What is Dental Tourism?
Dental Tourism is part of a wider practice,
known as Medical tourism, which is gaining popularity in the UK and
America. The practice involves people going abroad in order for fulfil
their dental healthcare needs, instead of using their national healthcare
Why is Dental Tourism popular in the
The major factor in dental tourism
growing in popularity is that certain treatments can be done more cheaply
abroad than on the NHS or in private UK practices. A number of countries
in Europe cater to UK dental tourism, as well as other nations, including;
Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Turkey and even as far out as India.
Even with the added travel costs, many people find that the overall
price of treatment is lower than if they stayed in the UK. The economic
infrastructure of these nations is a key factor which allows for this
Typically, how much could I save doing
it this way?
Prices, and therefore savings, will
change depending on where the treatment is carried out and which procedures
are completed. In a lot of cases prices can be cut in half compared
the cost of treatment in the UK, including travel expenditures. Sometimes
the savings could be well over half, reaching up to as much as 75% off
the price of UK treatment costs.
What are the other advantages?
There are a few other advantages which
are attracting more and more UK patients to look into Dental Tourism.
These pros include:
- Open information - It is
easy to check which practices abroad are credible, so that you know
the proper care and treatment can be provided. The dentist’s registration
number can be checked in the UK before you travel.
- Joint foreign and UK practices
- Dentists abroad may also be registered with the British General Dental
Council, meaning that they work under the same laws and regulations
that are enforced in the United Kingdom.
- Aftercare - Aftercare abroad
is usually cheaper too. Also, with practices that have offices in both
the UK and abroad, the worries concerning aftercare can be relieved.
What are the disadvantages?
Leaving the UK and seeking treatment
abroad can, understandably, contain risks. It’s not the case with
all countries, but the possible dangers and risks of dental tourism
- Cost vs. Saving - Smaller
and less complex treatments might not be worth the trip, especially
once travel costs are added up. It’s best to fully evaluate the combined
costs before agreeing to treatment abroad.
- No guarantees - Some countries
cannot guarantee certain treatments and resolutions may be hard to come
by, especially if travel has already been paid for.
- Quality of materials - The
quality of the materials used for certain procedures in practices overseas
cannot be guaranteed.
- Possibility of extra treatment
- If poor or sub-standard treatment is received abroad then it may require
extra and unnecessary work to be completed in order to correct the problem.
- The need for numerous trips
- If a certain treatment requires numerous visits to a dentist’s office
then the cost of travel can add up. Several trips will mean that you
might not save any money at all by being treated overseas.