Dental crowns or caps as they are also referred to can alter the size, shape and function of a tooth, providing aesthetic and structural benefits. Thanks to advances in local dentistry you don’t have to resort to dental crowns in Thailand to get the result you want; you can have your dental health needs taken care of in Australia.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are fitted over the front of a tooth or teeth. They can be used to change the appearance of teeth, or to strengthen a tooth that has been weakened or damaged. Because caps used to be quite expensive to have done locally some patients investigate the cost of dental crowns in Thailand in the belief that they may be able to have a cheaper procedure abroad.
By today’s standards however, this is not necessary and may result in complications that can actually make your procedure even more expensive.
What Is A Dental Cap Or Crown Used For?
Your dentist may recommend a cap or crown in order to
- Strengthen a weak tooth
- Restore a damaged or fractured tooth
- Complete a dental implant procedure
- Restore a tooth that is too damaged for a filling
- Improve the appearance of a tooth that is discoloured and/or unresponsive to teeth whitening.
Using A Dental Crown For A Damaged Tooth
If you have broken, chipped or fractured a tooth, it may be possible to restore it with a dental crown.
Not only will a cap restore your tooth to its former function, it can also protect it from further damage.
Because of the variety of functions of dental crowns, and the complexity that goes into constructing the perfect crown to complement your smile it isn’t advisable to travel to locations like Thailand for your procedure.
Reasons Why You Don’t Need to Get Your Dental Crowns in Thailand
Your dental crown procedure requires a close working relationship with your dental practitioner.
Crafting a cap requires you to have a close and intimate working relationship with your dentist. You need to be able to discuss in detail exactly what you want and your dentist, in turn needs to be able to understand your needs to minimise chances of miscommunication and misunderstanding.
Your dental crown will take some time to be manufactured
Dental crowns are generally not completed in just one visit to your dentist. You can expect an extended engagement that will probably take at least two visits to your dental practitioner. Furthermore, it could take two to three weeks for your crown to be created after your first consultation and impression-taking. This can make it difficult to plan in terms of booking flights and accommodation.
You need to be close to your dental practitioner for follow up consultations
Although complications and side effects are rare, in the event that something does go wrong it really helps if you are in close proximity to your dentist. It also helps if your dentist speaks your language so that you can discuss your options and resolve any issues that might arise.
Your concept of aesthetics might not be the same
It might happen that Australian patients and Thai dentists do not have the same aesthetic appreciation, and you might not be satisfied with the size, shape or colour of your dental crowns at the end of the procedure. If the crowns are in the font of your mouth or in a prominent position, you run the risk of being unsatisfied with the work, and under time pressure to resolve it quickly if you have booked return flights already.
It’s not always wise to shop on cost alone
While it might seem as though a dental crown in Thailand will incur a lower capital outlay initially, once you factor in the cost of correcting any issues, you could end up paying significantly more. Also remember that when you are in Australia, your rights as a patient are protected by a regulatory framework and you do have recourse to follow.
When you are in Thailand and anywhere abroad, if something does go wrong, you will need to sort it out on your own and probably pay out-of-pocket.
You also want to avoid unnecessary problems with a dental crown, because your dental practitioner needs to remove some of your dental enamel every time, which weakens your natural tooth. Ideally you want a natural-looking, functional crown that lasts for a sling as possible.