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Dental Care Provider in Perth Says: Don’t Go Overseas for Dental Work

Dental care provider reveals why those who leave Perth and go overseas for cheap dental work don’t always get a “bargain.”

Perth, WA, 25 September 2015 - According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), over 10,000 Australians a year travel overseas in search of cheap dentistry. However, so many of them go back to their original dentists to have the work redone that the ADA is now warning dental patients that their cheap dental procedures are not a bargain and can in fact be dangerous.

Why Australians Travel Overseas for Cheap Dentistry

Due to differences in currency, Australians can save a lot of money going to South East Asia to receive dental work. A full mouth reconstruction that costs $8,000 in the Philippines can cost up to $35,000 in Australia. In Thailand, a crown costs $700, while it would cost $1,500 in Australia. The end result is that people who need a lot of dental work feel like they can save a lot of money if they go overseas and have the work done all at once. But are they really saving money?

According to Leonard Crocombe of the ADA, an increasing number of Australians who travel overseas for cheap dentistry are finding that they have severe problems within six to twelve months after having the work done.

The most egregious example cited by the ADA is that of a woman from Darwin who travelled to South East Asia for cheap dentistry in 2013. She paid $2,400 to have a root canal and four crowns. She was happy for six months until she noticed she had infections under her teeth. Eventually, she would have to go back to her dentist and have the teeth removed. She paid more than $10,000 by the time her work was done. If she had stayed home, she would be $5,000 richer and still have all of her teeth.

Dr Lisa Khokhlova is a dentist who works for eDental Perth. She has had to repair overseas dental work for some of her patients. She cites confidentiality for not giving any details about her patients, but had plenty to say about why so many Australians are having problems with overseas work. According to Dr Khokhlova:

“It’s dangerous to go overseas for work for a few important reasons. First of all, it is a terrible strain on the body to have too much work done too quickly. It can lead to severe complications. It can also lead to work falling apart after six months because a procedure that should stretch over a month was completed in one day. Another factor: only one out of three dentists in South East Asia have passed testing equivalent to what is required in Australia.”

Dr Khokhlova concluded: “The promise of lower prices can be tempting, but in the long run, it is safer and more cost-effective to stay right here in Australia with your local dentist. Don’t leave your smile overseas when you don’t have to.”

eDental Perth provides dental care in the Perth area. They are located five minutes from the Perth CBD in Rivervale, WA. They offer a full range of dental services from emergency dental services to cosmetic dentistry services. They are considered to be an “eco-dentistry” office, as they are committed to supporting the environment and lowering their carbon footprint. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (08) 9361 1728 or visit their website: http://www.edentalperth.net.au/.