Medical and dental tourism in South Africa

Thanks to South Africa’s leading position as a global medical and dental tourism destination, medical tourism is one of the fastest growing - and therefore most important and priority-worthy sub-sectors of South Africa’s already booming tourism industry. This is according to South African Tourism, who notes that the potential for this sector to grow is significant, sensational and still ‘untapped’ despite ferocious and phenomenal growth in the last few years.

At Silver Oaks we have certainly seen the effects of this growth. Because we partner with several safari and similar providers, we are able to help you with a full-service bouquet when it comes to your dental tourism needs in South Africa.

Medical and dental tourism in South Africa has experienced and upward trajectory that exceeds the global year-on-year growth of 15%. By 2015, revenue from medical and dental spend from foreigners in South Africa had leapt from €39m (R582 million) to €64m (R961 million), and has long surpassed R150 million mark.

Tourists from Europe, other African countries and Australasia account for the big jump in revenue and medical tourist numbers for the most part.Dental tourism in South Africa as a stand-alone subsector stands almost shoulder-to-shoulder with medical tourism as a sub-sector.

What makes South Africa such an tour de force in medical tourism globally?

Research by a tourism specialist department in FNB, one of the big five retail banks in South Africa and frequent winner of global banking accolades for its world-leading electronic banking engineering and breakthroughs, ascribes the country’s leading position in worldwide medical tourism to the following factors:

  • South African medical and dental qualification, training and professional body admission standards are on a par with, and in some cases higher and more stringent, than in foreign countries. As a result, South African dentists and doctors are sought after in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand in particular.
  • The South African currency means foreigners get exceedingly good value for their medical and dental procedures, while the integrity of adherence to the best of global standards remains in place.
  • The country has great infrastructure. Whether by road or air, the infrastructure is mostly well-maintained and sign posted. The urban metropolises are modern, vibrant and international with a uniquely South African flavour.
  • The food and amenities on offer in general are highly palatable and pleasing to international travellers.
  • There is an abundance of sightseeing options and experiences.
  • Access to neighbouring countries such as Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia is quick and effortless, and under two hours away by plane depending where in South Africa travellers find themselves.
  • English is widely spoken and understood everywhere, as are foreign accents. This is critical when travellers undertake dental tourism in South Africa. There are 11 official languages but English is the language of commerce, work and parliamentary proceedings.
  • Medical technology is on a par with what can be found in the rest of the world. South Africa is no stranger to medical innovation either, with Dr Chris Barnard having pioneered the first heart transplant in Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital.

The impact of dental tourism in South Africa

South African Tourism takes medical as well as dental tourism extremely seriously because of what it is already contributing to the local economy, what vast potential it still has and the treacle down effect to the rest of the tourism industry.

Figures should that the average medical tourist spends an average of 6 days in South Africa. As a result, there are numerous gains for many tourism and tourism-related touchpoints. This means revenue traction for formal and informal tour operators, the hospitality industry and accommodation services, retail, safari and environmental attractions, the transport sector, food, catering and beverage services, and spas and wellness centres.

dental tourism in south africaSouth African Tourism is committed to improving both medical tourism and dental tourism in the following ways:

  • Reminding all stakeholders that the success of medical and dental tourism in South Africa rests on the exchange rate, and that pricing structures have to remain competitive.
  • Engaging all stakeholders to keep the quality of services at international standard or higher.
  • Diversifying procedures, in tandem with medical care and hospitality services offered to potential medical tourists.
  • Getting the medical, dental and tourism spheres to form an even more tight-knit triad as partners who work together to offer a premier, effortlessly integrated offering to travellers from abroad.
  • Advising allied businesses how to diversify their product offering so that it benefits their bottom line while still representing value to tourists, with whom they may otherwise not engage economically.

As a medical tourist destination, South Africa has it all

Most medical tourists to South Africa stay a few days more than they need in order to recuperate, statistics show, because the country as a destination encompasses so much to experience.

The spas and wellness centres combine healing techniques from around the world. Whether it’s tai chi or traditional western therapies those coming for dental tourism in South Africa are seeking, they’ll be sure to find it.

There is no shortage of extreme adventure either. From white water rafting to ziplining, skydiving and the world’s highest bridge bungee jump, microlighting and more, there is ample adventure to get that adrenaline pumping.

On the shopping front, locally made high-end fashion and the like is well made and reasonably priced compared to overseas. Most international designer lines are available here too, sometimes at a cheaper price. Duty-free shopping has the most to offer the international traveller.

As for wildlife and safari’s, the country is home to the Big 5. Besides lion, cheetahs, leopards, elephants and hippos, there are incredible and rare game and bird species at many sights.

The natural splendour of the country is also unrivalled. From majestic Table Mountain and the winelands in Cape Town, the garden route along the east coast, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s tropical paradise-like havens and lush lowlands and highlands to the starkly beautiful Karoo and eastern Free State.

