Why Dental Tourism in Thailand Is So Popular


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Planning a trip to Thailand? Then it might make financial sense to undergo some dental work while you're there. Getting your teeth fixed and maintaining your oral health while on holiday might not exactly be at the top of your to-do list—but hear us out!

Dental tourism is a well-established industry in Thailand, with the country's overall medical tourism sector bringing in hundreds-of-thousands of people each year from all around the globe. Tourists from Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, and the UK fly to this Southeast Asian destination not only for leisure but also for dental treatment.

What Is Dental Tourism?

Dental tourism, also known as dental vacations or dental holidays, is a sub-category of medical tourism that involves individuals seeking oral care in another country, which is often accompanied by a vacation. Dental tourism allows patients to accomplish an important treatment while on a vacation, with prices for treatment substantially lower compared to Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. While you'll pay less, the quality of services in Thailand complies with internationally-recognized standards and our partner dental professionals are just as experienced and qualified as those in the west.

What About the Tourist Attractions and Activities in Thailand?

Many people are interested in dental tourism because they have the chance to enjoy superb service at a reasonable price. Best of all, they can spend a vacation while undergoing or recuperating from their dental procedure.

Thailand is obviously a top travel destination, with millions of tourists visiting the country each year because of its natural, historical, and cultural attractions. Beach lovers and adventure seekers enjoy a variety of activities here with some beautiful sandy beaches, diving spots and tropical islands in the south, as well as World Heritage sites and world-famous cuisine. 

The northeast region is mainly an agricultural area with a rich history, and somewhat cooler in the hills than its southern neighbor. Bangkok, located in the central region of Thailand, has well-known historical sites, museums, and shopping venues. The beaches and islands are found in the eastern and southern regions.

What Are Some of the Most Popular Dental Services Offered and What about the Quality?

Our partner clinics in Thailand offer outstanding dental services, including everything from preventive care to specialized treatments such as periodontics (gum treatment), endodontics (root canal therapy), orthodontics, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. The clinics deliver world-class service using modern technology and top-quality materials for dental restorations.

The dental professionals here are specialists in various fields such as orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, gum treatment, root canal therapy, oral surgery, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry. The dentists have often done part of their training abroad and are affiliated with organizations like the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and comply with global standards.

Booking with Dental Departures gives you access to verified clinics in Thailand. Our clinics are screened to ensure patients’ safety. In order to give the best patient care, the clinics invest in ultramodern equipment and special tools. Some of the clinics are recognized by the Joint Commission International (JCI), which provides the additional comfort of international healthcare accreditation.

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How Much Can I Save in Dental Treatment in Thailand?

The prices of treatments in Thailand are always going to be lower compared to places like the US, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Take a look below for some quick price comparisons:

  • Dental Implants: Average cost in the US: $3,900; Average cost in Thailand: $1,900
  • Dental Crowns: Average cost in the US: $1,164; Average cost Thailand: $400
  • Dental Fillings: Average cost in the US: $155; Average cost in Thailand: $38

[Please note: these prices are approximate estimates based on international data, calculated at the time of writing.]

Getting Started

Thailand's dental tourism is so popular because of its world-class service, modern technology, and low-priced treatments. That's why it makes sense to undergo a dental procedure while on vacation. 

Check out Thailand's top dental clinics here and book your free appointment with Dental Departures online, any time of the day or night at no charge to you.


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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