Indeed, these people can save up to 40% or 50% for dental implants, dental bridges, or even complex TMJ disorder or periodontal disease treatments. However, there are a few things you should definitely keep in mind regarding dental tourism done properly.
Always verify the dentist’s credentials before signing the deal
The online world offers you instant access to all sorts of important information. When you have already chosen the dental clinic that you want to go to abroad, it is now time to check out the accreditations and credentials of your dentist online. There are many genuine online testimonials available on forums, from former patients of the respective dentist, so read these reviews carefully.
You cannot afford to travel so many miles in the hope that you will receive a full mouth reconstruction, and then end up with treatment offered by a young dentist who just left the school. You need an experienced cosmetic dentist who has got all the necessary credentials and accreditations.
What happens if you need follow up dental care?
Of course, if you will need some sort of follow up dental care you cannot afford to travel back and forth for checkups for example. Before you go, talk to a dentist at home and ask him if he is going to offer you all the needed dental care if any post procedure issues will arise. Not all dentists accept continuing the work of another dentist from another country, so you need to settle this problem in time.
Don’ forget the dental records
After you got your treatment at a dental clinic abroad, you should never leave without your dental records. You will need these files so that you can show them at home to your own dentist should anything go wrong, or should a dental emergency arise.
Within these records there will be displayed every piece of information pertaining to what type of procedure was performed, what exact materials have been used, what type of sedation you have been administered and other such details.
The cheapest offers…what about them?
You should be extremely careful with accepting an offer which sounds too good to be true. For example of the dental clinic in Costa Rica or Thailand or any other country advertises dental implants at only $300 a piece, you should research a little bit more before accepting the offer.
Generally, this is the price only for the dental implant itself, the structure that is going to be fitted where you missing the tooth. The price does it include any of the following:
-the fees of the dentist
-the cost of the dental X-rays you will need
-the cost of the dental sedation/dental anesthetic
-any pain killers or antibiotics you are going to need after the treatment
-initial dental consultation
-follow up dental consultation
It is extremely important that you always know what is the exact overall price of a dental treatment, because $300 can easily turn into $1,500 if you add up all the other necessary dental care procedures.