At Silver Oaks we are a premier dental cosmetic and reconstructive surgery practice specialising in meeting the medical needs you have as a dental tourist. We have had the pleasure of performing life-altering dental work on travellers from many corners of the globe and can’t wait for you to make us your next pit stop too.

  • We will plan and map out the extent of the work required and make a formal diagnosis.
  • We may then have to build up the bone if it is too brittle to accept an incision straight away.
  • Next comes the actual implant insertion.
  • Then, we give the jaw bone time to heal.
  • Your final denture or visible part of the replacement tooth is now fitted.
  • We like to see you back for a final check up and to provide you with care instructions.
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Dental implants abroad - at Silver Oaks, we’re the specialists

Dental implants abroad - at Silver Oaks, we’re the specialists

One of the most-often requested procedures when medical tourists enquire with us at Silver Oaks is about fitting dental implants abroad. At our practice, having worked in highly niche offices in the UK ourselves, we have a vast depth of experience in servicing requests for quality dental implants abroad.

How can you be assured of quality dental implants abroad when you visit our practice?

South Africa is a leading dental tourist destination globally thanks to many factors, including the following:

  • At our spacious and stylish practice at Silver Oaks, you will find technology and techniques on a par with the best of the rest of the world - and in some cases, better. To maintain our position as leaders in cosmetic dentistry and providers of the best dental implants abroad, we recognise how crucial it is to remain abreast of the newest, safest tools and methodologies as they unfold.
  • We are so confident in our services that we offer a money back guarantee should you not be satisfied.
  • English is commonly spoken and understood, so there is no language barrier. It is also the language of tertiary education training, commerce and parliament.
  • The professional bodies regulating dentists, cosmetic dentists and medical practitioners are well regulated and report to government and allied bodies regularly. There is an emphasis on ethical behaviour and ongoing upskilling.
  • The minimum requirement for a dentist to qualify in South Africa is a 5-year degree. It is a specialist degree which also involves core practical training components. Thereafter, specialisation is required for fields such as cosmetic dentistry.
  • Air, road and urban infrastructure is good. Offices in urban areas and almost everywhere are modern.
  • The medical tourist experience on a whole is first-class - we have partnered with several game and safari lodges to make your trip supremely comfortable, exciting and memorable.
  • The exchange rate versus the pound, euro and US dollar and Australian dollar has always been and remains highly favourable.

Medical and dental tourism in the whole in South Africa is enjoying interest and priority on many local levels, thanks to how important it is as a subsector. The contribution to the local economy is becoming more substantial by the year, with dental tourism to South Africa remaining on an increasing trajectory.

South African Tourism has therefore committed itself to continue stakeholder engagement to provide the best experience to medical and dental tourists. A key focus is to remind stakeholders that pricing has to remain competitive if the industry is to keep enjoying phenomenal growth.

The cost of dental implants in South Africa

There is no fixed quotable cost per tooth implant as it not only varies from dentist to dentist, but depends on the amount of work required for each person. That said, as with everything, the best quality does come with a bit of a premium and our quality assured best dental implants abroad do too - but it also comes with a money back, 100% satisfaction guarantee.

  • Mini implants cost less than full implants.
  • Usually work on the lower jaw costs more because:

      This is more difficult to access than the upper jaw, so the procedure itself takes longer.

      The procedure also takes longer because the nerves in this area are intricate so dentists have to proceed very carefully.

  • If like us, your professional has specifically studied further to specialise in tooth replacement procedures, this takes your dental provider up to the level of a   prosthodontist or oral surgeon. Higher rates apply to dental specialists as they do to medical, legal or architectural specialists.
  • The upside is that although the initial cost may be higher, it is largely a once-off cost. Dental implants are permanent. Unlike bridges or dentures, they do not need to be replaced.
  • Dental implants per tooth start at R8000 upwards. The average price for dental implants abroad, as fitted in South Africa, is about R7500 to R15000 per tooth when sampling a high number of dentists. It is simply not possible or realistic to pinpoint a finite price range for the reasons mentioned above.

What is the treatment sequence for dental implants?

