A.Well, a lot depends not only on whether you a good candidate for Dental Implants but also whether it is the best choice of treatment for your current dental circumstances.
Dental Implants are a consideration when a person has missing teeth and the gaps need addressing.
For a person to be considered a good candidate for dental implants the dentist must be sure that there is no better alternative. There must be enough good quality bone where the dental implant is intended to be placed. If not, then bone grafting / augmentation may be an option. A panoramic x-ray and/or a 3D CT Scan will show how much quality of bone there is in the upper and lower jawbone and the dentist will be able to tell you whether you are a good candidate for dental implants as well as give you a treatment plan which also details cost.
Our dentist will always evaluate success, stability, bone reduction, risk, cost and convenience when considering dental implants compared to a non-dental implant option such as dental bridges. Sometimes a bridge option can be more logical if there are enough natural teeth to support bridges. Sometimes dental implants which support dental restorations such as a fixed bridge or special denture is the only option.
We can provide traditional dentures but all of our patients come to us because they want an alternative to the denture. Patients are fed up with dentures that do not fit properly and does not allow comfortable eating.
This is Carol’s dental journey to Budapest. We received a call last year from a lady in her late 50’s living in Central London who was interested in having dental implants in Budapest. She lost all of her teeth several years earlier due to gum disease and had been struggling with a denture for far too long.
By her own admission she was a very sociable person, always showing her teeth when laughing at bingo and other sociable events locally. As her dental problems became worse she stopped socialising so much until eventually she became a recluse. Once the denture was fitted by her NHS dentist she did not like how she looked and eating was frustrating. She could not chew very well and the taste of food seemed to have gone. The dentures also caused soreness in the mouth. She just was not happy at all and mostly refused to wear the dentures.
She had heard about a procedure called denture stabilisation which involves placing dental implants into the upper and lower jawbone and then fitting a special reinforced denture (sometimes called an over-denture) to the dental implants by way of a special ball and socket arrangement.
Carol came to see us in Hungary as she knew we specialised in this procedure and had a free consultation with the Dentist who places hundreds of dental implants every year. Our Dentist also provided x-rays at no additional cost. Once Carol had her consultation with the Dentist in Budapest she was much more aware of her treatment options and the benefits, risks, costs and convenience of each option.
Option 1 – Denture Stabilisation
Carol was told that despite losing her teeth several years ago she was a good candidate for dental implants with regard to this option. Her bone loss was not so severe. Bone augmentation or bone grafting was not needed.
The dentist advised that she could have 4 dental implants placed on the upper jawbone and 4 dental implants placed on the lower jawbone. Some patients on occasion need 6 implants in the upper to achieve stability but in Carol’s case 4 implants in the upper arch was sufficient.
Carol was told that after the dental implants are placed the dentist was confident that he could load the dental implants with the new custom made dentures once they are made which will be at the end of her 5 working day visit to Hungary. Carol could arrive on a Sunday and have her dental implants placed on the Monday. After accurate dental impressions are taken the new dentures would be ready by the following week.
Sometimes it is better to wait for a 3 to 6 months healing period to pass before loading the dental implants with the final restoration but in Carol’s case the dentist was happy that he had achieved stability as the implants would be joined together with a bar system.
Also, with some dental patients it is better to have one denture made for one arch and let it settle in before making the second denture for the opposite arch. In Carol’s case the dentist was happy to have the custom fit denture made for both the upper and lower arch at the same time.
This option would include:
The placement of the dental implants at our Budapest clinic.
The supply of special abutments which attaches to the new denture
The bar system to join the dental implants together
A high quality multi-layered acrylic denture with an internal super structure for strength
A socket system to attach to the dental implants
The advantage of the overdenture over the porcelain bridge is:
The cost is much lower
Less implants are needed which reduces risk of failure
The disadvantage is:
The overdenture is a slightly bulkier option
The overdenture needs to be removed for cleaning every few days
It is a more expensive option as more dental implants would be needed to support a porcelain bridges than with a custom made overdenture. The cost of the bridge is also higher than the overdenture. In the case of Carol, it would mean that a small amount bone grafting using synthetic bone would be needed to give some of the dental implants stability. This means extra cost.
