Dentists’ perspectives on dental tourism

14 December 2023

New Zealanders are being urged to do their homework before travelling overseas for dental procedures.

Researchers in a University of Otago-led study interviewed 20 dental professionals about their perceptions of the impact of outbound dental tourism on patients and practices.

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As people increasingly seek medical treatment overseas, lead author Professor Brent Lovelock, of the Department of Tourism , says New Zealanders need to be careful.

“Although the dentists in our study acknowledged that much of the dental treatment received by New Zealanders overseas was of a high standard, they also encountered in their practices many Kiwis who have received sub-standard treatment abroad,” he says.

The findings, published in the New Zealand Dental Journal , show cost is the main motivator for people to head overseas, especially with COVID‑19 related travel restrictions lifted and the increasing cost of living.

“So many people may be considering combining overseas travel with dental treatment to hopefully make a saving. However, they really need to do their homework first.

“If you were visiting somewhere overseas and wanted to do a bungy jump, it’s likely that you would first check out the bungy company’s credentials and accident record. Likewise, dental tourists also need to do their due diligence.”

Professor Lovelock says it is important for people to find out as much information as possible about the dentist (such as their qualifications, experience and quality of their practice) and the procedure.

Ensuring patients have booked enough time for the treatment, which may require multiple visits to the dentist, to be completed is vital.

“And importantly, New Zealanders should share their dental records with their overseas dentist before travelling and bring home the full record of their overseas treatment with them.

“We found that most dentists are very willing to talk to their patients about the risks and benefits of travelling overseas for dental treatment – it is much better to do this before travelling rather than having difficult conversations once they return with a post-treatment problem.”

Co-author Professor Karl Lyons, of the Faculty of Dentistry , says patients who go overseas for treatments are not covered by the same consumer protections as people who undergo procedures in New Zealand.

People who are not satisfied with their treatment or services locally can make a complaint to a range of authorities not available to those who travel overseas, he says.

“Overseas dental treatment can be cost-effective and of high quality, but problems can sometimes arise.

“If there are complications with treatment received overseas, patients may find contacting the overseas dentist or practice difficult, and remediation treatment, whether in New Zealand or overseas, may be expensive.”

Professor Lyons suggests anyone considering dental tourism plan well and involve their local dentist in the decision-making process.

Professor Lovelock agrees. “We all know that we need to be properly vaccinated, prepared and insured before embarking on an overseas trip; the same principles apply to dental tourism. Research the dental provider and prepare thoroughly first – and for this it is best to talk with your dentist,” he says.

Publication details

"Returning home with a bargain or a burden? New Zealand dentists’ perceptions of the impact of dental tourism on patients and practices" Brent Lovelock (University of Otago), Alistair Burnett (Warkworth Dental Practice), Geeny Moon (Lumino The Dentists), David Roessler (University of Otago Auckland Dental Facility), Karl Lyons (University of Otago). New Zealand Dental Journal

For more information, contact:

Professor Brent Lovelock Department of Tourism University of Otago Email [email protected]

Jessica Wilson Adviser Media Engagement University of Otago Mob +64 21 279 5016 Email [email protected]

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Jetting off to a tropical paradise and staying in a nice hotel for a few weeks, all while saving money, sounds like a dream! Getting your dental treatment sorted for a fraction of the cost (compared to New Zealand) in between lying by a pool and having massages. How can there be a downside?

Dental tourism is a tricky topic for us as dentists. Choosing who, how and where you get your dental treatment from is completely your choice. One of our roles as dentists is to provide you with the best clinical advice to help you make informed decisions. Dental tourism can be an attractive option for some people, but the risks can be greater than people realise.

Along with the ability to take a holiday at the same time, dental tourism is appealing to some people due to price of the treatments offered. Some of the more expensive components of dentistry such as crowns, bridges and fillings are offered at a fraction of the cost in New Zealand. However, the quality and the products, training of the dentists and health and safety practices are where risks may lay.

We have seen full mouth crowns that the patient wanted replacing immediately upon return from overseas. We have also seen crowns received overseas with large gaps in the margins where decay and gum disease can start. We have had to re-do the crowns for the patient to ensure their oral health is not adversely impacted. We are always happy to help patients get the best dental outcomes, including re-doing treatments received overseas where required. But our concern is the additional cost and stress to the patient.

Liken it a bit to ‘leaky homes’. You initially get a nice new house that looks great as far as you can tell. Then some time down the track, disaster strikes and not only do you have to replace the leaking exterior, but also the damaged internal structures. Teeth can be exactly the same and it will cost far more than the initial pre trip quote.

There are two treatment areas which are particularly troublesome if received overseas; dental implants and orthodontics.

Dental Implants are planned and executed as a team, between the dentist, oral surgeon and lab technician. There are very few dentists who would restore an implant placed overseas unless there were very detailed notes, it was placed where they would want it placed and it was of a type/brand they were familiar with. Unless the patient planned to return to the holiday country several times as the implant integrates (usually at least three months), this is particularly problematic. Also, further down the track when more treatment is needed, if the implant is not a mainstream brand, difficulties can be encountered sourcing the componentry that goes on top.

Orthodontics is a no go unless you plan to holiday for 1 – 2 years while your teeth straighten. No dentist or orthodontist will take on a braces case where the brackets have been put on by someone else with no plan. The braces will have to be removed, a plan made and new braces put on. Often the charge to put braces on in places like Thailand is actually more than what we would charge in New Zealand.

We encourage our patients or anyone thinking about taking up a dental tourism package to consider the following context:

  • You are not getting the same standards of care/quality control and cross infection control as in New Zealand
  • You are not getting the same quality of dental degree held by the provider or continuing education requirements that are enforced in New Zealand
  • You are not getting the same level of follow-up care and ongoing maintenance – after all, you won’t even be in the same country as the treatment provider once you return home
  • You are not getting treatment that is covered by ACC if there are any medical misadventure claims (as it would be in New Zealand). It is also highly unlikely that any travel insurance will cover planned overseas treatment or the consequences of that.
  • You are not getting a treatment provider that stands behind their work and cares about their clinical reputation within New Zealand. Providers who treat people who live elsewhere often talk about “Geographical Success” i.e. because it is hard and costly for the patient to get in touch and return for remedial treatment, it is deemed a success, for these reasons, rather than the treatment necessarily being successful/ problem free.

Yes, good dentistry can be pricey, but in the long term, it is much more cost effective than bad dentistry done on the cheap. If you have been thinking about dental tourism, or are concerned that treatments that we provide are not within your budget, come and have a chat to us first. We are happy to talk you through the range of treatment and payment options we have available so that you can achieve the best outcomes within your budget. You can contact our friendly reception team on 04 473 7802.

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Dental Work Abroad: Expert Guide on Dental Tourism

Dental work abroad? Yes, you read that right! It’s a great option if the cost of dental work is too high in the US, UK, or Australia. Continue reading for more details.

Dental tourism has become a popular way for millions of people to combine dental treatment with a holiday.

Best of all, you’ll save huge amounts of money on all types of dental services especially higher-cost treatments such as dental implants, crowns, and even veneers.

Read this article to find out what to consider while choosing dental work abroad.

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Should i travel abroad for dental work.

The primary reasons to travel abroad for dental work are high treatment costs and lack of insurance coverage in the US,UK, or Australia.

You can save up to 70 – 80% at a dentist overseas.

But keep in mind, that higher amounts of savings are only possible on extensive restorative and cosmetic dental work.

Along with savings, it is crucial to consider two other factors: additional costs and safety .

Therefore, while planning a dental tourism trip, thorough research is essential.

As a dental tourist, your additional costs may include air travel cost, travel & stay in the city, and cost of time away from work & home.

As a dental patient, things to consider are the experience of the dentists, the reputation of the clinic, safety protocols followed, and the quality of materials used.

When planning a dental trip abroad, keep the following factors in mind:

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Mexico, India, Costa Rica, Thailand, the Philippines, Hungary, Colombia, Turkey, and Poland are the most popular destinations for dental tourists.

They offer affordable and quality care to patients.

Also, because recovery time—even for complex dental procedures—is relatively short , patients can spend the remaining time enjoying a vacation .

Why Is Dental Work Cheap Abroad?

You may be wondering why dental work is so cheap abroad.

Low salaries, low student debts, low cost of living, and lower real estate prices are some reasons.

However, it is important to realize that cheap does not mean low quality.

On the contrary, reputable dental clinics in these countries use globally renowned brands and maintain the highest safety standards.

They meet and often exceed international standards .

Below are a few detailed reasons for low-cost dental work abroad:

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'Dentistry is cheap here for some obvious reasons — inexpensive labor and real estate.'

The low cost of living in other countries leads to lower treatment costs.

Cost of living in Mexico compared to the United States

'Cost of living in Mexico is 49% cheaper than in the United States.'

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'There’s also a glut of dentists, keeping their salaries low, and many don’t use dental assistants.'

As a result, they don’t charge as much for the same procedures.

Dentists in the US spend more than 5,000 – 20,000 USD annually on malpractice insurance.

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'Malpractice litigation costs are also lower in other countries than in the United States…'

In countries like Mexico, the government subsidizes dentists’ education. So, dentists do not graduate with huge debts.

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'On behalf of the ADA about the impact educational debt has on small dental practices…'

What Is the Quality of Dental Care Overseas?

Dental tourism is an excellent prospect for those who lack insurance or whose insurance does not cover a certain procedure.

With that said, not all dental clinics deliver quality care. Therefore, you must exercise caution when selecting a clinic.

Many dental clinics overseas are recognized by national associations . This indicates high standards of dental care and patient safety .

Additionally, it is vital to choose a dentist who has received formal education to obtain a dental degree.

Look for one with international training and a good amount of experience for added safety.

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What Are the Best Countries for Cheap and Quality Dental Care?

Some of the best countries for cheap and quality dental care are Mexico , Costa Rica , Turkey , India , Thailand , and Croatia .

The lower cost of living in these countries enables them to provide cost-effective dental work without compromising on quality.

Below is some detailed information on these countries and many others to help you decide on your dental tourism destination.

Mexico is a people’s favorite country for dental work. It is an attractive destination for Americans due to its proximity to the US.

Mexican cities like Tijuana , Juarez , Cancun , Merida , Los Cabos , and Los Algodones offer affordable, high-quality care.

Indeed, Los Algodones has earned the title of “ dental capital of the world. ”

Dental work in Mexico costs about one-third of what you'd pay in the US.

For more information, refer to our blog on the top 10 dental clinics and dentists in Mexico .

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Costa Rica is blooming as a dental tourism destination for Americans and Canadians.

Many quality-conscious dentists in Costa Rica are members of the American Dental Association , assuring a high standard of care.

Quality dental treatment combined with a visit to the country’s wildlife reserves and beaches makes for a perfect dental vacation.

Dental work in Costa Rica can save you up to 70% compared to US costs.

To find out more, visit our blog post on the top 10 dental clinics and dentists in Costa Rica

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Pros & cons of dental work in costa rica.

  • Affordable costs for otherwise expensive dental procedures.
  • Quality of care is comparable to the US.
  • Healthcare providers are proficient in English .
  • Relatively short waiting time.
  • Short travel time of less than 3 hours from the East coast states like Florida, US.
  • The legal system isn’t the same as the US.
  • Lack of liability in case of a mishap.
  • Most locals do not speak in English.

Turkey is growing as a popular place for dental tourists from the UK and other European countries.

People can save 70-85% with dental tourism in Turkey . It is because of favorable exchange rates (as 1-pound equals 12 Turkish lire).

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It further strengthens tourism within the country.

Several Turkish cities, such as Istanbul , Antalya , and Izmir , are also famous tourist attractions.

Explore more about Turkish dental work in our blog on the top 10 dental clinics and dentists in Turkey.

Dental Work in Turkey: Patient Testimonial

Pros & cons of dental work in turkey.

