Procedures involving dental implants are the most popular treatments sought by British, Irish, and American dental patients travelling to Budapest, Hungary seeking high quality low priced dental care.
The British patient would normally be charged around £1,700 to £2,500 per dental implant in the UK compared to around £600 to £700 in Hungary on a like for like basis. This would normally include the cost of supplying the dental implant as well as surgically placing the implant.
The first thing to do is to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental implants. You should communicate with your Hungarian dentist over this as much as possible before you travel.
Some Hungarian dentists travel on a regular basis to the UK to see patients whilst other Hungarian dentists are happy to accept x-rays, photographs and tooth charts from you via email with a view to giving you an approximate treatment plan before you travel for treatment. You may already have had a consultation by your local dentist and know what you need.
Once you know whether you are a good candidate for dental implants you can plan with your Hungarian dentist how many trips you will need before travelling to Hungary. Here is a guideline but as with anything the dentist has the final word on the matter.
Trip 1 – Extractions
If you need to have teeth extracted as part of your overall plan then you may have to wait several months after extraction for the wound to heal before being able to have dental implants. In some cases when there are no signs of gum disease or infection a dental implant may be placed straight away after extraction whilst all of the nerve endings are raw. This not only saves time but can actually improve the success rate of your dental implant. Your dentist will have the final word on it. Also in some cases the implant may not have to be placed in the same position as the extraction to achieve the desired result which can also save an extra trip to Hungary. You may decide to have your extractions in your own country to save time or maybe you will have the extractions done in Hungary. If you do decide to have extractions done in Hungary then plan a trip for a couple of days. If you require temporary teeth then plan longer.
Trip 2 – Surgery
Once implant surgery has taken place the dentist will tell you when the final restoration should be done. The dentist will have examined x-rays and will be well aware of the jawbone condition during implant procedure. Sometimes the dentist will place the restoration immediately after implant surgery but this is rare. Normally the healing period of 3, 4 or 6 months is adhered to until the implants have healed before the final restoration is done. Again the dentist has the final word on the matter. Plan for 2 to 3 days stay in Hungary when having dental implants unless you have a more complex situation. Surgery will normally take place on day 1 which leaves a few days for aftercare.
Trip 3 – Final Restoration
The final restoration generally will be made for you about 3 to 6 months after dental implant surgery. If you have had extractions then it may be possible that this is your third trip to Hungary. If not then it maybe the second trip for you. Two trips to Hungary are the most common but this is not always the case. You will need to stay in Hungary for 5 working days on average but it can stretch to 7 or 10 days depending on how many teeth, what the material is and the complexity of your case.
Trip 4 – A possibility
Some patients have complex situations and will require not only extractions but also bone grafting. Sometimes the jawbone can accept the placing of a dental implant but won’t be able to deal with the forces placed upon it after the final restoration is placed. In these circumstances bone grafting can be done during implant surgery. In some cases where the bone cannot accept the dental implant then the dental surgeon may be able to do more complex bone grafting procedures. This may in itself increase the amount of trips you need to Hungary but also may be done at the same time as other procedures.
There are so many possibilities open to you as a patient depending on your situation. Most patients need two trips to Hungary lasting 2 and 5 days respectively. If your situation is more complex then you may need a 3rd trip to Hungary. If it is more complex still then a fourth is needed. This is a general guide but your dentist will be able to be more accurate with you about this.
Please remember that dentists in Budapest and other parts of Hungary are amongst the best in the world.