Dental Treatments You Can Avail Abroad
Traveling abroad is becoming increasingly popular especially when it comes to dental tourism. One of the primordial reasons is that its cost that can benefit patients who look for a high quality treatment with an affordable price – though traveling for dental care is not always possible with some dental treatments.
The more complex the dental treatment, the more difficult it will be to go abroad, because on occasions, the dental treatment will require multiple visits, spaced over several weeks or months – meaning you will have to travel your chosen destination frequently. Indeed, you will end up spending more money on airfares and accommodation than what you will spend if you decide to undergo that same treatment in your country.
So, what are the dental treatments you can avail abroad?
Crowns and bridges
Dental crowns are covers attached to the remains of the tooth. While bridges are basically crowns, they are similar to implants (with the exception that crowns are added to the teeth not the jaw), and are utilized to seal gaps where there are no teeth left. Indeed, the procedure takes little time and there is no long recovery time period.
Both dental treatments will require couple of visits to your dentist. On the first one, the new crown will be prepared and the molds created. On the second visit, the pieces will be placed. Most of these dental clinics abroad own a laboratory or they work with one, so the crowns can be prepared fast and the fitting done after a few days of your visit. On the other hand, with the bridge is a different story. Before making it permanent, bridges need a trial period in which you can check the bite and alignment – in which you will need an extra visit.
As stated above, dental implants are very similar to crowns. The main difference is that dental implants are attached permanently into the bone of the jaw. Dental implants are considered a major dental procedure that will require 2 or 3 visits to your dentist abroad. Also, you will have to wait for a longer period of time than in other procedures until the tissue heals and the swelling decreases.
Nevertheless, as the dental implants cost is so high in the US (up to USD $5,000) compared to countries like Mexico, where dental implants are around USD $630), as well as in countries such as UK (around £2,000 to £3,000) than in some parts of Europe (just £500 in Eastern Europe). It will still be worth it if you decide to do various trips and you can find low cost flights and accommodation.
In orthodontics, the curved teeth are straightened and aligned by using braces or retainers that will help your teeth look amazing by pressuring them gently overtime. The most important thing to consider with braces and retainers is that patients will need constant dental visits otherwise the treatment will not progress – that’s why it is not recommended to seek orthodontics abroad unless you live close to the country’s border and you can easily cross it with no major travel expenses.
Serious regeneration work (bone loss, bite problems, alignment)
Regeneration work for bones and others as well as orthodontics require a number of visits, adjustments, surgeries and dental care for a long period of time that’s why it may not be the best treatment to choose for going abroad. Nevertheless, you can easily go abroad and save loads of money in dental procedures for placing prosthetics (e.g. jaw implants) and to improve your bite or alignment.
Take professional advice
How can you decide if traveling abroad for dental care is a good idea for you or not? The best way is to talk to your local dentist and tell him to instruct you not only about the treatment but its complexity, the number of visits you will require and the total cost of the treatment his/her clinic. After that, you will be more capable of making the smartest choice for you by using this information, and your own research online with the help of medical tourism information such as PlacidWay.
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