Dental tourism is a growing phenomenon in the U.S., where patients are traveling to countries such as India, Poland, Mexico and Thailand for cheaper dental treatments.

A dentist in the U.S. can charge from $300 to $400 for a dental filling; however, this procedure would cost ten times less in dental tourism destination. This trend was especially prevalent during the economic recession of 2008 and 2009. However, with recent changes to U.S. healthcare, more patients will be encouraged to visit local dentists.

As of March 2010, the U.S. Congress passed healthcare reform that included provisions for oral health that were drafted in consultation with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA). This provision will have a dramatic impact on the dental prosthetics and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) market in the United States.

More information on the provisions outlined by the ADHA can be found here:

Key Oral Health Provisions Contained in the Final Health Reform Bill