Dentistry and dental costs in South Africa

Dentistry and dental costs in South Africa:

Expect world-class dentistry at a fraction of the cost Dentistry in South Africa is on a par with the best in the world. There are two regulatory bodies,, the South African Dental Association (SADA) and the Dental Therapy Association of South Africa. These bodies are part of the World Health Organisation so that South Africa stays abreast with top standards of oral hygiene and surgery according to global standards. Because of a favourable exchange rate making dentals costs in South Africa very affordable, and the high quality of care patients receive, dental tourism has grown exponentially in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

It is estimated dental costs in South Africa for world-class procedures are one-tenth to one-sixth less expensive than in Europe, Australia or the United States. Most dental tourism comes from Europe and other African countries.

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SADA is extremely well regulated and it governs dentistry in South Africa as well as matters pertaining to dental costs in South Africa.

It’s core functions are:
1. Communication. Members are kept up-to-date with seminars, dental education, jobs calendar events and more. It also keeps open the lines of communication between the public and the dental body.
2. Intellectual input. It assists the profession to be NHI-ready - dental care at government grassroots levels are not as high as in the public sector due to a lack of funding, but is considerably higher than at the same level in other countries. The adoption of an NHI-like system is being mooted for a phased roll-out. It will essentially mean that private dentists will have to provide subsidised care to those within a certain radius who cannot afford it. It has been argued that this will raise private dental costs in South Africa. It is not foreseen though that costs will ever rise so sharply as to affect dental tourism. It will not phase out private care though. Other roles here include monitoring statutory gazettes and circulars, submitting SADA input to government and briefing dentists, and bringing dentistry into industry debates and meetings.
3. Regulating private and public cover. Again, this has implications for dental costs in South Africa. Private care cannot become a law unto itself. The standards, equipment and techniques are superb and dentists deserve great rates. But if left unchecked, as with any industry, the costs could spiral to such an extent that even medical aids or medical insurance would not be able to keep up. The role here is advisory more than regulatory, with legal input also given.
4. Advocacy and representation. SADA puts the democratically reached opinions of members to government bodies, NGOs, the public, organisations and agencies. It gives dentists a united voice in influencing public policy, and formulating and promoting sound National Oral Health Policy. 
5. Legal and ethical advice. Members are kept up-to-date with health-related regulations and other important legal and ethical matters.
6. Public awareness. SADA helps drive awareness of dentistry in South Africa and abroad. Locally, the public is encourage to treat dental care as they would care for the rest of their body, and to get checkups regularly. The public is made aware of how the industry subscribes to only the highest standards of excellence. 
7. Education. SADA oversees educational grants, webinars, workshops, further training and a fully accredited scientific dental journal, the SA Dental Journal.

Dental procedures and practices offered in South Africa

You can get any routine, orthodontic, paediatric, surgical or cosmetic dental procedure in South Africa that you could anywhere else in the world. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry in South Africa, the biggest demand from a tourism point of view is for veneers and smile makeovers and tooth implants. There is strong demand for this too at local private level, but in public grassroots level it is mostly about routine care and fixing cleft palettes.

You cannot buy any illegal dental services in South Africa. The industry is tightly regulated.

Dental Tourism in South Africa works both ways

There are over 4 500 registered dentists in South Africa who are able to cater to the needs of the ever-expanding dental tourism industry, so there is no skills shortage. South Africa has become a preferred dental tourism provider because patients who may have gone elsewhere for cheaper dentistry, found that there were risks involved. These are:
● Bleeding gums
● Loose implants
● Ulcers
● Cysts
● Infections

In the long run, these risks can erase any cost savings. However, the standards of dentistry in South Africa along with the affordable costs of dentistry in South Africa have remained in tact. There have been no reported cases of medical tourism ‘fails’ in this country. Practitioners know that should something like that happen, they would be struck off the roll. It would affect their livelihoods permanently.

State of the art medical care received in most of the country includes:
● Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC)
● The Wand - a pain-free, scientifically computed anesthetic injection system.

It’s not surprising that standards of excellence pervade - the route to becoming a dentist in South Africa is tough and a five-year degree minimum is required. Training and further exams and board exams are required, depending on the speciality chosen. Also, as per SADA, all members are required to undergo continuous learning and upskilling.

This has also made local dentists incredibly valuable abroad, with many having been actively recruited by European countries in the past, after passing relevant foreign board exams. This means dental tourism works both ways with local dentists leaving to solidify experience abroad or being actively lured into short-term or other contracts abroad. Dr Roy Huson has worked in the UK under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver. His skills and qualifications set him apart.

