Edited by Neil Lunt, Daniel Horsfall and Johanna Hanefeld
Chapter 40: Dental tourism
AbstractLike its counterpart medical tourism, dental tourism is on the rise. In Australia, as in most Westernised countries, the main reason for this increase is the issues of access and affordability. Dental tourism offers the opportunity for patients to access dentistry rapidly at a lower cost and easier convenience. Treatments may also be combined with the ability to either have a holiday or visit family and friends making dental tourism even more palatable. Common treatments obtained include general and cosmetic dentistry but also specialist services such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, dental implants and complex restorative work. The main issue with patients seeking these treatment modalities overseas is a lack of accountability and regulation. Complications and the management of complications are a significant issue with the seeking of dental treatment. This chapter addresses the reasons why patients seek dental tourism, types of dental tourists, treatments sought, and the outcomes and issues related to complications and their management.
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