According to the National Coalition on Health Care, more than 500,000 Americans traveled abroad to receive medical and dental work in 2006. And this is not an isolated trend. Dental procedures are a common choice because only about 50 percent of Americans have insurance for such care. And those people who are insured often face stiff dental bills. Insurance plans, typically offered through employers, require patients to pay a significant share of the costs of procedures beyond standard preventive care. With fewer In network dentists around and the costs of private treatment rising beyond many patients’ means, more and more patients are having their teeth fixed abroad. Every year, millions of patients from around the globe flock to some of the hottest dental tourism destinations in order to receive dental treatment at unbelievable low prices. Dentists can charge $300 to $400 for a Dental Filling in USA & Europe. It costs only $20 to $40 in Dental Tourism countries. A Root Canal is $3,000 in the West but only $100 to $200 in East. Dentures can cost $1000 overseas but only $200 in Dental Tourism countries.
The allure of low cost dentistry is attracting the attention of thousands of desperate dental patients in the United States and abroad but what are the real cost of having dental treatments performed overseas?
The American Dental Association consumer adviser Matt Messina offers caution. "My concerns are not for the quality of dentistry received ... but for the patient when it comes to long-term follow-up and possible complications," says Messina, who practices in Fairview Park, Ohio. "The term 'buyer beware' is very much in play here, as you may have fewer options after treatment if you feel it has not gone well." The US's leading oral health charity has urged members of the public not to travel abroad for dental treatment after a report by consumer advice group, ‘Which?’, found that almost one in five medical tourists suffer problems after treatment.The American Dental Association was speaking after the report revealed that more than a quarter of patients travelling abroad for medical treatment did not feel they received the follow–up care they needed, while a further 18% reported complications.The survey follows a recent warning against dental tourism by the Foundation after a number of callers to its free Dental Helpline service reported that they did not know how to resolve problems that followed dental treatment undertaken outside of the US. It is a big concern that US patients are so willing to travel abroad for dental treatment without being fully aware of the risks. Not all dentists are as highly trained as those in the US, where extensive training and strict examinations are undertaken to ensure they meet the high standards required and this also applies to foreign dentists practicing in the US.“So called ‘dental holidays’ are presented as a cheap and hassle free alternative to getting treatment in this country but we know from calls to the ADS that if things do go wrong then they are anything but, as patients can be left facing all sorts of questions; am I willing to fly back? What are my legal rights as a foreign patient? Am I prepared to go through the courts? Do I have the money required to correct the treatment in this country? When you are in pain and feel distressed because treatment has gone wrong then these decisions can become even harder to make.It is totally unrealistic to expect that complicated procedures that can take months to complete in this country can be carried out to the same high standard while on a 10–day holiday ï¿½ï¿½ but unfortunately that is the myth being sold to people. Around half of people questioned in the medical tourism survey were travelling abroad for dental treatment, so it really is a big issue in US dentistry. However, it is strongly recommend that anyone who is considering this as an option seeks professional advice from their own dentist or another dental professional first. After all, if there are complications it is not just your wallet that will be affected.
There is an alternative to dental tourism 4 th Street Dental Spa in Louisville Kentucky competes in the global market for low cost, top quality dental procedures. By owning our own laboratory and keeping over-head low we are able to past the saving on our patients. We are one of the few dental office that post our procedure prices directly on our website so people can know what to expect when planning their dental treatments. We also post links to dental tourism sites prices so everyone can see how competitive we are. There is only one choice when choosing the best in quality and affordable for dental procedures.