Recent years have seen a sharp upturn in the amount of dental tourism from the UK to other countries. Kent dentists have seen many patients choosing to opt to go elsewhere in favour of the cheaper procedures and warmer climates on offer abroad.
Many people see the logic in paying the same amount they would for a bridge, crown or dental implant in the UK to go have the treatment in a foreign clinic along with a week or two by the pool. The internet has played a large part in this rise of dental tourism for treatment usually more extensive than general treatment like root canals, allowing the overseas dental practices not only to seek out customers and make themselves known, but also to provide much of the same reassurance and information which would be given to patients in consultations here, delivered via the phone and internet. Many will now also introduce you to your dentist before you ever leave this country, allowing you to ask them questions and get to know them prior to your arrival.
This trend has in part been helped along by the problems many have in getting NHS dental treatment. When forced to look at private dental job costs and faced with paying a similar amount for either treatment in their home town, or the same treatment abroad accompanied by a break in the sun, many people are now seeing it as an opportunity to offset the costs of private dentistry against that of a holiday.