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The Ultimate Guide to Dentists in Bali

Thought about dental care in Bali? If you’re planning on some major dental work and are looking at more affordable options than at home then Bali may fit the bill. Why not take the edge of any dental procedure and relax in style on this luxurious island? Even if you’re just on holiday you might want to take advantage of the low prices for your annual check-up, because if you do need some remedial work, like a filling, it will cost you considerably less here than at home.

Bali – In brief…

Bali is the jewel in Indonesia’s tourism crown. This beautiful island is rich in natural beauty and is referred to as the Island of the Gods. Azure-colored coastlines, unspoilt beaches and verdant landscapes combine to provide a relaxing, stunning backdrop that even the most stressed-out of us will find difficult not to unwind in.

The Balinese people are incredibly welcoming and no matter what your budget is you’ll find value-for-money wherever you go. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much further your money will go, even in the most high-end resorts, hotels, spas and restaurants– so whether your budget is break-the-bank or shoestring there’s an overwhelming choice available to all.

Culturally, Bali is steeped in spiritualism based on the Hindu and Buddhist religions. Art and religion feature highly throughout the island in paintings, carvings and other art and handicrafts that are seen in homes and public areas, as well as the expressive Balinese dances, such as barong and keris.

Bali is an enchanting destination for holiday-makers, and is equally so if you are visiting for dental care. Many top-quality dentists are easily-accessible in the popular tourist locations, offering a wide variety of general and specialist services that cater to international patients – and, of course, at prices much more affordable than at home.

Where is Bali?

Bali is probably Indonesia’s most famous island – famed for its beautiful beaches, greenery, volcanoes and wildlife. It is situated in the Indian Ocean at the most western point of the Lesser Sunda Islands to the north of Western Australia. Its nearest neighbours are Java to the West and Lombok in the East.

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Why choose Bali for dental care?

Bali already has an enviable reputation for its spa and wellness facilities, and so it follows that medical tourism (and associated specialties such as dentistry) should be equally as well-received. Unlike some other destinations in Asia Bali has been a little slow in establishing itself as a medical tourist destination but dental tourism is already proving to be popular.

Bali’s tourist facilities are good – and so the infrastructure is already in place. Dental patients need not be afraid they are turning up to a backwater in the middle of nowhere with third-world services. In fact, dental clinics that cater to international patients tend to be located where international visitors frequent. They also have English-speaking staff with recognisable qualifications, are equipped with modern technologies and offer a wide range of everyday and specialist dental care – perfect if you need an emergency filling, a routine check-up or something more complex like a complete smile makeover.

Why wouldn’t you choose to have your dental care in such an idyllic location? How much better to relax on holiday after a dental procedure than having to go back to work! OK – so dental treatment may not be uppermost in your mind when booking a holiday, but if you can save money on your dental health by getting your annual check-up done, or on improving your smile with low-cost cosmetic dentistry, then isn’t it worth it?

So, how much can I save on dental care in Bali, compared to Australia and New Zealand?

Dental Care in Bali costs a lot less than it does in Australia or New Zealand, and savings of 50% or more are not unusual. Have a look below at some typical prices:

 

Average price of dental implants in Australia                       AUD $5,000

Average price of dental implants in Bali                                AUD $2,090                        

 

Average price of dental crowns in Australia                          AUD $1,500

Average price of dental implants in Bali                                AUD $500

 

Average price of white dental filling in Australia                  AUD $200

Average price of white dental filling in Bali                           AUD $75

Where to stay in Bali?

You will not be stuck for accommodation options when you visit Bali. From 5* luxury to backpacker hostels you’re sure to find something to suit.

Although the island isn’t very large, there are definite areas you may want to head to, depending on what your interests are, or what you’d like to see and experience. Southern Bali is popular with tourists and includes the capital, Denpasar, as well as Kuta Beach, Seminyak and Nusa Dua.

Northern Bali includes the old Colonial capital, Singaraja and the quieter, black sand beaches of locations like Lovina.

Head East for chilled-out coastal villages and Mount Agung. Go West for the West Bali National Park and ferries to Java.

Central Bali is home to the central mountains and is said to be the cultural heart of Bali. Places of interest include Ubud, Tabanan and Gianyar. If you want to explore further, then the southeastern islands, including Nusa Penida, are great for diving.

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Is Bali safe to visit?

Bali is generally very safe for visitors, but don’t leave your common-sense at home. Take care of valuables and don’t flaunt expensive jewellery or watches.

What about the quality of the dental care? Is it as good as it is a home?

Dental tourism is a growing phenomenon in Bali and there is healthy competition among the clinics to attract patients. This means that clinics are generally good. If their work was inferior then international patients would soon stop visiting, and so it pays for clinics to provide the best possible services.

That is not to say that every clinic is as good as you would hope, which is why we at Dental Departures provide a safety net. We verify all the clinics and dentists that appear on our site. We do on-site visits, check dentist qualifications and publish real patient reviews. If we’re not happy, we don’t list them – as simple as that – so you can be sure of an acceptable quality when you book with us.

