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Dental Bridges  
dental bridges

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a restorative dental procedure to replace a missing tooth. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is usually made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two or more supporting teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth is placed or “bridged” between the two crowns. If natural teeth are not in place to support the bridge, implants may be required. There are other options for replacing missing teeth, including dentures and dental implants.

How Does This Work For Dental Tourism?

Traveling to have only one bridge most likely will not save you a lot of money. However, if you are in need of having other dental procedures then you could save a substantial amount of money by having your dental treatment done abroad. The average savings with Dentiplan USA can be as much as 60 percent.

Planning Ahead

Getting a dental bridge is a multi-step process During your first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared. This involves re-shaping these teeth by removing a portion of enamel and dentin to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions are made, which serves as a model for the permanent crowns and false tooth that the dental laboratory technicians will make. Some patients may be fitted with a temporary bridge while the permanent bridge is completed. During the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new bridge is inserted, checked, and adjusted.

What Happens After The Bridge Placement?

It is normal for you to experience some sensitivity to the surrounding teeth – especially to hot and cold. You may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations. Any sensitivity you experience is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medicine and should subside within a few days.
As with any tooth restoration, you will need to avoid chewing on ice or hard objects that could chip your restoration. Continue to brush and floss daily, and talk with your dentist about getting a night guard if you tend to clench or grind your teeth at night. Dental bridges can last five to 15 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years.   close

Dental Crowns  

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are a common dental procedure used to fix badly broken, decayed, or cracked teeth. The crown can be made of porcelain, metal, or porcelain with metal. The dental laboratory uses an impression to make a crown just for your tooth. While a crown may be the best treatment for a badly broken and decayed tooth, a large filling is an alternative treatment that can save a tooth from extraction, but the results may not prove as durable or aesthetically pleasing as a crown.

How Does This Work For Dental Tourism?

Traveling to have only one crown most likely will not save you a lot of money, but if you anticipate a large number of crowns then cost savings become an important consideration. Generally, crowns can range in cost from $1,000 to $3,000 per crown. The average savings with Dentiplan USA can be as much 65 percent.

Planning Ahead

Getting a dental crown is a multi-step process that often requires at least two visits to the dentist. First, an impression is made of the tooth, from which a life-size model is built. A technician then constructs the real crown from the model. Next, the site of the tooth is prepared and a temporary crown is placed over it so that your tooth is protected while the permanent crown is made in a special laboratory. When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will put it on and make sure it fits your tooth and your mouth correctly.

What Happens After The Crown Placement?

Your teeth will need time to heal following the crown placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. You may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medicine and should subside within a few days.
As with any tooth restoration, you will need to avoid chewing on ice or hard objects that could chip your restoration. Continue to brush and floss daily, and talk with your dentist about getting a night guard if you tend to clench or grind your teeth at night. On average, dental crowns can last five to 15 years and even longer. The life span of a crown depends on the amount of "wear and tear" the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices   close


Dentures (also known as false teeth)

are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth and are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Partial dentures, also called removable partial dentures, are replacement teeth affixed to a plastic base used to prevent natural teeth from shifting and to restore normal appearance after tooth loss. This type of prosthesis is referred to as a removable partial denture because patients can remove and reinsert it when required without professional help.

The process of fabricating a denture usually begins with an initial dental impression of the maxillary and mandibular ridges. Standard impression materials are used during the process. Once the dentures are complete, the patient returns for a fitting to ensure the dentures fit without issue and make adjustments if necessary.
Alternative options for dentures include dental implants, implant overdentures, bridges and crowns (if teeth are structurally sound enough to support crowns). The appearance, comfort, and stability of implants and crowns are typically better than dentures but cost more.

How Does This Work For Dental Tourism?

There can be big money saved in having your dentures made abroad. In the US, the average cost of full dentures ranges between US $2,000 and $8,000, while implant-supported dentures are more costly. The average savings with Dentiplan USA can be as much 65 percent.

