The advantages of dental tourism. – International Dental Services

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The advantages of dental tourism.

International Dental Services

In the U.S. and Canada dental work can be expensive if a person does not have dental insurance, or if the insurance company does not deem it necessary, especially if it is cosmetic rather than medical.

This is often the case as people age, people often feel that dentures are the only option but and they can be uncomfortable, also they can make the wearer feel very self-conscious.

At International Dental Services we have created a network of highly qualified, professional and friendly dentists the safest cities in Mexico, here the costs can be much less, often up to 70% off what it would cost in the U.S. or Canada. However we don’t believe quality of service should ever be compromised. We can help you find the right dentist for your individualized needs.
At International Dental Services we have created a network of highly qualified, professional and friendly dentists the safest cities in Mexico, here the costs can be much less, often up to 70% off what it would cost in the U.S. or Canada. However we don’t believe quality of service should ever be compromised. We can help you find the right dentist for your individualized needs.
One of the first questions people ask is “why Mexico”? “Here we have many trained dentists that are willing and able to do the job”, the cost of living and wages is a lot lower so they cannot charge what their years of training is actually worth. As a company we have handpicked each dentist being inspired by how deeply they care for their profession and are competent and capable of excellent dentistry. Other reasons for choosing Mexico is that the lab fees and rents for the buildings are lower than elsewhere. This does not mean that we are paying the going price for a dentist in the country; on the contrary we pay them more than they would have got before. This arrangement means that the dentists get regular varied work at a fair wage.

Dentures

These are one of the most popular forms of disguising lost teeth, these can be in the form of a full set, or a partial denture, and these are made by matching a prosthetic with the patient’s own remaining teeth or any photo of what they previously looked like. They can be removed for cleaning and often when the person is sleeping.

Dental implants

These are similar to the dentures but they are more permanent, with these an implant is drilled in to the tooth so that a permanent ceramic tooth can be attached to it, this is a more intense treatment but a far more secure way than a denture. Sometimes a bridge is added to this to support more than one tooth.

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Cleaning

Sometimes cleaning teeth with a toothbrush or flossing is not enough, especially if someone has smoked for years, of they have problems brushing their teeth, properly due to illness such as arthritis. The treatment involves cleaning with a high powered but safe scalar, this will clean off any residue that cannot be cleaned by conventional methods.

Whitening

This is often the next step after cleaning if the residue has been there for a long time the cleaning process may not be all that is needed. This treatment is carried out by gently bleaching the teeth, this may not be suitable for all teeth and this is when a veneer could be used. These are porcelain laminates that are bonded to the fount of teeth to hide the discolouration.

Fillings

Over time the acid in the mouth can cause the enamel to erode away, this can then cause the protection it provides to fail. This in turn causes the tooth to decay and holes begin to form. If this happens then the hole can be cleaned out and filled by using a safe compound that will protect the nerve from being exposed.

Root canal work

This kind of work is needed if the infection is deeper than the surface of the skin, this means that an abscess has formed and will need to be treated. The dentist will need to get quite deep under the tooth to clean out the wound. A compound is then put into the hole and filled protecting the nerve from further damage.

Diagnostics

The old x-ray machines gave a good 2D image however there is now a 3D scanner that gives a more detailed image of the jaw, this coupled with the 2D image can give the dentist a better understanding of any problems that may be presenting under the surface.

Another very helpful diagnostic tool is salivary testing, this uses the DNA in the saliva to determine if the patient is susceptible to any hereditary disease, of if there is any bacteria present that may cause any periodontic disease.

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Frequently asked questions

One question that is regularly asked is, “are the offices and equipment of the dentists clean?” All the officesof the dentists that we use have a system called an autoclave. This is a large machine that all equipment goes into that needs to be sterilised, by a process of steam and pressure. This heats the unit to such a high heat that any bacteria and germs are instantly killed. These units are the same as the ones used by American and Canadian dentists, they also conform to American government guidelines and legislationso patients can be assured of quality service.

Something that worries travellers, especially if the traveller is older or traveling alone is the safety of Mexico asthe country has had a lot of press over the last few years and not all of it good. But as with any country, it has its good and bad bits. Planning the trip well and being aware of the surroundings will help to keep the traveller safe.

Another question that is often raised, is “how much time needs to be taken off from any employment”. This will largely depend on if any follow up work is needed, but the general time is about one to three days.

International dental services will handle all the arrangements needed for the service, booking an appointment is easy and will always be handled in a gentle confidential manner we understand that the first step is often the hardest one. From the first appointment, to the time of treatment we will be there to help and support all patients that need our service.

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