Choosing the right dental clinic can be a true challenge considering the many options available, especially if you have decided to explore dental tourism. Had you been at home, you would probably search for the clinic that is closest to you and that offers the most accessible prices. However, when searching outside the country, things can get trickier as you face the unknown. Besides pricing, there are other factors you should consider when choosing the best dental clinic for you.
- Read the clinic´s reviews. The best
way to know about a clinic is to hear what others have to say about their
experience. Former patients are free to comment upon what they liked or
disliked about their dental work on pages like Facebook and Google. Reading
reviews can help you get an honest picture about the dental clinic, the work,
and the professionals involved.
- Look at former patient´s before and
after pictures. You can judge for
yourselves the quality of the work by looking at completed cases. Many good
clinics periodically publish pictures of their work on social media or websites
in order to give prospective patients an idea of their talent and their
dedication. If you can find a case similar to your own, these pictures can help
you visualize your possibilities.
- Inquire about the dentist´s area of
expertise. Trusting you are in good hands is vital in dental tourism. You can
inquire about the dentist´s years of expertise, certifications, and formal
academic studies. It is important to also test the English fluency of the
professionals in the clinic. Published videos and a phone call can help you
determine if there is successful communication.
- Learn about the clinic´s products
and services. Clinics are usually able to provide free estimates based on your recent
dental x-rays. These will not only give you an idea of what to plan for but
also say a lot about the dental clinic. You can here have a glimpse of their
timeliness, order, and thoroughness. Their professionalism will show in how
effectively they can answer questions and support the need for any procedure. Some
clinics are also able facilitate transportation and accommodations to patients,
which can be a great help if you have never been to the country before.
- Compare not only prices but also
quality. It is fair to ask for pricing, but it is also important to make sure
you are getting the best quality for what you pay for. For example, a
metal-porcelain crown can never cost more than or equal to a full-porcelain
crown. You might also want to consider turnaround time in which the clinic is
able to deliver cases, since this has a direct impact on your accommodation expenses.
The process of choosing the best dental clinic outside of your hometown is a challenge but also an adventure. However, many patients have said this was the best decision they could make. At Costa Rica, the quality standards are maybe as high as in the United States, but at Costa Rica Dental Team we pair quality with a caring and personalized attention. We invite you to get to know our clinic and team.