A lot of Australians have decided to take “dental holidays” in foreign countries to have dental work done. This is known throughout the world as “dental tourism.”
On the surface, the concept of taking dental holidays or getting dental services abroad is solid. Due to monetary exchange rates that are favourable to the Australian dollar in many countries, Australians will go to Asian countries for dental services. The cost is a lot lower in Australian dollars than the cost of having the work done in Australia. If it all works out, patients get their teeth fixed in addition to a holiday for less than the cost of the treatment would be at home.
But what if it doesn’t work out? Here are the worst risks you are taking when you go overseas to have dental work done.
What if it All Goes Wrong While You are in the Dental Chair?
Bad things can happen during major procedures. If it happens while you are overseas, you may not be able to communicate in your own language with the doctor. In Australia, dentists are trained to handle dental emergencies. You might not get so lucky overseas.
Substandard Workmanship or Materials
If you are having crowns, bridges or implants done, what happens if the workmanship or the materials are faulty? How do you complain? Who pays for your work to be done? If it’s an Australian dentist, he or she is responsible by law to repair or replace everything until the the job is done right.
Ultimately, a lot of dental holiday patients end up spending more money to have their shoddy overseas work repaired than they would have paid to just stay home and have the work done by their own dentist.
Dental Infection or Disease
In Australia, our sanitation and sterilisation procedures are tightly regulated to ensure your safety. If you are overseas, you have no idea whether the dentist’s office is going to adhere to even minimal sanitation standards. Going overseas to get dental work done can literally kill you if you contract a fatal disease or infection.
Dental Work – Do it Right
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