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Dental Tourism

Dental Tourism

Over the past few decades, India and dental treatment have been become almost interchangeable. For the individuals who wish to have world class dental treatment, India has become an internationally recognized center for high quality dental care. Here are a few reasons why you should consider us for your dental tourism needs:1. Prestigious group of Indian Dental Association (IDA) and American Dental Association (ADA) affiliated dental specialists all of them with very active professional careers in major dental schools and important hospitals of the country. Our dentists and facility qualifications are meaningful and verifiable. India has a long medical academic tradition having very strict laws that regulate training and qualifications of dentists who perform dental procedures and surgery. 2. India is rated as one of the Asian countries with the highest medical standard. Dental surgery is real surgery: it requires up-to-date education, sterile techniques, modern equipment, and products meeting international standards. We work in modern facilities which are designed for comfort and efficiency, using the latest technology and equipment to provide expert dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. 3. The dental and medical personnel involved in health tourism speak good English.4. Excellent price-benefit ratio due to a high US$ vs. local currency exchange rate which benefits foreign currency tenders. Services and quality you pay for over here belong to the same category of those you would get in your country for four times the price. We are not exactly a "cheap" place because we offer excellent medical services. Bargain dental treatment can be costly, whether it is done in this country or anywhere in the world, dental treatment abroad has been attracting people based on very low prices, sacrificing quality, sanitary conditions and duly certified specialists' work. 4. The lower cost is not due to any lack in quality, quite the contrary. The reason for lower costs is related to the lower cost of infrastructure and insurance. Most practicing US cosmetic dentists must pay extremely high malpractice insurance rates. This fact, combined with the much higher costs for trained staff and medical facilities in foreign countries, combine to make India much more competitive5. India is a convenient country to visit: nice weather, warm people, beautiful tropical environments or city-urban accommodation. All-inclusive packages are very attractive and the fact we work on a fixed price basis, makes it even better. 6. We provide convenient appointments at short notice for our overseas patients. 

Dental Tourism in India
The New Phenomenon of Dental Tourism In India

Today, there are many Americans who travel to foreign countries such as India for their dental work, despite the convenience of visiting their local U.S. dentist which are just a few blocks away from their house. The lure of India dental tourism is price and quality.

Every year, many Americans travel to India because of lack of dental insurance or inadequate dental insurance. Dental tourists include clients just passing by for a $30 dental cleaning all the way to clients in need of full mouth restoration, but have been quoted $30,000 to $50,000 by their U.S. dentist.


History of Dental Tourism in India


Dental tourism (also called dental vacations) is a subset of the sector known as medical tourism. It involves individuals seeking dental care outside of their local healthcare systems and may be accompanied by a vacation.While dental tourists may travel for a variety of reasons, their choices are usually driven by price considerations.[1][2] Wide variations in the economics of countries with shared borders have been the historical mainstay of the sector. Examples include travel from Austria to Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia,[1] the US to Mexico, from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland,Hungary,Poland,Turkey and Ukraine . While medical tourism is often generalized to travel from high-income countries to low-cost developing economies, other factors can influence a decision to travel, including differences between the funding of public healthcare or general access to healthcare.[2]


Mobility of labour

For countries within the European Union, dental qualifications are required to reach a minimum approved by each country’s government.[4] Thus a dentist qualified in one country can apply to any other EU country to practice in that country, allowing for greater mobility of labour for dentists (Directives typically apply not only to the EU but to the wider designation of the European Economic Area – EEA).[5] The Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) has standardization efforts to harmonize European standards. Proposals from the ADEE's Quality Assurance and Benchmarking taskforce cover the introduction of accreditation procedures for EU dentistry universities as well as programmes to facilitate dental students completing part of their education in foreign dentistry schools.[6] Standardization of qualification in a region reciprocally removes one of the perceptual barriers for the development of patient mobility within that region.

[edit]Pricing and quality

There is substantive debate about pricing and quality differentials between locations. Much of this debate centers around the question of whether or not these price differentials imply quality differentials. Another concern is whether or not large scale dentist procedures can be safely completed abroad in a relatively short, "holiday-sized" time period. Surveys of dentists show that high speed large scale dental treatment more often require remedial work.[citation needed] The legal recourse of patients is often uncertain with dental tourism. Another issue affecting this debate is the lack of a independent inspections committee for dental similar to the Joint Commission International for medical.

An instructive case study for this debate is an analysis of patient outflows from the United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland, two large sources of dental tourists. Both countries were the subject of a report from the Irish Competition Authority to determine whether consumers were receiving value for money from their dentists.[7] Both countries’ professions were criticised for a lack of pricing transparency. A response to this is that dentistry is unsuitable for transparent pricing: each treatment will vary, an accurate quote is impossible until an examination has occurred. Thus price lists are no guarantee of final costs. Though they may encourage a level of competition between dentists, this will only happen in a competitive environment where supply and demand are closely matched. The 2007 Competition Authority report in the Irish Republic criticised the profession on its approach to increasing numbers of dentists and the training of dental specialties – orthodontics was a particular area for concern with training being irregular and limited in number of places. Supply is further limited as new dental specialties develop and dentists react to consumer demand for new dental products, further diluting the pool of dentists available for any given procedure.

