I am considering going to Central America to have my dental crowns done. This is because the dentist I spoke to told me he could do all twelve of the crowns I need for just $6000. Of course, travel will be a bit more, but not a ton. This dentist also showed me some images of dental crowns as a finished product. I liked how natural they looked. However, before I travel all that way, I wonder if you can tell me if there is anything I can do to make this go more smoothly?
I am glad you wrote now instead of after you went forward with this procedure. When you are talking about traveling outside of the U.S. to get your dental work done. It is called dental toursim. I know of several people who have done this. Only one of them have had things work out they way they expected.
Here is a list of just some of the things that have gone wrong with patients getting their dental crowns elsewhere, in no particular order:
- You could lose the tooth.
- The dentist could overdrill causing nerve damage.
- The crowns could be the wrong color or not look the way you expected. I know you said he showed you pictures of beautiful crowns, but how do you know that was his work? It could have been stock photos.
- You may end up needing root canal treatments on those teeth.
- The crowns could fall off after you get back to the U.S.
- Your bite could be thrown off, which would lead to TMJ disorder.
- The crowns could be placed in a position that affects your speech.
- You could develop an infection.
I know of one woman who had four of the things on this list happen. Plus, in many Central and South American countries you do not get the same type of recourse you get at home. It will just be up to the dentist whether or not he or she made it right. Even if they did agree to replace them, you would have to travel again. And what is to say the second time around will go any better?
You are much safer going to a dentist here. If price is your biggest concern, talk to the dentist. They may be willing to work out payments. If you are most concerned with their appearance, make sure you go to an AACD accredited dentist.
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