The advantage of the porcelain bridge as opposed to the overdenture is that the porcelain bridge is a slimmer option and is permanently bonded in place which means that it never needs to be removed.
The disadvantage is cost and risk. The more dental implants that are placed means a higher risk of failure.
According to the charity Cancer Research UK, dentists need to check patients for signs of oral cancer as well as asking patients lifestyle questions.
According to the charity there will be 9,200 cases of oral cancer in the UK by the year 2030 compared with just 6,240 recorded cases in 2009.
The British Dental Association has said that dentists do examine patients for oral cancer as part of routine checkups, but it was only this year the General Dental Council recommended dentists educate themselves on oral cancer as part of their ongoing professional development.
It was estimated that over 70,000 Brits travelled to Hungary for low cost dental treatment last year so it is important that dentists providing dental care in Hungary also check for oral cancer.
Dr Kannmann, a dentist working with Hungarian Dental Travel in Mosonmagyarovar says “I look for the signs and symptoms of oral cancer as well as possible pre-cancerous indications. I also check for the disease lichen planus during consultations with all of his patients including those that travel from the UK”
Oral Cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheek lining, palate and bottom of the mouth. People over the age of 40, smokers, heavy drinkers and participants of unprotected oral sex are in the highest risk categories.
We found this video explaining oral cancer from Health Canada. We think that the video provides easy to understand patient education
British Dentist Convicted of £1.4m Fraud against the NHS
Birmingham dentist Joyce Trail has been convicted of defrauding the NHS out of £1.4m to fund a lavish lifestyle.
Dr Joyce trail was part of a fraud whereby claims were made against the deceased as well as triple claiming against the elderly involving 7000 claims backed up by false paperwork. She also used patient details unwittingly provided by care homes and made claims even though she had not met many of these patients.
Dr Joyce Trail enjoyed a lavish lifestyle buying Jimmy Choo shoes at over £400 a pair and taking expensive Carribean holidays.
Speaking after the verdict, Victoria Jones, a representative for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said Dr Trail’s victims were not only vulnerable patients, but also ordinary everyday taxpayers.
Dr Trail faces a substantial prison sentence when convicted later this month.
Many dental patients research very well the subject of receiving dental implants. First they have to find out if they are good candidates, at all. Then the research begins. For most the price can be a real issue. Dental implants can provide excellent solution for tooth replacement, so the demand is high. According to a survey there are 75% more implant surgeries performed in Eastern Europe than in the rest of Europe though (http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100413/Impact-of-economic-downturn-on-European-dental-implant-industry.aspx?page=2).
The reason why can be explained through dental tourism. However strange it can sound for some of us, dental tourism is still steadily growing as more and more dental patients are looking for more affordable treatments. Those, who are in need of a dental treatment, probably researched the subject fairly well. On average, dental patients can save around 60%-70% on their dental treatment by choosing to visit a dentist in Hungary. Whilst dental implants start from around £1000 in the United Kingdom, in Hungary they are around £600.
Anyway, wherever you receive dental treatments from, most probably it will cost you a bit of money. So apart from making sure we chose the right dentist, whose skills we trust enough to perform this surgery, most of us will want to contribute in some way towards the success of it all.
There are several things we can do, even if we are generally in good health. It is advisable to implement a vitamin cure 2-3 weeks before the treatment would take place to increase the vitality of our immune system. Cut caffeine and alcohol. If you are preparing for dental implant surgery, most probably you already quit smoking anyway, as smoking can really jeopardise the outcome.
Try eating something nice and not too spicy before your surgery and make sure you are well hydrated.
Before the surgery do discuss your current medication with the oral surgeon and just relax. I know, it is easier said than done, but this is the best way you can assist to the surgeon. I remember sitting at the dentist’s office once and couldn’t help thinking how absurd the situation was. Sitting there, waiting to receive some pain and then even pay for it… But honestly, it doesn’t have to be that painful. Just relax, envisage your brand new smile and the day when you will be able to chew again properly.
