bridges require existing tooth on either side (or at least one side) of the gap. Dental implants don’t require existing tooth.
  • The exiting tooth is filed to fix the prosthetic bridge material, while dental implants don’t involve any form of filing or reshaping of the existing tooth. Bridges can’t be used for gaps that are too long, unlike dental implants that can be used to fill any form of gaps.
  • With regards to maintaining oral hygiene, dental implants are easier to care for compared to dental bridges and the frequency of other gum diseases, caries, etc is fairly lower in cases of dental implants
  • Dental implant costs are considerably higher than cost of partial dentures or dental bridges. Fixed bridges may on an average last for 10-15 years, while dental implants last throughout the life.

Types of Fixed Dentures

Traditional Bridge: These dental bridges comprise of two crowns for the supporting natural teeth or dental implants, on either side of the gap and a false tooth located in the centre. These dental bridges are made up of ceramic or porcelain fused with metal (PFM). This is the most commonly used dental bridge

Cantilever Bridge: When supporting teeth are present only on one side of the gap, this type of dental bridge is used. Two crowns are fused to the false tooth and used to fix the bridge to the available supporting tooth

Maryland Bonded Bridge: A dental bridge which is made up of plastic teeth and gums and is supported by a metal framework. This dental bridge is extremely cheap and simple to apply compared to the other types

Installing fixed dentures: The procedure

  • After the preliminary assessment of the oral condition and the location of anchoring tooth, the dentist would begin by filing the anchoring adjacent teeth. This procedure is referred to as “fabrication” and the filing is aimed to reduce the size of the anchoring teeth so as to create room for the restoration material and also maintain natural alignment and content with surrounding teeth.
  • Once the filing is completed, the dentist takes an impression of the teeth. This impression is to be used to prepare the dental crown for placement of the bridge.
  • The crowns are made of ceramic, metal or porcelain fused with metal.
  • Once the crowns are ready, the false tooth (teeth) is bonded with them. Now, the dental bridge is ready and is placed into the oral cavity of the patient
  • The entire procedure would require several visits to the dentist, initially for filing of the anchoring tooth and subsequently for placing the dental bridge.
  • Fixed dentures may last for eight to ten years, depending upon the level of oral hygiene maintained by the patient. A rigid oral care is required, which includes regular brushing; flossing and regular visits to the dentist to control build up of plaque. If adequate care is not taken, bacterial infection would affect the longitivity of the prosthetic dentures, while also causing additional damage to other healthy teeth.

Advantages of fixed dentures or dental bridges

Fixed dentures or dental bridges present several advantages which include,

  • Dental bridges look like natural teeth and perform most of the functions of the real teeth with equal effectiveness
  • Dental bridges help in proper grinding and chewing of food. The dental bridges have greater strength and are more robust compared to the removable dentures
  • Fixed dentures offer greater stability as compared to removable dentures. Fixed dentures significantly reduce discomfort and trauma that is associated with shifting and moving of removable dentures.
  • They restore natural tone and speech.
  • Overall, a dental bridge makes a person look younger and thereby restores a greater level of confidence.
  • Compared to dental implants, the permanent dentures cost is fairly lower, making this procedure more affordable and beneficial to the patient

Risks associated with using Fixed Dentures

There are certain risks that are associated with the use of fixed dentures which include,

  • Since dental bridges or fixed dentures are fitted permanently on to the gums, it requires a highly skilled professional, with adequate equipment and infrastructure to take proper measurements and ensure that the prosthesis is compatible to your oral cavity and face.
  • High level of oral hygiene has to be maintained after the procedure with regular visits for dental check up to avoid further problems.
  • The procedure requires certain extent of trimming or filing of natural adjacent teeth which may weaken the tooth and increase stress on the tooth due to overload

Fixed dentures in India

In the recent past, the Indian healthcare infrastructure has considerably improved, with several JCI accredited hospitals budding across the country. India is the home to few of the best and most highly qualified dentists in the world. With rapidly evolving technology and state of art medical equipments, fixed dentures cost in India would be about one forth of that in the United States, whilst providing the same medical care quality and clinical outcome.

Fixed dentures in Mexico:

Mexico’s proximity to the United States, its cultural similarities and low cost of dental care, has resulted in increasing number of American patients visiting the country for dental procedures. With advanced technological solutions, most of the dental procedures are completed in a single visit to the country. The Fixed denture cost in Mexico is half that in the United States, including travel and accommodation costs.

Fixed dentures in Costa Rica:

Costa Rica has emerged as one of the high quality, low cost medical tourism destinations for most American patients, especially for dental care. The fixed denture cost in Costa Rica, provides an opportunity for immense cost saving whilst providing the same quality of dental care similar to the standards in the United States. Costa Rica is also preferred destination for “All on 8″ dental implant procedure, which is also called same day dentures. Costa Rica is a great leisure travel destination, which gives an additional option of vacationing and relaxing as one gets the dental treatment done.

Fixed dentures in Thailand:

Advanced technology, high quality of clinical and patient management protocols, trained and qualified dental teams and low cost of care, are a few advantages that Thailand brings to the table for medical tourists. Thailand is one of the most reputed and the most preferred medical tourism destination by most Americans. Fixed dentures cost in Thailand is highly affordable and saves considerable amount of dental expense.

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