We all know the importance of taking care of our teeth, but we also are aware of the costs involved. According to Patients without borders, a company specialized in medical and dental tourism; a US citizen could save between 50% and 70% percent of the final cost if they attend a dental clinic overseas, plus the benefits of getting to know another culture. They estimate that in 2012 400.000 Americans cross the borders looking for dental care, with a growing rate of 20% per year. Implants, venners, crowns and full mouth reconstructions are the most common procedures that patients look for.
Finding the Right Dentist
To find the best dentist for you, begin your search online. For most destinations, a quick Google search will bring up a number of dentistry sites and dental tourism search engines. Websites such as WhatClinic.com provide client reviews of dentists. There are many genuine online testimonials available on forums, from former patients of the respective dentist, so read these reviews carefully.
Also you may check if the dentist is a member of the national dental associations, most countries have local associations that congregate the dentist by specializations and check all their information.
Once you have choose your dentist have a basic idea of what is involved in dental procedures, such as crowns, implants, and root canals. Once you arrive at the office, discuss all of the procedures and options with your dentist one last time and clarify the total cost.
Keep in mind that when traveling overseas for dental care, you will incur costs typically associated with international travel. Remember to budget for hotels, visas, food, and airfare, as you would for any international trip.
Also, be sure to discuss all costs associated with your dental work with your dentist prior to beginning any procedures.
If price is your biggest consideration, research dental professionals separately from accommodations, as dental tourism vacation packages that include hotels or attractions will likely be more expensive.
Remember that, even if your primary objective is dental care, you’re on vacation, so plan to go out and have some fun.
Why Chile as a dental destination?
Chile is of the most stable countries in Latin America, known for its economic development, safety and breathtaking sceneries. It also has well known reputation for the academic level of its universities and health professionals.
In Chile you can not only save more than 50% of your total dental bill, but also you can enjoy a safe country with diverse tourism options such as the Atacama Desert, the eastern island and Torres del Paine in the Patagonia.
If you have any questions or need further information about dental tourism in Chile, please visit our webpage for international patients