  • Most dental clinics are certified by national organizations.
  • Dentists are highly skilled and trained.
  • Great prices for dental services.
  • Low travel expenses from European cities.
  • A prime destination for historical and natural heritage sites.
  • English is not the most spoken language.
  • A few hospitals are not good at maintaining the documents of dental tourists.
  • Female tourists must be aware of how to dress appropriately .

India serves as a hub for many international dental clinics.

Tourists from the US, UK, and other European countries travel here for dental treatment.

The cost of dental work in India is 60-70% less than in the US, Germany, Canada, and Australia.

Visit our blog on top 10 dental clinics and dentists in India to discover the exact costs of dental work in various Indian cities.

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Pros & cons of dental work in india.

Dental care is the third most utilized service in Thailand by foreign patients.

Indeed, dental treatment accounts for 11% of Thailand’s medical tourism market.

The cost of dental tourism in Thailand is 60% less than in the US and Australia.

Access to highly skilled dentists at an affordable price will attract you to dental tourism in Thailand.

Explore our blog " Top 10 Dental Clinics & Dentists in Thailand " for insights into the country's top dental destinations.

Dental Work in Thailand: Patient Testimonial

Pros & cons of dental work in thailand.

  • Access to experienced dentists at an affordable cost.
  • State-of-the-art technology in dental clinics.
  • High-quality treatments are performed at a faster pace.
  • English is a commonly spoken language by healthcare providers.
  • Good travel connectivity with other countries.
  • Exotic tourist attractions.
  • Great tasting food and cuisine.
  • No clothing restrictions for women and generally very safe for tourists.
  • Cultural and language disparity can lead to miscommunication with locals.

Vietnam is a top destination for dental tourists seeking quality care and affordable treatment packages.

When you choose our dental clinic in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City , you can expect:

  • Personalized treatments meeting Vietnam's Ministry of Health standards.
  • Luxurious, comfortable, and cozy environments for a pleasant treatment experience.

Dental treatment in Vietnam costs about 70% less than in the US and Australia.

It's not only cost-effective but also a safe tourist destination.

Thus, the country can get you exceptional treatment and an unforgettable vacation.

For more details, check our blog on the top 10 dental clinics and dentists in Vietnam.

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Dental tourism in Croatia not only promises a radiant smile but also provides a delightful European vacation with an impressive 70% savings.

The country's medical professionals are renowned for delivering dental services that meet Western standards.

Split , Trogir, Zagreb , Zadar , and Dubrovnik stand out as top dental destinations in Croatia, offering quality treatment.

For details on dental procedures in Croatian cities, check our blog post " Top 10 Dental Clinics and Dentists in Croatia.

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Pros and cons of dental work in croatia.

  • Croatian clinics adhere to international standards , emphasizing patient safety.
  • They are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and facilities.
  • Implants come with a warranty ranging from 1 0 years to a lifetime.
  • Dentists are highly qualified, experienced , and accredited.
  • The country is a safe destination for tourists with a low crime rate.
  • Varying infection control and sterilization standards demand careful evaluation of hygiene practices.
  • Challenges in accessing follow-up care ; may require additional travel and coordination.

Dental work in Puerto Rico offers affordable treatment within the US territory, providing US-quality care at just 1/3 of the price.

Adhering to American Dental Association (ADA) standards ensures dental care in Puerto Rico meets the highest US quality standards.

With significant savings, seamless travel, US-accredited dentists, and a tropical setting, Puerto Rico is a favoured dental destination for Americans.

To discover more, explore our blog post about the top 10 dental clinics and dentists in San Juan .

Why Choose Puerto Rico for Dental Work?

Pros and cons of dental work in puerto rico.

  • Experienced US-trained and certified dentists
  • US standards clinics, with the latest equipment and technology
  • Convenient travel with no passport or visa requirements.
  • Inconsistency in pricing across various clinics.

Colombia excels in affordable universal healthcare , with a notable 22% growth in offshore patients in the past 5 years.

Our partner dentists here are board-certified with degrees from prestigious institutions.

Americans can save over 70% on dental work in Colombia .

Medellin , Cartagena , Bogota , Barranquilla , and Cali are the top dental tourism destinations in the country.

Curious for more? Dive into our list of the top 10 dental clinics and dentists in Colombia !

Benefits of Dental Work in Colombia

Pros and cons of dental tourism in colombia.

  • Modern dental clinics with experienced dentists serving international patients
  • Minimal wait time due to numerous private clinics
  • Safety is ensured for dental work as the Ministry of Health and Social Protection oversees the entire healthcare system
  • Excellent travel connectivit y with other countries.
  • Language barrier may exist as Spanish is predominantly spoken
  •  Varied cultural norms in dental care can impact the overall patient experience and expectations
  • Certain dental procedures may lack the same warranty as local procedures.

Romania is emerging as a hub for dental tourism in Europe, drawing 10-15% of foreign tourists to its dental practices.

Dental procedures in Romania are 80% more affordable than in the UK and US.

Key dental destinations include Bucharest, Constanta, Timisoara, and Cluj-Napoca.

Renowned for its scenic mountains, hiking trails, and captivating castles, Romania offers plenty to explore between dental appointments.

For additional details on costs and treatments, check out our blog, " Top 10 Dental Clinics and Dentists in Romania .”

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Pros and cons of dental work in romania.

  • Romanian dental clinics use advanced technology, top implant brands, and skilled dentists for high-quality treatments
  • The country is easily accessible with direct flights from most cities in Europe and the UK
  • A beautiful destination to explore, with stunning scenic beauty and world heritage sites.
  • Dental care standards can vary, and not all clinics adhere to the same quality and safety standards
  • Infection control protocols in some dental clinics may not align with international norms.

Brazil hosts 15% of the world's dentists, ranking as the third-largest global dental market.

Dental work in Brazil is up to 75% cheaper than in the US and Canada.

Beyond treatment, dental tourism in Brazil offers tropical beaches , waterfalls, and the Amazon rainforest for an unforgettable dental vacation.

Discover the top dental destinations in the country in our blog, " Top 10 Dental Clinics and Dentists in Brazil ."

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Pros and cons of dental work in brazil.

  • Lower treatment costs
  • Modern dental facilities adhering to stringent safety standards
  • Dentists with 20+ years of experience
  • Exotic tourist destination
  • 8 – 10 hour flight from North America and Europe
  • Clinic standards can differ, requiring in-depth research for a reliable choice.
  • Managing post-operative care can be challenging, especially if returning home soon after the procedure.

The Philippines is one of the popular destinations for affordable dental work abroad.

Known as the " Pearl of the Orient Seas " for its islands and beaches, it ensures quality dental care. Philippines dentists follow US education standards. They are overseen by PDA and the PRC

Rest assured about the quality of dental work in the Philippines.

Explore further by referring to our list of the top 10 dental clinics and dentists in the Philippines .

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Manila, Philippines

Pros and cons of dental work in philippines.

  • 80% lower treatment costs compared to Australia & US
  • All Philippines dental clinics and hospitals are supervised by the Department of Health for safe and quality services
  • Clinics use globally renowned dental materials and equipment sourced from Germany and the USA
  • Conveniently located for Australians and New Zealanders, with 8-11 hour direct flights.
  • Varying clinic standards may impact service quality
  • Thorough research is essential to choose the best dentist, as some may perform procedures beyond their qualifications.
  • Language differences could pose a barrier if the dental team lacks proficiency in English.

With incredible art, a lively culture, and stunning beaches, dental tourism in Indonesia provides a blend of vacation and dental solutions.

Dental work in Indonesia is 60 to 70% less expensive than in Australia and the US.

Bali and Jakarta stand out as the top dental tourism destinations in the country.

Check out our list of the top dental clinics and dentists in the Indonesia to find the top provider in the country.

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Bali, Indonesia

Pros and cons of dental work in indonesia.

  • Clinics have experienced staff and utilize the latest equipment and technology
  • Dentists are nationally accredited and members of the Indonesian Dental Association
  • Dentists are fluent in English, and the clinic provides translation services for your convenience.
  • Lack of uniform pricing among different clinics
  • Thorough research is necessary to find clinics offering transparent and clear upfront cost information.

Bulgaria is a popular destination for affordable dental tourism in Europe.

The country's healthcare system is among the best in Eastern Europe.

Dental work in Bulgaria costs three times less than in the UK, and top dental destinations include Sofia and Varna.

For more insights on dentistry here, explore our listing blog, " Top 10 Dental Clinics and Dentists in Bulgaria. "

Dental Work in Bulgaria

Pros and cons of dental work in bulgaria.

  • Dental clinic with ISO certification
  • Dentists are highly qualified and internationally accredited
  • Strict adherence to rigorous sterilization standards
  • Feasible for budget travel due to the country's low cost of living
  • The availability and quality of dental care may vary based on the location and the specific clinic.

Cambodia is renowned for having the largest number of religious monuments globally.

The country's ancient temples, royal palaces, and beautiful beaches are major attractions.

Opting for dental work in Cambodia allows you to combine these tourist wonders with cost-effective treatments, about 80% less than in the US and Canada.

Explore our blog, "Top Dental Clinics and Dentists in Cambodia, " for valuable insights on the cost-effective services.

Dental Work in Cambodia: Patient Testimonial

Pros and cons of dental work in cambodia.

  • Modern and well-equipped dental facility
  • Utilizes renowned brands and high-quality materials in dentistry
  • Cost-effective food and accommodation due to Cambodia's low cost of living
  • Offers an exciting array of historical attractions, numerous restaurants, and vibrant nightspots
  • Pricing disparities exist among different clinics
  • Language and cultural differences may result in miscommunication with locals.

The UAE has it all – sun, sea, and entertainment.

Dubai is a top destination for dental tourism with modern infrastructure and excellent medical facilities.

However, if your goal is to cut treatment costs and enjoy a vacation,  dental tourism in Dubai might not be as budget-friendly as Mexico, Turkey, or Thailand.

Despite this, with more financial flexibility and Dubai on your bucket list, you can still consider it.

Explore our list of the top 10 dental clinics and dentists in UAE to find the best provider in the country.

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Pros and cons of dental work in uae.

  • Luxurious treatment with world-class facilities
  • Clinics are equipped with cutting-edge technology to provide the finest treatments
  • Personalised care from experienced and internationally certified dentists.
  • Higher treatment costs compared to other popular dental tourism destinations
  • The high cost of living in Dubai can affect accommodation and other travel expenses.

If you’re traveling abroad for dental work, you’ll probably want to stay close to your home country.

Check out this list of popular dental tourism destinations according to regional proximity.

What Is the Cost of Dental Work Abroad?

The cost of dental work abroad offers savings of 70 – 80% compared to the US, UK, or Australia.

All on 4 dental implants (per arch), for example, are priced at $9,000 – $10,000 in Mexico and $12,000 – $13,000 in Thailand.

They can be as low as $4,000 to $5,000 in India and Turkey.

The brands used are similar to the western countries. However, some cheaper brands are also available.

The lesser expensive dental implants are not necessarily inferior in quality, but they may be just newer to the market.

Refer to the cost comparison table below for the prices of the most popular dental procedures:

Average Price of Dental Work Abroad (in USD)

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On average, a single dental implant price can range from $400 to $1,200 abroad, as opposed to $4,000 to $6,000 in the US, Canada, and Australia.

Save 70 - 80% on dental work abroad!

How to find a reputable dentist abroad.

If you are looking for a dentist who offers quality dental treatment at an affordable price, below are some of the tips to get you started:

Work with a Reputed Dental Tourism Company

Contact a reputed dental tourism company for a better experience. Below are some of the advantages of working with a reputed organization:

  • They maintain a repository of the best dental clinics in the selected location.
  • Treatments are customized for each patient.
  • They assist with customized travel packages , saving time and effort.
  • Connection with reliable partners lowers the risk of getting duped.
  • They have a local network on the ground, who ensure your needs are met and manage any unforeseen problems that may arise.
  • They are flexible when plans require change or modification.

Working with a dental tourism company, therefore, saves you money while making your trip a safe & hassle-free experience.

