Destination Spotlight

The Wisdom in Considering a Great Vacation in Combination with Your Dental Work

Destination Spotlight

In the United States, medical care costs are on the rise, and the current costs are already unbearable for many. These high costs are driving many patients to visit developing countries in order to obtain medical care. This sale of advanced care to foreign visitors has come to be known as medical tourism, an economic movement that has cleverly combined the two gigantic industries of tourism and medicine.

These feelings make some people postpone important procedures, only worsening the problem. Turning your next appointment into time to relax and explore a new destination can put your mind at ease and make your trip to the dentist stress free. Wouldn’t it be great if you could look forward of your next trip to the dentist and feel excited about it?

Dental tourism in El Salvador has increased in recent years, and many people are considering different types of procedures performed in this country, one of the most requested treatments is the removal of wisdom teeth.


Wisdom teeth (also known as the third molars), are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth and are the teeth least needed for good oral health. Most people have four wisdom teeth that usually erupt through the gums in their late teens or early twenties.

Sometimes wisdom teeth remain trapped in the jawbone under the gums because there is insufficient room for them to erupt. As such, the wisdom teeth often become impacted poorly positioned and may lead to a host of potential problems, including gum disease.

Young adults who keep their wisdom teeth often quickly develop gum disease, which appears to increase the risk during pregnancy and possibly other health problems.

Gum disease occurs when bacteria grows in the tissue supporting teeth, which can damage the tissue and cause spaces known as pockets to form around the roots. As it worsens, the infection can loosen and damage the teeth, eventually requiring them to be pulled.

Wisdom teeth are particularly vulnerable because they are difficult to reach and keep clean. Once the bacteria get established in the mouth, the risk they will spread and damage other teeth increases significantly.

Pain and swelling are the most common symptoms. Whether you have obvious symptoms or not, it is important to diagnose existing or potential problems caused by your wisdom teeth.

Their removal is a fairly standard oral surgery that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications.

After the teeth are extracted, the patient may need stitches; luckily many stitches melt over time and a few may need to be removed after a couple of days. A folded cotton gauze pad placed above the wound help stop the bleeding.

Pain medication is prescribed to reduce the amount of discomfort experienced after the local anesthetic wears off. As with any oral surgery, refrain from drinking through a straw as doing so creates suction and may disrupt the sutures.

Wisdom tooth extraction recovery takes approximately five to seven days, with the gum area being fully healed in approximately three to four weeks.


It is no secret that one of the top reason patients will be inclined to travel abroad seeking dental treatment is that they are in search of a value in cost. This certainly does not equate to the patient sacrificing quality in the process.

El Salvador is among the best places in the world to consider this type of procedure. We at Lorenzana Dental Center provide decades of academically supported experience, the latest technology using bio-security standards as required in The United States, providing you the best service and quality available worldwide.

The country also has many well trained anesthesiologists with countless years of experience, another reason to rely on any type of treatment or procedure you are searching for. We pride ourselves in offering comparable service to that which you may receive at home, in a paradise, only few hours away.

The cost of these types of procedures in El Salvador is just a fraction of the cost in the United States, giving you the opportunity to pay for the treatment, lodging and the chance to get to know all the beautiful places that this country has to offer.


A beautiful tropical country in Central America with amazing beaches and a rich Mayan background, El Salvador offers its visitors a wonderful travel experience along with the finest quality dental care at an affordable price.

World renowned as an ultimate surfing destination, you may consider scheduling your treatment or procedure accordingly to perhaps experience the adrenaline rush of the world-class breaks prior to your appointment. The two surf areas on El Salvador’s Pacific coast, La Libertad and the Wild East feature abundant quality breaks. This in turn allows the patient to enjoy an all-around great experience and walk away with much more than just dental work.

About the Author

Dr. Rafael Lorenzana feels Medical Tourism is the cutting edge of the future and is working closely with local identities to help make El Salvador the most sought out destination for high quality medical, cosmetic, and dental procedures. With more than 30 years experience in private practice and teaching in both El Salvador and the United States, he has dual citizenship in both countries, a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry, and certified in Prosthondontics from the University of South Carolina. Rafael is also the only dentist in Latin America board certified from the American College of Prosthodontics.

An American citizen but born in El Salvador, Dr. Lorenzana was a Health Vice Minister from El Salvador after his studies in the States. This distinctive double-cultural background has allowed Lorenzana to identify the expectations from different cultures. Doctor Lorenzana pioneered Medical Tourism in El Salvador and his experience with Medical Tourism has become an aggressive service that has helped position Lorenzana Dental Center very successfully in Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the United States and parts of Central America.

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