A lot of people think they are getting a “bargain” by taking dental holidays overseas. However, too many Australians are finding out that dental holidays can be more costly than staying at home to have their work done.
Dental holidays are becoming more and more popular as people travel to Asia to take advantage of lower prices. However, the Australian Dental Association is warning Australians that the risks can outweigh the advantages.
Dental Services Abroad: Too Good to be True?
The most common complaint among those who take dental holidays is that their work looked great in the beginning, but began to fall apart within six months to a year of having the work done.
For example, a woman from Darwin traveled to South East Asia and paid $2,400 for a root canal and four crowns. She thought she was getting a great bargain until she began to notice discolouration towards the top of her gums. After an examination, it was determined that all of the teeth needed to be extracted due to infection.
The crowns turned out to be substandard and the root canal was not properly performed. A root canal is a complex procedure that takes more than one visit to perform correctly. Dental vacations tend to “rush” the work and the results are not what they should be.
Currently, she has spent close to $10,000 total on the dental vacation, the repairs and the new teeth.
Why Dental Holidays are NOT a Good Idea
When you go overseas, there is no guarantee that the dental services you receive will be up to Australian Dental Association standards. There is no guarantee of high sanitation standards, either. In addition, you are adding in the cost of the trip itself: the flight, the hotel and food.
Do you really want to risk your health to save a few thousand dollars when it may end up costing you more to take a dental holiday than it would to stay home and get it done by a qualified Australian dentist?
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