Dental tourism is one of the most renowned forms of medical tourism and Romania is becoming one of the most popular destinations in this sector. Our team of specialized local dentists is prepared to provide patients with premium services and dental care.
What is medical tourism and how did it start?
Medical tourism implies patients who are willing to travel to other towns or countries, in search for a professional and affordable medical treatment and care for their health problem. These persons decide to seek help outside their local healthcare system either because they require a high level of expertise that cannot be found near their residence, or because it is too expensive. There is also the less common situation when the respective treatment is not legal in the patient’s residence country, like fertility procedures, and therefore she is put in a position to travel to another country in order to have it done.
But how did it medical tourism started? You would be surprised to find out that this was a common practice even since ancient times, when Greeks and Romans would take long trips by foot or by ship to cult centers in the Mediterranean Sea. There is also evidence that even Mesopotamians used to travel to Syria for eye treatments. The temples raised in the honor of those times gods of medicine can be considered as the world’s first health centers. Sometimes the ill would remain inside the temple for several days hoping that the respective god would appear to them in a dream and guide their steps towards healing.
The first spa towns, like Bath and St. Moritz became popular in the 16th and 17th centuries when the elite classes would travel here for treatment, rest and relaxation. Important European capitals, and later on even several cities in the USA, started to be seen as a solution for medical problems by the wealthy families in the developing countries starting with the early years of the 20th century. This was usually the case for very invasive medical procedures and difficult treatments. Nowadays the situation has changes since many of the developing countries benefit from a well-trained and specialized medical workforce that is able to provide the same services with a high degree of specialization and experience as the ones from developed countries but for a fraction of their cost. In some cases a patient can pay up to 70% less if deciding to go through the respective procedure in other countries like Romania.
There are many medical areas that benefit from medical tourism but the most renowned are plastic surgery and beauty treatments, fertility procedures, very difficult and invasive types of surgery, cancer treatments but also dental implants, oral care and cosmetic dentistry.
The benefits of dental tourism
Dental tourism is a fast growing worldwide medical domain along with increasingly educated and specialized generations of dentists and dental technicians. Also, all technological discoveries are now spreading much faster, allowing specialists in the developing countries to provide equally qualitative services as those offered in the developed countries but with an additional cost saving solution.
Patients usually seek professional help for two types of dental problems: pain and deterioration of their denture or aesthetic issues regarding the unattractive appearance. Each problem requires a different type of dental work, for example surgery or root canal treatments for the first one and braces, implants, crowns or dental bridges for the second one. Every time a patient turns to the services provided by a dental clinic, he should go through an investigation phase when all his problems must be detected and diagnosed. Afterwards, the dental specialist must create a treatment plan that would best suit the needs of the patient, while meticulously solving each and every issue and request he/she might have.
Some treatments and procedures might take several days or even weeks, therefore many patients must be prepared to take a vacation from work in order to dedicate the necessary time and attention to their dental problems. In this case it is obvious that many of them would want to pair their dental treatment abroad with a vacation in that respective country. In this way they can enjoy their vacation, visit a foreign country, fix their dental problems, and all of these without missing from work for a long period from work. Add to this the fact that is a cost saving solution and you can understand why this method became a true phenomenon in the past years.
Dental Tourism in Romania
In most European countries and even US or Canada, dental care is extremely expensive and only basic treatments are covered by health insurance plans. Today’s unhealthy lifestyle, diets and longer lifespans than previous generations used to have, gradually increased the demand for qualitative and professional dental works. Prices for extensive reconstructive and restorative procedures or complicated surgery can run up to several thousands of euros, but fortunately nowadays patients don’t need to sacrifice quality for costs reasons. Private clinics from developing countries, like Romania, can provide the same high standards treatments and procedures as any other developed country for a fraction of their cost. For personalized consultancy and a detailed treatment plan please contact our specialists.
