What’s a ‘dental tourist’?
Dental tourism, also known as dental travel, describes the growing practice of ‘saving up’ dental work and getting it done during an overseas holiday. While some consider ‘dental’ and ‘holiday’ definitely don’t belong together, it is driven by considerably cheaper prices on offer. All well and good, so long as all stays well and good. . .
How can I be sure?
But keep in mind the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ and there are a few things to consider around this kind of bargain-hunting:
Can you be certain the training and clinical standards of your chosen dental professional match those at home?
What about the standards for infection control?
Will you get similar to Australian standards for materials used in any crowns or bridges etc?
And what about any adjustments that may be required in a few weeks’ time to get that ‘perfect fit’ – who will do those?
Of course, it may all be fine. And you may know someone who is very happy with following their dental tourism experience.
In the event of complications:
With any medical procedures, complications occasionally arise. Will you travel back to see the dentist who completed the work to follow-up – for free? Issues can include persistent pain, breakages, infection or minor adjustments to allow twinge-free biting together on that new filling . . .
This is generally when people front up to a local dentist. It is routine in Australia to acquire records and x-rays from the previous dentist, but could prove difficult from outside the country. Therefore, the dentist has to imagine how things looked and worked for you prior to treatment, make presumptions about your treatment process and try to solve a problem not of his making.
In short: do some research, and give a little thought to your back-up plan.