Dental Tourism: What are the Risks?

Patient getting dental treatmentThe high cost of dental services in Australia continues to drive the popularity of overseas treatment in nearby countries, particularly in Southeast Asia.

Many Australians are willing to travel to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand due to comparatively lower costs. However, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) warned that dental tourism has a significantly higher risk for patients.

Cheaper Alternative

Dental tourism mostly appeals to Australians who only earn a decent salary, which is otherwise not enough particularly for cosmetic procedures. If you live in Queensland, the price of cosmetic dentistry in Townsville may be cheaper than in Brisbane depending on the service. The ADA said that despite the enticing prospect of saving money, there is a chance of experiencing substandard dental work abroad.

The risks often involve complications that arise from faulty treatment. In this case, it would be costly to return to the country where you had the initial work done. Some people simply visit a dentist after realising the cost of flying back. Either way, they would pay more than they initially wanted to spend on dental procedures.

Holiday Packages

Aside from cheaper costs, many average-income earners in Australia are interested in seeking overseas dental work due to holiday packages that include dental treatment. Even if the procedure only involves teeth whitening, some people find it nice to spend a vacation while squeezing a dental appointment in between the trip.

Be forewarned, though, that the allowable concentrations of hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening in Australia may be different from your travel destination. Only dental practitioners in Australia are allowed to use products that have more than 6% hydrogen peroxide.

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Don’t let the allure of a holiday in a tropical country to influence your decision for wanting cheaper dental treatment. Remember that most procedures require routine check-ups, which is unlikely if you had work done from abroad.