The Real Cost of Dental Tourism
Dental Tourism, where someone takes an overseas trip with the primary purpose of having a dental treatment done, is increasing in prevalence especially during the holiday season.
Overseas dental holidays often don’t just include complex dental treatments, but will include a complete accommodation and tour package as well. The low price tag of these dental holidays has lured many an Australian overseas.
But the Australian Dental Association (ADA) warns us about the true cost of these dental holiday packages.
The decision to become a dental tourist usually comes to down to one simple thing – saving money. And while it’s true you may save some money in the short term, the reality is that things can go wrong and all those expected savings can quickly disappear.
Thinking Dental Tourism? Think About The Following As Well
Before you even consider having that complex dental treatment abroad, be aware of the following:
- Things can go wrong in the dental chair. “If you’re overseas receiving treatment and are the subject of emergency situation, you may not have the luxury of expert emergency care, support from family and friends, or even the ability to communicate to healthcare professionals in your spoken language,” the ADA reminds us.
- Materials used might be of inferior quality… and may not last as long as expected. Repair of low quality dental treatment can be very costly.
- The dental professional might not be qualified. In some countries, dentist education and training is not to Australian standards. Australian dental professionals undergo extensive training and undergo mandatory continuing professional development.
- Risk of infection. Australian dental practices adhere to strict infection control protocols imposed by the Australian Dental Association, the Dental Board of Australia, and the National Health & Medical Research Council. Dental practice facilities in other countries may not be subject to such strict protocols.
This article by the Australian Dental Association tells you everything that you need to know about dental tourism:
This post was first published on December 4, 2013. It was updated on August 29, 2019.