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. 

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

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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.

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Dental Veneers Before and After

Dental Veneers Before and After

Our patient Miles came to our offices to perfect his smile before leaving to New Zealand. 

Miles was embarrassed to smile and since he had a limited time in South Africa, Dr Huson had to find a quick fix solution. Porcelain veneers are ideal for patients who have discoloured, uneven, irregularly shaped, worn down, chipped, gaps and misaligned teeth.We had lengthened Miles's teeth and straightened the four front teeth with dental veneers. He also completed the teeth whitening treatment to brighten the appearance of all of his teeth thereby creating a more consistent natural colour throughout. 

We use the highest quality in Porcelain veneers and prefer Emax veneers above Lumineers and composite veneers as the look and feel is more realistic and aesthetically pleasing. We also find that they last a very long time over 25 years to a lifetime if they are properly cleaned and maintained with regular cleanings at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic and checkup’s with the Dr Roy Richard Huson.

The benefit with veneers is that it whitens and straightens your teeth quickly and pain free. You only need three appointments. Miles had looked through some pictures from the internet to see what look he would prefer and after discussing various options with Dr Huson went for something that made the appearance of his smile more apparent and face structure more prominent. 

Our efficient lab technician Costa designed custom made temporary veneers which Miles wore to see if he liked them. When Miles was happy with the temporary ones we replicated that into the final permanent version. Miles came back for another appointment where we fitted and cemented the veneers using a resin cement. His teeth were prepared using custom made templates which ensured the minimal amount of tooth loss. Miles was very happy with the results and the transformation was dramatic and immediate. That is the huge benefit of Veneers in that it is quickand cost effective and doesn't require months of adjustment appointments. The entire process took 3 visits. 

Dr Huson has placed in excess 1000 Veneers 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. Whether you have gaps, overcrowded, deep stained or misshapen teeth, Dental Veneers can be an excellent and conservative way of correcting your smile
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Miles Ridl Before and After Picture

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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 for over 17 years 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.

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