Dental Implants

Dental Implants Abroad & Dental Tourism

What you need to know about dental tourism

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Dental tourism has become very popular over the course of the last decade; it involves travelling overseas for dental treatment. One of the most popular treatments people from the UK choose to have abroad is dental implant treatment. Dental implants are small titanium rods, which are placed in sockets in the jaw bone to replace the root section of a tooth that has fallen out or been extracted. A dental implant can be attached to a single crown, a dental bridge or a denture to replace any number of missing teeth.

What are the advantages of having dental implant treatment abroad?

The main reason people travel abroad for dental implant treatment is cost. In the UK, dental implants are among the most expensive treatment available and patients who are looking to have implant treatment are likely to receive quotes totalling thousands of pounds, especially if they are having more than one implant. By travelling abroad, patients can save a huge amount of money. Costs in Poland and Hungary, for example, are up to 70 per cent lower than in the UK and this means that patients can still save a lot of money even after they have factored in transport and accommodation costs.

Another advantage of going abroad for treatment is facilities; many countires have cottoned on to the fact that dental tourism is becoming increasingly popular and they have started building state of the art clinics with the international market in mind. Patients can enjoy stylish surroundings and access to the latest multimedia equipment. Waiting lists are also usually not a problem overseas, while they can be an issue in the UK.

How much do dental implants cost abroad?

It is difficult to put a price on dental implant treatment because there are several different options and different clinics have different charges in place. The average price of a single tooth dental implant in the UK is around £2,000, while costs in Hungary and Poland are around £1,000. Fees may be even lower for patients travelling to India or Thailand for treatment; however, flights will cost considerably more.

If you are thinking of travelling overseas for dental implant treatment, it is worth bearing in mind that you need to add the cost of flights and accommodation to your treatment fees; you may also be required to attend follow-up appointments.

Warnings about dental tourism

If you read the newspapers you will probably have come across at least one dental or cosmetic surgery horror story that came about as a result of travelling abroad for treatment. Experts advise patients to tread with caution, as in some countries standards of cleanliness and infection control may not be as high in the UK, which means that there is an increased risk of infection. There are also concerns about a language barrier, which may mean that patients are not fully aware of what is going on. If you are thinking of having dental implant treatment abroad, it is important to do some research and to visit an approved clinic and to see a dentist who has the relevant training and expertise. It is worth noting that the cost of resolving a botched operation is likely to be far higher than the original quote for treatment in the UK.