Decide on a Location

Decide on a location for dental treatment abroad. Prioritize if you are looking only for dental work or you’d like to combine it with a vacation.

Choosing a location near home saves on travel time and cost.

But for the adventurous, traveling to an exotic location could be an exciting and unique experience.

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  • Pay attention to the qualifications of the dentist.
  • Verify the dentists and dental clinic registration
  • Look for the experience and specialization of the dentist.
  • Check if dental clinics are certified by national and international bodies.
  • Look for patients’ testimonials on the clinics’ websites to understand levels of satisfaction and quality of care.
  • Take feedback from patients who underwent similar treatment at the clinic.

Obtain Virtual Consultation

Once you decide on a dental tourism company, let them know your needs. Obtain a virtual consultation with the in-house dentist in the country of choice.

Discuss your needs and share the relevant X-rays and reports of the previous check-ups.

During the consultation, you can discuss the following details:

  • Preferred language of communication
  • Experience of the dentist
  • Sterilization & Safety protocols followed
  • Quality of materials to be used
  • Number of days required for the procedure
  • Success and failure rate
  • Risks of developing post-treatment complications
  • Retreatment options (only if needed)
  • Treatment guarantees
  • Methods of payment
  • Sharing of treatment records before and after the procedure

Make a Final Decision

After gathering all the relevant information, analyze the details. Assess what works best for you, make an informed decision, and choose a dentist abroad.

Stay Near the Clinic

It is recommended patients book a hotel near the clinic.

This is one of the reasons working with an agency is essential: they can recommend nearby hotels for the convenience of visiting the dental clinic, especially when undergoing complex dental treatments such as full mouth reconstruction or an All On 4.

Often, when patients book a hotel on their own, they do not consider the travel time and traffic required to travel to each clinic.

This is another great reason to work with a knowledgeable and experienced dental agency that is familiar with different hotels near the clinic.

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What are the pros and cons of dental tourism.

Like anything else, dental tourism has its pros and cons.

While considering a trip abroad, it is crucial that you understand the good aspects as well as the bad.

Pros and Cons of Dental Tourism

Benefits of Dental Tourism – A Review

'Benefits of medical and dental tourism are incredible savings…'

'There are several problems with medical tourism as discussed by several agencies.'

Nonetheless, with proper research, and working with a reputable agency, the pros outweigh the cons of dental tourism, making it a feasible option.

Dental Tourism All-Inclusive Packages

We are associated with several clinics worldwide that offer dental treatment packages along with additional facilities.

With these packages, even after accounting for air travel, stay, local transportation, and food expenses, dental tourists can avail of 50-70% savings.

These offers vary by clinic. Check out some of the discounts provided and their inclusions below:

Current Specials

  • Free consultation and check-ups.
  • Free panoramic X-Rays and temporary crowns.
  • Lab warranty on crowns, bridges, and veneers for 3-5 years in case of a manufacturing defect.
  • Warranty on implants, inlays, dentures, and composite fillings.
  • Cost-effective veneers (for instance, 20 porcelain veneers for $8,000 or 16 for $7,200).
  • Provision for free replacement of a new dental implant if the implant fails during the surgical healing stage.
  • Special discounts on procedures such as teeth whitening, crowns, and bridges.

Package Facilities

  • Pick and drop facility from the airport.
  • Discounts on accommodation in recommended hotels.
  • Dedicated parking facility.
  • Pick and drop facility from hotel to clinic.
  • In-house labs to reduce the treatment time.
  • Assistance with completing insurance papers.
  • Multilingual staff.
  • Multiple payment options.

Additional Facilities at Dentavacation Clinics

*All the services, packages, & warranties vary with the procedure, location, and clinic selected.

Discover more about all-inclusive dental packages in different countries below:

Dental Tourism Packages 2024

  • All-inclusive packages for dental holiday in Mexico
  • All-inclusive packages for dental tourism in Turkey
  • All-inclusive packages for dental tourism in Croatia

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Limited Period Offer!

Los Algodones, Mexico

  • 4% off on dental work (cash payment only)
  • Free first consultation
  • Free dental examination

*Terms and Conditions

Dental consultation in Mexico

Super Saver Implants Deal

  • Free examination
  • Free temporary crowns
  • Zygomatic implants @ just $2,200

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Crowns at Discounted Price!

Tijuana, Mexico

  • Zirconia crowns @ $399
  • Temporary crowns @ $40
  • Free examination on dental procedures

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Mega Saver All-on-6 Deal

  • All-on-6 implants per jaw
  • DIO Implants
  • Tomography 3D, intraoral scanning 3D

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Mega Saver All-on-4 Deal

  • All-on-4 implants per jaw

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Special Veneers Package

Mexico City, Mexico

  • 5% off on veneers
  • Free examination (CT scan & X-rays not included)
  • Free Wi-Fi and phone call

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Super Saver All-on-4 Plan

San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Dental implants at discounted price

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Smile Makeover Deal!

  • Dental implants @ just $695
  • Upper & lower porcelain crowns (12 to 14 units)

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Huge Savings on All-on-8!

  • Upper or lower bridge (12-14 teeth)

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Limited Period All-on-6 Offer

  • Free pick up & drop off

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  • 10% off on all-on-4

Dental veneers in Antalya

Smile Makeover with Composite Veneers

Medellin, Colombia

  • 20 Composite Veneers
  • 1 night stay at a 4-star Hotel
  • Cleaning & Dental check-up

Hollywood Smile Turkey

Smile Makeover with Porcelain Veneers

  • 20 Porcelain Veneers
  • 5 nights stay at a 4-star Hotel

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20 Porcelain Veneers Package

Bogota, Colombia

  • 20 porcelain veneers
  • Free transportation

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10 Porcelain Veneers Package

  • 10 porcelain veneers

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20 Resin Veneers Package

  • 20 resin veneers

10 Resin Veneers Package

  • 10 resin veneers

20 Veneers Package (Limited Offer!)

  • 20 zirconium veneers at $9,800
  • Free stay (5 nights)
  • Free breakfast

10 Veneers Package (Limited Offer!)

  • 10 zirconium veneers at $7,500

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Super Savings All-on-4 Offer

Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Upper & lower arch all-on-4
  • Free hotel stay
  • Free local transportation

Guatemala city, Guatemala

  • Titanium implant + Zirconium bridge + crown
  • Free consultations

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Limited Period All-on-4 Offer

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Deal on All-on-4 Snap On Dentures

  • Snap on dentures

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Deal on All-on-4 Implants

Antalya, Turkey

  • Titanium implant + Metal alloy infrastructure + PFM crown superstructure
  • Temporary & permanent teeth

Deal on All-on-6 Implants

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Deal on All-on-8 Implants

  • All-on-8 implants per jaw

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20 Emax Veneers Package

  • 20 Emax veneers
  • Free medication

Dental infections

16 Emax Veneers Package

  • 16 Emax veneers

12 Emax Veneers Package

  • 12 Emax veneers

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10 Emax Veneers Package

  • 10 Emax veneers

28 Zirconia Crowns Package

  • 28 Zirconia crowns

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24 Zirconia crowns package

  • 24 Zirconia crowns

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20 Zirconia Crowns Package

  • 20 Zirconia crowns

Smile-Worthy Savings

16 Zirconia Crowns Package

  • 16 Zirconia crowns

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14 Zirconia Crowns Package

  • 14 Zirconia crowns

24 Emax Crowns Package

  • 24 Emax crowns

20 Emax Crowns Package

  • 20 Emax crowns

16 Emax Crowns Package

  • 16 Emax crowns

12 Emax Crowns Package

  • 12 Emax crowns

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Super Saver All-on-6 Deal

Izmir, Turkey

  • Implura (German) Implants

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Super Saver All-on-4 Deal

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  • 16 Zirconium crowns
  • Free mouth guard
  • Free 5 nights stay at Zeniva hotel

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10 Zirconia Crowns Package

  • 10 Zirconium crowns

8 E-max Veneers Package

  • 8 E-max laminate veneers
  • Free teeth whitening

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All on 6 Deluxe Package

Split, Croatia

  • Titan-zirconium Construction
  • Free pick-up & drop off

20 Veneers Smile Package

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Full Mouth Reconstruction Package

  • 28 Zirconium crowns/veneers

Zirconium Crown/Veneers Package

  • 24 Zirconium crowns/veneers

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All on 4 Premium Package

  • Titan-zirconium construction

Hollywood Smile Design Package

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Package for Adventure Lovers

  • Hollywood smile design (16 veneers)
  • Rafting (river Cetina) / visit Krka National Park
  • Free accommodation

Special Religious Deal

  • Visit to the catholic sanctuary

Relax & Restore Your Smile

  • Free local transfer

Huge Discount on All on 6!

Trogir, Croatia

  • All on 6 (Implant Direct, Zimmer)
  • Free initial examination

Huge Savings on All on 4

  • All on 4 Implants (Implant Direct, Zimmer)

Limited Period Combo Deal

  • 8 veneers + bleaching

16 Veneers at Special Price

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Offer For Treatments Over 5000€ !

Dubrovnik, Croatia

  • Free flight ticket up to 300 euros
  • Free accommodation in the nearby hotel
  • Free initial consultation

Super Saver Dental Plan

Mumbai, India

  • Complimentary oral hygiene kit
  • Emergency consult & relief treatment
  • Check up twice a year

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Annual Oral Plan @$7 Only!

  • Discounted dental treatments
  • One sitting for scaling and polishing
  • Free diabetic check up

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Budapest, Hungary

  • Cone Beam CT
  • Panoramic X-ray
  • Temporary denture

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Overdenture Package

Save 20% on implants.

  • Universal abutment and crown
  • Implant brands available: Megagen Anyridge/Anyone or Nobel Parallel CC

All-Inclusive Check-Up Offer

  • Detailed consultation
  • Digital panoramic X-ray
  • One night stay in a hotel

Dental Check-Up Package

  • One night stay

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All-On-4 Package

Chisinau, Moldova

  • Free Consultation
  • Free Examination and X-ray

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All-On-6 Package

10 veneers hollywood smile package.

  • 10 Porcelain Veneers
  • Free Medications & Consultation

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6 Veneers Hollywood Smile Package

  • 6 Porcelain Veneers

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Root Canal Treatment Package

Giza, Egypt

  • 1 Free Root Canal on getting 3-7 Root Canal Treatment
  • 2 Free Root Canal on getting 8 and above Root Canal Treatment
  • Free Comprehensive Oral Examination

Limited Period Restorative Package

  • 5 Dental Fillings at the price of 4
  • Free Scaling and Polishing

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Limited Period Teeth Whitening Package

  • Free Filling for One Tooth

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Full Mouth Dental Veneers Package

  • 16 Teeth Veneers with 10 Years Warranty

Limited Period Single Arch Veneers Package

  • 8 Teeth Veneers with 10 Years Warranty

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Full Mouth Snap On Hollywood Smile Package

  • Full Mouth Snap On Removable Denture

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Limited Period Snap on Hollywood Smile package

  • Single Arch Snap On Removable Denture

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Deal on Dental Implants

  • 10% Discount on Third Implant on getting more than 2 Implants

Full Mouth Dental Implants Package

  • 12 Implants in Full Jaw with Lifetime Warranty
  • 24 Units Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
  • Free Oral examination + Vitals
  • 6 Implants in a Single Arch with Lifetime Warranty
  • 12 units Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

3 Hrs Teeth Whitening Deal

Kossinna, Sri Lanka

  • 3 Hrs Professional Whitening in the Clinic
  • Free Examination
  • Free Full Mouth Scaling

2 Hrs Teeth Whitening Deal

  • 2 Hrs Professional Whitening in the Clinic

1.5 Hrs Teeth Whitening Deal

  • 1.5 Hrs Professional Whitening in the Clinic

Talk to our case managers to learn about the latest deals, terms & conditions on warranties provided at your favored destination.

Don't have dental insurance? We got your back!

Red flags when choosing a foreign dental clinic.

