Does it pay to get my rotten teeth fixed abroad?

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It’s not something most of us want to think about – having to deal with rotten teeth – but the harsh reality is if we don’t look after our dental health we can be storing up potential problems for ourselves in the future. Neglect dental hygiene at your peril – as the consequences can be far worse than a telling off by your dentist.

Obviously, the simplest way of avoiding rotten teeth is to be precise about your dental health – from daily cleaning and flossing to visiting a dentist and/or hygienist as regularly as recommended. But what happens if you haven’t been paying attention to your oral health and you think you have a rotten tooth – can it be saved?

The answer to that very much depends on the nature and extent of the damage to your tooth, and whether it has spread down to the root. However, only a dentist will be able to determine this and you should visit them as soon as you can because your dentist will do everything they can to save your tooth, and the longer you leave it the less chance there is.

What causes rotten teeth?

Bacteria are present in our mouth which live of food particles that are trapped in between our teeth, and especially sugary food and drinks which makes them multiply extremely fast. They also turn sugar into a type of glue which enables them to stick to the surface of the tooth, making it harder for your saliva to wash them away. This is why brushing and flossing is so important. If the bacteria is not removed they grow and form colonies, producing a film called plaque, which contains acid that erodes the tooth enamel, making holes that form cavities.

The problem is that most people are unaware of any problem until the acid begins to attack the nerve fibres under the enamel – but by then you already have tooth decay.

Plaque can also irritate the gums, causing gum tissues to break down. This can spread below the gumline and damage the bone that supports the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. This is even more insidious than a cavity as there are likely to be no symptoms until an abscess forms – by which time it may be too late to save the tooth.

How can rotten teeth be fixed?

Fillings, crowns and root canals can be used to repair teeth, depending on the extent of the damage. While fillings are the cheapest of the lot, crowns and root canal treatments are very expensive and if you need to replace a rotten tooth altogether with bridgework, a denture or a dental implant then you could be talking about thousands of pounds.

Traveling abroad

Traveling abroad can save you a lot – as much as 85% on some treatments – you only have to look at the Dental Departures website where you can compare prices and book online. Look at these examples:

Crowns – In the US $1,150; In Mexico $160

Dental Implant – In the US $3,900; In Thailand $1,300

Fillings – In the US $155; In Costa Rica $50

If you are worried about the expense of dental care at home you can always look to incorporate your dental care costs as part of your annual holiday. Many people do, saving themselves a fortune, and ensuring their dental health remains optimal so they don’t have to worry about rotten teeth in the future.

To find the best dentists abroad with Dental Departures. Start your search here.

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How to Save Money on Your Dentistry in Mexico

Save up to 70% on your Dental Care

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Nearly everyone knows you can save plenty of money by having your dentistry in Mexico, but if you plan it right there are a few simple ways of leaving even more cash in your pocket. Here’s how:

1: Compare prices with Dental Departures. We have hundreds of dentists listed throughout Mexico so you can search by procedure and/or by location to find the most favourable costs. Of course, it is not only the cost you might want to take into consideration, but also dentist qualifications, clinic facilities and patient reviews. Our verified clinics have all this information freely available, equipping you with everything you need in order to get the best dental care in Mexico.

2: Save yourself from any nasty surprises with your bill and get a free quote for your dental care with Dental Departures. Our website gives prices from each dental clinic, but if you want more than one procedure done we can arrange a free quote for you at the clinic of your choice.

3: Mexico is a popular holiday destination, not just for North Americans but for travellers from all over the world. Avoiding peak season and holiday times will usually mean you can find better deals on accommodation and travel, saving you more on the overall cost of your dental care. Peak times may vary nationally, although Christmas, New Year and Easter are generally busy wherever you go. You should also look out for local festivals or events which may mean it is busier than usual when local prices for accommodation may be at a premium.

4: If you do have insurance check with your provider to see if they cover for ‘out-of-network’ expenses. If they do you will be able to have your dental care in Mexico, which means your insurance cover will go a lot further than it would at home. For example, a root canal procedure including crown at home will cost upwards of $2,000, but in Mexico you can get it done for less than $300. The only downside is that dentists in Mexico cannot bill your insurance company directly, so you will have to pay them directly, and reclaim from your insurance company when you return home.

