Let us start by stating two obvious facts –
Fact 1 – Most Indians don’t opt for dental implants as they consider dental implant cost in India to be too high. They instead opt for other tooth restoration procedures.
Fact 2 – Thousands of people from developed countries visit India for dental implants and other dental procedures given that it costs around 25-30% compared to the cost in their countries. It has given birth to a term called ‘dental tourism’.
So what is the truth about tooth replacement cost in India? Considering the fact that Indians are experiencing and exploring as many luxuries in life as their western counterparts, why do these two facts contradict each other? At Med Care Multi Speciality Medical Poly Clinic, Dwarka we often get queries from our patients on dental implant costs in India and whether they are expensive. As an institution that has been offering affordable dental implants in India, we find that there are myths, societal habits that often make dental implants appear as expensive and here we quash some of those –
# The Costs Have Come Down
If we are to compare tooth replacement cost in India with where it stood a decade or two ago we see that the costs of these proceedings have come down significantly. While in some cases people have to pay less than they would have a decade back in other cases the costs have remained the same during a period when income levels have definitely gone up. Thus to say that dental implants are expensive and unaffordable isn’t based on facts and is one of the many myths that affect healthcare in India.
# Societal Habits On Healthcare Is Seen Wanting
You would be surprized to know that only 18% of Indian people have some kind of health coverage to protect them in case medical emergency. And of these 12% are the ones who are covered by some kind of government program. Compare this to the nearly 30% of Indians who own cars and 35% of people with smartphones. People in other parts of the world would find it hard to digest these figures. Vast majority of Indians don’t even deem it necessary to spend on health and when it comes to teeth replacement they often look at the most affordable procedure instead of the best option available to them.
Does that mean the situation for dental care and hygiene is extremely poor? The good thing is that we have passed on the worst phase and awareness about dental health is improving in India. Compared to how we have seen things in the past most people are no longer scared of the relatively large (implant costs are higher compared to other dental procedures) cost of implants when they are explained the many benefits of opting for this procedure.
If you are one who has been delaying an impending dental implant procedure thinking it to be expensive research on the benefits of this procedure and you will see complete value for money in it.