Full-Mouth Dental Reconstruction

Your Guide to Top-Quality, Affordable Dentistry

Patients 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.

Why It Works for Medical Tourism | Planning Ahead | Accreditation and Certification | Dental Tourism Do's and Don'ts

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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 (specialists in gum disease and implants), oral surgeons, and endodontists (root canal and dental pulp work).

Why It Works for Medical Tourism

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 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. You may also be required to stay longer in-country due to lab work or longer recovery periods. Yet the opportunities for significant savings—tens of thousands of dollars—easily outweigh the inconvenience for many.

Planning Ahead

Full-mouth reconstructions can require more than one office visits over an extended period of time, 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 accordingly.

Accreditation and Certification

Non-US dentists practicing abroad can apply for affiliate membership with 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.

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.

Dental Tourism Do's and Don'ts

  • Do make sure you check and understand the specifics of your dental insurance plan, if you have one. Some plans cover full or partial costs for bridges. Find out how your coverage is affected if you travel for dental care.
  • Do ask about lower cost alternatives. For example, a missing tooth can be replaced with an expensive implant or a less expensive bridge. If the latter is as good as the former in your judgment, then save some money and opt for the more affordable choice.
  • Don't fall for showy websites. Find out about your clinic's good standing and accreditation, as well as your dentist's training, credentials, board certification, and experience. The process of planning, forming, and placing a bridge requires expertise. Make sure your dentist has plenty.
  • Do ask for a cost estimate in writing. Although the estimate may change once the dentist is able to review your needs in person, it is important to have an agreed upon point of departure.
  • Do ask for patient references. A successful practice should be more than happy to share positive outcomes.
  • Dentistry can be painful, especially if you compress a lot of work into a short period of time. If you are highly sensitive to pain, do discuss pain management with your dentists—both at home and out-of-country.
  • Do ask if all your work can be done in one trip; your savings decline if you have to travel twice.
  • Do ask about compatibility of any parts or materials used. Standard dental practices, supplies, and equipment vary among countries. Incompatibilities can create problems for follow-up care at home.
  • Do remember to request x-rays, estimates, test results, and other documentation to share with your at-home dentist so you don't have to pay for more later. Most will supply you x-rays in digital format; ask for jpg files.
  • Last updated on 4 July 2017