The pros and cons of dental tourism

Dental tourism is a branch of medical tourism that focuses on dental care and treatment. Due to rising treatment costs in developed countries such as US, UK and Canada, many tourists have considered getting the dental treatment abroad. Also known as dental vacations, this is also considered a vacation for foreigners, including accommodation. Some people also choose to make the most of their stay by exploring the city or country.


The main consideration for most people who choose to get dental care abroad is price. A dental implant costs around $3000 to $5000 in the US, while in other countries such as Mexico and Peru, dental offices offer this treatment for around $900-$1000. Other countries such as Thailand and India are also known to lower costs for dental care. This benefits individuals who do not have dental insurance and want to cut more costs by getting quality dental treatment in another country.


In dental tourism, there is concern about the quality of treatment. Is the dentist certified to perform the ideal treatment for the patient? Are the facilities and equipment up to standard in the healthcare sector? Many people are fixated on getting the dental treatment they need, but they also need to do the necessary and thorough research to ensure the quality of dental care they will receive while abroad.

With the short length of stay during a dental vacation, many experts also question whether this is enough to complete treatment and ensure full patient recovery, especially for more complex procedures such as dental implants and root canal surgery. These types of treatments require follow-up sessions to monitor and assess progress since the initial procedure. Any problems that may arise after the procedure require attention and care. If the patient is back in their country of birth and needs dental care for treatment they received abroad, it is not practical and may be more expensive to travel again to get the necessary dental care. Getting immediate care in his native country can cost even more if a bad procedure needs to be corrected.

These are some of the concerns and issues that everyone should carefully consider before jumping on the next plane to a remote country for a dental procedure. If you ever feel the need to choose dental tourism, choose developing countries that can better assure you of quality care and services. The cost may be a little cheaper, but the assurance of quality dental treatment is more than worth it over the potential problems and costs you may encounter with a non-certified dental practice abroad.