Dental emergencies can happen while traveling. But traveling abroad specifically to have dental work done is becoming quite popular. Dental care in other countries (especially developing ones) can cost a mere fraction of what it would in the US. This is because dental fees reflect the local economy.
So would you really end up saving a lot by having dental work done abroad? Before booking your flight, make sure you give consideration to the following points.
Make sure that you have carefully researched the treatment you need as it’s carried out in the country you’d like to visit. Not all medical facilities reflect the same standard of cleanliness that you may be used to in your own dental office.
Research the credentials of the dentist you plan to see to make sure they are qualified to do the procedure. Take a look at the environment the office is located in. Will they use water from local sources that you shouldn’t drink from?
The Actual Cost
The materials and procedure for a dental procedure may cost less abroad. But if the quality of care is poor, then you’ll end up paying out a lot more just to correct it later on! You may save more by getting the job done right the first time.
Seek a Professional Opinion
Before you make plans to skip town for a crown, check in with your local dentist. Make sure you know exactly what treatment is recommended here and on which tooth or teeth. Ask about which standards you should expect to guarantee the highest quality care.
Safe travels and happy smiles!
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