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The True Cost of Dental Tourism

There is a growing interest in people searching for the best countries for dental tourism. While the immediate costs may seem like a bargain, in the long run, it can be more costly in price and have negative impact on your health. Jenny was just such an example. She went to a country in Central America for dental implant treatment. When she returned, she fell ill and was diagnosed with Hepatitis C which has severe long term consequences including cancer of the liver. She wanted to save a couple of thousand dollars and have a dream vacation at the same time. Instead, she is now living a nightmare. The problem with having dental treatment overseas is that most countries don’t have regulatory bodies to control their dentist member’s actions. As such, there is no accountability or repercussions for dentist’s unprofessionalism or incompetence. We all want to like and trust those who take care of us. But many in other parts of the world cannot be trusted to have the qualifications or credentials to complete complex treatment. If something goes wrong, you’re on your own. Legally, you are out of options and medically you’re financially on your own to bear the burden of future poor health and associated costs. This is a very undesirable situation. You are better off waiting and saving money or opting for other treatment plans (less expensive dentures instead of implants) for the moment until you can afford to have a specialist do the treatment right. The consequences of someone destroying your health are too severe.

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