November 15, 2014 7:50 am

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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