Medical tourism is growing, and an industry that’s proven immensely popular is cosmetic dentistry abroad. Large numbers of people are prepared to travel for high-quality dentistry performed by well-renowned surgeons. Here we will discuss why you should travel abroad for aesthetic dental treatment and why so many people decide to do it.
Why travel for dentistry
There are many reasons why people would be willing to travel abroad for quality dental treatments. Some may find that the cost is cheaper abroad. While others may have limited access to dental surgeries locally which means they have no option but to travel, others may travel to find the most experienced specialists for a given treatment. Regardless of the reason travelling for dentistry appears to have been on the rise in recent years.
Why do people travel abroad for dentistry?
A key reason people travel abroad for dentistry is to save money. Private dental treatment can be incredibly expensive in countries such as the UK and the US, while countries such as Sweden can offer the same standards of treatment for a lot less.
More people are prepared to travel for aesthetic dental treatments because the procedures involved rarely require the same recovery time as other treatments, such as major cosmetic surgery. It’s common for people who travel for surgeries to combine their cosmetic surgery with a holiday, and it’s much easier to enjoy said holiday if you don’t have to spend most of it staying out of the sun, avoiding alcohol and late nights. In many cases, you can enjoy a holiday and get your dental treatment abroad for less than the cost of the treatment alone in your home country.
Price is the most significant advantage of dental treatment abroad. It’s no surprise that 53% of EU citizens are willing to travel overseas for dental surgery (Statista). Depending on the disparity between pricing, home countries and dental pricing abroad, crowns cost up to $3,000 in the USA, yet as little as $495 across the border in Mexico. Similarly, a peak that costs around £375 in the UK can cost as little as £65 in Ukraine. In the USA, where an estimated 10 million people have no dental cover, treatment abroad is often the only affordable option.
Treatment abroad also helps you to ‘jump the queue’ if there is limited availability of affordable dental treatment at home. In some countries, state-funded dental care may be in short supply, with no availability at all or long waiting lists; private dentist prices can be prohibitively expensive. Dental treatment abroad gives you the speed of seeing a private dentist without the cost.
For European citizens, the new regulations on cross-border medical treatment mean that anyone from any European state has the right to seek medical treatment in another EU country. In mainland Europe, travelling across a country border may allow you to save money, and the actual journey time may be less than going to a specialist dental centre in your own country. See the UK patient’s guide to the European Directive on Cross Border Healthcare.
Sweden is ranked no.5 in the world for high-quality dental treatment by the Dental & DSO Review. The truth is that dental clinics in Europe are of surprisingly high quality, technical advancements in areas like digital dentistry and ultra-modern settings. In many of these countries, primarily in cities, there have been massive investments aimed at bringing in dental tourists from the UK and other countries. What’s more, this has become a highly competitive industry, so dental clinics are competing with each other to improve their facilities and offer the latest services. You’ll find technology and equipment in Swedish Dental that you’ll rarely find in your home country, as UK dentists struggle with tight budgets and bureaucracy.
Tips for dental patients travelling abroad
If you are travelling abroad to receive dental treatment, here are some tips to help ensure you find the best surgeons and price to make your trip a success:
- Be sure to ask for specific details about the dentist’s training and look for other patient reviews or testimonials.
- Plan – just in case! Though unlikely, make sure you cover all aspects of the treatment process, and you know who to call if a complication occurs after returning home.
- Before you return home, be sure to collect your new dental records. Know how the dentist performed the procedure and the type of devices and materials that were used. For example, in the case of dental veneers, document the specific material the dentist used – at Swedish Dental, we can help you with this!
- Ask about their infection control process. This includes asking about the use of equipment for procedures: the use of an autoclave sterilizer or dry heat oven for the sterilization of instruments; the use of new needles for every patient and the type of sanitization process used for water during treatment.
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