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Dental Tourism Faqs


Dental tourism or dental travel is a relatively new and booming subsection of the medical tourism industry. It is defined as the act of traveling abroad in order to save a significant amount of money on your dental bill. The overall cost savings are the main motivating factor behind the industry, as clients are able to receive extensive dental work at a fraction of the cost that they would pay back home. In fact the savings often cover much more than the cost of the trip.

dental tourismTypically the client will travel from a first world nation to a developing country. These countries are able to provide service at a discount due to a lower cost of labor. In many cases the quality of service is comparable to what the client would receive in their home country. The popular misconception is that price is related to quality, but in fact many of the dentists in developing countries are highly qualified, respected, and have great reviews.

How much can I save?

Of course there is no short and sweet answer to this question. It depends on where you go and the type of procedure you require. For example, it is not uncommon for an American citizen to cross the border into Mexico and receive service at 20% to 50% of the cost that they would pay back in America. If you are willing to travel farther abroad, you can have dental work done in India or Thailand at 5% to 30% of US prices. Some other popular destinations for dental tourism include Hungary, Costa Rica, and Argentina. Keep in mind that the numbers we have provided are rough estimates, and that your best option is to do your own research and price checking online and by phone.

Is dental tourism safe?

Many potential clients shy away from dental travel because they are afraid of receiving poor quality service. In truth there are many qualified dentists in developing countries. It is up to you to do your research and find a dentist that you are comfortable with. The internet is a great tool for researching a potential clinic. It is possible to read reviews, check price lists, and find contact information, all with a simple internet search. If you are willing to do your homework, then you will greatly increase the chances that your dental travel will go smoothly. Many of the people who have bad experiences are the same people who do absolutely no research, and just walk into a random clinic in a foreign country.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of tooth tourism?

The advantages of a dental holiday are quite obvious: you get to save money on dentistry while taking a vacation. With that in mind, there are some disadvantages that need to be considered. People who have extensive work done on their teeth will often need to do follow up appointments for minor adjustments and corrections. This becomes a serious issue when your dentist is in another country. You need to consider the cost of returning to the country in the case that you require additional work. Another potential disadvantage is the stability of the country you are visiting. For example, Mexico is currently experiencing a major decrease in tourism due to drug wars and the related negative publicity. It is always wise to do some research on the current events in any country you are planning to visit.

Whether you need a root canal, crowns, implants, or some other type of work, dental tourism may be able to save you a considerable amount of money. Be sure to take the time to do your research and find the right country and clinic for your specific needs.

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