5: If your medical and dental expenses are greater than 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) you may be eligible to claim tax relief on tax deductions for medical (and dental) expenses. Qualifying expenses also include your spouse and dependents – and other deductibles, such as travel or accommodation.

6: Book with Dental Departures and you will find many exclusive discounts, such as money-off your dental treatment or free and discounted hotel accommodation. Furthermore, we will always give you the best prices when you book with us – guaranteed.

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How have consumers used Online Heath Services in the past 12 months?

Consumers are gaining increasingly active roles in their healthcare services.

38% of consumers looked up health informacion online, 27% used their health provider or  insurer’s website,  26% used a website to make an appoinment, 25% used health apps, 22% stored heath infromation electonically  and 13% participated in an online support group. This infographic created by Parks Associates illustrates the top digital health consumer activities of U.S. broadband consumers over the past 12 months.

Top Digital Health Consumer Activities of U.S. Households

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Are dental implants painful?

Dental implants aren’t as scary as you might think!

Surprisingly, placement of dental implants is rarely as painful as most people believe.   The process is generally quick, straightforward, and can be done without major pain or discomfort.  Most patients have no need of anything more than the local anesthetic and over the counter pain medications for handling discomfort.  The placement of the implant itself can be a very fast operation, and can be completed in as little as 15-20 minutes.

We have even had patients who reported they were taking tours the same afternoon as their implant surgery!

By far, dental implants are the best option for replacement of missing teeth, and the process can be easier than you believe.

Dental implants are comprised of three parts:

  • the dental implant itself, which is the replacement for the root of the tooth
  • an abutment, which screws into the implant
  • the crown, which is cast onto the abutment and provides the visible tooth replacement

Dental implants are completed in two stages, the first stage is placement of the implant itself.   A small incision is made in the gum, and a small drill is used to quickly tap into the jawbone.  The implant is then screwed into the bone and the incision in the gum is stitched closed.  The implant is then left in the jawbone to heal, while the bone grows around and solidifies the implant in place.

Since there are no nerves in the area of the jawbone the implant is placed into, any discomfort from the procedure is mostly due to the small incision in the gums: this process is often less uncomfortable or painful than a simple tooth extraction.  For most patients, they can expect some minor swelling and perhaps some cheek bruising or soreness for a few days following the procedure.  Most patients are surprised at how easy the process can be.

When the implant has healed to the bone, the gum is reopened, the implant uncovered, and the abutment screwed into the implant.  Impressions are taken of the abutment and surrounding teeth, and the crown is then fabricated and cast onto the abutment.

Of course, some people require extensive bone replacement and/or sinus lifting prior to placement of implants, and this can change the dynamic of the treatment, but for the majority of patients, placement of implants is quite uncomplicated and not overly uncomfortable.

Naturally, every patient reacts differently to treatment, but you could be happily surprised how easy having a dental implant fitted can be!

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Do you need crowns for your implants?

Have you had your dental implants placed and need to finish them with crowns?

If you need to complete your dental implants treatment, it is possible for you to do with a different dentist than who placed your implants.  You can save about 70% on the cost of your implant crowns by having them done abroad!

To complete a dental implant treatment, a component called an abutment is screwed into the implant, and the crown is cast onto the abutment.  There are many different brands, sizes and models of implants, and the abutment (the piece that attached the crown to the implant itself) needs to match your current implants in order to fit.   Since many clinics use different materials, it may be that abutments for your implants will have to be ordered in specially for your case.  In order for one of our dentists to fit crowns for your implants, you will need to gather the following information:

  • tooth numbers of the implant(s)
  • date of the implant placement(s)
  • implant brand name
  • implant model number
  • size of the implant(s) (in millimeters)

With the information above, we can easily get you a price for your implant crowns and let you know how much you can save!

You can see prices for implants crowns, including the cost of abutments here.


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