Planning Ahead

Getting dentures is something that is unique to the individual. How long the process takes depends on the kind of dentures you get and the health of your mouth. Additionally, as reported by Patients Beyond Borders, “When shopping around for affordable dentures, make sure you are comparing the same quality materials and fabrication process. Some dental clinics cut their prices by using inferior materials or stock (pre-made) dentures. The result may be dentures that look cheap, fit poorly, and wear out fast. Inexpensive plastics may also stain, fracture, and chip. It pays over the long haul to find (and pay for) the best, no matter where your dental work is done.”
Also, keep in mind that there may be additional cost if you have teeth that must be removed for full dentures.

What Happens After Receiving My Dentures?

Dentures are removable prosthetics that will need to be cleaned and brushed daily. You should also brush your gums daily to prevent infections caused by bacteria. Your dentures should be kept in water when they aren’t in use to prevent them from warping. Keep in mind that it may take some time to adjust to dentures as you learn how to use the muscles in your cheeks and tongue to keep them in place. But over time, you should begin to feel more comfortable with your new prosthetics.   close

Facial Fillers / Dermal Fillers  
Facial fillers

Facial Fillers / Dermal Fillers

Facial fillers are substances injected beneath the skin to help smooth fine lines and boost facial volume. Also known as dermal fillers, these injections are in-office procedures that are minimally invasive alternatives to cosmetic surgery. Patients often undergo facial filler injections to achieve a more youthful appearance with as little down time as possible. Fillers are available to target nearly any area of the face, including crow’s feet, laugh lines, and thin lips.

Fillers can also treat masseter muscle hypertrophy (enlargement of one or both masseter muscles), lower or upper lip profile correction, facial expression lines, temporals muscle migraine, and more.

How Does This Work For Dental Tourism?

Dermal fillers can compliment your smile makeover. Incorporating dermal fillers with your dental treatment may provide substantial savings by having your work done abroad. Dentiplan USA average savings can be as much as 60 percent.

Planning Ahead

Using a very fine needle, your filler will be injected just beneath the surface of your skin. You will experience little or no discomfort and can return to your normal activities immediately after the procedure.

What Happens After A Facial Filler?

Results vary from patient to patient and are never guaranteed. However, most patients begin to see visible results within just days of undergoing a dermal injection. Results may continue to improve over the course of several weeks. Depending on the location of your injection and the type of filler used, the effects of your filler may last as long as 6 months or more.   close

Dental Implants  

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, or to act as an orthodontic anchor. A single implant may replace a missing tooth or a bridge. Multiple implants can replace removable dentures, either partially or in full. Alternatives to implants include bridges, crowns, and dentures.

How Does This Works for Dental Tourism?

Even with only one implant you will most likely save some money traveling, but if more implants are anticipated, then cost savings will be substantial. In the US, a single implant ranges from US $1,000 to US $3,000. The average savings with Dentiplan USA can be as much 65 percent.

Planning Ahead

It is important to understand that implants are not a minor “in-and-out” procedure. The procedure involves surgery performed under moderate sedation and the implantation of the implant, which is a small post made of titanium placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process of the jawbone requires six months healing time before the new tooth (crown) can be placed.
Implants require good bone volume and density to achieve their excellent functionality and high success rates. If you have already experienced bone loss, a bone graft can help regenerate enough bone to place the implant successfully.

What is a bone graft?

If you need a bone graft, it is a relatively easy procedure. Generally, during a bone graft, synthetic material will be applied to the area lacking in bone mass. This synthetic material will gradually produce new bone growth and increase the bone mass, allowing for the placement of dental implants.

What happens after the dental implant procedure?

