Medicare offers very little in terms or “real” dental expenses coverage, and in as many as 22 states the Medicaid does either cover very little or nothing at all. Dental care costs are continuously on the rise.
Think of a full mouth restoration which costs a whooping $60,000 while for a dental implant you need to take out of pocket anything between $2,000 and up to $3,5000. It is no wonder patients who need more complex dental treatments will rather look into dental tourism options…
With a dental tourism package, you can get the dental treatment that you need for only a fraction of the price you would pay at home, plus you get to relax for a few days enjoying splendid landscapes in Costa Rica, Mexico or Thailand.
A full mouth restoration in these places costs about $20,000, and thus you will save yourself close to $40,000. However, before you actually consider dental tourism as the next best option, there are several key factors you should consider.
How to find a dentist abroad
Perform a thorough research and make sure the respective dentist has got all the necessary credentials and educational background to offer you the complex dental treatments needed.
Experience in the dental care field is also very important, and if possible read a few genuine customer reviews online regarding the quality of work performed by that dentist. When you are looking for dental tourism options, you should also make sure that the dental professionals there speak fluently English, because communication is the key to success at all times.
Dental tourism – the process
Before you will travel to a given destination to get your treatment, you need to know exactly the type of treatments that you need. Usually, patients get checked up by their own dentists at home, and they will get a treatment plan.
You can forward this plan to the dentist you have chosen abroad, and also don’ forget to get a copy of your dental records as this will have to be analyzed by the dentist abroad. Depending on the dental treatment plan you get at home, the dentist abroad will be able to give you an opinion regarding whether you need less or more dental work than specified in the plan.
It is important to keep in mind that if you choose dental tourism to get dental implants, you will most probably need to take two trips (firstly to get the implant surgery, and secondly to get the crowns fitted).
Dental tourism destinations
Generally, there are many countries which advertise dental tourism, but the mot popular countries include Hungary, Poland, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Thailand and India.
The best option for you would be to choose a destination that is close to the US, so that you will not have to spend too much money on the airfare tickets, plus it will be much easier to travel in case you need to check back for the second part of the treatment (as is the case for dental implants).