Dental tourism is a fast-growing field of medical tourism. It, essentially, revolves around people traveling to foreign countries to get lower-cost dental care, often combining it with the the tourist experience of their destination. With the world becoming more connected and the market more competitive, dental tourism is growing 15% annually in Europe. If you are amongst those opting for spending their vacations getting the needed dental care abroad, here’s a couple of things you should know.
With dental costs on the rise, a vast number of people across Europe and the USA are finding it difficult to afford proper dental care, especially when it comes to more complex procedures. This is the main reason people are turning to spending their holidays in destinations that offer them the same quality of dental services at lower price rates. There are different reasons why the prices in some countries are lower than the others, but in most of the popular dental tourism destinations it’s due to lower labor and real estate costs. Dentists in these countries can afford themselves to have lower prices than their colleagues in big centres of Europe and USA, while providing the same quality of dental work. Of course, this is not always the case. Check out our other blog post to find out what you need to know before booking your dental holiday.
Another big reason for choosing to have your dental care needs met abroad is the unique tourist experience that your destination offers. Partially the reason for such a big growth of dental tourism is that the dentists and companies offering these services saw the potential in making low-cost holiday arrangements that offer both high quality dental work and tourist experience of the country. This turned out to be a win-win combination, since people like to have a chance to visit and explore a foreign country, while also having their dental problems solved by certified experts.
Benefits of seeking dental treatment abroadThere are many benefits of dental tourism, the first of those being the chance to get some complex dental procedures done at way lower price rates than in your own country. Another upside to the pricing system is its transparency - many clinics will give you the estimated cost of the treatment upfront. Dental clinics involved in dental tourism can often be more caring and attentive towards foreign customers and provide high quality services, using the best materials, since they want you to be satisfied and refer them to your friends back home. Also, there is no waiting - the clinics will adjust their schedules to your plans, so that you can take maximum advantage of the time spent in their country. And, of course, we shouldn’t forget about memorable tourist experience, getting in touch with local culture, visiting attractions and restaurants and other exciting activities that your destination offers.
Possible risks of dental tourismWhen it comes to your health, it’s clear that you have to be extra-careful when seeking help outside your home country. Traveling abroad for dental services carries a couple of risks, primarily when it comes to the materials being used in your procedures and the experience of the dentists that will be treating you. Make sure to do your research on time and get the information about clinics, doctors, their certificates and the materials they are using. Today’s standards in dental tourism industry are pretty high and you shouldn’t be afraid of receiving bad treatment, but it’s always good to do as much as possible on your side to make sure you get what you pay for. Also, make sure the clinics you choose have legal patient insurance and that they have a system to assist dissatisfied patients and follow-up after the treatment. There are bad clinics in every country, so be careful when choosing the one for your dental vacation.
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