Your Guide to Top-Quality, Affordable DentistryPatients requiring more extensive, complex dental work may request a full-mouth reconstruction, where a combination of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures are employed—the particulars vary depending on the needs of the patient. Such a treatment program may encompass multiple bridges, crowns, implants, partial dentures, and/or veneers, along with orthodontics (braces and related procedures) that improve the alignment of the jaw, the teeth, or both.
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A full-mouth reconstruction is like planning and building a city from the ground up: in both cases, numerous professionals work together to achieve optimal functionality, beauty, and quality of life. The reconstruction may require the services of one or more dental specialists: periodontists, oral surgeons, and endodontists.
Full-mouth reconstruction abroad may offer significant savings over the same set of treatments at home. The average cost in the US is US$47,000, but the price may run as high as US$60,000. The money you might save abroad depends on the number and nature of the individual treatments employed, so accurate cost estimates directly from your out-of-country dentist are imperative.
With the cost of a single crown running 50 percent or less of the US cost in countries such as Costa Rica, Mexico, and Thailand, medical travel may well offer an affordable option for those seeking full-mouth reconstruction. One big caveat: Because you may be required return several times to get all your work done (particularly when work involves implants), make sure you factor the cost of extra return airfares, lodging, meals, local transportation, and entertainment into your budget.
Most full-mouth reconstructions require multiple office visits over an extended period of time—sometimes a year or more, depending on the needs of the patient. If you’re planning to have the work done away from home, you’ll be wise to plan, schedule, and budget for multiple return trips over many months.
Membership in a professional association is an important indicator of any health professional’s expertise. Non-US dentists practicing abroad can apply for affiliate membership in the American Dental Association (ADA). Such membership is available to dentists who are practicing in a country other than the United States and who do not have an active US dental license.
Endodontists have professional societies all over the world that provide their members with opportunities for continuing education, research, accreditation, and networking. International membership in the American Association of Endodontics is available to a practicing endodontist in a country outside of the United States who has successfully completed the requirements defined by their government or recognized endodontic specialty association.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) runs an accreditation program that serves professionals practicing in the US and abroad. Applicants for accreditation complete a rigorous credentialing process that includes a written examination, oral examination, and peer review of clinical cases.
Finally the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) and the highly-regarded Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC) both accredit international clinics, including dental facilities.
Last updated on 24 August 2016