Posts tagged “Dental treatment abroad”

In your comfort zone at Harley Street dentists

February 25th, 2011

Our teeth play a very important role in our lives. They make a great first impression, especially if the person’s confidence is particularly high due to this. But, if they require a great deal of dental treatment this could result in the overall bill being vast. However, some people who wish to have a high level of dental treatment might not be willing to pay the costs which are attributed towards this. And this is where it gets a bit tricky.

The purpose of leaving their native country for other nations where dental treatment is cheaper, otherwise known as “dental tourism”, is becoming far more appealing. The exoticness of having that dream dental treatment at a price which is lower than what you have been quoted by your chosen dentist tends to send shivers of excitement down the spine. But, as many who have experienced this, they might have wished they could turn back the clock on their prior decision.

Even if you have dental treatment in foreign countries, the health and safety practises of that country might not be as high as what we have here in the UK. Even if you found a great deal where the price of the dental treatment was dramatically lower, there is the distinct possibility that the treatment could be carried out shoddily and might require further treatment by a dentist once you arrive back on home soil.

With many dental treatments, these cannot be carried out over the course of one visit and might require multiple trips. If the space between each visit is, for example, several weeks the overall travelling cost might be higher when compared to dental treatment in the UK.

But, even if you see that an appointment is available in another country which would only require them to carry out routine dental treatment the price could escalate especially if your mode of transport is delayed or any other unforeseen problems arise.

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Dangers of Dental Tourism

January 19th, 2011

Dental tourism has become something of a phenomenon over the last few years and on the surface, combining a holiday with getting treatment, may seem like a fantastic idea. However, there are certain pitfalls and you need to be extremely diligent when planning your treatment.

Possible complications

In other countries, standards of hygiene and cleanliness may not be as high as in the UK and there may be a greater risk of contamination and infection; regulations about cross-infection may also not be as stringent abroad. Regulations concerning training and qualifications may also not be as strict as the UK and the dentist you see may not be as highly qualified as the dentist you would have seen in the UK. You also need to be aware of fraudsters; in some countries, ‘bogus dentists’ target tourists and try to lure them in with attractive prices and incentives.

Most people choose to go abroad in order to save money. However, you need to consider that you could end up paying a lot more than the original quote in the UK if you go overseas and the dentist botches the procedure. You also need to be aware that if your treatment doesn’t go to plan, you may be left with huge medical bills, as many countries do not have a free health system like the NHS and you may be left stranded in a foreign country.

Things to think about

If you’re planning to go abroad for dental treatment, there are many things you need to think about; you need to spend time researching both the treatment and the place you intend to go to for your treatment. Firstly, you need to think about the treatment you are having, so look into the details of the procedure, find out what the actual operation involves, research prices at home and get a realistic impression of what results you can expect to achieve from the treatment.

If you are sure that you want to have treatment, spend some time researching the places you can go for treatment. Look at different clinics, read patient testimonials, look at details of dentists’ qualifications, training, expertise, experience and background; always make sure that they are registered with the relevant body in their country.

Think about the price of the treatment in relation to the cost at home. You need to make sure you factor in accommodation and transport costs and remember that you need to take follow up care into account. It may be that you have to go back to the clinic for aftercare and this will affect your budget, as you will need to get there and arrange accommodation during your stay.

If you decide to go abroad make sure you have a comprehensive insurance policy; check the details and make sure that your treatment is covered by the plan. Try to get the best possible insurance policy it is worth paying a bit extra to ensure that everything is covered.

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Dental Tourism Booming

September 20th, 2010

Dental tourism is booming as millions of people across the world travel to other countries in a bid to save money on dental treatment.

Why is dental tourism so popular?

Dental tourism is becoming increasingly popular because more people are finding out that they can get dental treatment much cheaper in other countries; the number of clinics targeting tourists is also increasing. On the surface, it seems amazing to be able to combine a luxury holiday with getting dental treatment, especially as the low costs mean that people can pay the same for a luxury holiday and dental work as just the treatment at home. However, there are many potential pitfalls and patients should take great care when they choose to head overseas for dental treatment.

Quality care in the UK

In the UK, all practising dentists must be registered and qualified. Dental surgeries and clinics must also be clean and adhere to strict infection control and sterilisation procedures. In other countries, standards of cleanliness may not be so high and you risk being seen by a dentist who does not have the necessary qualifications and expertise to be carrying out your treatment.

Dental treatment may be more expensive in the UK but you will end up paying a lot more if you choose to go abroad and see a dentist who is not fully qualified, or you attend a clinic that does not have effective protocols in place. After care is another big issue that must be considered. If you receive treatment at in the UK you can just nip to your dentist for any follow-ups. But if you have treatment abroad a follow-up appointment won’t be quite so easy to ascertain.

If you choose to come to us for treatment, you can be rest assured that you will be offered the highest possible standards of care and we will do everything we can to make sure you have an enjoyable experience with us. Our team is highly qualified and has a wealth of professional experience.

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Need a Dentist? London Warned about Treatment Abroad

September 4th, 2009

If you’re looking for a dentist, London and UK patients are being warned to avoid treatment abroad.

Dental and medical treatment abroad may be tempting as the prices appear to be just a snip of what you’d pay for a dentist in London. But a report in The Telegraph newspaper has warned that going abroad for medical or dental treatment can not only be a false economy, it can lead to emotional as well as financial scars.

If you’re looking for a dentist, London has some of the best in the world. But the cost of dental treatment has prompted some people to look further afield to find more affordable alternatives. But The Telegraph is warning, if things go wrong, the emotional and financial scars will last longer than the physical ones. If you’re looking for a dentist, London or across the UK, it can be nigh on impossible finding one on the NHS. More people are looking abroad for quick and affordable alternatives.

Dentistry Abroad: A False Economy?

Waiting lists are part of the growing trend for Brits seeking medical and dental treatment abroad. Other reasons cited include the fact that there are many dental services, especially cosmetic dentistry, that are simply not available on the NHS to the majority of its patients. Going abroad often appears cheaper than opting for private treatments from a top London dentist. It’s for these reasons that there has been a growth in ‘global health tourism’. It has been estimated that 50,000 Brits travel abroad for health services – from cosmetic surgery to dentistry. Although some believe this figure is much higher. But there has long been a big question mark over the safety of having surgery abroad. And the Health Protection Agency recently issued a warning about a new super-bug that resists antibiotics that is being brought over to the UK by patients who have sought treatment overseas. Although ironically, fear of British super-bugs, such as MRSA is often a reason for some patients to seek treatment abroad in the first place.

Demand for Dentists – London Patients Need Remedial Work

It’s all about balancing cost and safety. In the UK dental implants can cost around £3k, in Budapest, it can be a third of the price. But there are risks, risks that can leave you worse off financially and emotionally. The British Medical Association advise: “We’d urge people to consider all eventualities before making a decision…What happens if there are complications? What happens if the treatment doesn’t work? What language will the medical notes be in?”

According to the British Dental Association, London and UK dentists have to undertake remedial work as a result of botched trips abroad. If you are thinking of dental work abroad, make sure you do your homework and are aware of the potential risks and the hidden costs.

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