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Dental Implants Overseas

Dental treatment can be expensive and it’s the main contributing factor towards Australians not receiving the dental care they need.

Going Overseas for Dental

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It’s also the reason why some patients may turn to dental treatment abroad for cheaper alternatives, and subsequently fall into the trap of ‘bargain’ treatments, desirable exchange rates and lower product prices. Before deciding on whether dental treatment is right for you, it’s important to ask questions and get some facts.

What are your risks? Is there a reason why dental treatment is cheaper in other countries? and what happens when something goes wrong?

At Perth Dental Implant Centre, we’ve listed everything you need to know about overseas dental treatment and why we recommend choosing a local dentist.

Rethink Dental Tourism

It’s commonplace for people to want to visit businesses that have been recommended to them by friends and family. This idea has fuelled the dental tourism industry and led to many people undergoing treatment overseas for dental implants.

Dental-Tourism

One of the largest problems associated with visiting another country for dental treatment is the fact that you do not benefit from the same high healthcare standards that registered Australian practitioners abide by.

It can sometimes take many months or years for the consequences of poor treatment to resurface. By that time, patients are understandably reluctant to pay for additional dental care to correct the issue. The cost of corrective surgery can work out ultimately more expensive than if you’d had treatment done at home.

7 Reasons to Avoid Overseas Dental Work

  • Lower standard of care
  • Lower implant system quality
  • Cultural barriers leading to miscommunication
  • Rushed treatment
  • Lower hygiene standards
  • Higher risk of complications
  • No legal recourse if things go wrong

1. Lower standard of care

In Australia, the dental industry is strictly regulated for the safety and wellbeing of patients, where the same regulations do not apply overseas. Australian-based dentists have a high standard of dental education and have compulsory ongoing professional development.

2. Lower implant system quality

Dental implant systems in Australia meet relevant standards and are approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Overseas dental implant systems may be cheaper but also of a poor quality material, making them more prone to failure.

3. Cultural Barriers leading to miscommunication

When a provider has inadequate language skills or uses different gestures, body language and symbols, it can sometimes lead to miscommunication.

4. Rushed treatment

While a shorter treatment time may seem attractive at first, patients who have limited time on holiday may be subject to dentists cutting corners for complex or multiple treatments.

5. Lower hygiene standards

Hygiene practices that involve keeping dental instruments, materials and surroundings sterile may also be less strict at overseas dental clinics compared to Australia

6. Higher risk of complications

Overseas treatment runs the risk of the dentist failing to plan and examine pre-existing conditions such as gum disease. The results of this can be catastrophic. As such, most treatments should ideally be completed over a longer period of time, with a trusted and experienced dentist.

7. No legal recourse if things go wrong

If something does go wrong during or after treatment, you have no legal recourse to make a complaint or claim compensation. You would need to return to the overseas dentist for ongoing care or be treated locally at an additional cost. Additionally, travel insurance policies won’t cover medical treatment and dental tourism operators absolve themselves of any responsibility.

ADA Advises Against Dental Tourism

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) discourages patients from seeking dental treatment overseas. Deputy Chairman of the Oral Health Committee Dr Michael Foley explains that

“While it’s true you may save some money in the short-term, the reality is that things can go wrong and all those expected savings can quickly disappear and end up costing more than the holiday itself”.

Read the ADA media release here.

Be Prepared Before You Go

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Our leading dentist, Dr David Norcross offers up some questions you may want to ask before undergoing treatment for dental implants overseas:

 

  • What is the experience of the dentist providing the treatment?
  • Is the dentist registered under a professional regulatory board and what are the board’s standards?
  • How many times has the dentist carried out the procedure?
  • What dental implant system is being used?
  • Has the whole mouth been assessed carefully and any preliminary treatment been completed?
  • If complications occur, how will they be fixed and what will be the costs?
  • What are the infection control policies of the clinic?

Why Choose Us?

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Dr David Norcross is a general dentist who has dedicated his career to placing dental implants and has completed extensive implant dentistry training courses over the past 15 years. He places over 300 dental implants each year at two dedicated dental implant clinics in Kelmscott and East Victoria Park.

At Perth Dental Implant Centre, you will benefit from our experienced dentists, technicians and prosthetists, high-quality implant systems and flexible payment options and genuine care. For more information, get in touch today.

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Frequently asked questions

All medical treatments carry risks, but travelling overseas for surgical treatment can increase those risks. While the potential savings of implant treatment overseas is appealing, the risks often outweigh the benefits. Risks include:

  • Lower standard of care
  • Lower implant system quality
  • Rushed treatment
  • Lower hygiene standards
  • Higher risk of complications
  • No legal recourse if things go wrong

Dental implant treatment is a long-term treatment that requires ongoing supervision after you’ve returned back home. Before you decide whether to travel abroad, ask these questions:

  • What is the experience of the dentist providing the treatment?
  • Is the dentist registered under a professional regulatory board and what are the board’s standards?
  • How many times has the dentist carried out the procedure?
  • What dental implant system is being used?
  • Is the dental implant system TGA-approved for use in Australia, if parts are needed?
  • Has the whole mouth been assessed carefully and any preliminary treatment been completed?
  • If complications occur, how will they be fixed and what will be the costs?
  • What are the infection control policies of the clinic?