WHY IT WORKS FOR MEDICAL TOURISM
If you need only one crown, you likely won’t save money traveling, but you may choose to do so anyway. Some global patients have established satisfactory relationships with out-of-country dentists and wouldn’t dream of having their dental work done elsewhere. Others take a “might-as-well-as” approach to dental care: If they plan to visit a country for business or pleasure, why not save a little money on dental care at the same time?
If a large number of crowns are anticipated, cost savings become an important consideration. In the US, a single porcelain crown costs from US$600 to US$3,100. Savings in India and Thailand can be as high as 60 percent.
IGetting a crown is a process. First, the dentist takes an impression of the tooth and sends instructions to the lab that will make the crown. Then the site of the tooth is prepared and a temporary crown is placed over it until the permanent crown is ready. Be sure to ask your dentist how long it will take to create the permanent crown. Some dentists have labs onsite and promise very quick results. If your dentist uses an offsite lab, it can take several days or weeks before the permanent crown is ready to be positioned.
If you’re planning to travel for a crown, make sure your schedule can accommodate two or more trips to the dentist. Also, verify that your dentist’s schedule matches your travel plans, and allow plenty of recovery time, especially if you are having several crowns done at once.