After the surgery most probably you will experience some discomfort and the healing process will start. Your dentist will give you some instructions on cleaning. But not many of them will direct your attention towards what to eat or drink and what not to.
You should not eat or drink anything hot for a day (24 hours) to avoid the possibility of increased bleeding. Citric acid should be banned (for example orange or lemon juice) and also fresh milk, coffee, alcohol and black tea. Try to eat foods that don’t need chewing, do not be tempted by crisps, or any other sharp food or snacks. And a general good advice: keep your head up high!
I have to apologise for not being very active recently. But with the Malev Hungarian Airlines leaving the skies forever, our customer service team was very busy advising and developing new ways so our dental patients from abroad can reach their Hungarian dentists even more easily.
Anyway, yesterday I couldn’t resist having a quick breakfast at my favourite Hungarian cafe, when I spotted an old friend. He was on his mobile talking in a very strange way. When he finished the conversation I went over to greet him. He was glad to see me and straight away started explaining his experience with his dentist.
My friend (let’s call him Robert) is a mayor of a nice, little Hungarian village, he has been for over 15 years now. His teeth were okay, nothing fancy, sometimes he needed the odd filling or root canal, but that was it. Till one day he looked in the mirror and noticed how the enamel of his teeth started disappearing and the colour turning into a darker shade of grey. Well, as his job involves lots of networking and sometimes press appearance he decided to pay a visit to his dentist and ask about his options. The dentist suggested bridges for him for all of his upper teeth, explaining the health and the aesthetic benefits. Most appealing was the possible result of looking even younger, as the new teeth would look a lot whiter and sparkler.
So Robert decided to go for it all. But he had no idea of how many changes this process will bring into his life. He said the dentist started the work on his teeth early January and only 4 weeks later will do the fitting of the new crowns. During the 4 weeks he has to wear temporary teeth… those will not protect from the feeling of cold or hot, so the increased sensitivity due to grinding is present all the time. And the function of those teeth is also very limited. This is only natural, but I asked him who his dentist was. I never heard of her though…. Also advised, next time when he needs a dentist in Hungary get in touch with me, as our dentists would’ve done the job within 5 working days, saving him a whole month of temporary discomfort!
Anyway, this little conversation given me the idea of advising on food. Dental patients travel abroad for all sorts of dental treatments. Yes, the savings are great; in most cases aftercare is also offered. I can only advise on Hungary, as I know its medical developments and believe it offers the best for the foreign dental patients. Normally, there is a healing period for every dental treatment. When receiving new dental crowns or bridges it can be anywhere from 3 days to 10 days. When getting dental implant the healing period can be as much as 9 months. Even receiving teeth whitening could bring in some new rules in our life in terms of what we should and should not eat and drink.
When receiving dental crowns during the healing time dental patients are wearing the temporary teeth (3-10 days) should avoid hot or cold food or drink. Room temperature is the best. Also in most cases chewing is not an option. Whilst staying in Hungary I would highly recommend engaging with the soup culture. Soup plays big part in a Hungarian’s diet, as it is the first in a usually 2 course lunch meal. You have the watery soups, options with meat or vegetables only, as starters. The most popular ones are: gulyas soup, Jokai bableves (a special bean soup), borsoleves (pea soup) and cernametelt soup (thin pasta soup). And they have the thick soup types; they call them “fozelek”, as a main course. English patients find this quite funny.
Once one said: “OK, so if I have soup as a starter and thick soup as main, I dread asking what the dessert is…”
Eating during dental healing time
Anyway, it might seem all baby food but great option for those, who still wish to sample some delicious Hungarian cooking that does not require chewing.
Most restaurants in Hungary offer “menu of the day”, usually 2-3 a la carte options for about £3 per person, but also you can find soups and “fozelek” (thick soup) on traditional Hungarian Restaurant’s menus.
Reading about how celebs also go to the dentist makes them look like real people. In the end of the day a toothache is painful no matter what our status or financial backgrounds are.
She recently visited her dentist in California and tweeted “Let the numbing begin! I need a shot 🙁 I’m scared!”
