It sounds like the dream package: a beach holiday combined with cheaper than cheap dental care. You go home with a stunning tan and a confident new smile thanks to those dental implants you found for a fraction of the cost. While it might sound idyllic, the realities of going overseas for your dental treatment can be altogether more tragic. You might find that you regret your choice before the tan has even faded.
Obviously, we would love you to have your dental treatment with us, but we understand that some people might be looking for a way to save money on their treatment. A 2007 survey by Which? found that dentistry is one of the most popular types of treatment for health tourists. However, it’s important to carry out proper research before choosing to go overseas for your dental treatment. Here are some things to consider before packing your bags and getting dental work done overseas:
Unless you are fluent in the local language, it is unlikely that you will have a complete understanding of what is going on with your treatment. This not only means that you might struggle to ask questions before and after the procedure, but you might also struggle to understand the local regulations around who can and cannot carry out your treatment. If the aftercare instructions are unclear, you might also have trouble in the days and weeks following your treatment. This is one of the main pitfalls of getting dental work done overseas.
This is the most important factor to consider. When you have treatment with your local dentist, you can be assured you will have proper follow-up care at every stage. This will include regular check-ups to ensure that everything is healing properly. While you will still be able to visit your dentist for a checkup, it helps if your dentist has access to your medical records. Better yet, it’s much better if you can have a checkup with the dentist responsible for the treatment.
In the UK, if you have a problem with your treatment and you feel that your dentist did something wrong you will have easy access to legal counsel. When getting dental work done overseas, it can often be much more difficult to take legal action against your dentist. Before you go, make sure you check the fine print. This will show you if the company you are booking with will take responsibility for follow-up treatments.
For more information about dental treatment at Dental Solutions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.