Category: Need To Know

7 Countries Famous for (Cheap) Dental Work

Having your dental procedure done in the US can be expensive, much more if you are among the 130 million citizens who don’t have dental insurance. There are however alternatives that will save you huge amounts of cash but will require you to travel out of the country. If having the procedure done in another place sounds good to you, there are popular destinations that are known for their low-cost dental procedures that you can go to.

Some of these countries include the Philippines, India, Romania, and Panama. You might be worried about the quality of work, but you don’t have to. As long as you do your research, you can find trusted and reliable professionals to do the work at a fraction of the cost in the US. In fact, some of the doctors from these countries took their degree and had their training abroad, including the United States.

The low labor cost, inexpensive education, and convenient access to technology are some of the reasons why the prices for dental procedures, in general, are cheaper here. You’ll be pleasantly surprised knowing that the total amount you’ll spend for you travel and procedure will still be lower than the amount of the service done in the US.

To let you know more about your options, we have created an infographic that contains a list of the countries known for their cheap price in dental works.

Browse the list and weigh your options to have your dental procedure done as soon possible without spending a fortune.

7 Countries Famous for (Cheap) Dental Work

Skills Of A Dentist: More Education Required Than You Think

When I started this blog, I was a pre-dental student.  Now that I’m a dentist, I’m still learning everything I can about dentistry.  If you’re on my mailing list, then you already know that I had a tough time getting through my pre-dental science curriculum and doing well on the DAT.  And in dental school, those things were still challenging.  Now, I’m learning that being a dentist also requires a huge business skill set.

One of the things dental school courses don’t talk much about is the business of dentistry.  But I have good news for you… great news, in fact.  That’s because Dr. Ahmed Ezzeldin, DDS, who runs a practice in Gainesville, Virginia decided to break down the secrets of running a successful practice for all the students on dentalDAT.  Dr. Ezzeldin is the real deal, and a really great guy.  Over the course of two months, while running his own practice, he made extra time and asked 21 veteran dentists to reveal their biggest career mistakes, along with their advice for pre-dental and dental students.  A lot of what they said was a complete surprise for me.

So without further adieu, I present Dr. Ezzeldin’s “21 Veteran Dentists Finally Reveal Their Secrets On Building A Successful Dental Career.”  I know it will definitely put your career plans in perspective, and for those of you who aren’t yet in dental school, help you to put the whole picture together of what your options are and what to expect.  Leave a comment if you have any questions, and be sure to thank Dr. Ezzeldin for the great resource!

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Becoming a dentist: Is it worth it?

Many of the viewers here at DentalDAT are students who are thinking about becoming a dentist, just getting started on the path to becoming a dentist, applying to dental school,  or dental students. Throughout this entire process, where ever they might be, the question that is in the back of their minds remains “Is it worth it to become a dentist?”

Becoming a dentist is what I’ve wanted to do since I could remember. I never doubted my desire to become a dentist but throughout the process, I did ask myself if it is worth the time and effort. I never was able to come up with a good answer. Many dentists that I spoke with “liked” their job and didn’t regret their decision to become a dentist. I’ve occasionally come across a dentist who wished they would have chosen a different career but that was few and far between.

In all truthfulness, the answer to this question is going to come down to your definition of “worth”. A dentist graduating 20 years ago could come out of school with $60k of debt and get it paid down in a reasonable amount of time and begin saving. Nowadays, you are looking at between $200k to $550k on top of your college loans. At a 7.1% interest rate, this begins growing rapidly.  Payments ranging from about $1k to $3k+ a month can be daunting and overwhelming for some.

So what does “worth it” mean? To me “worth it” means being involved in a profession that has prestige and that allows for me to impact the lives of others. Every day I work with patients who gain functionality or increase esteem because of the dental work performed. Whether it is an esthetic case of anterior crowns, delivering a set of dentures or extracting a tooth that has been hurting. I am continually studying the art of dentistry so that the results my patients receive are high quality. Dentistry allows for me to be involved in a profession that encourages a lifetime of learning and continual practice to improve skills.

Despite the satisfaction resulting from patient care, “worth it” also means being able to provide a comfortable lifestyle for my family. Financial rewards (AKA the paycheck) and of course time are both very important. Having only been out of school for just under a year this aspect will be something that continues to change throughout my career. However, even at this very early stage, my family lives comfortably. I am able to spend time with my wife and kids. I am able to treat them to experiences that take many households years to obtain. In addition, I am able to give to those in need without feeling like I am strapped for cash. Despite the large monthly loan payments, I am happy with the financial rewards that my career offers.

Is it “worth it” to become a dentist? My short answer is, absolutely. Is it without sacrifice or compromise? No. If you want to get rich quick this is not the profession for you. It is going to take at least 8 busy years and a lot of debt to get to the point of earning a paycheck. However, if you want a solid and relatively stable career this just might all be “worth it”.