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When considering receiving dental treatment overseas you should always do your research.

First, ask these important questions:

1. Where was the dentist trained?
2. Is it a reputable university?
3. Are you absolutely confident you will receive quality professional treatment and care?

When seeking any healthcare treatment it’s important to research how much experience your care provider has in their field. You must have complete confidence that the overseas dentist and their team are qualified and experienced – it’s your health in their hands.

What happens if something goes wrong?

There is a risk that complex dental procedures could go wrong overseas. Signs of a dental procedure gone wrong may not immediately appear – see some of the things that have gone wrong in our dental tourism gallery! In the event of an incident, you will need to be certain that you can rely on the overseas dentist repairing the work that they may have incorrectly performed in the first place. It is unlikely you will be able to return for further treatment in an appropriate time frame, however, if an Australian dentist was chosen, any incident could be dealt with immediately.

What are the health standards for the country? Is the dentist following the standards?

Australia has clear and strict regulation on infection control. They are endorsed by National Law, the National Health and Medical Research Council, and the Dental Board of Australia. Patient safety and health is at the forefront for all Australian dental professionals to ensure quality procedures are carried out.

First, ask these important questions:

  1. Are there adequate health standards in the country you are looking to receive your dental treatment?
  2. How do you know the dentist is following the standards?
  3. Do you know the materials and instruments being used for the procedure are safe and are going to be used, sterilised and disposed of correctly?

Does the cost truly weigh up against the risks to your oral health?

You need to account for every cost involved travelling overseas for treatment. They will include flights, accommodation, transfers, after treatment care and more. You may also need to factor in return travel if treatment is not successful. While the savings may seem attractive, you may not be considering the cost to your health.

A trade mark of Dental Tourism is compressing multiple treatments into an inappropriately short time frame. Compressing treatment time drastically increases the chance of a failed or troubled procedure. Between each treatment an appropriate amount of rest and healing is required in order for the gums and teeth to settle. Most Australian dentists create a treatment plan for complex procedures which consists of multiple treatments spaced over several weeks. A treatment plan allows the gums to rest and the dentist to monitor your progress.

Many dental procedures are invasive and some procedures performed cannot be undone. It is important to weigh up all factors when considering overseas dental treatment. Although lower fees may be enticing, you need to consider at what cost it is to your teeth and health.