Everyday, dental care including annual checkups, filing a cavity, or taking x-rays are basic to what primary dentists provide. You would never consider traveling abroad for such simple procedures.
But what about more complicated dental procedures like cosmetic surgery, bone grafts, teeth whitening, bridges, dental implants, or porcelain veneers? Because these can be very expensive procedures that are not covered by insurance, they lend themselves perfectly as a medical tourism opportunity.
The number of Americans traveling abroad for medical reasons this year has reached almost 750,000 -- many of them as dental patients. This is an astonishing number that is expected to increase to six million by 2010. For more information regarding these figures please see the article "Explosive Growth in Medical Tourism and Rise of Retail Clinics Provide Huge Cost Savings".