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Dental tourism is a fast-growing subset of medical tourism, where patients travel abroad for dental procedures, and sometimes, accompany it on vacation. The boom in the industry is driven by the high costs and lack of insurance in America. In a report released by Senator Bernie Sanders in 2012, over 130 million Americans do not have comprehensive dental coverage, hence the over reliance on dentists abroad.
The cost of living in a country influences the prices of services offered. Other nations may pay less for rent, staff and also insurance, hence the variation in rates. Some states may have more dentists than others, thus lower prices to lure in clients.
What Should You Know Before Traveling Abroad?
- The Process
Installing implants involves drilling of a titanium screw into the jawbone, followed up by 4-6 months of healing, and the attachment of an abutment and the crown. Before the procedure is carried out, the dentist has to find out if your jawbone is ready for implants, and if other dental procedures should be carried out before the installation. For this reason, you should include a few days to meet your dentist and discuss the processes likely to take place and agree on the costs.
- Communication Problems
You should consider the language of the country you are visiting when making travel arrangements. Some dentists may speak English while others may not. Remember that before traveling, your dentist may:
- Require your medical history in case of any allergies or conditions that are unfavorable for dental tourism
- Prepare the necessary equipment required for the dental implants
- Explain the procedure and any side effects after installation
- Teach you how to take care of your teeth after installation of dental implants
Without a common language, and proper understanding, you will have a difficult time planning your trip and understanding procedures. More importantly, the dentist may not deal with the actual problem or complications that arise afterward due to misunderstandings.
Once the implants are installed, you will probably be sore for the next week, and eating or traveling may be impossible. Make plans for accommodation after the procedure, either in the clinic or at the hotel. Consider any extraordinary measures to be taken, and medication you should take.
- Ongoing Care
You have to go through several appointments with the dentist, and it is challenging to organize constant trips. Ensure that you ask for the systems to be used, and medical records to be filed. Keep in mind that several systems can be used and that your documents have to be in English to help your local dentist continue with your care.
Most insurance companies only pay for emergency dental services and not elective procedures. For this reason, any emergencies that may arise after your procedure are out-of-pocket, and you may require extra money to cover accommodation and postpone your flights.
Consult your dentist to find out if they have insurance and also speak to your travel agency to find out if their policies can cover any emergency situations. Carry out all the necessary research to find the best insurers to take care of your needs and limit emergency spending.
In most developed countries, insurers do not pay for dental implants as they are still considered part of the cosmetic surgery, and the value of the implants are well over $3500. When compared to the Philippines and Thailand where costs drop up to $1500 and approximately $1900 in Mexico, it is not surprising that Americans are choosing dental tourism over local dentists.
Consider overall costs of traveling abroad, accommodation, the value of the procedures, aftercare, and treatments afterward. Choose a country that is closer to minimize traveling costs, and preferably, choose an off-season for lower flight costs.
If you feel that the costs are more expensive than your local dentist, consider looking for payment plans that suit your financial situation. At Vita Dental Spring, we look for personalized payment plans for our clients to give you the best services and keep you happy.
- Find a Reputable Clinic Abroad
To avoid significant complications after the appointment with your dentist, ensure that they are certified, and look for online reviews from other patients. You should also communicate directly with your dentist to gauge their language, and their understanding of the procedure to be carried out.
Do not be afraid to ask for samples of their work, and the experiences of the dentist. You have a right to find out if you are dealing with a professional. You can also engage your dentist at home for advice, and for a consultation between the dentists for the best outcome. If you have traveled abroad for dental implants, visit Vita Dental for checkups, and advice on how to take care of your teeth.
Traveling abroad for dental implants is an advantage if the overall costs are cheaper than local dentists. However, make necessary arrangements for traveling, accommodation, insurance, and aftercare to avoid surprise costs. Vita Dental offers affordable dental implant services and ongoing care for patients that have visited dentist abroad. For quality dental implants, contact us today.