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Dental Tourism

Definition

Dental Tourism means traveling abroad for affordable dental care, dental treatment, dental surgery or dental procedures, which are generally expensive in one's own country.

Need for Dental Tourism

If your employer provides you with dental insurance benefits you are among the fortunate few. A lot of people do not have dental insurance. So when there is a need to visit the dentist, they find themselves digging deep into their pockets. This is what has given birth to dental tourism. To such people dental tourism offers a low cost high quality alternative.

Dental tourism, which is also sometimes known as tooth tourism or dental travel, is not a recent concept. Americans have been going across the border to Mexico for decades for bargain deals on dental prosthetics, affordable dental implants, discount on dental crowns, etc. It's also not uncommon to see American tourists hunting for cheap cosmetic dentistry at dental offices in Panama or dental clinics in Costa Rica.

In the US, the main reason for going abroad for dental care is the cost advantage that the foreign country offers. And in some other cases, it's the difficulty in getting the urgently required care on time that leads people to find the care elsewhere.

In Canada and certain European countries with national healthcare system, it's the extensive wait-lists that result into their citizens finding other sources to meet their dental care needs.

Benefits of Dental Tourism

Low Cost

Undoubtedly, the biggest benefit of dental tourism is cost savings. Some countries are able to provide top quality dental care at a low cost because of low labor and administrative costs in those countries.

High Quality

Rest assured that the service that you receive at Healthbase's partner dental offices globally will be equal or superior to that you can find in the US. Our partners have state-of-the-art technology and modern equipments. They staff dentists who are educated or trained in the US or other western countries.

Immediate Service

Our dental partners will work with your schedule and timeframe to ensure quick access to care. Through Healthbase's sophisticated online quote system, your dental and medical records will be made accessible to the dental provider of your choice instantly and hence will be able to get your quote within two business days in most cases.

Great Convenience

The award-winning* comprehensive Healthbase website allows consumers to arrange all aspects of dental tourism from start to finish. Our one-stop service offerings are just one of the ways we strive to provide world-class care.

Travel Opportunities

While the primary motivation for most customers is affordable dental care, for some people it's a great opportunity to combine dental care with traveling / vacation. Given the low cost of road, rail and air travel, you can even bring your friends or family along. Also, dental appointments don't take much time so lodging expenses are also low. It's not unheard of of Americans flocking dental offices in Mexico for cheap dental work during a weekend trip.

* Note: Healthbase.com is the first place winner of the 2007 Consumer Health World Award in the category of Best Website for Accessing International Medical Information for Patients/Consumers.

When and for which dental treatments / procedures should Dental Tourism be considered?

Dental tourism is not always a good option. Along with the cost savings on the treatment, you should also consider the time required as well as the number of visitations needed for your specific case. Sometimes, travel costs may outweigh the potential savings in which case it makes dental tourism not worthwhile. If you need braces, for example, which require frequent adjustment by your orthodontist, it may be a better idea to seek help at home unless you live close to the border and your dental clinic in Mexico is at a 30-minute ride.

The dental tourism destination you choose can also be a major factor in how much you are able to save. So though you may want to get a quick dental bleaching while you are on a holiday to Turkey, you may not want to go there especially for teeth whitening.

Again you wouldn't normally want to pack your bags and head down to Mexico for your half yearly dental cleaning costing less than a hundred dollars at home. But, when you need major dental work like full mouth reconstruction or jaw surgery, dental tourism to India can save you thousands of dollars. If you have to get a couple of small and big dental procedures done at the same time, like dental bonding, root canal treatment or gum treatment, tooth contouring and reshaping, dental fillings composite and smile designing, it may pay to get your dental work abroad.

Dental Tourism destinations

There are many dental tourism destinations globally that provide low cost high quality dental tourism. In general, dental tourism to Mexico, dental tourism to Costa Rica and dental tourism to Panama are common for quick dental fix-ups due to the proximity of these countries to the US and Canada. In case of patients from Europe, dental tourism to Turkey and dental tourism to Hungary are common. For major dental surgeries, dental tourism to India, dental tourism to Thailand and dental tourism to Singapore are more common given the reputation for top class technology in those countries.

