DENTAL TOURISM


About Dental Tourism

..Definition, Scope and some Disambiguation

Definition

“Services offered by a Dental Surgeon or under the supervision of a Dental Surgeon – which includes some travel”.

Scope

As with Medical Tourism, Dental Tourism is likewise associated with Service Niches, Disciplines and Clinical Focus.

In practice, though, these tend to be offered “under the same roof” (Dental Practice or Clinic).

The Dental Tourism Services

In addition to general (run of the mill) services, we additionally have:

  • Endodontics (the branch of dentistry dealing with diseases of the dental pulp)

  • Restorative Dentistry

  • Implant dentistry

  • Prosthetic Dentistry

Professionals who are associated with and are complementary to “general” dentistry include the following:

  • Maxillo-facial Surgeons (Maxillo-facial Surgery)

  • Hygienists (oral and dental hygiene)

  • Periodontists (Periodontology)

  • Orthodontists (Orthodontic Treatment)

Some “disambiguation”

Dentistry is formally a distinct and independent Healthcare Discipline.

Medical Tourism and Dental Tourism are not synonymous.

Dental Tourism often gets lumped together with (or under) “Medical Tourism” (another of the Health-related Tourism Segments). This is wrong and either represents inadequate understanding or wilful opportunism. Some feel that labelling an offered service “Medical” endows it with an aura of prestige and cachet.