We’ve all been there. You’re shopping, and see something you want with a sale tag on it and next thing you know you’ve bought it. Then reality sets in. What if it doesn’t fit properly, and you’re unable to return it?
Going abroad for dental procedures can be like that, as while the price tag is enticing, the possible repercussions can outway the benefits. Read on to learn more about dental tourism, and why everything you need may be nearby at your dentist in Cockburn.
Is it really cheaper?
The huge positive of heading overseas for cosmetic dentistry is the cost. It’s no secret healthcare is not the cheapest here in WA thanks to our high standards of operation, the need to ensure all our materials meet Australian TGA requirements (so the same material overseas may be cheaper) and to retain our experienced team members who are skilled to ensure the highest level of infection control and our overheads (we do pay rent in Australia and our overheads are all here in Australia), so it’s understandable that anyone on a budget would consider cheaper options.
However, before booking that flight be sure to tally up every cost. After flights, hotels, visas, insurance, and time off work, that budget might not be looking so small. For example, while there are affordable dental options in Eastern Europe, getting there from Australia can be expensive. The long flight will make visiting your dentist in Port Coogee go by in two shakes!
Quality is key
Not all dental clinics and dentists are created equal, and this difference is vital when it comes to the equipment used. The quality of these materials can make a huge difference, as top brands with proven success will naturally cost more. Finding a cheaper dentist may mean signing up for low-caliber materials, possibly resulting in costly restorations or repairs.
When researching dental services, be it in Bali or your Cockburn dentist, it’s wise to opt for a higher standard of service. Discovering a great deal that balances price and excellence is a great possible outcome, but be careful not to sacrifice your dental health in the process.
Whilst you may get lucky and get an excellent overseas trained dentist who might have better qualifications than the average dentist in the country you visit, do consider the materials they have available, the level of infection control and even something as simple as the water! If it isn’t safe to drink, do you really want that being used to clean instruments etc that will be used for you?
Consider all the risks involved
Before rushing into a decision to mix holidays and cosmetic dentistry, be sure to put sufficient consideration into potential risks. The worst case scenario would be a dental practice with poor hygiene, and end up with an infection or damage to your oral health.
The standard of regulation is high here in Australia, so be aware that other countries may not have the same rules and accountabilities in place. While a lot of mishandeld dental procedures are straightforward to fix, always be prepared and have a back up plan in place such as another dentist nearby.
Recognise that many times patients have come in asking for help with work done overseas and we are unable to because parts are not available or even worse, so much has been done incorrectly that just touching it will render us liable to try and repair everything which may end up in costs that run into the costs that are up to 100x what the patient paid overseas (think complete jaw reconstruction).
Also remember the bigger the treatment, the more need there is to maintain for life what is not a natural part of your body. A filling will degrade, an implant will need to be checked regularly, a denture will need adjustment etc. Find a local dentist that will look for innovative ways to preserve what you have to reduce your long term maintenance costs.
Insurance is assurance
Safeguarding yourself, and your health, with insurance against a potential issue with either your travel plans or dental procedures can save you a lot of hassle and money in the long run.
Be sure you are aware of any existing medical conditions that could impede or affect your cosmetic dental treatment. It is better to be safe than sorry, especially when travelling outside of your home country.
Some dentists overseas may offer insurance where treatment could be repaired locally, problem is finding a dentist locally that is happy to partner with an overseas practice.
Get local care with Allied Dental
Here at Allied Dental our patients’ comfort is our priority. Our friendly team of Perth dental experts are here to keep you relaxed while we help with your oral hygiene needs.
With clinics in Cockburn, Ocean Keys, and Port Coogee near Fremantle, we’re perfectly placed to assist with your cosmetic dentistry needs. Open 7 days a week, we even reserve after hours appointments for emergency treatment. For more information on our range of dentals services, or to book an appointment, please get in touch today.