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Best destinations for
Dental tourism

Dental tourism is growing in popularity, and for good reason. Learn the pro's and cons of traveling abroad and discover the top destinations for dental treatments abroad.
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Written by: Stefan Lazarov
Publication date: 03/04/2024

What is dental tourism

Dental tourism means traveling to other countries to get dental work done. People do this to save money on treatments that can be much more expensive or hard to get in their own country. For those living in Europe, where the cost of living and healthcare is high, traveling for dental care offers a way to get high-quality services without the hefty price tag. This includes everything from basic check-ups and cleanings to more advanced work like implants and cosmetic dentistry.

But it’s not all about saving money. Dental tourism also attracts people who want to enjoy a trip abroad. Many like the idea of enjoying beautiful places while they recover from dental work. Countries popular for dental holidays usually have modern clinics with staff who speak English, ensuring care that’s as good as, or better than, what’s available at home. Because of this mix of benefits – lower costs, great care, and the chance to travel – more people are looking at dental tourism as a good choice for their dental needs.

Benefits of dental treatments abroad

The benefits of dental tourism can be succinctly broken down into practical points:

  • Cost savings: significant reductions in the cost of dental procedures compared to prices in the patient’s home country. This is especially beneficial for expensive treatments not covered by insurance.
  • High-quality care: access to state-of-the-art dental facilities and experienced, highly trained dental professionals, ensuring that lower costs do not mean lower quality.
  • Reduced wait times: the opportunity to receive prompt dental treatments, avoiding long waiting periods often encountered with domestic healthcare providers.
  • Cultural experience: combining dental care with travel, allowing patients to enjoy new cultural experiences and recover in a relaxing and scenic environment.
  • Comprehensive treatment options: availability of a wide range of dental treatments, from basic care to advanced procedures, all under one roof.
  • Adventure and leisure: turning a dental care necessity into an enjoyable travel opportunity, with the chance to explore new destinations and indulge in leisure activities during the recovery period.

Popularity of dental tourism is growing

More and more people are going on dental holidays to get their teeth fixed cheaply while enjoying a trip abroad. Countries with expensive dental care, like the Netherlands, are seeing their residents travel to places like Turkey, Hungary, and Montenegro for affordable, high-quality dental work. They’re saving money and getting the chance to visit new places at the same time. Clinics in these hotspots are getting busier, offering everything from simple check-ups to big dental jobs. This shows that going abroad for dental care is becoming a popular and smart choice for many.

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Medical tourism was valued at 47 billion U.S. dollars in 2024 and was forecast to reach a market size of over 111 billion U.S. dollars by 2029. Source

How to ensure a good treatment

Ensuring a good trip for dental tourism involves careful planning and consideration to mitigate potential risks. Here’s how to counter common concerns:

  • Research clinics and dentists thoroughly: choose reputable clinics with positive reviews and certifications from international dental associations. This helps ensure you receive high-quality care. Websites like the International Dental Foundation can offer guidance on accredited clinics worldwide.
  • Understand the treatment plan: before traveling, have a detailed discussion with your prospective dentist about the treatment plan, ensuring clarity on the procedures, timelines, and expected outcomes. Ask for a treatment plan in writing to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Plan for recovery time: consider the recovery time needed for your procedure and plan your trip duration accordingly. Ensure you have enough time for follow-up appointments or to address any immediate post-treatment issues before returning home.
  • Get a local contact: many dental tourism packages include a local contact or coordinator who can assist you with logistics, translation, and any issues that arise. This can be invaluable in navigating the local healthcare system and ensuring your comfort.

By addressing these areas, you can significantly reduce the risks associated with dental tourism and ensure a more secure and pleasant experience.

Top 5 dental tourism destinations

Exploring the top destinations for dental tourism reveals a mix of affordability, quality care, and scenic beauty that attract patients worldwide. Here's a look at the leading countries in no particular order:

5. Turkey

Turkey has become a hotspot for dental tourism, offering a combination of advanced dental treatments at competitive prices. Its cities, especially Istanbul and Antalya, are home to state-of-the-art clinics that cater to international patients. Beyond dental care, Turkey's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty provide a unique recovery backdrop.
Konyaaltı Beach

Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Roy Egloff 

4. Hungary

Known as the dental capital of Europe, Hungary, particularly Budapest, is renowned for its high standards in dental care and significantly lower prices compared to Western Europe. The country's focus on dental education and investment in dental technology makes it a go-to destination for everything from implants to cosmetic dentistry.
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Budapest, Hungary. Photo: Dagmara Dombrovska

3. Costa Rica

Costa Rica's appeal lies in its blend of quality dental services and breathtaking landscapes. San José, the capital, is dotted with clinics offering a wide range of dental procedures at a fraction of U.S. costs. The country's reputation for friendly service and ecological wonders complements the dental tourism experience.
National theatre of San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica. Photo: David Ingrem

2. Thailand

Thailand excels in combining excellent dental services with an unforgettable holiday experience. Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai are among the cities that host internationally accredited dental clinics. Thailand is particularly popular for cosmetic dentistry, offering treatments in luxurious settings.
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Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Ninara

1. Montenegro

Emerging as a premier destination, Montenegro offers exceptional dental care amid stunning Mediterranean scenery. The country is gaining recognition for its modern clinics, skilled dental professionals, and competitive pricing. Montenegro presents a unique opportunity to receive affordable dental care while enjoying its coastal towns and historic sites.
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Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. Photo: Cycling man

About us

Ars Medica, located in Podgorica, Montenegro, is your destination for top-notch dental care in a breathtaking setting. Since 2001, we’ve leveraged the latest in medical technology and minimally invasive techniques to ensure a comfortable experience with excellent outcomes.

Situated in one of Europe’s most stunning tourist destinations, Montenegro presents a unique blend of sea and mountains, offering everything from tranquil relaxation in the Bay of Boka to adventurous exploration of the highest mountain ranges in Europe. Catering specifically to our international visitors, whether on a short business trip or an extended holiday, we ensure a comprehensive dental treatment from start to finish, covering full diagnostics to extensive rehabilitation of functional and aesthetic concerns.

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