Choosing the right dental clinic abroad requires in-depth research. During which you may come across red flags.

Here is what you should watch out for:

While searching online, verify the authenticity of dental tourism agencies.

Check for the credentials of your shortlisted dental clinics and dentists.

Many buy fake reviews to look real. Carefully assess patients’ reviews to determine if they are real or fake.

Try to contact these patients personally and ask about their experiences.

Dental tourism companies may try to entice you with heavy discounts to get you in the door.

For example, they might assure you of cheap flights, cheap dental procedures, and attractive exchange rates.

If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

A reputable clinic will provide you with a tentative treatment plan with precise pricing.

If a dentist or clinic seems reluctant to do so, they may not be trustworthy.

Clinics following sterilization protocols of international standards give assurance of quality care.

Enquire about them over a virtual consultation. Proceed further only if you are satisfied with what you’re told.

Advanced dental technology provides a faster , less painful , and more comfortable experience.

The use of old technology indicates a lack of funding, resources, and ultimately a lower standard of care.

It’s better to know about the state-of-the-art technology in dental clinics before deciding further.

Look for dentists who are willing to provide treatment plans as per your requirements .

Sometimes, dentists may add additional procedures for extra bucks.

Your dental records contain information about past diagnoses, treatment plans, and procedures.

If the dentist abroad doesn’t ask for these records they are missing out on important information relevant to previous treatments.

Follow-up visits are an essential component of successful treatment.

Check with your dentist if they have provisions for follow-ups for overseas patients.

What Are the Effective Measures To Take After Treatment?

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'Continuity of care is important and should be a consideration when making treatment decisions.'

Post Treatment Complications

After care & follow-up.

Before initiating any treatment abroad, ask if you can get follow-up care in your home country.

Some treatments, especially dental implants, require regular maintenance with your local dentist.

There are over 200 different implant systems.

To avoid any confusion, ask your dentist abroad to provide you with a record of the dental implant used.

The record contains information such as the name of the implant, the serial number as well as the specific size and dimension .

You can also request that your overseas dentist use dental implant brands that are available in your home country.

What To do if You Face Problems with Your Treatment?

Even though most patients have successful treatments when visiting a dentist abroad, a few can face problems as well.

Dentistry is not an exact science, and no matter in which country the treatment is performed, a certain number of dental procedures can fail.

If you are still within the country

  • Contact your dental tourism agent and inform them of the problem
  • Visit the dentist and tell them of the problem you are facing

If you have already returned to the US, UK, or Australia

  • Contact the clinic, explain the situation and see if they have a local dentist, they can refer you to for an evaluation.
  • Consider returning to the clinic.

How To Pay for Your Dental Vacation?

You can pay for your dental vacation abroad through cash, credit/debit card, cheque, PayPal, or bank transfer .

You can also finance your dental trip through various dental loan options.

However, note that payment policies vary with each clinic. Remember to check with your dentist regarding your chosen payment option.

Read more about the payment options below with which you can save plenty on out-of-pocket expenses.

Dental Insurance

Traditional travel insurance policies do not cover the expenses incurred for a dental vacation.

Medical Tourism: A Scoping Review

'Insurance products have also emerged that go beyond ensuring travel and loss, and which seek to cover the costs of further treatments.'

  • Cost of additional treatment in case of complications.
  • Cost of treatment if you are dissatisfied with post-treatment abroad.
  • Follow-up fees of local dentists for continuity of care.

Personal Loan

Money Rates

Medical Tourism – Compare and Choose

'It’s almost certainly cheaper than credit cards, and most personal loan interest rates are fixed.'

They are easy to apply for, and repayment depends on your interest rate and loan terms.

Mentioned below are some of the companies that provide loans customized to your needs:

If you require assistance with financing options, talk to our case managers.

Is It Safe To Get Dental Work Done Outside the US?

It is safe to get dental work done outside the US if you do thorough research and choose a state-of-the-art clinic with experienced & qualified dentists.

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Is it safe to travel outside the U.S. for a medical procedure?

'In-depth research involves more than searching online for information and reviews…'

✓ Run extensive research on the shortlisted clinics.

✓ Go through the patients’ testimonials .

✓ Check past patients’ recommendations .

✓ Speak to shortlisted dentists.

✓ Enquire about the quality of materials.

✓ Verify the credentials and experience of the dentists.

✓ Check the sterilization protocols in use.

✓ Discuss the estimated number of days required

✓  Finalize once you feel confident !

✓ If possible, plan a few days for unplanned sittings.

✓ Check if you need any vaccinations before travel.

✓ Check the travel advisories proposed by your country.

Moreover, dental tourism is a booming industry in the US.

You would be surprised to know that this industry is expected to generate more than $52 billion by 2023.

Due to the increasing healthcare cost, Americans are looking for cheaper alternatives.

The Washington Post

Dental tourism — bargain dentistry and a vacation to boot

'The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says Americans spent $2.6 billion on medical and dental tourism in 2018.'

Here are some of the benefits that you can experience:

  • Affordable procedures such as dental implants, veneers, and root canals.
  • No waiting lists for appointments.
  • All types of dental treatments are available.
  • High quality of work with personalized care.

Watch these testimonials of dental tourists below to see for yourself!

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It is safe to get dental work done outside Australia if you research well and shortlist clinics that use high-quality dental materials and work with experienced dentists.

Here is a checklist that you can run through in order to make an informed decision:

✓ Contact a credible dental tourism agency.

✓ Check for the qualifications of dentists.

✓ Find out if dental clinics are certified by national authorities.

✓ Enquire about the infection control protocols .

✓ Discuss the estimated number of days required.

✓ Check if any vaccinations are required.

✓ If possible, plan a few days for unplanned sittings.

✓ Go through the travel advisories proposed by your country.

With the rise in dental costs, Australians looking for dental work abroad for savings can:

  • Save 70-80% on dental treatments in Thailand and India
  • Enjoy minimal waiting time, easy access to dentists, and the latest technology
  • End their dental trip with a mini vacation

Don’t just take our word for it. Listen to the dental tourists below recount their experiences!

Australian Patient Review

Australian patient testimonial.

Dental tourism allows you to access affordable , high-quality dental care while traveling to exotic destinations.

However, you must be mindful of possible risks while deciding on dental work abroad and it is always best to work with a reputable agency experienced in the destination you are considering.

Get the best deals for your chosen destination. We ensure you get a quality and safe dental experience.

Mexico, Thailand, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Hungary, Cambodia, Colombia, Turkey, India, and Poland are the most popular destinations for dental work.

The best option for you depends on regional proximity , cost savings , and travel preferences .

People can save 40% to 80% on dental treatments abroad.

For instance, Americans save 45%-65% in Costa Rica and 40%-65% in Mexico on dental procedures.

Meanwhile, people from the UK save 70% – 85% on dental treatments in Turkey.

The benefits are most substantial when you undergo extensive dental work such as dental implants, veneers, multiple root canals, and cosmetic dental procedures.

Mexico, Thailand, Costa Rica, India, Colombia, Cambodia, and Turkey are the cheapest destinations for dental tourism.

Global Tourist Guide To Oral Care

'Mexico followed by India and Hungary is the leading destination for dental tourism, 25% of the worldwide dental tourists come to Mexico.'

You should also factor in the cost of air travel, accommodation, and travel preferences.

Despite these additional expenses, dental tourists still save a lot of money.

A success rate of over 95% makes dental implant procedures a safe and popular choice among people looking for dental work abroad.

A dental implant procedure done under aseptic conditions by a skilled, experienced dentist is your best bet.

Pay only one third of US prices!

Save ~80% on dental work abroad.

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Sun, sea and screams? The pros and cons of dental treatment holidays

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From preventative and restorative dental treatment through to emergency dentist appointments, as one of the best dental clinics in Christchurch NZ , Duxton Dental’s team takes great pride in helping our patients accomplish maximum oral health . Depending on the treatment required (and how long the patient has avoided seeking dental intervention), the journey to the perfect smile takes time and money, and this is when the idea of taking a dental package holiday can seem an attractive and convenient alternative.

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Dental treatment abroad or dental tourism is not a new phenomenon. It’s been taking place for decades.

What is new is the level of advertising these businesses are undertaking.

The internet and social media have increased awareness of the possibility of going abroad for dental procedures. Overseas dental clinics advertise low-cost dental treatment with claims of cheap veneers and smile makeovers with a holiday experience thrown in.

The pros of going abroad for dental treatment

  • Dental care in Thailand is cheaper than in New Zealand due to lower overhead costs and a lower cost of living.
  • You can plan a holiday at the same time as dental treatment.
  • Companies arrange flights, transfers, accommodation, and dental treatment as a package, so it’s hassle-free.
  • Dental treatments are completed over a matter of days rather than weeks or months.

So far so good, right?

The cons of going abroad for dental treatment

  • Do you think you will enjoy being abroad during intensive complex dental treatments? A holiday it is not. You’ll likely be in your hotel room watching Netflix feeling rotten.
  • There is no guarantee that dentists are qualified for dental treatments. New Zealand dental care is highly regulated. The Dental Council ensure registered dentists have approved qualifications and meet and maintain standards of health services and safety to protect patients. We must apply for Annual Practising Certificates – nothing is assumed.
  • Communication issues. The language barrier is an obvious issue. It’s crucial to be able to communicate with your dental care provider. If complications occur, you need to be understood. A secondary issue is that overseas dentists do not contact patients’ regular dentists to understand historical or ongoing oral health concerns such as gum disease or bone health. They rely on an x-ray and dental history provided by the patient.
  • Limited contact with the dentist. Typically, patients only meet their dentist on the first day of treatment. This means the dentist has planned your treatment on the basis of a solo x-ray and without prior consultation. Would you let a mechanic repair your car without seeing the engine?
  • Inappropriate dental treatment. Cosmetic dentistry in Christchurch NZ is reliant on a code of ethics. We will never provide unnecessary or inappropriate dental treatment. For example, teens getting veneers crowns being fit instead of veneers – short-term results for long-term issues. If a procedure is not the best dental treatment for our patient, it will not be completed.
  • Expensive if complications occur. Most travel insurance policies only cover emergency dental care rather than costs resulting from elective (planned) procedures. If you are unwell and are unable to come home, you will need to pay for additional dental care, flights, accommodation, etc.
  • Unworkable solutions if complications occur. What happens if things don’t go to plan? If you experience problems when you return home, how does an appointment in Thailand help you? Quality dental care means face-to-face examinations, investigations, discussion, and relevant dental treatment. Note too that in dentistry, the last dentist to treat you is the person who is legally responsible for the entire treatment – it will be tough to find a dentist to do remedial work.
  • Too rapid dental procedures. Some dental treatments are done in stages. This is because the best long-term results are achieved when gums and bones have had a period of stabilising or healing. Advanced dental work such as dental implants or veneers cannot be completed over a short period of time. Often, gums need to be stabilised over time through hygiene sessions , rushing this process leads to unnecessary painful complications.

If something seems too good to be true, it most likely is. The dental treatment costs abroad are cheap, and that’s with the free hotel stay and holiday package thrown in too. The two things that influence the results of complex dental procedures are a good dentist and good materials – and these come at a cost. Which of these is going to be cut to provide you with cheap dental treatments?

If you are considering going abroad for cheap dental treatments, please get in touch with Duxton Dental before you sign up – we need to have a chat and discuss your options. Click here or call 03 348 5488 to make an appointment, and together we will find a solution.

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Dental tourism surges as cost of treatment in nz climbs.

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The crippling cost of dental procedures in New Zealand is prompting Kiwi-Indians to seek treatment in India.

Some have pointed out that the expenses associated with a return trip ticket to India are lower than what they would pay for dental work performed locally.

In recent weeks, political parties such as Labour and the Greens have introduced dental policies as part of their campaign for the upcoming general election.

Philips Augustine and his wife, Anju Anil, recently returned to New Zealand following a trip to India, during which they both underwent dental procedures.

