I have been researching dental implants and am very interested in getting them to replace several missing teeth. However, they cost so much that I have been considering all options to be able to afford them. I have come across many places out of the country that will do the same service for much cheaper. Deep down, I know this is probably a bad idea. But, none of the implant dentists in my area have a decent reputation. So, I will have to travel at least two to three hours anyway. I think I already have decided the out of the country scenario isn’t wise. But, is there any risk in traveling to another state for dental implant work? What if there are issues that happen after the surgery and I am hours away?
-Jeffery in Idaho
It is great that you are doing your dental implant research and exploring different alternatives. It sounds like you are talking yourself out of a trip out of the country for dental work. And that is great to hear because the risk is high when going this route. Other countries do not adhere to the same standards as we do here and the product isn’t comparable. There are just too many variables and substandard materials are often used. You would essentially be on your own if there was any kind of problem.
Tips on Travel for Dental Implants
For one reason or another, many dental implant patients consider traveling to another area for treatment. Here are some recommendations:
- Research the implant dentist’s track record. Learn about how many cases he or she has done to date, ask about their credentials and find out what their personal success rate is. This will help minimize the possibility of having to travel back to another state for complications.
- Learn more about the office’s emergency procedures. Just in case there are difficulties or unforeseen issues, it is always good to have a full understanding of what to expect. Talk to the staff about possible phone consultations to talk through any complications.
- Plan a travel budget. Be sure you take into account the multiple visits and travel required for each. There is typically a consultation, then the surgery and post-operative check-ups. Most implant dentists like to see their patients as they heal too. Then, impressions will need to be done, followed by the placement of the dental implants.
Another thing to consider is if you have to travel out of state anyway, maybe you could travel to a location where a close friend or family member lives. This may help you save on some costs and possibly give you some recovery time right after the surgery to make sure everything seems okay.
Lastly, be sure to let the dentist know that you will be traveling for appointments. This will help them provide the best possible treatment for you.
This post is sponsored by Barrington cosmetic dentist James T. Gavrilos, DDS