About Dental Tourism

 

When you think of tourism, you probably think of lounging on a tropical beach or exploring famous attractions in a foreign city. Now, there’s another kind of tourism that people are talking about: dental tourism. Dental tourists travel to foreign countries to seek dental care. Here’s what you need to know about this phenomenon:

  • Most medical travelers who seek dental care outside their national borders have a single thought in mind: money. In North America, Europe and most developed countries, dental care is expensive, especially if extensive reconstructive or cosmetic work is required. Even in the most socially advanced countries,only the most rudimentary dental care is covered by health insurance plans. In the United States, for example, more than 150 million Americans are without dental coverage. With increasing strain on healthcare infrastructure and costs, patients everywhere can expect to pay out-of-pocket for extensive dental care.
  • As we age, our flesh outlives our teeth, often calling for extensive reconstructive or restorative procedures costing tens of thousands of dollars. Thus, savings is a real factor for a global population living 10-30 years longer than previous generations.
  • The good news is the traveling dental patient need not sacrifice quality to save money. Highly competent dentists welcome patients in a number of destinations known for excellence in dental care: Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Thailand and South Korea to name a few.