Is Dental Tourism Safe?
Like many decisions in life that deal directly with your health and welfare, determining and utilizing a trustworthy service provider, especially when it comes to your body, can be a hassle. In fact, it should be a “hassle” so to speak, whereas doing your due diligence can be the difference between getting quality dental work from a reputed professional versus an unlicensed one that causes more injury – and even irreversible damage to your mouth.
Some common risks and associated with dental tourism are not only based on the medical environment, but also local (and often tropical) settings. While a professional can only do so much to assure your good health and safety, an environment which is notorious for breeding bacteria or diseases due to its climate can be quite hazardous.
This, however, is understandably where using a reliable, trustworthy, and licensed medical professional comes into play. Any reputable dentist and his assistants will ensure that pre, during, and post-dental work that the patient is aware of proper post-surgical procedures, how to care for, and protect one’s mouth – especially considering post-surgery your mouth is comparable to an “open wound”.
Another common risk associated with dental tourism is accountability. No matter what country or dentist you choose, there’s always the chance of error, and dependent upon not only country but also practitioner, things could get ugly very quickly. As a dental tourist you are at a disadvantage, as you’re typically not familiar with local laws, licensing requirements for medical professionals, surgical procedures, and so forth. This again, highlights the importance of researching and electing to go with a reputable, trust-worthy dentist – even if it’s a bit pricier than you had hoped for. Remember, you get what you pay for – so don’t compromise the safety and health for saving a few bucks at your next dentist visit.
Another common issue is that some dental tourists have run into is leaving the dental site and country too soon. Often, adequate follow-up, treatment, and injury or infection prevention is necessary. Due to this, it’s often recommended that you allot yourself at least a handful a week or two to “recover” – in most instances – from any major dental surgery or alterations – such as skin-grafting.
Science has demonstrated that flying at a high altitude can create unruly levels of physical pressure that could actually exacerbate a dental condition, open up or interfere with wounds, and cause other medical trauma. The last thing you want is to pay twice for the same procedure, so shop smart, and take your time.