Some people try to save money on dental procedures by traveling to foreign countries where the cost of treatment is cheaper. Though while this dental tourism may look good on the outside, there are several risks to your health that can cost you more in the long run.
Education and Experience
In some countries, the amount of education and experience necessary to qualify dentists is significantly less compared to dental training in America. You don’t want complex treatments done by one who is unfamiliar with how to complete it correctly. And if something goes wrong with the procedure, you will need expert emergency care.
Complex dental procedures often need multiple treatments and check-ups. The recovery time between multiple treatments is necessary for dental health. However, a common aspect of dental tourism is to compress treatment times. Problems often occur if one isn’t given enough recovery time.
The drugs, implants, fillings, and other materials used in the dental industry are regulated in the U.S. However, there are places in the world without set mandates. You are at risk of getting damaged or cheap materials if you practice dental tourism. Not only can this material break more easily, but it could actually cause damage to your teeth.
Health and Hygiene Procedures
The OSAP (Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures) has stated that “the use of fresh gloves, sterile instruments and safe water is not standard practice in all countries.” If a dentist does not follow regulations of instrument sterilization, or even washing their hands and putting on new gloves between patients, you are at risk to infection and bacteria.