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#265822 13-Feb-2020 07:52
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A friend and I both have bad front teeth, cosmetically.

For veneers, I was quoted about $1,900 per tooth, or over $11,000 for 6 teeth.

I also have two crowns that aren't great, and a small cavity.

Is there a trustworthy overseas cosmetic dentistry option?

Any particular region I should look at?


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  #2417060 13-Feb-2020 08:13
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I have read that Malaysia is very popular with British people with that need. No personal experience though.


The US, of course, will offer state of the art dentistry but certainly unlikely to be cheaper!


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  #2417073 13-Feb-2020 08:38
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We've had friends of friends that have recently been to Thailand for some cosmetic surgery...they rolled it into a nice family vacation. 


All members of the family returned with all of their organs intact as well. 


It was FAR cheaper than getting it done in NZ and I assume they did their due diligence, but I personally have heard too many horror stories...hence my rather glib mention of organ harvesting...

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  #2417082 13-Feb-2020 08:52
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How will you invoke the CGA if you get the work done overseas?

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  #2417086 13-Feb-2020 09:01
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I think I would simply be too wary and scared to get it done overseas - no matter how cheap it is.

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  #2417133 13-Feb-2020 09:16
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I know a number of Indian people who only get dental work done in India. There are a lot of highly trained dentists there.

Problem with any overseas work is things going wrong. I've had a lot of issues with one of my dental implants (crown rather than the implant itself) but can deal with that locally. You may find some dentists simply refuse to touch complex work done by others.

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  #2417143 13-Feb-2020 09:28
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In general there are very good health care & cosmetic specialists both local and abroad. There are also very bad ones. If you find a very good one abroad they are as good if not better than the local ones. But you have 2 issues

1. finding a good one

2. what happens if there is a problem after the procedure

with 1 - same dilemma both local and abroad

with 2 - may be easier to sort it out if local

so just need a bit of thought into it.

It may be possible to do a procedure with a very low complication rate overseas for much cheaper, but low is still not zero, so you will need to plan for the what ifs.

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  #2417147 13-Feb-2020 09:39
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A few years ago my FIL was quoted around 20K locally to correct issues with this teeth. He went to Thailand, and raved about it. Said it was the best facilities he had ever seen, stayed in a nice hotel very close, and a nurse came and checked on him for the first 2 days. Including airfares and accommodation, I think it was around $6500. He said he would retun in a heartbeat. In reality, nothing he needs doing now requires the level of spend, but his local dentist was very impressed with the work, until he was told it was done in Thailand.


I don't have any evidence to support this, but I feel dentistry here is an industry in NZ overdue for some disruption. It does feel jarring going to a dentist here from a cost perspective.


I guess like most things, there is some risk to the unknown quantity of having work overseas, and to be honest, even a good dentist overseas can make a mistake same as one here, so you'd want to allow some extra time to get any issues fixed in my opinion.


Edit: My FIL was also able to access technology and techniques that hadn't reached NZ at the time. I can't recall what it was specifically, but at the time I recall thinking it would be great if they had it here.





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