In South Africa, dental procedures are a sought-after commodity and for this reason dental tourism is popular. International clientele come from all over the world for dental procedures and then usually stay on for a bit of well-deserved rest and recreation.

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There are over 4 500 registered dental practitioners in South Africa.


In South Africa, dental procedures are sought-after by the international community at large. Because of its relatively low cost compared with that of other countries, and also because South Africa is renowned in the fields of dental, maxillo-facial and oral surgery, this country is becoming an increasingly popular destination for those seeking world-class treatment.

There are a large number of registered dental practitioners and dental procedures in South Africa are readily available. Whether the visitor has toothache requiring a simple filling or needs to have comprehensive cosmetic dentistry done, help is available.

Some practitioners specialise in the latter, which includes teeth whitening, crowns, veneers, implants or dentures. Most medical centres include a dental clinic, while some, like Perfect Smile, specialise in tooth whitening and restoration.

For more complicated complaints, the South African Society of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons lists dental procedures that include bone grafting to replace lost or damaged bone; surgery for cleft lip or palate; dental implants and the extraction of wisdom teeth.

These specialists are also experienced in up-to-date treatment of conditions such as dry socket and facial injuries or trauma. They are able to surgically reposition the jaws to establish a normal relationship between the upper and lower jaws and can deal with other disorders of the jawbone. They work in conjunction with general dental practitioners, anaesthetists and plastic surgeons.

Most visitors to South Africa take the opportunity to not only recuperate in privacy and comfort, but to take advantage of safari and other sightseeing opportunities. Before or after you have recovered from dental surgery in South Africa, you could stay in pampered luxury at a bush safari lodge or visit one of South Africa's World Heritage Sites.

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Tel: +27 (0)16 981 8180/7891