Cheap Dental Work Overseas – You get what you pay for!
Before you make the choice for an overseas dental holiday you might want to consider what’s involved. Is it worth the risk?
How far would you travel to visit the dentist? Would you fly overseas? Many people are considering just that, visiting countries such as Thailand and Malaysia looking for a cheaper option. There are even various medical tourism agencies capitalising on this trend. While the cheaper option teamed with a tropical holiday may seem too good to be true, you need to be aware of the risks.
The risks with overseas dental work
Australian Dental Association (ADA) has identified this increasing trend and they want people to be aware of the risks. A fact sheet warning dental practitioners and patients of the potential risks involved with dental work overseas has been released covering emergencies through to the experience levels of overseas dentists. For the most part, patients seeking this kind of treatment need complex treatments performed and the more complex the treatment, the more risk there is of complications.
Even when receiving treatments and procedures in Australia there are generally some risks involved. However, as the ADA rightly points out, “Australian dentists are appropriately trained to deal with dental emergencies.”. If something goes wrong you want to feel safe and assured that your dentist has the correct training and experience to deal with every possible complication.
Cheap and nasty materials
All Australian dental materials must be regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This ensures the utmost quality of every material used in any treatment Australia wide. There is no guarantee that the dental crowns, bridges or implants you receive overseas will be regulated at all, let alone to the Australian standard. Faults or damages to any fixtures will need to be corrected, which may end up being an even more extensive treatment.
Are you sure they are qualified?
Not all countries have the same standards of quality and experience as Australia. Australian dentists, including those at Oasis Dental Studio, undergo years of study at university and must be registered to practise in their state of practice. They must also continue mandatory training to ensure they are up to date with the latest techniques and technologies. Just because an overseas dentist claims they are qualified doesn’t automatically mean they are to the same standard as those in Australia.
Risk of infection and disease
In the same manner, that qualifications cannot be compared from country to country, standards of infection control and spread of disease cannot be compared either. While dentists and hospitals in Australia must adhere to rigorous protocols to stop the spread of disease and infection, there is no guarantee that other countries overseas will do the same. If in the unfortunate case of infection, you will want to be in the care of qualified Australian practitioners.
Don’t risk your dental health
Your oral health is important! Don’t risk it in the hands of overseas dentists who haven’t been trained to Australian standards. Oasis Dental Studio on the Gold Coast offers a wide range of dental treatments from our modern and safe practices.
If you would like to find out more about the risks involved in overseas dental holidays or need to have an overseas fixture tended to call the friendly team at Oasis Dental Studio today.