"In March 2022, I visited a dental clinic in Auckland due to some dental issues," says Augustine, a transportation engineer. "While the initial checkup was free, the X-ray cost $70."

To his surprise, Augustine was given a quote of $900 for filling a cavity and cleaning his teeth and gums.

Comparing costs, he found the quote to be significantly higher than what he would pay for the same procedure to be performed in India.

Consequently, he decided to postpone the dental work until he could return home.

One month after Augustine's appointment, Anju Anil visited the same clinic after experiencing severe pain. The dentist recommended a procedure involving extraction and an implant, giving her a quote that left her stunned.

"For the extraction, implantation, along with additional procedures such as scanning and X-rays, the total cost was estimated at just over $6000," she says.

Given Anil's discomfort, the couple decided to proceed with the extraction, which set them back approximately $1000. They opted to delay the remainder of the treatment until their next trip to India.

Fast forward to May this year, the couple returned from India after a holiday and their dental procedures.

"For my filling and cleaning and a total checkup, it only cost $30. For my wife, it only set us back around $300, including the implants and X-rays," Augustine says.

He says his family is not alone in travelling to India for dental treatment.

"Visiting the dentist is something I do every time I'm in India," he says. "It's not just my family. I know other people within the community who do the same, solely because it's incredibly expensive here in New Zealand."

Augustine says the government should subsidise adult dental care or at least incorporate it into the public health system.

"I'm not sure whether it's possible or not but, with the cost of living, high petrol prices and my mortgage, it would certainly help," he says.

Philips Augustine and his wife, Anju Anil, recently returned to New Zealand following a trip to India, during which they both underwent dental procedures.

Philips Augustine and his wife, Anju Anil, recently returned to New Zealand following a trip to India, during which they both underwent dental procedures. Photo: Supplied

Funding shortfall

Robin Whyman, director of dental policy at the New Zealand Dental Association, says the association has been engaged in discussions with various organizations and, notably, political parties over the past few years regarding the costs associated with the dental industry.

"The approach that the association has been proposing to ministries and politicians is the need for additional support for dental care, beyond the existing public funding," he says.

He says the current system lacks public funding for adult dental care and the burden of dental expenses falls entirely on the average New Zealander who seeks dental services. This includes not only costs associated with dental procedures, but also compensation for the people involved, including dental assistants, reception workers as well as expenses related to building leases and materials.

All factors collectively contribute to the overall cost of a dental visit.

Whyman also raises concerns about the potential risks associated with having dental procedures performed overseas. He says when dental care is administered in New Zealand, the dentists, oral health practitioners and dental hygienists involved are all registered with the New Zealand Dental Council, ensuring that there are established standards of care in place.

"If you opt for dental care abroad and complications arise, it can be challenging to comprehend the level of care being provided and identify the causes of those complications. This can lead to more expensive efforts to rectify or address problems once you return to New Zealand," he says.

Robin Whyman is the director of dental policy at New Zealand Dental Association.

Robin Whyman is the director of dental policy at New Zealand Dental Association. Photo: Supplied

Comparative costs

Piyush Mehta, a dentist in Delhi, India, regularly sees overseas citizens seeking dental treatment in his clinic.

"On an average, I have around 25 patients coming from different parts of the world, including New Zealand," he says.

Mehta says the individuals are primarily driven by concerns over the exorbitant cost of dental care in their home countries, making India an attractive option during their vacations.

But just how affordable are dental procedures in India compared to New Zealand?

According to a 2020 survey by the New Zealand Dental Association, a full examination, which typically assesses a patient's dental health, identifying problem areas and necessary work, can cost an average of $98 in New Zealand, with prices varying by location.

In Wellington, for instance, a routine checkup with an X-ray typically costs $95, while in Otago and Southland, costs can reach $123.

A similar procedure in Delhi, such as at Mehta's Smyle Kraft Multispeciality Dental Care, amounts to a fraction of the cost, totalling 1500 rupees ($30).

In New Zealand, a 15-minute appointment with a dental hygienist typically costs around $80, with longer appointments required for extensive cleaning. In India, a full cleaning session will only set patients back between 1500 and 2500 rupees ($30-$50).

Tooth extractions in New Zealand can be notably expensive, averaging $242 for a single tooth. In India, the same procedure costs just 1000 rupees ($20). A surgical extraction is $380 here and 10,000 rupees ($206) in India.

According to data on the Medsafe website, most Kiwis over the age of 30 have had multiple dental amalgams - a metal alloy used for fillings.

On average in New Zealand, a filling typically sets patients back $170 for a tooth. In India, the cost varies between 1000 and 3000 rupees ($20-$61) depending on the complexity of each case.

A crown - or dental cap - is a restoration that caps or encircles a damaged tooth. They're sometimes used to replace large fillings, protect a weak tooth or restore a fractured tooth.

This procedure costs considerably more in New Zealand, with an average price of $1450. In Delhi, the cost varies between 3000 and 15,000 rupees ($61-$310), depending on factors such as material choice and additional costs.

Prohibitive expenses

Kiwi-Indian Anju Jay knows first-hand how much cheaper it is to seek dental treatment in India after returning there to fix a problem with her teeth earlier this year.

"I had to undergo a root canal and an extraction and, yes, that prompted our trip to India," she says.

Jay, a software professional in Wellington, received a quote exceeding $4000 for the procedure at a Wellington dental clinic.

"It was prohibitively expensive, so I had to go to India to get it done," she says.

She traveled to India with her family and completed the procedure for around $1000.

Jay says her family will only visit a dentist clinic if the pain is unbearable.

Despite living in the country for six years, she has visited a dentist in New Zealand just twice.

Like Augustine, she also calls for government intervention to assist people in similar situations.

"The costs are significantly higher compared to India, and we cannot afford frequent dental visits," she says.

Labour leader Chris Hipkins, with Nelson candidate Rachel Boyack, getting a check-up at the dentist in Tasman Dental Centre, Nelson, on 11 September, 2023. The dentist says his teeth look good.

Labour leader Chris Hipkins, with Nelson candidate Rachel Boyack, getting a check-up at the dentist in Tasman Dental Centre, Nelson, on 11 September, 2023. The dentist says his teeth look good. Photo: RNZ / Nathan Mckinnon

The politics of teeth

In August, the Green Party unveiled its dental policy, aiming to rectify what they call a "broken and cruel" dental health system by proposing to make dental care free for all. To fund this initiative, the party plans to implement "fair and straightforward changes to the tax system".

In September, the Labour Party launched its election campaign with a pledge to expand free dental care to individuals under 30 years of age.

Labour positions this dental policy as the first step toward achieving universal free dental care while also allocating resources for training additional dentists in the upcoming years.

Under the proposed free dental care, services would encompass annual checkups, teeth cleaning, basic fillings and extractions. The government's initial focus would be on individuals aged 18 to 23, commencing in July 2025, and then extending coverage to those under 30 the following year.

Te Pāti Māori wants free dental care for families earning less than $60,000 per year, while The Opportunities Party seeks free primary dental care for young people through their Teal Card.

As yet, the National Party and ACT Party have not unveiled any dental policies.

Augustine says a party's dental policy is key in deciding which party to support in the upcoming election.

Jay agrees, highlighting dental care as a significant social issue in New Zealand.

"As a voter, yes, I'm considering those policies," she says." It is a social issue - a big one for New Zealand."

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What is dental tourism revealing the idea, benefits and risks of dental tourism, benefits of getting dental care, 1. cost-effectiveness, 2. premium facilities with high-quality dental technologies, 3. top-notch procedures, issues and possible difficulties, 1. risk of inadequate treatment, 2. little to no remedies, 3. extended trip durations, 4. recreation versus rehabilitation, 5. regional illnesses, why is the trend of dental tourism growing, a good deal for the patient, a good trade for the dentist, a chance to travel, convenient location, the price of dental tourism.

A rapidly expanding part of medical tourism is dental tourism. All of it has to do with people going abroad to have dental care at a lesser cost, frequently while also taking advantage of the local tourist attractions. Dental tourism is expanding at a rate of 15% per year as a result of increased global connectivity and market competition. With that, let's explore further into this guide and learn all about dental tourism risks and benefits.

A new idea called Dental Tourism is gaining popularity among those seeking high-quality dental care at a reasonable cost, as the healthcare sector is continually evolving. A growing number of people are changing the way we think about oral health by combining a dental exam with distant travel, so it's no longer just a pipe dream.

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I've outlined a few of the numerous advantages of receiving dental care abroad below. You might be shocked to learn that there are far more advantages to dental tourism than just huge financial savings as you read on.

When compared to receiving care at home, dental tourism may have the following benefits:

Dental tourist spots could provide care that is just as good as at home but for a much lower cost. Many clinics focus only on international patients and establish a reputation for expertise and affordability.

Many individuals from all over the world travel each year to receive first-rate dental care. Most dental clinics are luxurious, equipped with cutting-edge technology, high-end equipment, and up to international standards. They also provide a visually pleasant atmosphere and are roomy and tidy. Additionally, if hygiene is maintained, there would be no need to worry about making compromises on the same.

To receive the care, you need, you might need to travel. Some nations continue to have access to the most advanced medical treatments more so than others, depending on where you were born.

Traveling overseas for dental care may have several drawbacks as well. Among them are:

Although the prices these dentist offices provide may seem alluring, there is a chance that subpar service and/or subpar materials will be used.

As a non-citizen, you might not have any financial or legal options if you receive subpar care abroad.

Consuming particular meals, dancing, or drinking alcohol can affect how well your treatment goes.

Another potential hazard that could impair your ability to heal is getting infected with an illness to which you are not immune.

Dental tourism is a very crowded business that is expanding incredibly quickly to rank among the fastest-growing subsets of the broader medical tourism industry. It centers on individuals traveling abroad to receive affordable, cutting-edge, and painless dental care. When getting dental work done, patients frequently combine it with a vacation or a tour of the place they are visiting. There are several reasons why this type of dental tourism is growing:

Although many citizens of wealthy nations, such as New Zealand, struggle to pay for various dental procedures at home, this procedure is still affordable for them. This makes them the perfect clientele for prestigious dental practices in developing nations.

The clinic may bill a foreign patient at a price that is greater than typical for their nation.

Dental tourists might take advantage of the additional benefits of taking a trip overseas. They can go to attractions, and bring friends and relatives.

Dental visitors can make use of the aforementioned advantages in neighboring nations. Dental travelers from North America can visit countries in Latin America; Australians can travel to Thailand; and Germans and Austrians can travel to Hungary or Romania

Travel, lodging, and treatment costs are all included in the overall cost of a dental holiday. Remember this as you balance these advantages with possible risks. Other expenses that you might wish to consider are:

  • Travel Costs: The cost of traveling to and from your destination as well as any additional transportation required once there (such as taxi and bus fares).
  • Lodging: The price of a hotel, hostel, Airbnb, or guest home on the property
  • Food and Entertainment: Sufficient for daily needs while traveling, plus any optional activities, planned purchases of mementos, etc.

Even after all expenses are taken into consideration, your vacation may end up being far less expensive overall than receiving care at home. However, the entire expense can be higher than merely receiving home treatment. Either reconsider your itinerary or determine whether the trip is still financially worthwhile.

It may be more cost-effective to travel for dental care, and it also seems like a fun way to mix dentistry and travel. Just be sure to investigate dental tourism destinations, including the particular dental practices and the nations in which they are located. No matter where you are, you should always have access to high-quality, reasonably priced healthcare.

1. What are the key considerations for selecting a dental tourism destination?

When selecting a dental tourism destination, it's crucial to thoroughly research several factors. Firstly, assess the qualifications and experience of dentists in the destination country to ensure they meet your standards. Additionally, check if the dental clinics are accredited and certified to guarantee they adhere to international quality standards.

2. What are the potential risks associated with dental tourism?

Dental tourism offers benefits, but it also carries certain risks and precautions. One major concern is the language barrier, which can lead to misunderstandings regarding treatment plans and post-operative care instructions. Additionally, the quality of dental materials and standards may not match those of the patient's home country, potentially leading to complications.