For affordable dental tourism worldwide and to learn more about our partner dental offices abroad, please register to Healthbase or contact us.

Dental Tourism and Healthbase

With the popularity of dental tourism rising by the day, many dental offices have cropped up around the globe offering low cost dental care. However, the quality of care delivered by them may not be as wonderful as promised by their slick websites making botched up jobs in a place where no one speaks your tongue all too common. So when traveling to another country for dental care, you must make sure that they will provide the high quality care you are paying for.

This is where Healthbase assists you. Healthbase is a dental tourism facilitator or dental tourism agent providing low cost high quality dental tourism services worldwide. We have carefully screened our partner dental offices and hospitals before bringing them onboard to ensure that they give you world class service at an affordable price. Our partner dental offices overseas employ well-trained and English-speaking staff. They use the latest technologies. For example: in the case of dental implants, our partners have the technologies like Implant Branemark System, Implant Replace System, Implant Noble Biocare - Branemark, Implant UNITI, Implant Astra Noble Birocare, Implant IMTEC and so on.

We offer dental travel packages to various countries including Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, India, Singapore, Thailand and more.

The process of Dental Tourism at Healthbase

Register

Register for FREE at the award-winning Healthbase dental tourism website at healthbase.com to create a new account or use an existing account to login to enjoy a whole host of services and resources.

Research

Review the dental procedures of your interest from amongst the various dental treatments and dental surgeries available. Detailed information about various dental procedures is also available at Healthbase Resources and Healthbase Blog

Request and Review Free Quote

After selecting a dental procedure of your interest, contact Healthbase to learn more about our partner dental offices worldwide and select the one that suits your requirements. We have worked tremendously with our partner dental clinics and hospitals to get you the best deal possible for your treatment. You may request your free quote for treatment at the dental office or hospital of your choice for your desired travel dates.

After you have finalized the dental clinic, Healthbase will handle all the logistics involved in dental tourism for you including passport/visa application, travel arrangement, hotel arrangement, etc. You may also take advantage of dental loans through our dental loan processing partners.

Dental Tourism packages for self-insured businesses (Corporate Dental Tourism)

Those small-business owners, corporations, self-insured busiensses, insurers, and brokers looking to expand dental and medical choices for their employees or customers, can now save thousands of dollars on each case and distinguish their company from competition. Healthbase is a dental tourism company helping not only individuals but also businesses to fulfill their dental and medical tourism requirements.

We have some excellent corporate dental tourism plans and corporate medical tourism plans for employers that will help you reduce costs and offer attractive dental care and healthcare benefits to your employees while maintaining high standards of service and care. Click here to know how.

For insurers and brokers, we have excellent dental tourism service plans and medical tourism service plans which will help you provide high quality dental and medical care to your existing customers at low cost and enable you to attract more customers. Click here here to know how.

Dental Tourism patient testimonials

Healthbase has assisted many patients in need of low cost high quality dental care ranging from dental cosmetics to dental surgeries. Following is what some of them have to say about our top class quality of care.

Healthbase customer - Lindsay

Dear Sir/Madam,

I wanted to highly commend your services! .... In the future I will always recommend Healthbase, because of my experiences with Healthbase.

Cordially,

Lindsay

Healthbase customer - Shadi M

From the start, customer care has been excellent. Very speedy, friendly, and very quick to address questions and provide information. I had created accounts with many overseas healthcare services, and Healthbase is - by far - the fastest, most professional of all. Staff was readily available, very friendly, and always provided speedy follow-up.

Thank you very much!

Healthbase customer - Dan S

We had our first visit yesterday and are very pleased at this point... Thank you for your service and all your efforts to make this successful.

- Dan S

Healthbase customer - Ronald

My overall experience with Healthbase was very positive. I'd rate the www.healthbase.com website and Dental office experience as Excellent. Thank You for the attention and Care you afforded me in getting me the service that I needed.

Ronald, CO

Healthbase customer - Roger

Healthbase services were excellent. They responded quickly, accurately and friendly. Thank you, Healthbase. The dentist office, receptionist and pre dental work experience was excellent... With the one year guarantee I feel confident that the bite situation will be resolved to my full satisfaction. Had it not been for the service of Healthbase and Dental office I would not be able to smile with confidence. Thank you all.