In the days following your procedure, you may experience mild swelling and discomfort. Depending on your treatment plan, the dentist may prescribe pain medication or advise you to take over the counter pain medications to help with this.
While your implants heal, you will also need to be on a temporary soft foods diet. Foods such as yogurt, applesauce, eggs, steamed veggies, pasta, fish, and other soft foods that require minimal to no chewing are required. As your implants heal, you can gradually start working up to tougher foods.   close

Inlays / Onlays  

Inlays / Onlays

Inlays and onlays are indirect fillings made of porcelain that fit into and onto the tooth. They are used to make the tooth stronger by holding it together while retaining a natural looking color. These fillings are similar to regular composite fillings, but they are made in a dental laboratory instead of being directly applied to the tooth and shaped by your dentist.

Dental inlays and onlays are procedures that are used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth to its original condition. Inlay and onlay procedures leave healthy tooth structure while offering perfect fitting, stronger and longer lasting solution to tooth decay or other similar structural damage. These procedures are also great alternatives to traditional dental fillings both from the aesthetic and the functionality point of view.

Inlay is a type of dental restoration where the material is bonded within the center of the tooth as a filling and is an all in-clinic procedure.
Onlay treatment is applied when the extent of the damage requires the inclusion of one or more sections of the tooth and is prepared at dental laboratories.

How Does This Works for Dental Tourism?

You probably won’t travel only to have one inlay or onlay done, but you may choose to travel and save money for other dental procedures done at the same time, e.g. the treatment of crowns or veneers.

Planning Ahead

During the procedure, the dentist will numb the tooth, clear out decay, clean the area, take Impressions, check the fit of the restoration to ensure your bite is balanced and comfortable, then bond the inlay or onlay to your tooth, restoring function and aesthetics.

What Happens After The Inlay / Onlay Procedure?

Special care needs to be given to your teeth while temporary restorations are in place. It is important to avoid sticky or hard foods that could cause significant damage to temporaries. Once you receive your permanent inlay or onlay, you can resume normal eating, brushing and flossing habits.   close

Root Canal  
root canal

Root Canal

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. Generally, following the root canal, patients have the tooth “capped” or “crowned” for added stability and strength.

Signs of infection severe enough to require a root canal include: Serious teeth pain when eating or when you put pressure on the area. Teeth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed.
Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the area of teeth pain.Root canals are generally performed by endodontists, who specialize in diagnosing and treating oral and facial pain, as well problems that arise inside the teeth. A root canal is usually less expensive than an implant although more costly than a simple extraction. A root canal saves your natural tooth and preserves both your smile and your bite.

How Does This Works for Dental Tourism?

You probably won’t travel only to have a root canal done, but you may choose to travel and save money given the entire process involved. Aside from having a root canal, you will likely need a post and core procedure and a crown for the tooth. Altogether, the total root canal procedure (with crown included) in the US could cost as much as US $3,000 to $5,000 per tooth. With Dentiplan USA, you could save as much as 65 percent.

Planning Ahead

When shopping for savings on root canals, understand that a tooth may have as many as four canals; the cost and time needed for the procedure rise along with that number.

What happens during and after the root canal?

If you decide to undergo a root canal, the first step in your procedure will involve a local anesthetic. Once your tooth root is numb, the diseased portion of your tooth pulp will be removed and potentially treated for bacterial infection. The tooth will then be sealed and filled before being restored with a crown.
A successful root canal can cause mild pain for a few days. This is temporary, and should go away on its own as long as you practice good oral hygiene. Normal brushing and flossing habits can be resumed immediately after treatment and restoration is complete.   close

Smile Makeover  
smile makeover

Smile Makeover

Some may ask what is the difference between a smile makeover and a full-mouth reconstruction? The Consumer Guide to Dentistry answers that question this way: "A smile makeover is something that you elect to have performed, while a full-mouth reconstruction is something that you need."

A smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as: Dental veneers, crowns, tooth implants, bonding or teeth whitening. So, if your teeth are basically sound and you have healthy gums and you want to improve your appearance, a smile makeover may be for you.

How Does This Works for Dental Tourism?

