If you are considering overseas treatment:
- Research online or try to visit the hospital beforehand. Look for reviews or places recommended by expatriates living in that country. Many hospitals provide background details on their dentists, including qualifications and where they trained.
- Ask questions. Ask for a full treatment plan and ask about the time frame, as well as the total costs.
- Make time. Don't book an inflexible airfare or limited annual leave, as you may need to stay longer than expected.
- Accept that you may need to go back for more work. You may lose the savings you made initially.
If you decide to stay at home:
- Extras insurance will help pay for some dental costs, but it won't pay for everything.
- Set up a fund if extras insurance is too costly - consider putting aside money each month for future dental costs. It takes discipline, but the alternative (ie. being caught short and needing to borrow money or forgo treatment) is worse.
- Check the details because serious oral and maxillofacial surgery may fall under your hospital insurance.
- Look after your teeth. Good preventative dental care will help avoid problems in the first place.