4 Tips When Planning a Dental Tourism Trip Abroad

tips dental tourism trip aheadFor centuries, people have sought medical care across geographical boundaries, with wealthy people in the Middle Ages trekking far from home to access therapeutic spas. Today, it is still common for people to travel great distances for different kinds of therapy, including dental work.
 
There are many reasons why you would choose to seek dental treatment outside the US; perhaps to lower costs or to see a renowned specialist. In the United States and other developed countries, dental care can be extremely expensive, especially if you want extensive cosmetic or reconstructive work. Unfortunately, only the most basic dental care is covered by health insurance plans, which makes dental tourism a favorable option for many.
 
When preparing to seek dental treatment outside the country, you should consider the following:
 
1. Different Standards
 
The standards for dental care are not the same across the globe. In the US, dental professionals must complete an accredited program and pass the exams to be certified practitioners. The requirements may be the same or different in other countries. So, before you choose a dentist, find out the requirements for certification, as well as any indicators of safety and good workmanship.
 
2. Communication Barrier
 
Most dental patients looking for dental care outside the country usually prefer to visit a range of countries, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Hungary, and Thailand. Considering that these are not English-speaking countries, it is important that you find out how you will communicate with your dental team and other people during your stay in the foreign country.
 
It is particularly important that your medical team be able to understand your medical records. So, find a provider you can speak a common language, or simply arrange for translation.
 
3. Recuperation Blues
 
Although it is exciting to visit another country for treatment in that it feels like a vacation, many people prefer to recuperate in a familiar environment after a major procedure. To avoid any discomfort you may feel during the recovery period, try to figure out any challenges or inconveniences you may have while there and prepare for them.
 
4. Follow Up Care
 
When scheduling dental treatment outside the country, you should take into consideration how conveniently you can access follow-up care. If you don’t plan to stay in the foreign country until you have fully recovered, arrange with a local provider to see you for any follow-up concerns.
 
Final Note
 
Dental tourism can be both exciting and scary, because travelling is also expensive, and you need things to work out the first time. So, these points should help you better prepare for the trip, and don’t forget to find out how payments will be made in the foreign country.
 

Help! I Chipped My Tooth. What Should I Do?

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A chipped tooth that was treated by Mint Dentistry.

When it comes to dental injuries, especially when the damage is in the form of a chipped tooth after some sort of trauma or biting down on something hard, you instinctively rush to the dentist to get the damage assessed.
 
Here are some possible causes of a chipped tooth:
 
● Falling and hitting your mouth
● Suffering trauma to the face from an accident or sports injury
● Biting on a hard item or bone or food
● Cavities that weaken the tooth structure and make it vulnerable to impact
 
But is it a big deal? And/or when would it become a big deal?
 
Perhaps it is not as big an event as losing the tooth, and the chip may not be that big to affect your bite or smile, but the fact remains that you have lost valuable tooth structure, and possibly started a series of additional chips and cracks or some other kind of damage that is not apparent.
 
The best option when you have a chipped tooth is to visit your dentist for an evaluation, and perhaps an x-ray, to identify the extent of the damage and choose an appropriate remedy.
 
When it’s No Big Deal.
 
If the chip was a minor break to the surface of the tooth and did not affect the nerves, roots, or gums, then it is not a big deal. Depending on the extent of damage, your dentist can recommend a quick, easy, and affordable cosmetic remedy like bonding or filling.
 
When there’s Serious Damage.
 
If you experience sensitivity or pain from the chipped tooth when you chew or take something very hot or cold, it means that the damage was severe enough to expose the nerves housed at the core of the tooth.
 
A chip that occurs on any of the pointed chewing surfaces of the molars is known as a broken cusp. It is usually not painful, but should still be checked by a dental professional.
 
Intermittent Emergency Care for a Chipped Tooth
 
If your tooth is chipped, you should make an appointment to see your Woodland Hills 24-hour emergency dentists as soon as possible. But for first aid care:
 
● Rinse your mouth with some warm water
● If the injury causes bleeding, use a gauze to apply pressure to the site
● If you can’t see a dentist the same day, cover the chipped tooth with dental cement to protect the remaining portion until in the meantime
 
Professional care for chipped tooth depends on the extent of damage. For small chips, the dentist may simply smooth and polish the site to remove sharp edges. For larger chips that are not sensitive, the dentist may recommend a crown, filling, or cap over the damaged tooth to restore its normal function and appearance. But for large chips that expose the nerves, you may need endodontic treatment or tooth extraction followed by an implant or bridge.