In recent years, implant dentistry has grown into an increasingly popular type of medical tourism. This trendy treatment involves travel outside of the local healthcare system to receive services at a substantially lower cost. The treatment typically takes place at the end of a vacation to make the most of the travel expense. The majority of dental tourism advertisements target Americans for treatment in Mexico or Costa Rico and Australians for treatment in Thailand or India.
Hypertension, whether uncontrolled or managed well with medications, should be an important consideration in the treatment planning of any major tooth implant procedure. Dental implants are placed in the bone and do not have any effect on blood pressure, nor does the blood pressure have any effect on bone integration. However, blood pressure and medications taken to manage them can create harmful situations for patients who have not properly addressed their condition with their treating dentists.