Aside from the above issues, it is possible to compare the prices of treatment in different countries. With the international nature of some products and brands it is possible to make a valid comparison. For instance, the same porcelain veneer made in a lab in Sweden can be as much as 2500 AUD in Australia, but only 1200 AUD in India. The price difference here is not explainable by reference to the material cost.[8]

Procedure United States El Salvador Mexico Hungary Poland India Thailand Romania Ukraine
Implants, with crown $2990 to $5,000 $900 $990 $1000 $900 $600 $1700 $950 $590
Veneers At least $800 to 2,000 $440 $495 $360 $450 $220 $240 $240 $240
Root canal $699 to $2,000 $220 $300 to $450 $60 $150 to $200 $80 $90 to $200 $100 to $200 $65
Crowns $750 to $3,000 $440 $495 $285 $280 to $ 800 $80 $210 to $390 $240 to $600 $190
Bonding $150 to $300 $50 $70 $70 $60 $25 to $30 $80 $75 $40 to $50

Clearly then from above, there can be significant financial incentives to undertaking expensive treatment overseas. Such activity even including the travel expenses and accommodation can be significantly cheaper than undertaking procedures at home.

Although some think it is a good idea to simply go to the country as a tourist and find a dentist there, rather than to find dentists on the Internet, you take a great risk just walking into a clinic having done no research. Pricing can be researched on the internet by comparing sites that provide lists, but one thing that is even more important is that researching online, one can also get a better idea as to the qualifications of the dentists. Through e-mail contact, you can ask for references, ask about payment options, and even get information about accommodations. When you just walk in off the street, you don't know what they will charge, or if they are reputable. Price is not the only consideration. For example, in Mexico, many dentists, who are just general practitioners, have taken a course for a couple of months and start placing dental implants. The same is true in the USA – one should always insist on a certified specialist for serious treatments. You cannot expect them to do as good a job as someone who has had 2 years of intense training on implants and who is now board certified as a specialist. On the internet, one at least can initiate contact, ask for credentials, references, prices beforehand, and schedule with the clinic to be able to get the work done in the quickest manner, without delays. In this way you can make an informed decision, and choose wisely.

One other important consideration is location. If you go all the way to India or Singapore or Argentina for a dental procedure, and something goes wrong, it is a long way to go to have to return and get them to fix it. Many[citation needed] Americans choose to go somewhere easily accessible from the US, such as San Salvador or Tijuana. Due to the ongoing narco-violence in towns such as Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, clinics in safer towns 1,000 miles south of the border – Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan etc. have recently started offering large treatment patients airfare or resort stays. (See info below.) Since procedures often require multiple steps, or subsequent checkups, the patient may have to return to the same doctor for those reasons. Or, in the case of dental implants, if the implant is placed in another country but is restored by another doctor locally, the information about the implant can be difficult to retrieve from the original doctor. Typically though, a patient takes 2 trips to have implants. The first to set the base and a temporary, the second trip 4-6 months later after ones mouth has healed and accepted the implant-one has the temp removed and the permanent crown set. 2 one-week trips are necessary. One-Day-Implants are not recommended for dental tourists due to the higher failure rate of the system.

Other considerations that a patient may take into account include the lack of availability of a dentists, long appointment time delays and the need to take extra time off work. However, when combined with a holiday, as the name implies, dental tourism can be an opportunity to do two things for much less than the price of one of them. (&)Argentina has similar prices as India


The Lure of Affordable Prices

Dental Tourism

Americans travelling to India for dental work can save up to 70% off their local U.S. dental quotation. The most common procedures sought by clients are cosmetic dentistry involving crowns, veneers, and dental implants. A combination of a standard dental implant and porcelain crown can cost as much as $3000- $6000 in the Border States such as Arizona or California. Across the India border, a similar procedure can cost around $1500 to $1800. Indeed, people travel from as far as Hawaii for the same procedure, where the implant and crown can cost as much as $8000 per tooth in some Hawaiian islands.


The Promise of High Quality Dentistry


People from all over the world travel to the India border towns, which have become hotspots for dental tourism. Often, first time clients travel to India with mixed expectations, only to be surprised at finding state-of the art dental facilities and highly qualified India dentists. Prominent dental facilities in India usually have modern equipment, such as Panoramic and Digital X-rays, intra-oral cameras, and flat screen monitors. Specialized India dental clinics offer the most modern industry standard practices such as Laser Dentistry and Biological Dentistry. Some Holistic doctors in the U.S. even refer their patients to India for hard to find holistic dental procedures such as Ozone Dental Therapy.



Quality Discount Dental Work India



Welcome to Denta Vacation, a portal dedicated to providing comprehensive information on the latest dental treatments offered by dental experts across the world, at very reasonable prices.

