8 Reasons to Try Dental Tourism


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Dental tourism is a growing trend as the population of major Western nations age and they face decreasing dental benefits from their government, pension benefits or corporate retirement plans. Here are eight good reasons why you might take a look at receiving your dental treatment in another country:

You want to receive higher quality dental work
Perhaps you need implants, but can only afford dentures at home.  Or you would prefer to have full porcelain crowns, but can only afford metal crowns at home.  By traveling abroad, you can receive implants and full porcelain crowns for less than the cost of dentures and metal crowns at home.

You can’t afford your dental treatment

Dental care costs too much in the United States and Canada.  If you need major work done, and can’t afford the price your dentist quoted you, you could be a good candidate to save money by traveling abroad.  Expect to save up to 70% on the total cost of dental by traveling to Mexico, Costa Rica, or Thailand.

You need dental implants
One dental implant can cost up to $6000 in the US and Canada for the implant, the abutment, the crown, and all the x-rays and appointments.  The total cost for one dental implant can cost as little at $1000 in another country.  The dentists use the same materials and technology as back home.  You can potentially save multiple thousands of dollars by receiving implants abroad without sacrificing quality of care.

There is no dentist in your area
If you live in a rural area, you may have to travel for quite a distance to have specialized dental work done.  Your general dentist may not be able to perform the treatments you require.  If you are travelling anyways, why not spend a few extra hours on the road or in the airport and save a significant amount of money?

You need a vacation
Has it been too long since your last vacation?  Plan on getting some dental work done while you travel and you may be able to cover some of the costs of your vacation.  The amount of money that you can save by having a teeth cleaning and a few fillings in Costa Rica can cover the cost of your airfare or hotel.

You don’t have dental insurance
If you don’t have dental insurance, the cost of even a few simple procedures can run into the thousands of dollars.  Stop avoiding going to the dentist out of fear of what it may cost.  Stop needlessly dealing with persistent tooth pain.  Get treated by a dentist abroad with savings up to 70% and take care of your dental needs before they get out of control.

You do have dental insurance
Even if you do have dental insurance, benefits and maximums rarely cover more than $1000 - $2000 worth of dental treatment in one year. In your home country, you can easily spend that much money on a procedure for just one tooth! That $1000 can buy you a lot more dental care abroad than it can at home.

You are tired of paying for your dentist’s yacht
Vote with your feet.  Outsource yourself and pay a fair price for your dental care.

Rossarin Phinyowan

My passion is travel and researching my next destination. I am a medical/travel writer and currently write content for Dental and Medical Departures.
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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be dental advice or instructions for dental diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your dentist or a qualified dental professional before starting or changing dental treatment