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"Do you want numbing gel?" the dental technician asked me as she prepared to plunge into my mouth.

In the entire history of dentistry, from caveman days to now, who has ever said no to more painkiller? Smear that gel around like spackle! She did. And then ground and scraped. And scraped and ground, for a full hour and a half.

Ninety minutes later, I was writhing in a different kind of pain. The office assistant handed me a bill for $930. That was $900 for root planing and an extra $30 for the numbing gel. I had to bite my gel-numbed tongue to avoid asking why they stopped there: "Sir, would you prefer we do this while you lie on the floor or would you prefer the Chair Package?" "Care for our Adequate Lighting Option?"

Worse: This was just the beginning. The dentist said I needed at least four crowns - at about $1,500 each. While that's about the average cost of crowns around our home in Maryland, according to our insurer, that would probably be about $5,000 more than our insurance would cover.

I was moaning about this to my brother-in-law who lives in Norway, and he said people there fly to Hungary for good, affordable dentistry. Some searches online about dental tourism had me sold. The savings from crossing the border can appear remarkable. Crowns that cost $1,500 would run just $300 to $600 apiece in Mexico or Costa Rica, I found. No wonder medical and dental tourism is a booming business.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says Americans spent $2.6 billion on medical and dental tourism in 2018. That's up from just $757 million in 2008. While there are no reliable counts of how many people leave the United States for discount foreign dentistry, officials in Costa Rica, a hub for dental tourism, estimate that tourists spent more than $200 million on implants, crowns, veneers and other tooth care there in 2017.

Of course, a cheap but bad dentist is no bargain. Travelling to a foreign country for discount dentistry certainly has additional hassles and risks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that local standards of facilities and training may be lower than in the United States and that mistakes in translation or communication can result in mistreatment. Also of concern for anyone having major work done: Flying shortly after any kind of surgery heightens the risk of deadly blood clots.

Dentists in New Zealand have also urged Kiwis to avoid going abroad for treatment over concerns about what might go wrong.

Read more: • Kiwis warned against heading overseas for cheap dental work

But putting off needed dental care also has risks. So, I was determined to try the overseas route.

First, to find that good and affordable overseas dentist. I opted for Costa Rica because I'd never been there, it had a good reputation for dental tourism and I'd heard it was a great place to vacation. Why not offset the pain with a little pleasure? An online search for Costa Rican dentists returns almost 1.8 million results. To narrow my choices, I used a facilitator, or broker specializing in dental travel to Costa Rica. I figured that was safer, since the dentists are beholden to him for repeat business.

While it's difficult to suss out legitimate online reviews of anything anymore, I chose a broker who seemed to get real-sounding praise on sites such as TripAdvisor. I sent him my X-rays and my American dentist's proposed treatment plan. He distributed those to several Costa Rican dentists, who sent back bids. I chose one who passed my wife's online investigation. The facilitator also handled my travel, arranging for a hotel ($75 a night), airport pickup and transportation to the dentist's office. He didn't charge me for his service. He collects commissions from the dentist and hotel.

Getting there

I arrived in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, on a Tuesday, and the next day a driver whisked me to the clinic, where I was reassured. I saw state-of-the-art equipment and learned that several of the dentists had trained at American dental schools. The dentist I chose had done some training at Baylor College of Dentistry in Texas, now Texas A&M College of Dentistry. The staff was fluent in English.

After his examination ($80), the Costa Rican dentist announced he thought I needed five crowns. (I really should have flossed more.) The cost: $500 each. I said yes.

In addition to affordable dental treatment and stunning beaches, Costa Rica offers sloths. Photo / Getty Images

At home, a wise person would probably spread out this kind of ordeal over several months. But the Costa Rican dentist was eager to get everything done right away, and my time was limited. So, for the next 6½ hours they ground and they pierced and they grated and they chipped. That's a lot of Novocain. And conversation between staff members was in rapid Spanish, which Americans who don't speak the language might find disconcerting.

It would take a few days to make the crowns, so my wife and I took a short flight to the Drake Bay area, where we snorkelled, swam and poked around the mangroves. My mouth was sore for about a day, but ibuprofen and a few refreshing "leche de pantera" nonalcoholic cocktails took care of that.

When I returned to San Jose for the fitting, an interesting thing happened. One crown did not sit perfectly. The dentist explained that he could grind it down, but best practice was to cast a new one. That, however, would take time, and he knew my schedule was tight. I appreciated his honesty, and it was nice to be given a choice. I opted to wait for the new crown, which he glued in the night before my flight home. It fit perfectly.

Total dental bill: US$2,580, including anaesthetics. Because our dental plan is a preferred provider organisation, Aetna says we can get reimbursed for some of this expense, but it is still working on that.

My wife's and my airfare and a week in a San Jose hotel ran about $1,000. Throw in $500 for meals and incidentals, and the total cost of the dental trip/vacation came in under $4,100. People who live close to Mexico and can drive across the border to dental centres such as Los Algodones would have much lower costs.

That math shows that dental tourism for people who live far from the Mexican border makes economic sense only if you require significant expensive dentistry, such as crowns, implants or veneers, which would cost more than about $5,000 in the United States. And in return for the savings - and the cheap tropical vacation - you have to be comfortable travelling in a foreign country and willing to accept some extra risk.

Generally, your local dentists will repair a loose crown they installed at no charge in the first year or two. If something goes wrong with my Costa Rican crowns, I'll probably have to pay a local dentist about what it costs to do a crown to take care of that. But after more than four months, I've had no complaints.

I can only say that most guests at my San Jose hotel were there for the dentistry. Most were return customers. They had beautiful smiles.

And nice tans.

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Some have pointed out that the expenses associated with a return trip ticket to India are lower than what they would pay for dental work performed locally.

In recent weeks, political parties such as Labour and the Greens have introduced dental policies as part of their campaign for the upcoming general election.

Philips Augustine and his wife, Anju Anil, recently returned to New Zealand following a trip to India, during which they both underwent dental procedures.

"In March 2022, I visited a dental clinic in Auckland due to some dental issues," said Augustine, a transportation engineer. "While the initial checkup was free, the X-ray cost $70."

To his surprise, Augustine was given a quote of $900 for filling a cavity and cleaning his teeth and gums.

Comparing costs, he found the quote to be significantly higher than what he would pay for the same procedure to be performed in India.

Consequently, he decided to postpone the dental work until he could return home.

One month after Augustine's appointment, Anju Anil visited the same clinic after experiencing severe pain. The dentist recommended a procedure involving extraction and an implant, giving her a quote that left her stunned.

"For the extraction, implantation, along with additional procedures such as scanning and X-rays, the total cost was estimated at just over $6000," she said.

Given Anil's discomfort, the couple decided to proceed with the extraction, which set them back approximately $1000. They opted to delay the remainder of the treatment until their next trip to India.

Fast forward to May this year, the couple returned from India after a holiday and their dental procedures.

"For my filling and cleaning and a total checkup, it only cost $30. For my wife, it only set us back around $300, including the implants and X-rays," Augustine said.

He said his family was not alone in travelling to India for dental treatment.

"Visiting the dentist is something I do every time I'm in India," he said. "It's not just my family. I know other people within the community who do the same, solely because it's incredibly expensive here in New Zealand."

Augustine said the government should subsidise adult dental care or at least incorporate it into the public health system.

"I'm not sure whether it's possible or not but, with the cost of living, high petrol prices and my mortgage, it would certainly help," he said.

Funding shortfall

Robin Whyman, director of dental policy at the New Zealand Dental Association, said the association had been engaged in discussions with various organisations and, notably, political parties over the past few years regarding the costs associated with the dental industry.

"The approach that the association has been proposing to ministries and politicians is the need for additional support for dental care, beyond the existing public funding," he said.

He said the current system lacked public funding for adult dental care and the burden of dental expenses fell entirely on the average New Zealander who sought dental services. This included not only costs associated with dental procedures, but also compensation for the people involved, including dental assistants, reception workers as well as expenses related to building leases and materials.

All factors collectively contribute to the overall cost of a dental visit.

Whyman also raised concerns about the potential risks associated with having dental procedures performed overseas. He said when dental care was administered in New Zealand, the dentists, oral health practitioners and dental hygienists involved were all registered with the New Zealand Dental Council, ensuring that there were established standards of care in place.

"If you opt for dental care abroad and complications arise, it can be challenging to comprehend the level of care being provided and identify the causes of those complications. This can lead to more expensive efforts to rectify or address problems once you return to New Zealand," he said.

Comparative costs

Piyush Mehta, a dentist in Delhi, India, regularly sees overseas citizens seeking dental treatment in his clinic.

"On an average, I have around 25 patients coming from different parts of the world, including New Zealand," he said.

Mehta said the individuals were primarily driven by concerns over the exorbitant cost of dental care in their home countries, making India an attractive option during their vacations.

But just how affordable are dental procedures in India compared to New Zealand?

According to a 2020 survey by the New Zealand Dental Association, a full examination, which typically assesses a patient's dental health, identifying problem areas and necessary work, can cost an average of $98 in New Zealand, with prices varying by location.

In Wellington, for instance, a routine checkup with an X-ray typically costs $95, while in Otago and Southland, costs can reach $123.

A similar procedure in Delhi, such as at Mehta's Smyle Kraft Multispeciality Dental Care, amounts to a fraction of the cost, totalling 1500 rupees ($30).

In New Zealand, a 15-minute appointment with a dental hygienist typically costs around $80, with longer appointments required for extensive cleaning. In India, a full cleaning session will only set patients back between 1500 and 2500 rupees ($30-$50).

Tooth extractions in New Zealand can be notably expensive, averaging $242 for a single tooth. In India, the same procedure costs just 1000 rupees ($20). A surgical extraction is $380 here and 10,000 rupees ($206) in India.

According to data on the Medsafe website, most Kiwis over the age of 30 have had multiple dental amalgams - a metal alloy used for fillings.

On average in New Zealand, a filling typically sets patients back $170 for a tooth. In India, the cost varies between 1000 and 3000 rupees ($20-$61) depending on the complexity of each case.

A crown - or dental cap - is a restoration that caps or encircles a damaged tooth. They are sometimes used to replace large fillings, protect a weak tooth or restore a fractured tooth.

This procedure costs considerably more in New Zealand, with an average price of $1450. In Delhi, the cost varies between 3000 and 15,000 rupees ($61-$310), depending on factors such as material choice and additional costs.

Prohibitive expenses

Kiwi-Indian Anju Jay knows first-hand how much cheaper it is to seek dental treatment in India after returning there to fix a problem with her teeth earlier this year.

"I had to undergo a root canal and an extraction and, yes, that prompted our trip to India," she said.

Jay, a software professional in Wellington, received a quote exceeding $4000 for the procedure at a Wellington dental clinic.

"It was prohibitively expensive, so I had to go to India to get it done," she said.

She traveled to India with her family and completed the procedure for around $1000.

Jay said her family would only visit a dentist clinic if the pain was unbearable.

Despite living in the country for six years, she has visited a dentist in New Zealand just twice.

Like Augustine, she also calls for government intervention to assist people in similar situations.

"The costs are significantly higher compared to India, and we cannot afford frequent dental visits," she said.

The politics of teeth

In August, the Green Party unveiled its dental policy, aiming to rectify what they call a "broken and cruel" dental health system by proposing to make dental care free for all. To fund this initiative, the party plans to implement "fair and straightforward changes to the tax system".

In September, the Labour Party launched its election campaign with a pledge to expand free dental care to individuals under 30 years of age.

Labour positions this dental policy as the first step toward achieving universal free dental care while also allocating resources for training additional dentists in the upcoming years.

Under the proposed free dental care, services would encompass annual checkups, teeth cleaning, basic fillings and extractions. The government's initial focus would be on individuals aged 18 to 23, commencing in July 2025, and then extending coverage to those under 30 the following year.

Te Pāti Māori wants free dental care for families earning less than $60,000 per year, while The Opportunities Party seeks free primary dental care for young people through their Teal Card.