Are you looking for:

Affordable dental treatments abroad Solution for dental pain Affordable replacement for missing teeth
Relief from bleeding gums Affordable smile makeover Freedom from uncomfortable
and clumsy dentures

Chronic dental pain can leave you aggravated, and restricted to liquid diet for months at a stretch. Well, pain should not be endured, when it can be cured. If you have been evading dentists' appointments for the fear of ridiculously high expenses back home, its time you change your plan. Find low-cost dental treatments with our network of qualified dentists across the world. 

Periodontal diseases(gum related problems eg excessive bleeding, chronic pain, loose teeth) can leave you distressed. They are also a major reason for haliotosis(bad breath). If missing teeth or gum problems are restricting you from smiling freely, its time you get suitable dental treatments for them. Low-cost dental implants are now accessible with Denta Vacation's network dentists.

Every time you laugh, do you fear being laughed at for bad teeth? Well, you no more have to cover your mouth before smiling. Availability of easy and affordable dental treatments should surely let you laugh freely. Denture wearers often complain that dentures are a nuisance, and make speech and chewing difficult, and constantly cause discomfort. Many people also tend to break dentures very frequently. All-on-4, all-on-6 or all-on-8 implants can be the ideal replacement for them, and with Denta Vacation, you can have them at real low prices.



India The IT Hub


The fact that India is an IT hub has brought many young Americans to India for business. This has resulted  in a big boom for the Indian Dental Industry. Dental tourism forms 10 per cent of the total Indian medical tourism which is projected to grow at 30 per cent to Rs 9500 crore by 2015. Dental tourism in India shows an upward trend: Indian Medical tourism to earn $1.87 Bn a year by 2012 .




Macroeconomics of Dental Tourism


As the cost of healthcare in the U.S. spirals out of control, the demand for medical and dental tourism will continue to increase. Currently, it is estimated that more than 40 million Americans are without health insurance; the similar statistic for dental insurance is even higher. However, even clients with dental insurance find themselves going to India as their policies dictate yearly maximum expenses that barely cover major dental work. A $1500 yearly insurance cap with 50% coverage on crowns can approximately only cover 2 crowns and the dental evaluation, plus the client has to pay the remaining 50% of the cost. This becomes a challenge for clients in need of major cosmetic dentistry work.

Moreover, new market conditions such as the housing bubble and credit crisis are reshaping the way people look at their limited resources. As the economy continues to slow down, dentist in India offering big savings become high demand for American consumers.




Microeconomics of Dental Tourism in India



Here is a sample table to help analyze the cost of dental travel to India:


Sample Expense Analysis: U.S. Dentist vs. India Dentist


Dental treatment in India is becoming increasingly popular with foreign visitors. Dental treatment is sometimes not reimbursed by the national health schemes of some countries and is expensive. They can come to India and get their teeth fixed at a fraction of the cost back home.


A dentist can charge US Dollars 300 to 400 for a filling. It costs only US Dollars 20 in India. A root canal is US Dollars 3,000 in the West but only US Dollars 70 to 100 in India. Dentures can cost US Dollars 1000 overseas but only US Dollars 200 in India.

In the UK, where National Health Service covers dental health, a root canal patient will have to wait for over a year. The choice would be between bearing the pain and visiting a private doctor and paying an exorbitant fee. Britishers are taking the third option. Curing their teeth while touring India.

Some medical insurance firms in the UK are taking the initiative and are coming up with plans to sell India as a destination for pleasure-cum-business tourism.

There exists a highly energetic community of 80,000 dentists, offering world-class standards while serving an astonishing one billion population. The dentist population ratio of 1:300,000 in the 1960s stands at 1:22,000 today, demonstrating the vitality of the profession. Like anywhere else in the world, urban bias exists in India. Government hospitals and establishments treat 25% to 30% of the population for their dental ailments, while the remainder seeks treatment thorough private clinics.

Dental equipment and materials used by the profession are provided by both indigenous and international companies. A favorable import duty structure has boosted global trading and created opportunities for international dental manufacturers to establish joint ventures, tapping into the enormous market potential of this liberalized vibrant economy.

The 92nd FDI World Dental Congress at New Delhi is the perfect event through which to expose the untapped potential of the Indian dental profession and market to the rest of the world.

The Indian Dental Association, with its strong global affiliations, focuses on supporting dentists and dental students while working to improve dentistry in India.


Here is a small price comparison chart for tourist information:



USA & Europe


Root Canal Treatment

$ 1000 

$ 100 

Metal free porcelain crown
(Procera Crowns )

$ 800-1000 

$ 300

Composite Restoration
(White Restoration)

$ 500 

$ 40 to $ 50 

A brand new smile

$ 10,000

$ 4000 

Dental Implant ( Nobel Biocare)

$ 4000-5000

$ 1000

Teeth whitening                   

$ 700

$ 250


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