The Rise Of Dental Tourism


… and some scary bits

Dental tourism has escalated at an exponential rate in the past few years.

Have a great holiday and get cosmetic surgery done at a fraction of the cost back home? How can you resist that thought?

Flash your gleaming white smile while sunbathing in the beaches of Phuket? Irresistible!

Dental tourism is a flourishing industry (not to mention very profitable), and without doubt, many such tour managers have sprung into action to offer Aussies cheap dental services. They are supposedly in it because they want to ‘save’ people from expensive dentistry in Australia. They make use of testimonials to make you believe that nothing has ever gone wrong and nothing can go wrong! Can it?

Dental Tourism - How it Works?

  • Many dental tour operators give people quotes without a clinical examination based on a Selfie (provided by the client) and an x-ray.
  • The dental treatment plans and quotes are printed on the tour operators own letterheads.
  • We have received numerous quotes from such tour operators and most times these quotes include procedures that are simply not required.
  • Common examples are; quoting root canals in every tooth that are to be crowned without valid reasoning, bone graft procedures in every implant surgery without evidence (CT Scans).
  • Also, indiscriminate use of services like veneers, crowns, implants, ‘All on 4’ restorations, white fillings, zoom whitening and root planning without adequate information to make a judgement.

The Truth About Dental Tourism

Overseas dentists/dental tourism operators claim that the costs of dental services are a fraction of the cost they would pay a local dentist for the same procedures. Unfortunately, most people are naïve and believe they need everything on that plan and then want to compare costs for the exact same plan. They do not realise that there could be several variations and that they may have better or more conservative options.

Fortunately, dental tourism is now slowly on the decline. We have helped hundreds of people with such quotes understand the problem and offer all possible solutions with associated costs, which helped them make an informed decision. We have often matched and very often beaten such overseas dental quotes presented to them by such tour operators.

Dental Tourism - Case Studies

Dental is always cheaper overseas, right? Do you still believe that you will spend a fraction of the cost you would pay for dental here in Australia?

Do yourself a favour. Get a second opinion!


Here are some case studies of clients who had heartbreaks and near misses, but you won’t hear about it…

  • Case 1 - Paid $13,000 + 2 trips to Thailand and spent close $20,000 for a dental job that would have cost under $10,000 here.

We recently saw a lady in her late 70’s who had been to Thailand through a local tour operator. She had been to Thailand in October 2016 and had four implants and bone grafting process done. She went again in April and had a new upper and lower denture fitted to her implants. She was in intense pain from the lower denture and went to a local dental prosthetist, but he refused to see her. She has been visiting our office to get the denture corrected and spend more dollars. It was heartbreaking to inform her that there she was over-serviced and the job could have been done here at Oris Dental for under $10,000. She regrets the decision but is too scared to tell her kids and friends because of the fear of being ridiculed.

  • Case 2 - Manila horror. Cost $45,000 for a $16,000 job!

We saw a lady who had been to Manila through a recommendation. She had implant treatment worth $15,000 done with a fixed bridge. The bridge was 3 years old and started to feel loose. Unfortunately, the dentist had used 15 mini-implants instead of the 4/6 regular-sized implants, and it could not be repaired. The implants were failing and we referred her to a specialist dentist who had to remove all implants and redo the whole process costing her another $30,000. If she had come to us in the first place for the implants and the fixed bridge, it would have cost $28,000 less then what she eventually paid!

  • Case 3 - Phuket about it! Quoted $17,000 + Flights and Accommodation.

A charming 30-year-old with dental issues was given a quote of $17,000 for ‘fixing’ his teeth. Apparently, he needed 20 root canals and crowns. After careful assessment, we changed the plan as he did not need the root canal in most of those teeth. The case was completed for under $15,000. More importantly, we saved him from the many root canals that he didn’t need!

  • Case 4 - Chinese Adventures. Denture well stuck.

This person had 4 implants done in China, but could not go back to get the denture fitted. He decided to use superglue on his denture to attach the denture to the healing abutments. Apparently, they were not very successful. He then used ”Super Duper” glue from Bunnings warehouse and the denture has been stuck in for 5 years. He now thinks it may have been a bad idea. Sorry Sir, we cannot help!

Looking For a Dentist in Sunshine Coast?

If you have a quote for your dental work from a dental tour operator or manager and want to check how we compare or want a second opinion, bring it in, and we will waive the initial consultation fee.

It is obligation free, as we would like you to get the best possible dental care, no matter which path you choose. And yes…we will compare apples to apples if that’s what the doctor ordered!

Get in touch!

Terms and Conditions

  • Dental assessment is essential. There will be no consultations without clinical examination.
  • Written quote must be presented to the dentist. The written quote must have your details and must be dated.
  • The quote should not be over 3 months old (Foreign exchange rates can affect your quote).
  • All x-rays, photos, scans and email communications with overseas dental manager must be brought to the appointment or emailed prior to the appointment.
  • Appointment times strictly as per the availability.
  • First consultation is free. Subsequent consultations may incur a standard fee.
  • If you fail to turn up for a scheduled appointment or cancel without 24 hours notice, we reserve the right to charge a fee for your next appointment.
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Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!


Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.



    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.



    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.



    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!



    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.