Things to remember when travelling overseas for dental implants

Dental Tourism 
Dental work at home of almost any kind can be pretty expensive for Americans. According to one study, dental implants in the USA can cost anywhere between $4000 and $7000. Specialty clinics abroad offer the same at $600. Isn’t this a huge saving?  

It is not just people living in the USA that are getting benefited from going overseas for dental implants. It is also people from other countries such as Nigeria and European nations who are visiting destination such as India, Mexico, Philippines and Costa Rica to name just a few.
 Whether you are traveling from Nigeria or the USA, there are a few important points that you must consider before chalking out your program for dental tourism 

Duration of the treatment 
Find out from your dentist – even before your start your journey – exactly how long it will take before you can travel back. A dental implant may entail: 
  • More than one visit 
  • Initial examination 
  • Follow-up visits during your stay in the destination country 
  • Complete integration with your jaw 
  • A bit of soreness as well 

It is important for you to make a complete recovery and only then start your travel back home.  

Where should you go? 
There are several countries to choose from, when it comes to dental implants. Dental treatment in India is fairly popular because of advantages such as: 

  • World class infrastructure. 
  • Qualified, licensed and proficient dentists. 
  • Cutting edge technology. 
  • A large network of dental clinics that can provide you the care you need.  

Nigeria has seen India issuing 35,000 medical visas this year which is a pretty large number indeed. 400,000 Americans sought dental care abroad in the year 2012.  

Availability of specialists 
 Dentistry is a specialized form of medicine and it is important for you to choose a country or hospital that offers qualified implantologists and certified dental clinics. Extensive and customized care is extremely important when it comes to dental implants and you should find a clinic that delivers these benefits.  

How extensive will the procedure be? 

This is another question that should be completely addressed before you travel. Dentists could use various techniques and procedures to give you the dental implants and each one varies in terms of the length of the procedure, time required for recouping and costs as well.  
For instance, a bone graft could be needed in case the jaw bone needs to be fortified or strengthened. Initial examinations will also take a bit of time and therefore it is a good idea to have a thorough discussion with your dentist before your decide.  

It should not be cost alone 
As with almost anything in life, you will certainly get clinics or dentists promising you top class dental implants at unbelievably low rates. It would be wise to do some thorough research before believing these promises!  

Ask your dentist for recommendations and even ask the people who would have gone through the process before deciding. Your decision, ideally, should be based on quality of care and cost and not just solely on the latter. This is because the cost of corrective treatment can be more expensive than the original treatment.  
  You could also seek out a medical tourism agency in India who can plan and not only help you plan the trip professional; they would also connect you to the best dental clinics and surgeons and negotiate the cost on your behalf. 

IndiCure will recommend some of the best dental surgeons for your dental treatment in India. Just give us a call at +91 93200 36777 or + 1-877-270-2448 (US Toll free)  or Skype @ Indicure. You could also mail in your medical reports and queries Our case managers will get back to you within the next 24 working hours with a comprehensive plan and details. 


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