Are you thinking of having dental implants or other cosmetic dental surgery? Are you considering exploring the idea of dental tourism? Perhaps the idea of combining cheap dental implants with a beach vacation is tempting?
Beware of the Risks of Dental Tourism
There are a number of risks involved, and you could end up paying more than you bargained for. Dental tourism for invasive oral surgery is the most dangerous type of dental tourism.
Just about every dentist has heard horror stories involving treatment abroad. Many have had to deal with the results of poor or incorrect treatment. Complex treatments such as dental implants require planning, and you must be assessed to make sure you are a suitable candidate for implant surgery well before the treatment can take place.
A beach vacation in Thailand sounds like great fun. Be extremely careful as there are real life horror stories, especially if you are going there for cosmetic dental surgery like dental implants. In Houston, you can call my office as we have many cost affective options for you that in many cases will save you money in the long run
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It is important to have a CT scan to make sure there is sufficient bone density, and to plan the placement of the implant. If all this is being done in the space of a just a few days, then it is far more likely that corners will be cut. You are unlikely to have had a chance to meet with the oral surgeon before the surgery to discuss any concerns you may have.
Inexpensive Implant Prices and Terrible Outcomes
The actual dental implant surgery must be done in hygienic conditions to minimize the risk of infection, and it’s important that the surgeon uses a good quality dental implant system. Although implant surgery is a very short procedure, patients do need to have access to good after-care. This isn’t so easy if you are leaving the country a few days later. If you suffer any complications, you’ll have to ask your local dentist if they are prepared to treat you, and of course they won’t have any way of knowing the exact treatment you have received, or the implant system used.
Little or No Recourse
It is less easy to assess if a dentist outside your own country has been properly trained, and if they have adequate insurance. If anything does go wrong, then it can be nearly impossible to seek any sort of recourse, unless you are prepared to spend more time and money traveling back to the country. Another problem is that dentists outside the United States may be using inferior materials for treatment. This could mean the restoration fails more quickly, or it could cause adverse reactions.
More Costly in the Long Run
In short, you could end spending more money and time fixing inferior work than if you had simply chosen a reputable oral surgeon close to home. For most people, the whole point of going on vacation is to relax, experience another culture, and to enjoy the local cuisine. The reality is that most people will feel a little sore for a day or two after implant surgery, and would be far more comfortable recuperating in the comfort of their own home rather than in a hotel room.
Can you really guarantee that a dentist in another country will give you the same high level of care you would receive at home? If the answer is no, then you have to ask yourself if the benefits outweigh the risks.
The 5 Reasons for Avoiding Dental Tourism and Staying in Houston
Dental implants are a complex procedure so remember the 5 risks that are inherent with all dental surgery outside of the United States.
- How do you assess the dentist in a foreign country
- How do you know if surgery will meet the hygienic standards found in the US
- Will they be using good quality dental systems
- Who will be handling the After Care
- What type of recourse will you have if the procedure doesn’t go correctly
Sometimes, it is better to keep a beach vacation just that and have your Dental work done with a board certified dental surgeon in the United States.
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