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Dental Tourism: Worth the Risk?

Updated: Nov 29, 2019


Dental tourism (or dental vacation) is a subset of medical tourism where individuals seek dental treatment outside their local healthcare system which may be alongside a vacation. Last year, more than 6 million patients traveled worldwide to address their dental concerns. The premise is that traveling to a different country and having dental treatment there can be cheaper than doing the same at home in Canada. It's true that in some countries less taxation, fewer tariffs, and lower rent allows dentists to offer some dental services more cheaply. But are the savings worth the risks?


One of the primary concerns when traveling abroad for dental treatment is the quality of work. Each country has its' own standards for accreditation and education requirements. Additionally, not all regions of the world hold the same standards for sanitation. In Canada, dentists are regulated by the Canadian Dental Association and by provincial boards such as the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) and Ontario Dental Association (ODA). Canadian dentists must comply with strict rules and regulations which ensure the patient's best interests. As these rules can vary between countries, those traveling can be at risk of receiving sub-par dental care.


When it comes to dental treatment, there are no guarantees.

A quick search online will lead you to several "dental tourism" companies. The companies offer all-inclusive packages to help prospective patients book a vacation and dental treatment simultaneously. However, these dental tourism companies require customers to sign a waiver of liability; intended to shield dental tourism companies from legal action if problems arise.



When it comes to dental treatment, there are no guarantees. Implants can fail, crowns can become loose, root canals can require re-treatment. It's important to think about who becomes responsible for taking care of your teeth when problems arise. If something goes south after you've returned home from your dental vacation, you have two options: get the issue fixed at home or travel again. As most people go overseas to save money on dental treatment, going back for a second time can be financially challenging. Receiving inadequate dental care means the patient might end up paying more in the long term.


Dental Grants of Canada offers grants up to 30% of the cost of implants and cosmetic dentistry treatment to help make dentistry more affordable for Canadians.

According to an article published by the CDA, the continuity of care may be compromised by dental tourism as multiple procedures are completed in a short period after which patients return to their homes.


Looking for a better option? Dental Grants of Canada offers grants up to 30% of the cost of implants and cosmetic dentistry treatment to help make dentistry more affordable for Canadians. A Dental Grant can make it possible for you to receive the treatment you want close to home. Apply today and take the first step towards the smile you've always desired.



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