In the modern world, not only has international travel become cheaper and faster, but easier, with fewer border controls, or the need to obtain travel permits and visas. In Europe the Schengen zone completely eliminated the need for border controls, allowing for the growth in cross-border services, including medical tourism, a sector which is now estimated to be worth more than 100 billion dollars.
Dentistry has quickly become one of the most popular branches of medical travel with many countries across the world offering high-quality, low-cost dental implant replacement and other dental treatments.
In choosing a country for your dental implant treatment there is many matters and factors to consider.
Does the country have a dental association?
It is very important that the country you are travelling to for treatment has a controlling body, even better if that association (body) is a member of an international organization like the World Dental Federation (FDI) or the Council of European Dentists. It is a good idea to find a clinic in the designated country which is a member of an national dental association. For example, if you’re going to Croatia, it would be good to find a clinic which is a member of the Croatian Dental Chamber, if Brazil is where you’re going, you should look for members of the Brazilian Association of Dental Surgeons. You can visit the FDI and CED websites to look up all the members and their websites.
Certificates and credentials from such associations are a good assurance that you are in the right hands.
What are the prices?
It’s no secret that one of the most important factors for travelling abroad is the cost of treatment itself, but it is important to factor in travel and accommodation expenses. Nobody wants to choose the cheaper treatment abroad just to learn later that the full cost of treatment, including accommodation and travel will cost them more than at home. Many will combine their treatment with a foreign holiday to offset these costs.
In search of cheaper treatment, many Americans fly to South America, or UK citizens to Eastern or Central Europe, to Hungary, Poland or Croatia, to find dental implants for half the price of treatment at home.
Quality and standards
It is always good to do a little investigation of your own and find out which countries are the most popular destinations for medical travel and why. The quality of service is ensured by dentists who are experienced and specialize in the treatments you are interested in undergoing. In this modern world you should not have a problem finding a good dentist wherever you go.
Last but not least, you should consider is your own comfort. After all you are paying for it why not treat yourself? Just remember to not sacrifice the quality of treatment for a bit of luxury.