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Dental tourism catching up in Punjab

india Updated: Aug 14, 2009 12:45 IST

With the rising number of state-of-the-art clinics providing total dental solutions and care at an affordable price in Jalandhar, the city has emerged as a hub for dental tourism attracting a large number of tourists from Middle East, Europe, US, Canada and Africa.

"Patients from Middle East, Europe, US, Canada and Africa are visiting the city for various dental treatments. Even though such procedures are available in the West, but it is very costly there," city-based dentist Dharmesh Nanda says.

Dentistry in the city has got a new edge with state-of-the-art equipment and sophisticated technology. A large number of NRIs, mostly hailing from Doaba region of the state, are thronging the city for specialised dental treatments at affordable costs, he adds.

The most sought-after treatments include root canal treatment, crown replacement and even fixing of teeth for a better smile, cosmetic dentistry expert Munish Kaushal says.

"In US and Canada, the root canal treatment costs around $ 4,000, while the same procedure is being conducted here for a sum ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 15,000. Similarly, a denture costs $ 200 here as against $2,000 in US," he says.

However, the doctors rue that the government is making no effort to promote dental tourism in the state. Most of the patients are coming due to word of mouth publicity, they said.