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70 000 dental tourists visited Hungary in 2011

According to the Medical Tourism Office (Orvosi Turizmus Iroda Zrt) in 2011 Hungarian dentists treated around 70 000 dental travellers.

Most patients were from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France, paying an overall 65-70 milliard Hungarian Forint, winning an impressive 40% of the European market share. Most dental patients would travel if the savings can reach 2500 Euro and the overall dental treatment cost per patient is about 4500 Euro.

90% of dental tourists are looking to have extensive restoration work done and dental implants.

Source: http://www.kisalfold.hu/belfold_hirek/milliardokat_koltenek_a_fogaszati_turistak_magyarorszagon/2270540/




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Spring Festival Hungary

Spring in Hungarian Dental Paradise

Spring time in Hungary is always very exciting. The country is buzzing with festivals. When dental tourists visit they just can’t believe how interesting, colourful and educational these programmes can be.

When searching for a dentist abroad, every patient have different views on making a judgement. Which country to go to? And then which surgery to choose. There are so many dentist on-line… and it is not possible to research them all. In my experience the location of the chosen dental surgery has very little to do with the final decision, never mind the time of the year.  Many patients ask about the make of dental implants and the description of full surgical procedures but only very few about what to do in the area or if there is anything on.

Spring is a great time to travel to Hungary fro dental treatments. The flights are relatively cheap (apart from Easter), hotels have pre-season offers on and music, dance and cultural festivals are providing excellent entertainment.

So, if you can make time, plan your dental trip to Hungary pretty soon…

Spring Festivals start on the 12th of March and on for about a whole month. More information here http://www.btf.hu/btf2012/index.php?l=en

http://hungarystartshere.com/Gyor-Spring-Festival-Gyori-Tavasz-Fesztival-Gyor

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Elvis dentist abroad

Celebrity Dental Patients- make your way to Hungary

The dentist, who brought John Lennon’s tooth now decided to buy a piece of Elvis Presley’s dental heritage.

Apparently, he was giving this concert in Las Vegas, when he chipped one of his dental crowns. So his dentist’s son flew out with a spare one. Nice! But if your budget is a bit tighter than Elvis Presley’s, you might want to consider flying out to visit one in Hungary. The great thing is the price! And the quality is even better! Do your research and enjoy the benefits of what dental tourism and several dental destinations can offer.

Elvis visited a dentist on his last day. Make your dental trip the first step towards a new beginning!

Call Hungarian Dental Travel NOW

0845 612 1988


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The price of a golden tooth

Reading the dental news today I came across a short piece stating how the dead body of a prize-fighter was robbed in Krajova, Romania. Well, not a huge surprise as the global recession made many people desperate, but pulling out a dead person’s teeth is an act not many will follow. (http://manna.ro/szines/fogaiert-becstelenitettek-meg-egy-halott-bokszolot-2012-02-24.html)

Many industry suffered from the economic downturn, but many brands actually profited out of it. Discount strores like Lidl and Aldi have been doing well, as more and more people choosing them over more expensive options, like Tesco and Asda (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/feb/01/retail-industry-discount-stores).

The same applies to dental patients. Those, who could afford expensive private dentists, are now looking for alternatives or alternative payment options. The price of a dental cronwn in Hungary is around £200 each, whilst in England more like £600 or more. Many dental patients have been putting off a dental visit for so long their teeth really suffered and now need a lot more attention and treatments. Travelling to Hungary to see a dentist could be a really good option, if researched well before. The General Dental Council of London can also give guidelines.

Budapest is the most populat dental destinantion, but the countryside has also got many great dental surgeries.


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Dental implant can help getting your chewing function back

Assisting to the success of dental implants

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!

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Eating during dental healing time

Eating during healing time

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.

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Flying to Hungary for dental care

Trust Issues Still Drives American Patients to Travel to Hungary for Dental Treatment

Perhaps the most famous place in the world for dental tourism is Hungary. It all began when Austrian people drove a few kilometres across the border into Hungary for dental treatment costing half of the price of dental care in their own country. Since then Hungary has developed a world class infrastructure and platform catering for dental patients travelling from many other countries including a growing number from America.

Hungary still attracts patients from all over the world but other countries still try to mimic what Hungary offers but without as much success. Here is a guide for the American dental tourist:

Many American dental patients still insist on travelling about 5000 miles to Hungary for their dental treatment despite places like Mexico, Costa Rica and India crying out for their business.

Mexico and Costa Rico is much closer to America than Hungary so why does a sizeable amount of American patients still insist on travelling across the Atlantic ocean to Hungary for treatment?

India is an extra 2,500 miles from America than Hungary but offers slightly lower dental costs than Hungary but still some Americans insist on only going to Hungary. Why?

It comes down to quality and trust! Hungary has been building a strong dental infrastructure since the end of the Second World War which cannot yet be rivalled by other countries mimicking dental tourism. In addition Hungary joined the EU in 2004 and the dental industry could boast EU standards in Healthcare. This infrastructure is strong and is the basis of good dental practice, quality dental materials, and high levels of education as well as first class hygiene practices. Unlike India where there are regular reports of dentists practicing with bogus degrees, Hungarian dentists are well qualified and have proven to have outstanding skill in dentistry.

