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Overseas cosmetic dental work – is it worth the risk?

Thousands of Australians choose to travel to countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia to pursue cheaper cosmetic dental work, but is it worth the risk? If you’re considering cosmetic dental treatment, let’s look at the benefits of dental treatments here in Australia. 

Accredited and professional practitioners

Australian dentists are among the most highly regarded dental professionals in the world. Why? As a country with high standards for dental practitioners, students have access to elite programs. In fact, the University of Western Australia offers a program ranked within the top 150 dental programs in the world.   

Once accredited, Australian dentists have to follow strict guidelines and are under the watchful eye of the government agency, the Dental Board of Australia and the Australian Dental Association. Both organisations monitor dental practitioners’ compliance with internationally recognised health standards, accreditations and the medical code of conduct. And, if you’re not happy with the quality of your treatment, there are avenues to make a formal complaint to resolve your concerns. 

Exceptional hygiene standards

Australia has some of the best hygiene and safety standards in the world – strictly monitored and enforced by governing bodies. Some cosmetic and restorative procedures can become very complex, sometimes requiring patients to have these procedures completed in hospital. In Australia, there are clear industry rules and regulations when it comes to infection control, sterilisation and practice cleanliness. So, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your dentist isn’t cutting corners or using outdated technology when performing your cosmetic dental treatment.    

You don’t have to rush your cosmetic treatment

Depending on the complexity of your cosmetic or restorative procedure, you may be required to visit your dentist multiple times. For example, dental implants need to be completed in stages, giving the mouth adequate time to heal. By choosing a local dentist, you can have all the required appointments face-to-face. And, if you require a follow-up, need to make some adjustments or have questions after the procedure, you can easily book an appointment with your local dentist. 

Save money on flights and associated travel costs 

Depending on the extent of your cosmetic treatment, Australian dental work can be more affordable than an exotic holiday. Whilst the procedure itself might be more expensive, consider the other costs you save if you were to have dental work overseas – including airfares, accommodation, hospital expenses, even your meals and day-to-day spending money. 

There are also a range of payment options available in Australia. If you’re eligible, Medicare offers public dental services. If not, private health insurance offers cover for cosmetic dental as an extra with payments as little as $26 per week. Another payment option is ZipPay – a service that covers the cost of your dental treatment on the spot and spreads the total cost over an interest-free payment schedule that suits you. 

Unlike practices overseas, dental practitioners in Australia are required to outlay the cost of professional indemnity insurance (PII) and invest in materials regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. So, when you’re paying for your dental work, you’re paying for quality, expertise and peace of mind knowing you’re covered if you experience any complications. 

Visit your local dentist for the best cosmetic dental treatments

If you’re looking for professional treatment, exceptional hygiene standards and peace of mind when it comes to cosmetic dental procedures, then visiting your local dentist is best. Reach out to the team at Gosford Family Dentist today to discuss what cosmetic treatments are available to you. 

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