Dentistry in Romania is well suited both for tourists visiting the country, and there are plenty of places to visit, and for business travelers that are pleasantly surprised to find out that they can associate their trip with a high quality dental treatment. Besides work proficiency, Romanian clinics are both also offer a wide range of services, from dental implants to cosmetic surgery, all for very affordable prices. Also, patients will be greeted by polite, multilingual and educated personnel.
Our team of qualified Romanian doctors is specialized in all areas of dentistry and can provide complete solutions recognized worldwide. We understand the importance of progress and continuous learning in this domain, therefore our specialists are constantly attending training courses in order to always be up to date with the latest technologies. We also consistently invest in the latest and most performant equipment in order to make sure our patients always receive the best solution for their dental problems.
We know that visiting a foreign country for the first time might feel unconfortable for some of our patients, and therefore we are prepared to provide them with a completly organized trip, for whith everything will be taken care of, from accomodation, travel arrangements to a list with places they might like to visit during their staying and treatment in Romania. Wether they enjoy mountain trips, seaside relaxation, mediaval fortresses and historical sites or even out of the ordinary tours of Dracula’s Castle in Transilvania or the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, we are sure Romanian cities and sceneries will satisfy the most sophisticated and demanding tastes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Romania is a popular destination for dental treatments abroad because it is easily accessible, it has good accommodation and transportation prices and tourists can enjoy various pastimes in Bucharest and other cities. However, the greatest benefit for dental patients are the reduced costs for all dental treatments and procedures, compared to other countries.
The dentists at our dental clinic in Bucharest have lower prices than in all Western European countries and also lower prices than in the United States. On average, you can save more than 70% on most of the procedures performed in Bucharest.
Cosmetic dentistry is one of the most popular requests but other complex procedures are also sought by foreigners because they are more affordable here than in their own country. Our professionals also specialize in dental implants and work with the best materials so that you can benefit from a suited and durable smile.
Our dentists are experienced in working with patients of all ages and with various dental problems. If you case involves more than one treatment the dentist will make a first assessment and then prioritize the order of the interventions so that you can get rid of the most pressing issues as fast as possible.
The dental treatment plan is designed by the dentist, with your help. After an initial visit one of our dentists will be able to determine your specific needs and will present you the best treatment plan for your case. You can discuss the options with our expert so that the time-frame suits your dental travel trip.
The length of a dental treatment depends on the actual dental issues and the severity of the problems. Dental implants are among the lengthiest treatments and, on average, the patient will have to visit the dental office at least two to three times and once more after the healing period of a few months.
Yes. Children should learn early on the importance of taking care of their teeth. A dentist can talk them through brushing and flossing and our experts can also determine if your child will have any need for an orthodontic treatment.
There are plenty of accommodation options in Bucharest, suited for every need and every budget. A night at a hotel in Bucharest can cost as little as 10 euros for hostels and under 40 euros for hotels.
One of our experts will be happy to help you plan your dental trip to Romania. You should start by talking to a dentist to find out an approximate time-frame for your treatment and afterwards you can plan your budget and an itinerary so that you can visit Bucharest while you are here or other cities close by like Brasov.
Romania is a beautiful country so you can plan an entire summer or winter vacation here, according to the dental treatment you need to perform. In the summer time you can spend time in a beautiful mountain resort or along the coast of the Black Sea or if you visit Romania during the winter you can stop by the Ice Hotel or ski in one of our numerous resorts.
Patients from Asia have also options when it comes to benefiting from high quality dental services at very affordable prices, as we can put them in contact with our partner dental clinic in Thailand or in Dubai. We have also partners in Mexico for patients living in USA who are interested in spending a fine vacation not far away from home. Furthermore, we can put you in contact with our partners at GlobalSmiles.com who have a network of dental clinics abroad in the most attractive countries in terms of dental tourism. In case you need other types of services, such as plumbing services, we recommend our partner plumbing firm based in London – Local-Plumber.London.
Our Romanian visitors who are passioned about travelling, are invited to visit our partners’ website – Vreme de vacanta.