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It is important to consider the dangers of dental tourism

If you’ve started researching overseas dental work, the chances are you’ve read articles with many mixed feelings on the topic. With 15,000 Australians travelling overseas each year, spending an estimated $300 million on dental and medical treatments to avoid local costs, you would think it would be okay to take the chance yourself.

The thing is, whether you know someone who has successfully undergone dental treatment overseas or you’re enticed by the potential savings involved, there are a few things you should take into consideration.

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Four risks you need to consider

Lenient regulations

Dental professionals in Australia are strictly regulated by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA), while dental practitioners in many international locations would unlikely adhere to these strict regulations.

Poor training and infection control

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) imposes extremely strong controls over the equipment and materials used in Australian dental practices, as well as the infection control strict procedures. This ensures patients are subjected to the safest and highest quality hygienic treatment. No patient has ever contracted HIV from an Australian dentist, however there are numerous reports of people contracting infectious diseases from simple medical procedures overseas.

Who is accountable if something goes wrong?

Practitioners in Australia are held accountable for any failed treatments or complications arising from the procedure. Getting your root canal treatment abroad means that if anything goes wrong, you either have to make another trip over to rectify the issue or incur greater expenses to fix the problem locally.

Vague insurance

When opting for overseas treatments you will be going it alone as many travel health insurance companies will not cover overseas medical procedures, and those that do are very evasive with what is covered and what is not.

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Frequently asked questions

What is dental tourism?

Dental tourism refers to the act of travelling to foreign countries for the purpose of seeking dental treatment. In most cases, people choose to travel to less developed countries for dental treatment in order to save on medical costs. There are, however, a number of risks associated with dental tourism and the standard of care and infection control can vary greatly from country to country. It is also difficult to receive follow-up care in the case of a complication.

There are a number of reasons why dental costs may be less in certain countries. In many cases, the cost of labour and property rent is less, so dentists are likely to have lower running costs. It is also possible that the cost of malpractice insurance is lower in some areas. It is important to note, however, that even though the cost of dental care may be lower in these countries, there is no guarantee when it comes to quality and infection control. For this reason, we don't recommend that you travel overseas for dental treatment. While you might save money in the short term, the risk of complications tends to be quite high.