Before having my dental implants done abroad, I visited some different dental clinics. I took appointments with the implantologists, based on the referral letter written by my dentist. I was interested in knowing what were my options and how much would I have to pay.
You never know how informative could be an examination with a Dentist Boisbriand, until you go see one.
I learnt a great deal of things about implants just by having a free consultation with these specialists: from the type of implants they were using (and off course the difference between them) the procedures used, the costs, the length of the recovery process and what could go wrong during or after the maxillofacial surgery.
I have left their offices with more than a booklet on dental implants. Two of the implantologists that I met with, even suggested looking online for more information, on YouTube. They mentioned that some videos were serving two purposes: educating the patients and advertising for their services.
After gathering all these information, one thing was clear: I did not afford to do this within Canada. I had no dental or health insurance coverage, so I was left with only one option which meant going abroad.
During my last dental appointment, my dentist told me that some of his patients went to Central or South America for dental implants. Apparently Colombia was a well-known destination in terms of medical work or surgery.
When I looked on Google for such clinics I was surprised to see there was a huge medical tourism industry out there. Most of the clinics offered packages including all sorts of additional services: airport pick-up, accommodations, meals, etc. All the websites I stumbled upon were bilingual and very user friendly. Hmm! And they said Colombia was a third world country! For a developing country, I thought it was doing great, at least on this niche.
A few weeks later I flew to Medellin and had my two dental implants done. I was lucky that I did not need a bone graft or a gum augmentation. That would have required a longer recovery time.
I stayed there for a week and I paid less than a quarter of what I would have had to pay back home. Keep in mind that included my airfare, the accommodation, my meals and the taxis which were dirt cheap.