Many dental clinics within the UK are actually lowering the costs for dental implants. Why is this?
Simply because they want to be competitive, and offer dental implant patients the opportunity to save a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on the trips and the accommodation abroad.
Savings and Dental Tourism
For several years now, dental implant costs in countries like Poland, Hungary, Thailand or Bulgaria have been much lower than within the UK. Moreover, the fact that air lines did offer quite some dental discounts, made dental tourism very accessible to British citizens.
These facts put together have made it very attractive for patients to travel abroad for dental treatments. But if one considers the cost of the flights, together with the costs for accommodation, and the meals, plus other extra expenses, the savings are not even savings, but over expenses.
Extra Costs of Dental Tourism
Then, one must also be aware of the extra costs that usually arise with a dental treatment abroad:
- Patient will most probably have to visit the dentist more than just one single time
- Follow up treatment costs
- The impossibility of traveling right after the surgical intervention – this means that more days need to be spent at the destination, which of course means more money needed for accommodation and meals. The risk of bleeding is increased if one travels by plane right after surgery (low air pressure cabin might bring that about).
Not every medical tourism institution can offer the patient information regarding the accreditation of a certain medical institution abroad, or the competence of a certain dental surgeon/ cosmetic dentistry professional.
Sometimes, it is much better to look around locally and find a dental professional from within the UK. Chances are that you will find one that will offer treatment for less money than it would cost you if you fly to Tunisia for 3 dental implants.
Then, you will be able to respect the follow up treatment. Even if you have to visit the doctor 2 times per week for 1 month, it will be much cheaper than having to pay for accommodation and meals in a hotel far away from home.
It is very important to make your calculations right and see whether it is indeed advantageous to take up the possibility of dental tourism because of the implied costs.