Well, beauty comes at a price and celebs simply can not afford to neglect their teeth. Just remember poor Lindsey Lohan….
Kim Tweeted recently: “A day at the dentist is never fun! Well unless its with Dr. Kevin Sands! Love you doc but fillings suck. #HalfMyFaceIsNumb.”
So, knowing how much our celebs have to suffer to look and feel their best, we should stop feeling so sorry for ourselves and get on with that dental visit.
However, if patients wish to have the very same Hollywood smile only at a fraction of the price: look into travelling to Hungary for dental care! It will cost a lot less!
The guy was a dental technician apprentice once, but his qualifications expired. This was the closest he ever got to being a professional. He advertised int eh Yellow Pages as „The Denture Clinic” and played vulnerable old dental patients out of their money in exchange of wonky dental sets.
„Many patients of his Denture Clinic were left with painful, ill-fitting dentures while others were embarrassed to be seen in public wearing them after teeth chipped or fell out.”- says the article and describes how he was operating in a highly unhygienic mess.
I can’t blame the patients. Many of them would look into cheaper alternative, as not all of them can afford to have fixed dentures or implant supported bridges. As the recession is still growing we all search for better value for money. But as the recession hits on many other countries it is worth considering travelling abroad for some cheap dental work and other services like, opticians, beauticians and hairdressers.
But before anybody would commit should check out qualifications of the dentists and if they are registered by the General Dental Council in London.
Seven years ago, when Hungarian Dental Travel was established, some of our team members spent few months over in Hungary, spending long hours at the dentists’s surgery in Budapest, Mosonmagyarovar, Gyor, Sopron, Heviz and around the Lake Balaton inspecting our possible dental partners’ qualifications, experience, English language knowledge, even their dental technicians’ work to reduce risks for our patients and maintain high quality control. But even if you chose to use a dentist or any dental professional in your home country, make sure you check upon the qualifications.
A growing number of older Americans aged 55 and over are travelling to Hungary for much needed dental treatment.
Many of these American people would not normally consider having dental treatment outside of their own country but the damage to their nest egg from the global recession means that they don’t have time for the financial markets to recover. Americans are not travelling the 10,000 mile round trip and 10 hours each way in a aeroplane just for a filling. They are travelling to destinations in Hungary such as Budapest, Mosonmagyarovar, Sopron, Gyor and Szombathely for major restorative and cosmetic dental treatment. Often these treatments include full circle bridges and dental implants which are expensive in the U.S.
In Hungary you should expect less than half price for the same quality branded materials. Many Americans either in retirement or approaching retirement want to enjoy life which means getting rid of those nasty dentures and getting crowns supported by dental implants so that they can enjoy those 16oz steaks again. Life is for living and food must be enjoyed which is difficult if you have dentures or a vast amount of missing teeth. These Americans feel the need to be frugal with their money and they don’t have a decade to wait for the recession to pass by.
Travelling to Hungary for low price dental treatment allows many Americans to have the treatment they want, see some of Europe and keep their savings pretty much intact. Americans travelling to Hungary for dental treatment is not a new idea at all. Due to dwindling insurance benefits Hungary has attracted many American patients over the last 7 years. Now the Hungarian forint is at its lowest for a long time so accommodation, food and entertainment whilst you are in Hungary will go quite a way.
A full circle bridge consisting of 14 teeth on the upper jawbone will cost $11,200 in the US.
In Hungary the same treatment will cost $4,300.
A patient who has no teeth on the upper jawbone will pay $25,600 in the U.S for 8 dental implants to support a 14 unit bridge. Some dentists in the US will charge an extra $4000 as 8 of those crowns will be implant crowns.
Expect to pay $10,740 in Hungary. A growing number of American dentists are charging anything from $599 TO $600 extra if your new crown happens to attach to a dental implant. In Hungary this practice is not normal and in most places you will find implant crowns the same price as normal crowns.
If you require help with your dental treatment you can do the following:
1) See the dental clinics that advertise on our website
2) Contact us in the following way and we will put you in touch with reputable dental clinics in Hungary.
Our 8 years experience in this field will ensure that you are put in touch the best people:
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.