As yet, the National Party and ACT Party have not unveiled any dental policies.

Augustine said a party's dental policy was key in deciding which party to support in the upcoming election.

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What is Dental Tourism?

Dental tourism refers to traveling abroad to get dental treatment. Many people have left, or plan to leave, their country of residence for a “dental vacation.” They may seek higher-quality care, a more attractive price, or both.

Defining the Phenomenon

Visiting another country for dental care is an increasingly common form of medical tourism. Medical tourism, including dental tourism, can be divided into three basic categories:

  • Going from a less developed country to a more developed country to access a higher standard of care — This is more common, as some procedures used to be available only in certain parts of the world. 
  • Going from a developed country to a country where equivalent dental care is less expensive — This trend is rising as many countries offer more advanced medical treatment. 
  • People living abroad who return home for dental care — This is also increasingly common due to global migration.  

This article focuses on the second type of dental tourism. For well-established dental treatments such as dental implants, going to a less expensive country is an attractive option for many people.

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Benefits and Risks of Dental Tourism

As dental tourism becomes an increasingly compelling option for many people, it’s worth considering the benefits and potential risks. While the advantages of traveling for dental care may seem obvious, the drawbacks may not be as obvious.

Advantages of Seeking Dental Treatment Abroad

There are several potential advantages to dental tourism as an alternative to treatment at home, including:

  • Cost-effectiveness — Dental tourist destinations may offer the same quality of care at home but at a fraction of the price. Many clinics cater specifically to foreigners and cultivate a reputation for affordability and expertise.
  • The travel experience — Besides getting affordable dental care, tourism’s usual benefits include seeing new places, meeting new people, and having experiences that wouldn’t be possible at home.
  • High-quality procedures — Travel may be necessary to access the treatment you seek. This depends on your country of origin, as some countries still have an advantage over others regarding the most advanced procedures.

Concerns and Potential Pitfalls

There are also some potential disadvantages to traveling abroad for dental treatment. These include:

  • Risk of low-quality care — The price these dental offices offer may be attractive, but there’s a risk of providing poor care and/ or using low-quality materials
  • Little to no recourse — If you receive low-quality treatment in a foreign country, you may not have any legal or financial recourse as a non-citizen
  • Long travel times — Air travel may impact recovery, increasing the risk of complications such as post-operative bleeding
  • Leisure versus recovery — Drinking, dancing, or eating certain foods may compromise the results of your treatment
  • Local diseases — Contracting a disease you aren’t immune to is another potential pitfall that could harm your ability to recover

Which Countries are Best for Dental Tourism?

Some of the most popular destinations for dental tourism include:

  • Costa Rica — Offers state-of-the-art dental care at about a third of the cost of the US; many doctors, like those at Cavallini International Dental Clinic , have trained at US or Europe dental schools
  • Mexico — Has many quality dental offices that treat Americans and other foreigners; the border city of Los Algodones, nicknamed “Molar City,” is home to hundreds of dentists
  • Thailand — An increasingly popular dental tourism destination for Australians and New Zealanders; they can save half or more on dental work at offices like Bangkok International Dental Center
  • Hungary — The top destination for Brits, Germans, and other Europeans seeking dental care abroad; clinics like Medicover in Budapest offer dental implants and other procedures at half or even a quarter of the cost at home

Other increasingly popular countries for foreigners seeking dental care include Spain, Poland, Romania, the Dominican Republic, Turkey, and the Philippines.

The best country for you to visit will depend on your preferences, current location, available funds, and any cultural association you might have with the country in question. You should choose a reputable dentist with a proven track record wherever you decide to go.

Why is Dental Tourism Thriving?

The trend of people visiting dental clinics abroad (that cater to foreigners) has grown significantly during this century.

This type of dental tourism is on the rise for several reasons:

  • A good deal for the patient — Many people from countries like the United States are affluent by global standards but find it difficult to afford certain dental procedures at home. This makes them ideal customers for high-quality dental clinics in less affluent countries.
  • A good deal for the dentist — The clinic can charge a price higher than average within their country but still favorable for the foreign patient.
  • An opportunity for travel — Dental tourists can enjoy the other perks of vacationing abroad. They can bring family and friends, visit attractions, etc.
  • Favorable location — The above benefits can be found in nearby countries for dental tourists. North American dental tourists can go to Latin American countries, Australians can go to Thailand, and Germans and Austrians can go to Hungary or Romania.

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Cost of Dental Tourism

The total cost of a dental vacation takes into account the cost of treatment, travel, and accommodation. Keep this in mind and weigh these factors against potential risks.

Other costs you’ll want to take into account may include:

  • Travel expenses — Getting to your destination country and back, plus what you’ll need to get around once you’ve arrived (taxi and bus fares, etc.)
  • Accommodations — The cost of a hotel, hostel, Airbnb, or on-site guest house
  • Food and leisure — Enough to live day-to-day while abroad, plus any excursions you want to take, souvenirs you plan to buy, etc.

It’s possible that when everything is accounted for, the total cost of your trip will still be significantly less expensive than getting treatment at home. This is the bargain dental tourists are typically hoping to achieve.

On the other hand, the total cost may be more expensive than just getting treatment at home. You should rethink your plans or decide if the trip is still worth the expense.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Tourism?

Dental insurance may cover out-of-country treatment. Many travel insurance policies also cover dental treatment (however, this is typically only for emergencies).

If you’re living or working abroad long-term, you may want to consider an international health insurance policy with a global network of care providers. Dental coverage can often be included in this kind of policy.

If you have dental insurance, do the following to ensure you’re covered before traveling:

  • Check with your insurer
  • Find out any requirements your insurer places on out-of-country treatment (it may be handled differently than treatment at home)
  • Make sure your dental clinic files any necessary documentation
  • Be ready to pay out of pocket at the clinic (your insurance may require this, reimbursing you after the fact)

Even without insurance, dental tourism may get you a better deal than getting treatment at home. But only you can determine this.

Thoroughly research your options, and consider getting dental insurance (and travel insurance) if you don’t already have it. Remember that there may be a waiting period between starting your policy and getting full coverage.

Tips for a Safe Dental Tourism Experience

You’ll need to plan beforehand to ensure a safe and successful trip. Before committing to going abroad as a dental tourist, here are some steps you’ll want to take:

Research Thoroughly

Do your research to ensure quality treatment with a reputable dentist. Before traveling, you’ll want to:

  • Choose a dentist — Pick a dental clinic with verified experience with foreign patients, using their website and any available reviews to vet them and make an informed decision.
  • Make a plan — Contact your clinic of choice to establish a treatment plan and schedule and settle any logistical or financial questions.
  • Know where you’ll be staying — Know how close your hotel, hostel, or Airbnb will be to the dental office, and plan for transportation back and forth. Some clinics that cater to foreign patients offer on-site guest rooms.

Before embarking on your trip, you should eliminate as many uncertainties as possible about the reputation of your dentist and the quality of treatment you can expect.

Consider Your Treatment

The specific dental procedure you’re getting may dictate your travel schedule. Be ready to plan multiple trips or a longer stay if necessary.

For example, many people going abroad for dental care seek dental implants. Implant surgery generally requires at least two visits:

  • One to place the implants and temporary crowns
  • A second visit several months later, after you’ve healed, to place permanent crowns

Consider having your dentist at home handle the permanent crowns, but getting the information they need from the original dentist may be difficult. You’ll likely need to plan two multi-day stays several months apart for successful treatment.

This is just one example of how your specific treatment needs may affect your travel plans. Know beforehand what you plan to have done and how you’ll account for follow-up visits or changes.

Travel Preparations and Considerations

Before traveling abroad, it’s best to be as prepared as possible to be a guest in another country. At a minimum, you’ll want to ensure you have a valid passport and the funds needed to cover travel expenses.

After that, consider the following:

  • Location and logistics — Knowing where you’ll be staying and how you plan to get around is best. You’ll also want to ensure any other activities you want to do on your trip will be compatible with your treatment schedule.
  • Travel advisories and safety concerns — Stay updated on recent travel advisories for your host country. Consult other travelers online to avoid scams that may target tourists.
  • Health risks — Different parts of the world have different disease profiles. If there are illnesses common in your host country that you wouldn’t encounter at home, consider getting vaccinated before traveling.

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Common Questions on Dental Tourism

How does dental tourism differ from regular medical tourism.

Dental tourism may be more cost-effective than other kinds of medical tourism. This is because dental education and technology in many countries are comparable to that of the United States or Australia.

The difference in quality of dental care between the two countries may be significantly less than that of (for example) cancer treatment.

How do dental tourism agencies or companies assist?

Like travel agencies, a dental tourism agency can be a liaison between you and local businesses. They may work with a specific group of reliable dental clinics and provide deals on travel and accommodation costs.

Are there specific dental procedures that are more popular among dental tourists?

Dental implants may motivate more dental tourism than any other procedure.

Generally, the more specialized or cosmetic a procedure, the more likely it is to motivate dental tourism. By comparison, people are much less likely to go abroad for general dental care, such as routine cleaning.

What’s the general feedback from American or Australian patients who’ve opted for dental tourism?

Given that the dental tourism industry continues to grow, it’s clear that American and Australian patients tend to be satisfied with their treatment.

However, it’s important to vet your dental clinic before choosing, as complications from treatment abroad can be especially costly. Many dental tourism websites allow you to see patient feedback and get advice.

Dental tourism is a growing industry, as many people from countries like the United States can find quality dental services at a lower price by going abroad.

This is especially the case for procedures like dental implant surgery. These procedures require a high degree of skill and expertise but can vary greatly in cost from one location to another.

If you’re interested in getting dental work done in another country, do your research. Get advice from others who have done it before. Look for a reputable dental clinic with good patient feedback, and make sure you’re financially and logistically prepared to travel.

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New Zealand dentists pick up the pieces when 'dental tourism' goes bad

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New Zealand dentists pick up the pieces when "dental tourism" goes bad

New Zealand dentists are increasingly having to provide remedial treatment where things have gone wrong for "dental tourists" who travel abroad for dental work.

Overseas travel for dental treatment is said to be the most prevalent form of medical tourism internationally with people from high-income countries seeking treatment in low-income countries. Each year about 40,000 to 50,000 patients from the UK seek dental care abroad and increasingly, it is becoming a phenomenon in New Zealand too.

Researchers at the University of Otago have found that typically New Zealanders seek dental treatment abroad because it is cheaper and they can also holiday in destinations such as Asia.

However, while for some the treatment is successful and is combined with a satisfying tourist experience, for others the treatment fails and the tourists seeks remedial work once back in New Zealand.

The University of Otago survey of 337 New Zealand dentists in 2016 showed most (96 per cent) had encountered dental tourists at least once or twice a year, usually because they required remedial treatment.

Dentists identified a range of issues arising from their patients receiving treatment abroad. The most important issue was a lack of follow-up maintenance and a lack of availability post-treatment. About half of the respondents identified lack of treatment planning and lack of treatment records to be issues.

One dentist explained they saw a patient in pain who had a full mouth of crowns and bridges.

"I wasn't prepared to treat the patient as the quality of work was absolutely appalling. The dentition had been absolutely wrecked and I wanted nothing to do with it," the dentist said.

Many dentists were concerned that patients are unaware of the poor quality of work often being carried out.

"Patients are unaware of the poor quality of the work they receive and the difference in standard of care compared to New Zealand dentistry. Patients are often over-treated and inappropriately treated with irreversible damage to their teeth and no apparent discussion or awareness of treatment options," another dentist said.

Published recently in the journal of Tourism Management, the research was carried out by Associate Professor Brent Lovelock from the Department of Tourism, Senior Research Fellow Dr. Kirsten Lovelock from the Department of Public Health and Faculty of Dentistry Professor Karl Lyons.

Thailand was the most commonly noted country of treatment, with nearly 90 per cent of dental patients having been treated there, followed by India and Indonesia.

