Cosmetic Dental Treatment – Home or Abroad?

Is cosmetic dentistry for dental implants abroad a good option? Do your homework first

With the general public becoming more widely familiar with cosmetic dentistry, there has been an upsurge in the number of dental practices in the UK offering these procedures. Whilst many of these are based in Harley Street and other ‘well to do’ parts of London, many are also opening up in smaller towns and cities such as the Darren Bywater Dental Implant Centre in Derby. This has meant that the many cosmetic dental procedures on offer are now available to many more people.

But, does this mean that this is the only option available? After all, cosmetic dentistry can be quite expensive, especially if you are considering having dental implants fitted. These can cost in the region of £1000 and more for each dental implant which is probably out of many people’s budgets.

Because of this, a lot of people have been tempted by offers from dental clinics abroad, especially in Poland and Hungary. Whilst there are undoubtedly some clinics of dubious qualification, the fact is that the vast majority offer a very good service at a much reduced rate. So is it advisable to take this option?

Pros and Cons of Dental Treatment Abroad

The most obvious plus about having your dental treatment abroad is the cost. Savings can be quite big, often up to 50%. On top of this, many dental practices offer an ‘all in’ deal which also includes flights and accommodation. This is what tempts many people as, as well as saving money; they can also have a short break, possibly away from the kids, while they recover although as some procedures such as dental implants can cause some initial swelling and bruising, there is perhaps limited benefit in a sightseeing option.

Qualification wise, many Eastern Europeans are top quality and indeed many have trained and practiced in the UK too. However, this can be hard to verify and this is where some of the problems arise.

Choosing the right dentist abroad can be problematic. It is easy to build an attractive website that makes a dental practice appear very professional and well established but this may not be the case. Training too can be at a different standard to that of the UK. For example, prior to the opening of Eastern Europe practices, Vietnam was a popular place but as can probably be imagined, the levels of professionalism were very variable indeed.

If all goes well of course, there is little problem, however, should a procedure go wrong and further treatment is needed to correct it, you are probably unlikely to want to return to the same dentist with the extra cost involved on top of your doubts about his skills. This leaves the option of using a UK dentist, but many are very reluctant to work on a persons tooth after another dentist has performed a procedure. It is also likely to cost more than it would if you had used a UK dentist in the first place.

Therefore, perhaps a longer view is needed; the fact that a dental implant lasts for around 20 years means that over a period of time, it is probably not worth the gamble and playing safe by using a UK dentist is the better option.