Patients who travel to Hungary know that when they walk out on the street things are safe and civilised. In Mexico, Costa Rica and India safety is a big issue. From the moment that you step out of the airport you have to have your wits about you.

When you have dental treatment a team of people are involved in the success of your treatment. Material manufacturers must supply quality materials to the dental clinic. The dentist you see must be able to communicate with you and provide high quality dental care. The education system is important not only for the dentist’s main qualification but all of the post graduate courses necessary to perform some of the complex procedures required by the dental tourist. Dental Technicians are the unsung heroes. They make your new teeth to perfection. It takes time to produce quality crowns, bridges and dentures that are the right shape, size, colour and shade. Dental nurses and assistants are the ones who not only assist the dentist but they ensure that high levels of infection control are maintained in the clinic.

The guarantees offered by Hungarian dentists are for real and you know that one a price has been set for your treatment then you know that there are no hidden charges or nasty surprises in the final bill.

We all know that low prices are good if quality is maintained and we all know that cheapest is not always the best.

Travelling to Budapest or elsewhere in Hungary for dental treatment is fairly straightforward and safe.

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Dental Implants….What to Expect!!!

 

 

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.

 

Conclusion

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.

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The difference when you see a dentist in Hungary

Dental tourism is still a growing craze in Britain. The recession and the difficulty of finding an affordable dentist driven thousands of dental patients away.

Hungary is one of the longest established dental destinations in the World. Most dental patients are from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Only in the last 7 years people in England and the USA discovered its value in dental tourism.  The specific infrastructure, the history, the technology and the dental education are all highly supporting this dental destination and making it stand out from other countries like Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic.


Some Hungarian dental clinics are offering dental consultations in England. Not in every case patients meet with the actual dentist, who will be performing the treatments. What is very important for all dental patients is to understand fully the estimated treatment-and price plan.

Dentists in Hungary tend to forward think when it comes to treating patients from abroad. The quality of the treatments and also the type of treatments are being considered based on the fact that the dentist will wish to prevent post-operative complications and lower any potential risks as much as possible.

Few Hungarian clinics offer dental treatments in England, but as good as it sounds, this is not necessarily the best option for everybody. Taking time off work could be an issue, when most treatments need 5-10 working days to complete in Hungary. Having the treatment in England could be a good option, but actually this could also take longer to complete, as appointments are not always so frequent.


Also dental patients need to consider quality over their comfort when deciding on which dental clinic they would trust their teeth on…. Only few surgeries are available in England for treatments, but Hungary is full of highly qualified dental surgeons, not always carrying out intensive marketing, so dental patients might need to carry out a more detailed research to find them. The price of treatment is generally the driving force for those, looking for a dentist abroad, but not always the cheapest is the best nor the most expensive one. Taking years of expertise, qualifications, reputations and recommendations into account would help choosing the right dentist.

If you need any more information, please get in touch with us, by clicking here http://hungariandentaltravel.co.uk/contact-us/

 

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using dental x-ray for treatment plans

What dental x-rays can do…

When considering travelling to Hungary for dental treatments, some Hungarian dentists will offer an x-ray facility in the UK, so an approximate treatment-and price plan can be established. Seeing your estimated costs and getting familiar with possible treatment types will help you planning and putting your mind at ease.

Sometimes a full panoramic x-ray is not quite enough to see if you can have implants and a personal examination is needed or other diagnostic tools. But x-rays could pick up on those, who are in risk of fractures according to the article published in Private Health (http://www.privatehealth.co.uk/news/december-2011/dental-x-rays-risk-of-fractures-36299/).

New research from the Sahlgrenska Academy found that the bone structure of the lower jaw was associated with a person’s vulnerability to the breaks. 

“We’ve seen that sparse bone structure in the lower jaw in mid-life is directly linked to the risk of fractures in other parts of the body, later in life,” stated Lauren Lissner, a researcher at the Institute of Medicine at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

Most of us are aware of the importance of regular dental check-ups, not only to spot potential oral problems, but also to prevent other health issues, like heart disease, diabetes and so on…. Using the x-ray scan is most often part of this procedure.

Reading the Daily Mail just few days ago I came across this article Grandfather stunned when dental X-ray shows pellet that was shot into his jaw when he was TEN
(Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2071175/Grandfather-stunned-dental-X-ray-shows-pellet-shot-jaw-TEN.html#ixzz1gJhEnUsc)

It is about a middle aged man, who went to the local hospital for a dental check-up and the x-ray showed a pallet he knew nothing about, only thinking it though he realised what could’ve happened.

Regular dental check-ups are very important to prevent further problems, but once you have them they need to be treated. Ignorance is the worst thing and painkillers will just disguise the real cause.

If you can not afford dental prices in your own country, look into alternative solutions. Travelling for dental treatments could be a good way of saving money. Please, check out our website on Hungarian Dental Travel- for more information.


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