3-hour flight from Perth, this Indonesian tropical paradise may sound like the perfect destination.
While travelling abroad for dental implants may seem like a modern thing to do, the truth is that people have been travelling abroad for health reasons for centuries. The wealthy used to flock to mountainside spas to partake in the mineral baths, while others journeyed to far away cities to seek help with medical ailments. Today, travelling abroad for healthcare is known as medical tourism and it’s a multi-billion-dollar industry. Yet, while no one country has the monopoly on good health care, it’s important to know that there are pros and cons to this type of travelling.
So, why do people jump on a plane and travel hundreds or (in some cases) thousands of miles to have dental procedures such as dental implants? Simple…the cost!
Dental implants in Bali, Thailand, and Malaysia for example, can be up to 70% cheaper in some cases. Clearly, that’s a huge saving on dental fees in Australia. However, aside from the money saving aspect, there are some important facts you really need to be aware of.
Perhaps the biggest medical risk when seeking invasive procedures such as dental implants are that sterilisation, vaccination, and infection control might not be up to the same standards as here in Australia. In addition, dental education standards can vary from country to country and certain accreditations may be far easier to obtain. Finally, and in some cases, materials such as crowns and implants may not be the same quality as you’d expect back home.
As a top tip, ensure you thoroughly research your chosen dental clinic abroad and the background of the dentist looking to carry out your implant process. Check out reviews and testimonials and if possible, visit the clinic in Bali yourself before you decide, to get a gut feeling before you sign on the dotted line.
Dental implant process may be lost in translation
While English may be widely spoken in Bali, it may be difficult to ensure that any questions asked or concerns raised have been fully understood. While many medical tour companies send out your medical records beforehand, if you decide to ‘go it alone’ it can be difficult for foreign clinicians to access your medical records back in Australia. Likewise, in some cases, complete documentation of your dental implant treatment abroad may be lacking and communication problems may lead to a lack of transparency when it comes to costs, meals, accommodation, and travel arrangements. This leads your cheap dental implant trip to Bali to grow considerably beyond what was initially budgeted.
The joys of (medical) travel
When you’re relaxing on a beach In Bali on your two-week vacation it may seem like bliss. Unfortunately, it isn’t always like this when you consider undergoing any type of medical procedure. Even when opting for dental implants, Bali flights may be a regular occurrence as treatment can involve several visits over a period of months. Alternatively, some decide instead to have a lot of dental work over a short space of time. This isn’t always ideal in terms of overall wellbeing and you probably won’t feel much like sunbathing, instead preferring to recover at home. In addition, ‘vacation type’ activities such as swimming, exploring, and drinking alcohol are understandably out of bounds to recovering patients.
Know before you go
While it is certainly possible to receive the very best medical and dental care anywhere in the world, potential patients should be educated in what they should and shouldn’t expect. So, don’t let the dental implants all on 4 cost cloud your judgement when considering dental implants in Bali. Instead, look at the bigger picture and weigh up the pros and cons as a whole, including the risks and alternatives.
At Digital Dental Surgery Sydney and our sister practice, the Digital Dental Implants Institute, we use the latest innovative technology making dental implant surgery and other dental treatments, safer, faster, and better. So, if you’re considering dental implants in Bali, then we’d love you to come and talk to us first. With competitive pricing, we offer affordable dental implants cost in Australia. Contact us today to find out more.