While about half of the dentists acknowledged dental tourism provides access to affordable dental treatment, very few (6 per cent) felt it enhances dental health outcomes for their patients and even fewer (1.9 per cent) would recommend it to their patients. A considerable number (21.8 per cent) agreed that dental tourism should be discouraged due to its negative impact upon New Zealand's dental healthcare system.

When asked to rate the impact on dental care provision in New Zealand of providing remedial dental treatment for returned tourists, just over 60 per cent considered this to be more than at least "moderately significant".

The most common type of treatment sought abroad was crowns, while implants and bridges were other commonly observed treatments.

New Zealand Dental Association Chief Executive Officer Dr. David Crum says dental tourism exists and will appeal to a small sector of New Zealanders.

"It comes with risks most often related to quick care supplied over a very short duration by a practitioner unknown to the patient."

Most often the dental care required is at the advanced, and more expensive, end of the spectrum, and often not discovered to be poorly implemented until months later after the patient has returned home, Dr. Crum says.

The New Zealand Dental Association continues to believe patients are best served by establishing a long-term care relationship with a dentist who meets mandatory New Zealand standards in their own community.

The University of Otago researchers acknowledge there is the perceived issue of "professional protectionism" with their study, in that dentists may consider the impact upon their practices by the provision of care abroad. So, they specifically asked dentists about the perceived impacts of dental tourism on their practice's income.

While a number of respondents (about 15 per cent) considered dental tourism would impact negatively on their practice incomes, a small number (6 per cent) felt it would actually increase their practice's income due to the increased demand for remedial treatment .

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Dentists’ perspectives on dental tourism – University of Otago

New Zealanders are being urged to do their homework before travelling overseas for dental procedures.

Researchers in a University of Otago-led study interviewed 20 dental professionals about their perceptions of the impact of outbound dental tourism on patients and practices.

As people increasingly seek medical treatment overseas, lead author Professor Brent Lovelock, of the Department of Tourism, says New Zealanders need to be careful.

“Although the dentists in our study acknowledged that much of the dental treatment received by New Zealanders overseas was of a high standard, they also encountered in their practices many Kiwis who have received sub-standard treatment abroad,” he says.

The findings, published in the New Zealand Dental Journal, show cost is the main motivator for people to head overseas, especially with COVID-19 related travel restrictions lifted and the increasing cost of living.

“So many people may be considering combining overseas travel with dental treatment to hopefully make a saving. However, they really need to do their homework first.

“If you were visiting somewhere overseas and wanted to do a bungy jump, it’s likely that you would first check out the bungy company’s credentials and accident record. Likewise, dental tourists also need to do their due diligence.”

Professor Lovelock says it is important for people to find out as much information as possible about the dentist (such as their qualifications, experience and quality of their practice) and the procedure.

Ensuring patients have booked enough time for the treatment, which may require multiple visits to the dentist, to be completed is vital.

“And importantly, New Zealanders should share their dental records with their overseas dentist before travelling and bring home the full record of their overseas treatment with them. “We found that most dentists are very willing to talk to their patients about the risks and benefits of travelling overseas for dental treatment – it is much better to do this before travelling rather than having difficult conversations once they return with a post-treatment problem.”

Co-author Professor Karl Lyons, of the Faculty of Dentistry, says patients who go overseas for treatments are not covered by the same consumer protections as people who undergo procedures in New Zealand.

People who are not satisfied with their treatment or services locally can make a complaint to a range of authorities not available to those who travel overseas, he says.

“Overseas dental treatment can be cost-effective and of high quality, but problems can sometimes arise.

“If there are complications with treatment received overseas, patients may find contacting the overseas dentist or practice difficult, and remediation treatment, whether in New Zealand or overseas, may be expensive.”

Professor Lyons suggests anyone considering dental tourism plan well and involve their local dentist in the decision-making process.

Professor Lovelock agrees. “We all know that we need to be properly vaccinated, prepared and insured before embarking on an overseas trip; the same principles apply to dental tourism. Research the dental provider and prepare thoroughly first – and for this it is best to talk with your dentist,” he says.

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New Zealanders are strongly advised to discuss any plans they have to travel overseas for a medical procedure with their local health practitioner well in advance of their trip, to ensure they are aware of potential risks and implications, particularly if things go wrong. Your travel insurer should also be informed of your intentions.   Before seeking medical, cosmetic or dental treatment overseas, we strongly encourage all New Zealanders to thoroughly research the standards and qualifications of their prospective health provider and consider the following factors:

  • Communication – receiving treatment in a facility where you do not speak the language fluently may increase the risk of misunderstandings about your care.
  • Complications – countries vary in their capacity for the type of intensive medical care that may be required if there are serious complications from a medical procedure. In some cases evacuation back to New Zealand for care may be required. This is very expensive and medical tourism is often not covered by travel insurance policies.
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  1. Dentists' perspectives on dental tourism

    The findings, published in the New Zealand Dental Journal, show cost is the main motivator for people to head overseas, especially with COVID‑19 related travel restrictions lifted and the increasing cost of living. "So many people may be considering combining overseas travel with dental treatment to hopefully make a saving.

  2. Dental Tourism

    Getting your dental treatment sorted for a fraction of the cost (compared to New Zealand) in between lying by a pool and having massages. ... Dental tourism is a tricky topic for us as dentists. Choosing who, how and where you get your dental treatment from is completely your choice. One of our roles as dentists is to provide you with the best ...

  3. Dental Work Abroad: Expert Guide on Dental Tourism

    The cost of dental work abroad offers savings of 70 - 80% compared to the US, UK, or Australia. All on 4 dental implants (per arch), for example, are priced at $9,000 - $10,000 in Mexico and $12,000 - $13,000 in Thailand. They can be as low as $4,000 to $5,000 in India and Turkey.

  4. Dental Treatment Holidays

    The pros of going abroad for dental treatment. Dental care in Thailand is cheaper than in New Zealand due to lower overhead costs and a lower cost of living. You can plan a holiday at the same time as dental treatment. Companies arrange flights, transfers, accommodation, and dental treatment as a package, so it's hassle-free.

  5. Dental tourism surges as cost of treatment in NZ climbs

    Tooth extractions in New Zealand can be notably expensive, averaging $242 for a single tooth. In India, the same procedure costs just 1000 rupees ($20). A surgical extraction is $380 here and 10,000 rupees ($206) in India. According to data on the Medsafe website, most Kiwis over the age of 30 have had multiple dental amalgams - a metal alloy ...

  6. Smiles Across Boundaries: Exploring the World of Dental Tourism

    A new idea called Dental Tourism is gaining popularity among those seeking high-quality dental care at a reasonable cost, as the healthcare sector is continually evolving. ... Although many citizens of wealthy nations, such as New Zealand, struggle to pay for various dental procedures at home, this procedure is still affordable for them. This ...

  7. The impact of outbound medical (dental) tourism on the generating

    A significant difference was found in that those respondents who encountered dental tourists more frequently were more likely to rate the impact of dental tourism on New Zealand dental care as significant to very significant (X2 (4, N = 321) = 27.01, p < .001) and on the individual patient as significant to very significant (X2 (4, N = 320 ...

  8. Dental tourism

    Noble Dental's own specialist periodontist Dr. Richard Longbottom sees, all too often, the nightmare scenarios. Here, Richard discusses your 'need-to-knows' before you seek dental work overseas. Why are people choosing dental holidays instead of getting work done in New Zealand? "Because of the perceived high cost of dentistry in NZ.

  9. Dental tourism: Is going abroad for a crown worth the risk?

    Crowns that cost $1,500 would run just $300 to $600 apiece in Mexico or Costa Rica, I found. No wonder medical and dental tourism is a booming business. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says ...

  10. Discovering Medical Tourism in New Zealand

    Beyond its exceptional healthcare system, New Zealand offers a wealth of adventurous activities and wellness retreats to enhance the medical tourism experience. Here are some must-do activities: Exploring the Great Outdoors. New Zealand is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering breathtaking landscapes, hiking trails, and national parks.

  11. Dental tourism negatively impacts New Zealand's health care system

    DUNEDIN, New Zealand: Overseas travel for dental treatment is said to be the most prevalent form of medical tourism. Up until now, medical tourism has been ... Search Dental Tribune. 0; International. International / International Americas. Brazil / Brasil Canada / Canada

  12. Dental tourism surges as cost of treatment climbs in NZ

    In New Zealand, a 15-minute appointment with a dental hygienist typically costs around $80, with longer appointments required for extensive cleaning. In India, a full cleaning session will only set patients back between 1500 and 2500 rupees ($30-$50). Tooth extractions in New Zealand can be notably expensive, averaging $242 for a single tooth.

  13. PDF New Zealand dentists pick up the pieces when 'dental tourism' goes bad

    'dental tourism' goes bad ... New Zealand Dental Association Chief Executive Officer Dr. David Crum says dental tourism exists and will appeal to a small sector of New 3/5. Zealanders.

  14. What is Dental Tourism? Safest Countries & Procedures

    Gergely, A.M. " The Phenomenon of Dental Tourism: The Case Study of Hungary. " Modul University Vienna, 2020. Oltean et al. " Aspects of Marketing in Dental Tourism—Factor of Sustainable Development in Romania. " Sustainability, 2020. " Cost of a dental implant in selected countries as of 2019. " Statista, 2019.

  15. New Zealand dentists pick up the pieces when 'dental tourism' goes bad

    New Zealand dentists are increasingly having to provide remedial treatment where things have gone wrong for "dental tourists" who travel abroad for dental work.

  16. Dentists' perspectives on dental tourism

    The findings, published in the New Zealand Dental Journal, show cost is the main motivator for people to head overseas, especially with COVID-19 related travel restrictions lifted and the increasing cost of living. "So many people may be considering combining overseas travel with dental treatment to hopefully make a saving.

  17. The impact of outbound medical (dental) tourism on the generating

    Medical tourism has been largely researched from the perspective of the patient, with a focus on their experience and on the outcomes for the destination country. This paper, however, reports on the perceived impacts of dental tourism on the generating region, drawing upon an email survey of New Zealand dental health practitioners (n = 337).

  18. A Complete Guide to Dental Tourism

    The trend is to select relatively accessible destinations involving fewer travel hours. Australia and New Zealand sees a huge outflow of dental tourists landing in Thailand, Malaysia and other South East Asian countries. Intra-Asian dental tourism is also in vogue. Patients from US, UK and Canada often prefer India for a dental vacation. It is ...

  19. Medical tourism

    Medical tourism. It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas, and this includes for the purpose of medical tourism. Many New Zealanders are tempted by the perceived prospect of cheaper and more immediate access to medical treatment overseas. New Zealanders are strongly advised to discuss any plans they ...

  20. Dental Tourism: Have you ever travelled abroad to get ...

    I just got an estimated bill of $1000+ plus another $1200 at a later date and I'm wondering if anyone here has ever thought about dental tourism? Seems to be about $50 per filling in places like Thailand compared to $200-$300 here, similar among other type of dentistry work.

  21. Overseas dental implant surgery/dental tourism experiences?

    Did some research for myself, 2 implants and 3 extractions in NZ around $20,000 Same procedure in top quality dental surgery in Cancun, Mexico including return flights $8,000. Once I've saved up enough I'm going over! www.dentalcliniccancun.com. I've been in contact dental surgeries in Costa Rica, Thailand and Mexico.

  22. The impact of outbound medical (dental) tourism on the generating

    The need for additional research on numerous issues is demonstrated, including: understanding how multiple information sources are consulted and evaluated by patients before deciding upon medical tourism; examining how patients understand the risks of care abroad; and the push and pull factors, as well as the motives of patients to participate in medical tourism.

  23. Absolutely Thailand NZ

    Welcome to Absolutely Thailand NZ : Thai Dental Holidays. We are a New Zealand based agent, who specialise in co-ordinating quotes and subsequent appointments with some of the best Dental clinics in Thailand. O. Thai dentistry is recognised globally as among the finest the world has to offer. With our knowledge and experience we do all the ...