DENTAL TOURISM Do’s & Don’ts

Do make sure you check and understand the specifics of your dental insurance plan, if you have one. Some plans cover full or partial costs for implants, crowns, bridges, and other reconstructive work. Find out how your coverage is affected if you travel for dental care.

Do ask for a cost estimate in writing. Although the estimate may change once the dentist is able to review your needs in person, it is important to have an agreed upon point of departure.

Dentistry can be painful, especially if you compress a lot of work into a short period of time. If you are highly sensitive to pain, do discuss pain management with your dentists-both at home and out-of-country.

Do ask if all your work can be done in one trip; your savings decline if you have to travel twice.

Do ask about compatibility of any parts or materials used. Standard dental practices, supplies, and equipment vary among countries. Incompatibilities can create problems for follow-up care at home.

Do remember to request x-rays, estimates, test results, and other documentation to share with your at-home dentist so you don’t have to pay for more later. Most will supply you x-rays in digital format. Ask for jpg files.

Do find out about access to the several dental specialties your reconstruction will require. For example, some dental practices employ periodontists, endododists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons all under one roof. That’s a plus if you’re planning multiple procedures requiring teamwork across specialties.

Do ask for patient references. A successful practice should be more than happy to share positive outcomes.
Don’t fall for showy websites. Find out about your clinic’s good standing and accreditation, as well as your dentist’s training, credentials, board certification, and experience. The process of planning and carrying out a full-mouth restoration requires expertise. Make sure your reconstruction team has plenty of it.