Dental tourism (also known as dental travel or global healthcare) is the process in which patients travel to other destinations for dental services.
The term dental tourism may sound strange and exotic to some people; but in fact it is a rapidly growing phenomenon Spurred on by an increasingly empowered patient base searching for quality, affordability, availability, and accessibility in dentistry.
Some people have the erroneous impression that patients are flying for dental surgery to a dilapidated jungle clinic in some third world country – followed by bungee jumping. The opposite is true. Most patients are receiving care in high-end clinics located in all areas of Spain, and will plan their trip to allow enough time for a prudent recuperation period before heading home.
Regardless of the reason, the common denominator in all dental tourism related activities is that patients are traveling away from their home region to access these services.
ADJUNCTIVE GENERAL SERVICES
Its is a surgical procedure that involves replacing missing bone with a material called a bone graft.
The graft materials most commonly used are synthetic or bovine bone substitutes, or the patient’s own bone if we can obtain this from within the oral cavity.
Grafting may sometimes be required in advance of dental implants. The grafts are then allowed to heal for a period of 6 to 12 months before the implants can be placed.
Soft tissue grafting is often necessary to combat gum recession. Periodontal disease, trauma, over-brushing, and poor tooth positions are the leading causes of gum recession, leading to tooth-root exposure.
When the roots of the teeth become exposed, eating hot and cold foods can be uncomfortable, decay is more prevalent and the aesthetic appearance of the smile is altered. The main goal of soft tissue grafting is to either cover the exposed root or to thicken the existing gum tissue in order to halt further tissue loss.
ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
Missing teeth can be a blow to anyone’s self-esteem. A dental bridge is a safe, fairly simple way to replace missing teeth, restoring your smile and confidence. Bridges are fixed, meaning they don’t come out; though there are many options, the most popular is made of porcelain, to match your teeth, attached to metal. Two crowns cover the teeth on either side, with the artificial tooth or teeth attached in between.
People have fixed bridges not just to fill in empty space, but also to maintain facial shape, prevent other teeth from drifting, and restore chewing, speaking, and smiling abilities. Additionally, many people wish to upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent appliance. Fixed bridges are durable, though they may need replacement or re-cementing throughout their life.
In the upper denture, most people complain about having the palate of their mouth covered, thus decreasing the ability to feel and taste food. Four implants under an upper denture hold it securely so that the size of the plate can be reduced, removing the palate from the denture altogether.
Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and teeth either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle. Sometimes, all the teeth need to be removed and replaced.