Hi everyone. It’s me, Shek. Welcome back to
my channel. In this video, I’m going to share with you my experience in getting dental implants
in Manila. So, I’ve mentioned in my previous vlogs that I had my dental implants in the Philippines.
Some of you asked me questions about it so I am going to explain to you here the different procedures done, the cost, and the number of days that I had to be in Manila for the complete process. So why did I have to get dental implants? I’m going to explain to you why my teeth looked like that in the thumbnail. When I was young I didn’t take good care of my teeth I used to have crooked teeth. One front tooth was on top of the other. And because I wasn’t caring for my teeth In college, when I was eating watermelon seeds I accidentally cracked it between the teeth that were already bad. Because the seeds were too hard, the tooth cracked and chipped off. Then I decided to just have it extracted. That’s when I started wearing dentures. The problem with dentures is, you have to take it off from time to time and there’s a metal that has to be attached to the other teeth which make the other teeth go bad as well. The palate also feels uncomfortable. When I finally got money to fix my teeth, I went to a dentist and I was told that if I don’t want dentures anymore, I could try having fixed bridge. I had three missing teeth, and the dentist had to make three of my other teeth into abutments to complete the bridge. If these were my teeth This one was made into an abutment This one was missing This one was also made into an abutment Then two missing teeth Then another one made into an abutment That’s a bridge of six My problem with it was It wasn’t okay because even though my other teeth were still good they had to be made smaller to become abutments for the bridge. The only good thing was, my crooked teeth were fixed. The dentist told me that my bridge would last for up to 8 years, however, On its 4th and 5th year I noticed that there was some bad smell probably because of some debris that I couldn’t completely clean. I also noticed that there was some space between the gums and teeth Those were the reasons why I wanted to have my bridge replaced I consulted another dentist and I was told that even if I replace my current bridge The teeth will be replaced , even though they were still in good condition at 6 years of usage, The teeth will be replaced but it couldn’t solve the space between the gums and teeth. So, she told me that the best way was to have dental implants. She told me the problem was bone loss since there was no teeth on that part. In Japan, dental procedures cost so much since they are not covered by the health insurance. Dental implants here cost at least 150,000 pesos (300,000 yen) per tooth, that’s probably the cheapest. Prices are much lower in the Philippines. While in Japan, I contacted some dental clinics I inquired through email and many dental clinics responded so I was able to compare the prices. One dental implant cost 50,000 to 100,000 pesos It includes the implant itself and a crown. That’s a set and I needed three for my three missing teeth. Since I already have some bone loss in front I also had to undergo bone grafting A material will be placed in the bone to replace the lost bone and a membrane has to be placed to cover it. That’s additional payment. Bone grafting costs 40,000 pesos and the membrane costs 30,000 pesos. Dental implants procedure consists of two stages: the first stage is called implant placement and the second stage is when the final crowns are placed. Depending on the clinic, the first stage might take up to 7 to 10 days. On the first stage, the implant will be placed The gum will be opened, the implant will be drilled into the bone, then temporary crowns will be placed After 7 days, you have to come back for the removal of sutures. After that, you will be wearing temporary crowns again so that you can still smile while waiting for the second stage. For the second stage, you have to wait for 4 months. It takes four to see that the implants were placed properly and that they have completely adapted to your jaw bone. Since I also had bone grafting, I had to wait for 6 months. Actually it took me more 7 months because I couldn’t immediately go back to the Philippines but that’s still okay. For the second stage, the abutments that will hold your final crown will be placed. Then they will make your final crowns. If there are no problems, your final crowns will then be placed. For the second stage, depending on the clinic, it may take from 5 to 7 days or even up to 2 weeks. The most important thing to remember is that there are 2 stages and you have to be in the Philippines for at least 1 week for each stage. And there is waiting time until the final crowns are placed. In total, I had 3 implants with 3 zirconia crowns and 4 abutment teeth with 4 zirconia crowns. In addition to my bridge of 6 teeth, another tooth was made into an abutment to make it look better with the rest of the new crowns. So I had 7 new crowns in total. The cost of crowns alone vary depending on the material. The cheapest is porcelain fused to metal which costs 10,000 and the most expensive is zirconia which is 23,000 pesos. Also, during the procedure I opted to be unconscious (asleep) because according to the dentist I might get tired during the 2-3 hours of surgery. It’s better to be asleep and feel relaxed while the dentists take care of your teeth. I paid 15,000 for conscious IV. What else did I have to pay?