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Travel dentistry

Save on dentistry, splurge on your holiday. . .

Dental travel is the term ‘saving up’ dental work and having it all taken care of whilst on holiday in an exotic location. For many, the idea of ‘dentistry’ and ‘holiday’ don’t go together, but it is a growing practice, driven by cheaper prices. And it is true that a number of patients receive good results. But what happens if – as we all know – the occasional things that can go wrong, go wrong in your mouth?

What happens after the dental holiday?

Will you travel back to see the dentist who completed the work to follow-up – for free? – on any issues? These can be minor, such as adjusting a new filling to allow twinge-free biting. Or other issues can include persistent pain, breakages, infection . . .

Generally, people front up to a local dentist back home. Routine practice in Australia is to acquire records and x-rays from the previous dentist, but becomes more difficult from outside the country. Therefore, the dentist has to imagine how things looked and worked for you prior to treatment, make presumptions about your treatment process and try to solve a problem not of his making.

The cost of your savings . . .

And there are a few other things to consider around this kind of bargain-hunting:

#1: Does the training and clinical standards of your chosen dental professional match those at home?

#2: What are the national/practice standards for infection control?

#3: How do the standards for materials used in any crowns or bridges etc compare with Australian standards?

#4: And what about any adjustments that may be required in a few weeks’ time to get that ‘perfect fit’ – who will do those?

Of course, it may all be fine. And you may know someone who is very happy with following their dental tourism experience.

In short: do some careful research, and give a little thought to your back-up plan. And have a great holiday!

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