So good is the reputation of dentistry in South Africa, that most medical aid insurers operating in the dental tourism field are happy to cover in whole or in part dental costs in South Africa. You can enjoy your dental experience in South Africa without fear or hesitation in comfort and privacy. The country is a haven of modern facilities, safari and other adventure or holiday experiences, and no communication barrier exists.

Prices for dental implants start from R10 000 and can go up to R22 000 per tooth 

Prices for dental crowns/dental veneers start from R5500

A recent smile makeover by Dr Roy Richard Huson.

Click on the smile gallery to learn more:

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Dentistry Safaris

Dentistry Holidays 

At the end of October we had a splendid time with one of our most jovial patients - Nedson, from the United States.
Nedson managed to kill two birds with one stone as the adage goes - get his dental treatment done and have an amazing holiday in sunny South Africa. Dental treatment is usually less than half the price in South Africa whilst NOT compromising on quality at Silver Oaks.
We saw a massive influx from international patients this year who are realizing the value of coming out here to get their dental treatment done.

The office staff members took sometime off to show Nedson around the city and make him feel as comfortable as possible. Here are a few tantalizing pictures from his safari vacation and some happy moments with the office staff.
Nedson was amazed at how much bigger the Giraffe are in real life. He was clearly blown away by South Africa's wildlife. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country.

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 Our December case of the month was Nedson's makeover. When we originally saw Nedson he couldn't chew properly and was embarrassed to smile. We did a full smile makeover to improve his confidence and quality of life.

Nedson had a bite that was severely worn down with mismatched teeth. We placed 8 Dental Implants to replace his missing teeth. In order to place the Implants, we had to do a thorough examination as to the amount of healthy bone available. We had to also assess risk factors and make use of 3-D scans in order to evaluate the situation ensuring optimal success. Every Dental Implant case is unique. Nedson's case was a very complex one. 

By re-adjusting his bite, Nedson is now able to chew properly and smile more confidently. Dr Huson skillfully implemented the completion of the total procedure which included Nedson wearing temporary crowns in order to assess the look and feel of his teeth first. Once Nedson was totally satisfied with his new look the final crowns were placed. 

Dr Huson has placed in excess 600 Dental Implants and has worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver in the Harley Street region of London. You are guaranteed work that is of the highest quality. Dental Implants are an ideal, long term solution to replacing missing or damaged teeth. Unlike dentures you will be able to chew and bite your food with ease. The procedure can last a lifetime  and there is no need for their removal in order to have your teeth cleaned.

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Top cosmetic dentistry at incredibly competitive prices

What do you get when you combine the best of world-class dentistry with one of the most unforgettable tourism destinations in the world, at a fraction of the cost due to a favourable exchange rate? Unbeatable, quality-of-life enhancing overseas dental packages.

Why choose Silver Oaks for your overseas dental packages?

Not only are we situated in South Africa, one of the top medical tourism centres in the world, but we ourselves have partnered with game lodges and safaris to bring you deluxe overseas dental packages. As highly skilled surgeons committed to continuous skill refinement and research, we are so confident in the end result that our work comes with a money back guarantee. Thanks to a favourable exchange rate, medical tourists to South Africa in general can expect to pay a third of the price for overseas dental packages here, compared to treatments in the UK or US.

We house the best of world-class equipment in our dental suites, so that it’s less time in the chair and more time taking in that sea or bushveld air. There is no language barrier at our practice or in the country in general, as English is widely spoken and a mother tongue to many people. Along with the rest of South Africa, we frequently welcome guests from Australia, the UK, Australia, Africa, Europe and just about everywhere. A good percentage of patients had never considered overseas dental packages, until realising that they could afford the best treatments in the world in modern dental and cosmopolitan surroundings at a very affordable rate.

We have a range of payment options that may suit your pocket and mitigate against forking out a one-off outlay, and medical financing is also available. Many of our local patients go this route to cover what medical aid does not. Speak to us about our overseas dental packages to see what your options are.

porcelain veneers in South Africa

Porcelain veneers in South Africa

Veneers are ‘teeth’ made we make to emulate each patient’s natural teeth. If you’re looking for for porcelain veneers in South Africa, we’d love to be your dental service provider. Veneers look real and are for you if you have chipped, cracked, crooked or damaged teeth, or if you’re looking to close a gap between your teeth. Sometimes, teeth also do not respond properly to teeth whitening procedures. You could consider fitting veneers instead.

We have a superb track record of fitting porcelain veneers in South Africa. We use a dental glue to apply the new layer of tooth to the front and back of your original teeth. The result is life-like tooth exteriors or veneers that enhance your smile in a way that’s not forced or artificial.
What we’ll establish in your consultation
As with all cosmetic dentistry procedures, we’ll begin with a consultation. Tell us what exactly is bugging you so we can be sure veneers are the correct and best option. The better we understand your desired outcomes, the better we can align expectations to actual results at the end of the day.