We define ourselves by giving you a highest quality product and experience backed by superior skill and extensive local and international experience. To this end, when you visit us for your dental implants abroad, these are the steps you can expect:

  • We will plan and map out the extent of the work required and make a formal diagnosis.
  • We may then have to build up the bone if it is too brittle to accept an incision straight away.
  • Next comes the actual implant insertion.
  • Then, we give the jaw bone time to heal.
  • Your final denture or visible part of the replacement tooth is now fitted.
  • We like to see you back for a final check up and to provide you with care instructions.dental implants abroad

Dental implants - the advantages

Once your implants are fitted you’ll leave knowing you have a replacement tooth, not a prosthesis. Here are the main advantages and why this treatment is so popular:

  1. Your implant looks, feels and functions like a real tooth. There is little to no impact on your speech, social interaction or ability to chew. People with bridges or dentures often feel self-conscious when smiling or laughing.
  2. There will be no subsequent time out from life or work. Your implants do not need to be refitted or remoulded. There consequently also won’t be another adjustment period.
  3. The cost of your implant is fixed and finalised. As there are no additional procedures there are no additional costs.
  4. A dental implant aligns perfectly to your existing facial features, unlike some other prosthesis. Aesthetically, the implant won’t result in you looking drawn or sunken, especially in the cheek area. This sometimes happens in people who have worn dentures for a long time.
  5. Once the tooth is fitted, your discomfort levels should return to normal. With other procedures, there are often intermittent periods of discomfort, even when the best dentures or bridges are fitted.

We look forward to fitting your dental implants and ensuring that you leave ready to love and live to your full capacity once more!

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Dental implants - the advantages

Once your implants are fitted you’ll leave knowing you have a replacement tooth, not a prosthesis. Here are the main advantages and why this treatment is so popular:

  1. Your implant looks, feels and functions like a real tooth. There is little to no impact on your speech, social interaction or ability to chew. People with bridges or dentures often feel self-conscious when smiling or laughing.
  2. There will be no subsequent time out from life or work. Your implants do not need to be refitted or remoulded. There consequently also won’t be another adjustment period.
  3. The cost of your implant is fixed and finalised. As there are no additional procedures there are no additional costs.
  4. A dental implant aligns perfectly to your existing facial features, unlike some other prosthesis. Aesthetically, the implant won’t result in you looking drawn or sunken, especially in the cheek area. This sometimes happens in people who have worn dentures for a long time.
  5. Once the tooth is fitted, your discomfort levels should return to normal. With other procedures, there are often intermittent periods of discomfort, even when the best dentures or bridges are fitted.

We look forward to fitting your dental implants and ensuring that you leave ready to love and live to your full capacity once more!

Dental Implants VS Dentures

Dental Implants VS Dentures 

Technology has allowed us today to be more cost efficient and effective. The dental industry is no different. Dental Implants are a more cost effective and a more efficient long term solution to missing or decayed teeth. In this article we compare Dental Implants vs Dentures.

Dentures seem like a more cost effective solution for the short term but considering that dentures need to be changed every 5 years due to the change in gum shape it is actually more expensive in the long term when comparing them to dental implants. Although the quality of dentures have improved over the years they are not an ideal option. Partial dentures might promote infection and decay especially of the surrounding healthy teeth. 

Dentures can shift when speaking and talking and even fall out causing embarrassment. You will need to clean them externally. Whereas with dental implants they act as natural teeth so you just need to brush your teeth as normal and they are permanently fixed to your teeth. If your gums are very unhealthy and you have a weak jaw then dentures might be your only option. Dentures can cause damage to adjacent healthy teeth and gums making the nearby areas more susceptible to decay.

Dentures Vs Dental Implants

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The patient above underwent a dental implant procedure with Dr Roy Richard Huson. You can see the amazing smile transformation. 

Dental Implants look natural just like your normal healthy teeth. The comfort, peace of mind and and confidence makes them an unmatched rival to dentures. They can replace missing or decayed teeth and act as natural teeth that are surgically inserted into your jaw. They are permanent so you can brush your teeth as normal and are not removable making it an ideal option for all patients. It is also a long term solution as they can last a lifetime provided you brush and floss twice a day. Dentists prefer dental implants as they provide a more comfortable, natural looking smile. They will not damage surrounding teeth and prevent decay of surrounding teeth unlike dentures.

There are several treatment options such a dentures and dental implants. Dentures are cheaper and shorter term. They are removable so it is important that you take care of them. Starting price is from R2800 and can go up to R28 000. 

Dental Implants is a second option and is more longer term. They are permanently fixed as natural teeth so that you can chew biltong or that yummy steak like your normal natural teeth. As the saying goes you get what you pay for and Dental Implants is no exception. Dental Implants start from R8500 and for the abutment and dental crown is roughly around R9000. So you are looking at +-R18 000 per tooth. It can get cheaper depending on the number of implants you do and it also depends on the manufacturer you choose. We work with all high end manufacturers. 

The largest benefit of Dental Implants is that you can bite and chew food again, smile and laugh with confidence and not worry whether they will slip or even fall out.

Here is a quick table comparing the two: 

Implant vs Traditional Denture

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Dental Implant Vs Bridge

Dental Implants VS Bridge 

Which is right for you?