Depending on the dental treatment you want, one or two simple procedures, such as whitening or just one veneer, to makeover your smile probably will not save you a lot of money traveling abroad. However, a single porcelain crown or several veneers could save you a substantial amount. Or, if you are traveling for pleasure, why not save a little money on your dental care while abroad?
If you are in need of a lot of dental work to achieve the smile design you desire, cost savings can be significant. For example, in the US, the cost of a single porcelain crown ranges between US $1,000 and US $3,000. With Dentiplan USA you can save up to 65 percent. Multiply those cost differences over several crowns and you will save enough on your smile makeover to pay for a vacation and have money leftover.

Planning Ahead

Remember, a smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as: Dental veneers, composite bonding, tooth implants, teeth whitening, etc. Some of the components taken into consideration include your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations.   close

Teeth Whitening  
teeth whitening

Teeth Whitening

The process of tooth whiteningS lightens the color of a tooth and is one of the most affordable and easiest ways to improve your smile without removing tooth surface.
Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening. The ‘active ingredient' in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. There is also laser whitening and do-it-yourself whitening products.

At Home treatment kits are cheaper but they are not always assessed for safety and tend to be more acidic. So there is a chance that these products could damage your teeth and gums.
With professional teeth whitening the process begins with a thorough cleaning of the teeth and an assessment of the degree of whiteness that is possible for an individual patient. The dentist polishes the teeth to remove surface stains and then applies a bleaching agent to the teeth that are to be whitened.

How Does This Works for Dental Tourism?

You probably won’t travel abroad just to have your teeth whitened, but if you are looking to have other dental treatment done this will be a great opportunity to improve your smile.

Planning Ahead

Having your teeth whitened may require two or three dental appointments. It is important to keep in mind that having your teeth cleaned and polished before you travel will most likely not save you any time or money as the out-of-country dentist may insist on repeating the process.

What Happens During & After The Teeth Whitening Treatment

It is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity following a professional whitening treatment. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of finishing treatment. You may be instructed to avoid consuming highly pigmented beverages for at least 24 hours to prevent the teeth from becoming stained again. Examples include tea, coffee and wine.   close

Dental Veneers  

dental Veneers

In dentistry, a veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth. Veneers improve the aesthetics of a smile and/or protect the tooth's surface from damage. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: porcelain and composite resin.

A porcelain veneer, or even multiple porcelain veneers if desired, will greatly improve your smile. A porcelain veneer serves as a cosmetic treatment for a tooth that is discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned. Porcelain veneers can fill in gaps between teeth and correct oversized or undersized teeth.
An alternative to a porcelain veneer is a composite veneer, in which a resin is applied to a tooth; the material is then dried and hardened with a laser. Composite veneers can repair chips and cracks in teeth; it can also cover pits and stains.

How Does This Works for Dental Tourism?

Traveling to obtain your veneers will save you a lot of money, especially if you have large number of veneers. In the US, the average cost for a single veneer ranges between US $1,500 and US $3,000. For patients in the UK and Australian the cost is even more. In contrast, the average cost with Dentiplan USA can result in a savings of 60 to 70 percent. The savings rise handsomely for those who wish to have multiple veneers.

Planning Ahead

Make sure that when you compare prices that you and all the dentists you consult are discussing the same type of veneers, either porcelain or composite. As reported by Patients Beyond Borders, “While composites are cheaper, they last only one-third to one-half as long as porcelain (some studies say five to ten years for composites, 15 years or longer for porcelain).” Additionally, porcelain veneers resist stains better than composite veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.”

What Happens During & After Veneer Treatment?

Before dental veneers can be placed on the teeth, the surface of the teeth must be prepared for bonding. After administering a local anesthetic, the dentist will buff away approximately half a millimeter from the surface of the teeth. You will then bite into a mold that will be used to form your veneers in a dental lab. When the veneers are ready, you’ll be asked to return to have them fitted, bonded and adjusted for shape and color.
Because veneers are usually placed over the course of two appointments, it is normal to experience some sensitivity between the first and second visit when the teeth have been reduced in preparation for bonding. Normal brushing and flossing can be resumed immediately.   close