How to Decide Whether to Go Abroad for Dental Treatment

More and more people are making the decision to travel abroad for their dental treatment. Choosing the right dental clinic can be a minefield with disastrous consequences if you make the wrong choice. Here are a few pointers to help you make the decision that is right for you.

Steps

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    Start your search on Google or some other search engine. Make a list of the clinics that are featured and that appeal to you. Remember the sponsored clinics have paid to be on the first position, they have not necessarily been selected by Google as suiting your criteria.
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    Find out how long the clinic has been offering treatment to overseas patients. If they have been around a long time then they probably have a good track record.
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    Make sure that the dental clinic selected is a one-stop shop that provides a comprehensive range of treatment procedures including tooth extraction, root canal treatments, dental implants, bone augmentation, crowns, bridgework and veneers. Ideally the clinic will have an on-site laboratory.
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    Look for details of the qualifications of the dentists. Are there different experts in each field of dentistry or is the same person an expert in all aspect of dentistry? The latter is obviously not a good sign.
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    Look for references provided by the clinic and ask to be put in touch with the ones you like, that way you will find out if they are real or not. Talk to people who have had treatment some years ago, not last week. You want your dental treatment to stand the test of time.
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    Look at photos or videos of the clinic, this will give you a feel for the type of clinic you are dealing with.
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    Look at the equipment the clinic is using. Check if they can provide OPG x-ray and CT scans on site. Check that the equipment is up to date. Modern equipment is a good sign that the clinic is constantly keeping up with the latest advances in dental procedures. Remember, price alone should never be the deciding factor in choosing a dentist. Poor quality workmanship will be more expensive in the long run.
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    Check the guarantee provided by the clinic.
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    Check if the clinic provides aftercare in your country.
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    Do the math. Remember there are the additional costs of flights and accommodation involved in travelling abroad for dental treatment which you would not incur if you had the treatment carried out locally.

Tips

  • Don't rush your decision. It is a major step to travel abroad, take your time and check out as much as you can before you go.
  • It is better to visit the clinic for a short consultation to see it for yourself. This is highly recommended even if the clinic offers a local consultation. Some clinics will even reimburse you consultation flight ticket.
  • Remember that any dental work you have done will not be maintained by your current dentist without additional costs.

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Categories: Teeth and Mouth