Roger, NM

Healthbase customer - Margaret

Just to say thank you a hundred times for your invaluable service.

Margaret, MA

For more medical tourism patient testimonials, please visit here .

Dental procedures offered by our international partner dental offices

Following is a partial list of dental procedures and treatments offered at our dental tourism partners. For a detailed list, please register at Healthbase:

Dental Implants - regular, mini, Nobel Biocare, 3i, Imtec, Oraltronics

Dental Crowns - metal, ceramic, metal free, PFM, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, posterior, anterior, metal free procera, all ceramic

Dental Bonding

Dental Bridges

Dental Caps

Dental Dentures - full, partial, acrylic, TCS

Dental Fillings

Filling Composite

Full Mouth Restoration / Full Mouth Reconstruction

Gum Treatment

Veneers, Inlays and Overlays

Root Canal Treatments

Bleaching

Smile Designing

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping

Inlay - Metal, Ceramic

Onlay - Metal, Ceramic

Panoramic x-ray

Dental Cleaning

Dental Bleaching

Teeth Whitening

Sinus Lift

Implant Sent

Mouthguard

Bone graft

Gingivial Curettage

Oral Prophylaxis - Scaling / Polishing

Jaw Surgery

CT-Sacn of the Jaw

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping

Reline

Cosmetic Dentistry

Oral Surgery

Periodontal Flap Surgery

Full mouth Radiograph

Tooth Extractions

Tooth Impactions

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Healthbase, an award-winning* medical tourism facilitator in USA, is the trusted source for global medical and dental choices, connecting patients to leading healthcare facilities worldwide. We arrange a variety of medical tourism services from basic consultations to full service treatment abroad. We help you to take care of all your medical tourism details from arranging the surgery and financing options to visas, travel, lodging and tourism.

Healthbase caters to the needs of individual consumers, self-funded businesses, insurance carriers, benefit consultants, insurance agents, and third party administrators seeking affordable medical travel and dental travel options. Our state-of-the-art, easy to use, information rich web-based system makes it easy to coordinate international medical care including necessary travel and accommodation for patients and their companions, all at one place.

The cost of surgical care at our ever growing network of affiliated institutions is typically a fraction of the cost of care in the U.S. with equal or superior outcomes. Healthbase arranges first class services for patients at major internationally accredited hospitals in Thailand, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Mexico, USA and is expanding to Canada, UK, Jordan,Taiwan, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, El Salvador and Guatemala.

We offer over two hundred medical, dental and cosmetic procedures in various categories: Orthopedic procedures such as hip replacement, Birmingham hip resurfacing, artificial knee replacement, rotator cuff repair, knee surgery; Cardiac and Vascular procedures like heart bypass (multiple coronary artery bypass graft or CABG), aortic aneurysm repair, heart valve repair, heat valve replacement, angioplasty, RF Ablation; Spinal procedures such as spine fusion, laminectomy, disc replacement; Weight-loss procedures like gastric bypass, lap band, gastric sleeve; Eye procedures like LASIK; Cosmetic and Plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, face lift, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction; Dental procedures such as orthognathic surgery, dental bridges, dental implants, dental crowns; dental veneers; and hundreds of other procedures in the departments of Urology, General surgery, Wellness and many more. The savings are up to 80% of typical US hospital prices.

Medical Tourism, also termed as Medical Travel, Health Travel, Health Tourism, Global Healthcare, Medical Vacation, Medical Value Travel, Medical Treatment Abroad, International Medical, Surgical Tourism, Surgery Abroad, Surgical Trip, Healthcare Abroad, Medical Outsourcing, offshore Medical and Overseas Medical, is the act of traveling abroad to receive medical, dental and cosmetic care. Significantly lower cost for best practice care is usually the primary motivation behind medical tourism although some medical tourists go abroad for immediate availability of procedures and to seek treatments that are not available in their home country. Patients frequently also take advantage of the opportunity to vacation and tour inexpensively in the foreign country while they are visiting for health care. Signup to know more about medical or dental tourism.

* - Awarded the "Best Website for Accessing International Medical Information for Patients/Consumers" by Consumer Health World 2007.


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