Brits having dental work abroad fail to spot “hidden” costs

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Around 259,000 Britons between 16 and 64 have dental treatment abroad every year because they believe it is cheaper, according to research issued by Dentale, a dental implant training clinic.

 

Although many people think that they can save money by doing this, Dentale warns, depending on the dental treatment required, it could end up being more expensive due to the costs of hotels and flights for multiple visits.  Dentale’s research shows that between 2004 and 2008, 779,000 men and 514,000 women aged between 16 and 64 had dental treatment abroad because they believe they would save money.

On a regional basis, nine per cent of Londoners of working age had dental work abroad between 2004 and 2008 to save money. This is the highest percentage for any part of Britain, and could be linked to the fact that the cost of dental work in the capital can be amongst the highest in the country. Analysis by Dentale shows that having a dental implant in the UK costs approximately £1,918. Across 17 European countries, the average cost for a dental implant is around £660, but it can range from between £1,100 to £346.

 

[quote float=”right”]”If your dentist is in another country this can not only be very time consuming but also costly.” Jason Buglass, managing director of Dentale and a UK qualified dentist.[/quote] However, taking the average price of £660 and factoring in five visits to your dentist (which is the average number needed when having a dental implant) and associated hotel and flight expenses, the average cost rises to £1,845.3. For the same treatment, Dentale said it would charge approximately £1,100. When people are looking to go abroad for dental treatment, it’s important they not only investigate the cost of the procedure, but also the other added expenses such as hotels, flights and how many times they will have to see the dentist before the treatment is complete, said Jason Buglass, managing director of Dentale and a UK qualified dentist.

 

In the case of dental implants, you need to make a number of follow-up visits and if your dentist is in another country this can not only be very time consuming but also costly.

 

Source.  By Martin Fagan

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