To replace lost teeth you have the option of adding dental implants or a bridge. Before dental implants most people used a bridge to replace lost or missing teeth. These days it is easier to replace teeth with dental implants. Firstly, you need to file down adjacent teeth if you need a bridge whereas with dental implants you dont need to do that. The cost of dental implants are more expensive in the short term but in the long term it works out cheaper. So depending on your budget it might be more viable in the short term to get some of your teeth done with dental implants and where there are a number of teeth on one side that needs to be filled then a bridge might be a better option in the short term. 

Dental Implants are a better option if you have individual or missing teeth. If you have big gaps on either side then it might be better to add a dental bridge. A dental bridge might be a more destructive option if you dont have big fillings or eroded teeth as it will require you to place the crowns on already healthy teeth. In other words the adjacent teeth need to be prepped by removing most of the enamel in order to fabricate the bridge. The advantages and disadvantages of both procedures should be discussed with your dentist. As he will first need to analyse your teeth and then suggest a treatment option with you. 

Your ability to keep your mouth clean will be better with a dental implant as you can brush and floss as normal with an implant as it acts as a natural tooth. Dental Bridges are a little more complicated as it is cemented or 'fixed in the mouth'  which involves at least three crowns connected together to fill the space of the missing tooth. That design creates challenges so you will have to brush meticulously. 

Dental Implants are more durable than bridges. Dental Implants can last a lifetime whereas dental bridges last over 10 years. With regards to the aesthetics we do have an inhouse lab that designs teeth according to your face shape and colour of your skin therefore perfecting your smile so both options can provide amazing aesthetics. You will need to speak to Dr Huson about the options as he has the knowledge and skill to analyse your teeth and to provide the best option to you. 

Bridge vs dental implant

Facts about dental implants seem to be more superior to bridges. However the best solution will depend on your dentist's analysis and the patients budget and time constraints. 

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When could a dental bridge be a more viable option? 

  • If you already have crowns on either side than adding a 3 unit bridge might be more viable as this would result in no surgery and all three teeth would match
  • If neighbouring teeth have large fillings or structural damage then you will need crowns in the future so a dental bridge might be a better option in this case.
  • If you have periodontal disease or a bone graft is not possible due to a defect than a bridge might be an option.

 Dental implant vs bridge

 

 

 

Cosmetic Dentistry Durban

Cosmetic Dentistry

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry refers to dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums and/or bite. We are never really born with perfect teeth and Cosmetic Dentistry enhances the look of our teeth. We have the latest technology and an in house lab specifically designed to perfect your smile and improve your confidence and overall wellbeing. 

cosmetic dentistry in Durban

Cosmetic Dentistry

 

Cosmetic Dentistry in Durban

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Worth It? 

  1. Cosmetic dentistry corrects aesthetic flaws - If you have stained, misshapen, small teeth, chips, cracks or high gum lines then this can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry. .
  2. Cosmetic treatment can help you look younger - Research has shown that cosmetic treatment makes you look 10 years younger. Correcting the discoloration and erosion. 
  3. Cosmetic treatment can enhance your career and improve self confidence -  Research has shown that when you are more confident you take on greater responsibility and leadership. You may also look happier hence greater motivation and dedication to your career. 
  4. Some procedures can help prevent future dental damage - Cosmetic treatments help strengthen teeth through bonding by covering up any fractures or erosion thereby protecting already compromised areas. 

Dr Roy Richard Huson has over 18 years of experience specialising in Cosmetic Dentistry in the UK and working with celebrities in the UK. He worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver who has 

At Silver Oaks Dental Clinic we are continually striving to learn more to give our patients the very best treatment we can. We are one of the few practices in South Africa that are technologically advanced and offer you Cosmetic Imaging via the computer. We can show you how your treatment could potentially look even before it is completed. This gives you time to go over possible changes with Dr Richard Huson before attempting to start your treatment and you will know exactly what you are getting. This leads to a successful, happy patient that smiles leaving this practice and getting the very best cosmetic dentistry treatment in Durban, South Africa. Dr Huson has been using Digital Smile Design (DSD) since it started around 10 years ago.

During April 2018 Dr Huson attended the Advanced Restorative Course hosted by Dr Mark Bowes of the Implant and Aesthetic Academy (IAA). The course focused on brand new digital technologies which are being used in dentistry today. It focussed on Biomimetic Dentistry which is the art of preserving teeth and surrounding tissue in such a way as to mimic nature while still creating ideal aesthetics. Dr Mark Bowes is world famous in Aesthetic and Complex Restorative Dentistry. Dr Bowes has pioneered the development of Digital Smile Design (DSD) in South Africa -  this concept allows dentists to develop a smile which fits the individual patients' Aesthetic and Functional needs whilst providing Minimally Invasive Dentistry.  Dr Bowes is a Digital Smile Design World Master and an Instructor in South Africa, and one of only two on the African Continent. He lectures and teaches DSD both in South Africa and Internationally. Click here to read more about Dr Mark Bowes: https://www.enameldentistry.co.za/our-team/#team-53

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