It is not all that useful to want to emulate a certain celebrity’s smile. Each person’s mouth is different. We also have to make sure that your underlying tooth is healthy and capable of having thin layers of porcelain bonded to it.

During this consultation for your porcelain veneers in South Africa, we’ll begin with a smile analysis. From this, we can map the steps we’d like to follow in fitting your veneers. Then we’ll proceed to do cosmetic imaging, so we can project your new smile onto you. In other words, we can show you what you’ll look like with your new smile before you actually proceed.

How porcelain veneers are made
Several thin ceramic layers are compressed and compiled which replace your original tooth enamel. Before we can apply your veneer, we need to remove a thin layer of your tooth enamel. This is so it fits on your tooth exactly without protruding and irritating your gumline. Not placing an exact fit will also affect tooth function.

When fitting your porcelain veneers in South Africa, we use an industry best bond. This bond is critical to ensure your veneer stays in place. We’ll place light-sensitive resin between your original tooth and the veneer, and then harden it with a UV curing light.

It is important to remember that veneers are not reversible. They can be adjusted and new ones can be fitted, but you can never quite return to your original tooth.

No-prep veneers
When you come to us for your porcelain veneers in South Africa, it may be that you’re looking for minimal preparation veneers. As always, we will assess whether this is a viable option for you before proceeding. Many people are tempted to go the no-prep route by default, but we always have to consider the long-term effect of any treatment on our patient. This is especially true of medical tourist patients, who may not be able to return to us specifically for interval check-ups.

With no-prep veneers, we don’t have to remove as much enamel from the front of your teeth. This means that veneers can often be fitted quicker and with less ‘down’ time.

Maintaining your veneers
Veneer after-care is important. Brush and floss them as you would your natural teeth. We suggest using a toothpaste that is not gritty or too abrasive chemically.

We need a follow-up consultation with you after the procedure - come back to us after a few days on your leisure break. We need to see how your mouth is handing the new ‘intruder’ and may recommend a night guard if, for example, we feel that you are biting your teeth.

Make sure to return to your own dentist to properly look after the veneers. They should preferably be polished with a special paste so they remain in premium pearly white condition.

Best Dental Implants Abroad

South Africa is highly rated as a world-class cosmetic tourism destination, and not for trifling reason either: sun, surf or safari, you’ll find the best of it here, in superbly priced packages. The favourable rand-dollar exchange for foreigners has meant that the upward trajectory in inbound tourism to this beautiful country has only intensified. Throw in pioneering medical practices – the world’s first heart transplant, for example − and it’s little wonder the country is renowned for its highly calibrated medical treatments, too.

Things are no different at our Silver Oaks dental clinic, we are at the forefront of medically advanced designer dentistry. One particular area of specialisation for us is dental implants. As local leaders in this field, you’ve landed on the right page if you’re looking for the best dental implants abroad. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are, in effect, ‘replacement’ teeth and the next best thing to the teeth you were born with. The process emulates that of a real tooth, unlike dentures or bridges which are artificially held in place.

A Dental Implant Vs A Dental Bridge

Which is right for you?

To replace lost teeth you have the option of adding a dental implant or a dental bridge. Which option will work for you more? A dental implant VS a dental bridge? This article discusses this question. 

Please note: the best person to offer advice on these options is your dentist. He will take an x-ray and analyse your teeth then give you a treatment solution. His advice supersedes this article. 

The pic below shows a dental implant vs a dental bridge 

Bridge vs dental implant

The best solution will depend on your dentist's analysis and the patients budget and time constraints. 

Below are pictures of patients that got dental implants done at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic

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The patient above had dental implants placed at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic.

To replace lost teeth you have the option of adding a dental implant or a dental bridge. Before dental implants most people used a bridge to replace lost or missing teeth.

These days it is easier to replace your teeth with a dental implant.

Firstly, you need to file down adjacent teeth if you need a bridge whereas with a dental implant you don't need to do that.

Advantages and disadvantages of a dental implant vs a dental bridge

The cost of dental implants are more expensive in the short term but in the long term it works out cheaper.

Depending on your budget it might be more viable in the short term to get some of your teeth done with dental implants and if a number of teeth on one side needs to be filled then a bridge might be a better option.

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. In other words the adjacent teeth need to be prepared 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. 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 around +- 10 years.

With regards to the aesthetics both options provide amazing aesthetics.

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

When 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.
When you have periodontal disease or when a bone graft is not possible due to a defect than a bridge might be an option.