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Old 08-29-2010, 01:27 AM
 
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Hello All -

My boyfriend and I have chosen to take a ''dental vacation'' and we finally narrowed-down the final three possible destinations. { Argentina, Croatia, Thailand }

We would like to get any and all opinions from the good posters here who've either visited these places and also maybe had some dental work completed at one or all.

Since we live in California.....it seems Argentina may have the shortest travel time....and may even be the least expensive out of the three?

However we've been told that if we are going to stay for two-three weeks, Thailand may have the best value in terms of hotels and food? We are also wondering which of the three will be the easiest in terms of communicating for two greenhorns....?

We are really stumped at this point as we know all three are very beautiful/interesting, and at certain times of the year have very nice, warm weather....


Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks,
Kathy
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:19 AM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Hello All -

My boyfriend and I have chosen to take a ''dental vacation'' and we finally narrowed-down the final three possible destinations. { Argentina, Croatia, Thailand }

We would like to get any and all opinions from the good posters here who've either visited these places and also maybe had some dental work completed at one or all.

Since we live in California.....it seems Argentina may have the shortest travel time....and may even be the least expensive out of the three?

However we've been told that if we are going to stay for two-three weeks, Thailand may have the best value in terms of hotels and food? We are also wondering which of the three will be the easiest in terms of communicating for two greenhorns....?

We are really stumped at this point as we know all three are very beautiful/interesting, and at certain times of the year have very nice, warm weather....


Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks,
Kathy
Is the cost of this trip actually cheaper than the cost of getting the dental work done here in the US? What if the dental work is subpar?
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Well I've been to Croatia on holiday and it was wonderful and most people spoke some English. But the flights were expensive and prices for things are very high during the more popular times of the year but I guess it would depend on what areas you plan on going to.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:22 AM
 
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have you thought about Colombia?
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:17 PM
 
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Hello All -

My boyfriend and I have chosen to take a ''dental vacation'' and we finally narrowed-down the final three possible destinations. { Argentina, Croatia, Thailand }

We would like to get any and all opinions from the good posters here who've either visited these places and also maybe had some dental work completed at one or all.

Since we live in California.....it seems Argentina may have the shortest travel time....and may even be the least expensive out of the three?

However we've been told that if we are going to stay for two-three weeks, Thailand may have the best value in terms of hotels and food? We are also wondering which of the three will be the easiest in terms of communicating for two greenhorns....?

We are really stumped at this point as we know all three are very beautiful/interesting, and at certain times of the year have very nice, warm weather....


Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks,
Kathy
I really cannot judge on the quality of dental work performed in those countries. However, I have had dental work done in Switzerland, France and the UK and, in general, it was on a par with the quality of work done in the USA. Consequently, I don't think that US dental schools are sooooo much better than those you find overseas. However, competence does vary according to the DDS you go to (just like in the USA) so you have to do your own due diligence on the practitioner you go to.

The only one of the countries you cite that I have been to is Croatia. The Croatian coast is stunning and well worth a visit. However, I suspect the best dentists are in Zagreb and not in the resort towns. The same is probably true of Thailand (Bangkok) and Argentina (Buenas Aires). So, your choice will come down to how where the dentist is and what possibilities that place offers.
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Central California
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I was vacationing in Phuket, Thailand a few years ago. There was one fella staying at the same questhouse as me who was getting extensive dental work done, bridge and crown work if I remember.

He was staying for a month and getting the dental work done over that period of time. Don't know how it turned out but he seemed happy with the cost and the combination of novacaine, scotch whiskey and tropics seemed to keep in a good mood.
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It is widely recognized in South America that the best dentists were trained in Brazil, which apparently has fabulous dental schools. My wife had extensive work done in Bolivia by a Brazil-trained dentist, and she was more satified with the work than any dentist she had ever had in the US.

Argentina has a several cities, besides Buenos Aires, that are very cosmopolitan. You might have better luck finding a good dentist at a good price outside the capital. If you can, try to make contact with some American expats there, and see if anyone will recommend a dentist. Or, you can contact the American Embassy in Buenos Aires, they will maintain a list of recommended specialists in all medical fields, throughout the country. A lot of dentists in South America are women---maybe most of them.

Croatia would surely be the cheapest plane fare, but also the most expensive day-to-day costs and professional services.
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Old 08-30-2010, 03:14 AM
 
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Default Eastern Europe

I know a lot of wester europeans especially germans go to poland, level of dental care is the same but prices are way lower comparing to us or wesern europe,as a matter of fact i know there are business that specialize in such trips so everything is organized for them. For someone who have money and time can combine visting europe and dental work
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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I had a great experience getting dental work done in Taipei, Taiwan. All work done by a dentist (never a "tech"). A cleaning+xrays was about $15. A full root canal and tooth reconstruction was about $70 standard, but I sprung for the faux-enamel and paid a little over $100 over a total of 4 visits.

The offices were spotless and new with well-maintained equipment. I've never seen a 360-degree X-ray put up on a big flatscreen for the patient to see in the US. The dentist spoke good English. There was no waiting for walk-in cleanings or scheduled dental work.

And yes, the cost of the trip was much less than the cost of the dental work, though we didn't go for that particular reason.
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Old 08-30-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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I had a great experience getting dental work done in Taipei, Taiwan. All work done by a dentist (never a "tech"). A cleaning+xrays was about $15. A full root canal and tooth reconstruction was about $70 standard, but I sprung for the faux-enamel and paid a little over $100 over a total of 4 visits.

The offices were spotless and new with well-maintained equipment. I've never seen a 360-degree X-ray put up on a big flatscreen for the patient to see in the US. The dentist spoke good English. There was no waiting for walk-in cleanings or scheduled dental work.

And yes, the cost of the trip was much less than the cost of the dental work, though we didn't go for that particular reason.
Wow. I'm surprised at the cheap price. I've always thought of Taiwan as first world, like Japan, and I thought that translated in to expensive. I can believe cheap prices in Thailand or S. America but I am surprised at Taiwan. I'd like to go to Taiwan sometime in the future.
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