With the cost of dental care rising, dental tourism is gaining popularity. Hundreds of thousands of people now travel overseas every year to access more affordable dental care.
Spain is a popular dental tourism destination, renowned for its excellent dentistry standards but with prices up to 50-70% lower than in the US. There is also the added bonus of being able to enjoy a holiday abroad at the same time.
Spain is a popular country for overseas dental work, attracting patients from North America, the UK, Germany, and Austria. Not only does Spain offer high-quality dental work at more affordable prices; there is the added benefit of shorter waiting times than many patients are used to back home. Most patients also comment on the great customer service and high level of English communication which makes the experience more enjoyable.
In addition, there are a number of reasons why people might choose Spain over any other destination.
Of course, Spain is a popular vacation destination in its own right, welcoming more than 80 million foreign visitors in 2017. Some come to explore the streets of Barcelona and Madrid, some hit the golf courses, while others head straight to the beach. If you’re vacationing in Spain anyway, it can be a good opportunity to access cheap dental care. Alternatively, if you’re coming predominantly for dental work, you’ll still find plenty to do during your free time. One of the great things about traveling abroad for dental implants or other work is the chance to enjoy a holiday, get your teeth fixed, and still save money compared to private treatment costs back home.
Situated in the north-east tip of Spain, Barcelona is famous for its shopping, food, art, architecture and beaches. You’ll have no trouble passing a few days there in between dental visits. Dental clinics are spread throughout the city, including some of the better-known chains which have multiple clinics in other locations.
To define the basic oral health goals for Spain 2015 (children)/2020 (adults). The Spanish Society of Epidemiology and Oral Public Health commissioned a six-member Expert Panel, which worked over the period 2006-2007 and reached consensus according to the Europe Aid Evaluation Guidelines. The Panel's work included three meetings and a presentation at the Society's annual conference in 2007. Since each autonomous region/city in Spain has control over its health policy, only basic goals for the country as a whole were defined. The variables used to set goals were caries history and gingival health according to the World Health Organization criteria, and tooth brushing frequency and health perception according to the European Global Oral Health Indicators Development Project. A total of 16 targets were defined, 8 for children and 8 for adults. For example, the number of permanent decayed, missing and filled teeth should be < 1.0 at 12 years of age by 2015, or the percentage of edentulous persons should be < 15% at 65-74-years by 2020. In order to achieve the proposed goals, the Expert Panel recommends involving all health system personnel in the maintenance and/or development of new oral health programmes and strategies.