What happens if something goes wrong? Do dentists in Bali offer guarantees or warranties?

Yes. All of our dentists offer warranties or guarantees on the work they carry out. It is worth bearing in mind that all medical treatments carry a small risk (and that includes dentistry). While it is a rare occurrence for complications to arise, you may want to take out medical complications insurance for a small additional premium. This will provide cover for additional accommodation or travel charges if you have to stay longer to get a problem put right, or if you have already gone home and need to return for remedial work.

What is the language in Bali? Do dentists speak English?

Most Balinese are fluent in several languages and English, along with Chinese, are the most common foreign languages in use.

What payment methods are accepted in Bali?

The official currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. You will find ATMs and money exchange facilities across the island. Our dentists usually accept a number of payment methods, including cash, traveller cheques, debit cards, credit cards and bank transfers. Check the individual clinic listing to see exactly what is accepted at that facility.

When is the best time to visit a dentist in Bali?

Bali’s position near the equator means that temperatures don’t tend to fluctuate too much throughout the year. Day time temperatures average in the late 20’s C (around 80 F), although it may be cooler in the mountains. The monsoon season is between December and March and while downpours can happen in the late afternoon and evening, the daytime tends to be humid and sunny.

The coolest time to visit is between June and September, when cloudy skies and the odd shower may be more prevalent.

Is Bali handicapped accessible?

Wheelchair access throughout Bali is generally rather hit and miss. The newer and higher-end resorts like Nusa Dua and Sanur tend to be more accessible in a wheelchair compared to the resorts in the south, like Kuta and Seminyak. In the modern resorts you are likely to find wide paving, and ground level accessibility to shops and restaurants, whereas many of the older resorts will have steps, no sidewalks and pot-holes.

What is the downside about Bali?

Like any other tourist location in the world, there is petty crime – scams, pick-pocketing etc – tourists are generally easy pickings as they are in holiday-mode and tend to have their guard down. Just keep your wits about you, like you would in any unfamiliar destination, and you shouldn’t have any problems.

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What else is there in Bali?

Most visitors to Bali arrive in South Bali at Denpasar’s international airport. From here, it is only a short taxi ride away to the popular beaches, like Kuta beach, and the nightlife. If you enjoy water sports, surfing and sunbathing then this area will certainly appeal, but the island has many other attributes if you want to explore other areas – and there’s also the added bonus of visiting nearby islands, including Lombok – Bali’s less-developed neighbor, which provides stunning landscapes for walking and trekking, as well as activities including wind-surfing, fishing and snorkeling.

Culturally, Bali is rich in history and tradition.There are plenty of opportunities to sample its crafts and enjoy performing arts in quaint villages, take in the serenity of the island’s many temples, mosques and shrines and immerse yourself in the spectacular and varied scenery, including active volcanoes, rice terraces and unspoilt forests. 

Outdoor activities are popular in Bali – particularly water-based ones – and there are a number of white-water rafting companies for the particularly adventurous, and kayaking is also an option – both down river and lake kayaking. There are a number of golf courses and tennis is available in many of the large hotels. Eco tours have caught on and if flora and fauna is your interest you can go dolphin-watching or bird-watching or visit the Bali Reptile Park. Horse riding, elephant safaris, cycling and paragliding off the windy cliffs at Uluwatu – there’s endless possibilities for making the most of your time here.

Getting to Bali

Most visitors fly into the international airport in Denpasar – also known as Ngurah Rai International. Flights from across the globe land here daily and connections to the rest of the island, as well as southeast Asia, are good.

Getting around Bali

The only means of getting around Bali is by road. Buses, while cheap, are designed to suit the needs of local people rather than tourists and are virtually non-existent after dark. An alternative is tourist shuttles – which are minibuses that travel regularly between tourist destinations – but you may have to book these in advance. Taxis are cheap and in South Bali, metered, air-conditioned taxis can be flagged down, or phoned. Car and motorbike hire is also an option.

Bali Visa Requirements:

There are three options for tourists entering Indonesia:

1:            No visa required – many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, the US, UK and most of Europe can enter the country for free for 30 days. This visa is not extendable.

2:            Visa on arrival (around US $35). If you intend staying longer than 35 days you will need this option, which will allow you to extend your visa once.

3:            Nationals from countries that aren’t included in 1 must apply for a visa abroad before they arrive in Indonesia.

Flying times to Bali from other parts of the world:

  • Sydney, Australia – 6 hours
  • Auckland, New Zealand – 11.5 hours
  • London, UK – 16 hours
  • Los Angeles, USA – 22.5 hours
  • New York, USA – 25 hours
  • Toronto, Canada – 20 hours

What now?

Check out our listings and find a good dentist in Bali.

If you’re ready to book, see below for ways to arrange your appointment, or speak to our Customer Care team if you’d like to find out more.

                                                                            

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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.

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