Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much can I save having dental treatment abroad?
A: Crowns, bridges and implants can cost up to 4 times as much in the UK (and 60% Less than in the United States and Canada) compared to dental tourism destinations and there are still considerable saving even after flights and accommodation has been booked. On average by having your dentistry provided abroad you can save around 50% on like-for-like treatment compared to the UK, United States and Australia.
A: Dental tourism destinations can offer treatment at a reduced price because all the factors that contribute towards the cost you pay are significantly less than in the UK, United States and Australia. These include:
- reduced cost of labour overheads
- reduced administrative expenses
- reduced rates including, heating, lighting, water, etc
- reduced cost of laboratory bills
Q: Do you have access to the latest technology abroad?
A: Yes, the majority of dental tourism locations have dental equipment and technology that is at least on par with the UK, United States and Australia and many clinics also exceed these standards with state-of-th-art treatments on offer.
NB: Before committing to having any dentistry provided abroad it is extremely important that you carry out your own research, look at patient testimonials, speak to the practice, ask about cross infection control, sterilisation practice and get them to send you evidence of cases they have previously performed.
Q: What should I tell my dentist?
A: Discuss the option of having dentistry abroad with your dentist and see what they say. Don’t be surprised if there initial reaction is very skeptical and they advise you against it. There concern is for your dental health and they don’t want you going abroad and getting cut price, low quality dentistry. This again is why it is so important to do your research and select a high quality clinic with a good reputation.
A: The universal language of dental tourism is English but to avoid any pitfalls speak to the clinic before you travel.
Q: What happens if I have problems when I return home?
A: Whether having treatment at home or abroad there is always a chance that complications can occur. In most cases infections only occur if the patient does not follow the oral hygiene instructions and post operative care advised by the dentist.
If you have a problem it will generally not be feasible to travel back to the country where the treatment was performed immediately, so you should seek emergency care and relief of pain in your current location.
Try to get a diagnosis from the treating dentist and then you can speak the clinic that performed your treatment abroad and decide the best way to proceed with any additional work that is required.
It is advisable to check with each individual clinic before having any treatment and find out if they provide any guarantees on the work they provide or what to do if problems occur.
A: If you have a treatment plan then you can contact the clinic where the treatment will be provided and the will be able to provide you with a time scale. Most procedures can be completed within 7-10 days but if you require particularly complex work then it may take longer.
If you are on a tight schedule then it is advisable to have an examination and treatment plan done in your home country having this provided abroad will just add to length of time required to complete the treatment.
Q: How much notice do I have to give for an appointment and travel planning?
A: Quite simply the longer the better but if you need to have your treatment done quickly contact the clinical you have chosen directly to see what time scale they can work out.
Q: How do I know what I need to have done if I haven’t been to a dentist in many years?
A: There are two options here:
Options 1 : Visit a dentist in your own country and get a comprehensive examination including radiographs, written treatment plan and quote. You should be able to request copies of all this information which can then be forwarded onto the treating clinic.
Option 2: The alternative is to have your examination and treatment provided whilst abroad. You may need to factor more time for this option as it is difficult to know exactly what you will need.
Q: Will I need a passport and a visa ?
A: You will definitely need a valid passport. Depending on which country you select for your treatment will determine whether you need a visa. For further information on visa requirements please visit the countries page which you intend to travel to in our dental tourism destinations section of the website.
A: There is no reason why the sterilisation and hygiene standards shouldn’t be as good as in the UK, United States or Australia. So again it is essential that you specifically ask the clinic that will provide your treatment about there hygiene and sterilisation standards before committing to any treatment.
Information gathered from http://www.dentaltourismguide.co.uk/
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