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Trust is an Important Issue!!

Trust remains one of the biggest challenges in dental tourism within the United Kingdom and Ireland. Although a small percentage of people who travel to Hungary for dental treatment do so on principle, the decision by most people to travel to Hungary for major restorative dental treatment is price driven. If dental patients can afford or are prepared to pay western dental prices then for sure patients would have their treatment done locally to where they live. This quite naturally leads to questions.

The price of dental treatment in Britain and Ireland is around 3 to 5 times more expensive than treatment in Hungary. In 2011 it was reported that 77,000 British dental patients travelled to Hungary for treatment. The main reason was cost compared to having treatment at home.

The main questions that people ask before travelling are:

– Do you offer consultations in the UK before I travel?

– Can I meet my dentist in the UK before I travel?

– How much will it cost?

– What happens if I need aftercare?

– Is the treatment guaranteed?

All of these questions are frequently asked and are quite legitimate.

One of the ways in which we restore trust is by providing patient consultations at our London dental clinic. We can also provide treatment at the clinic as well as aftercare and possibly guarantee work in the rarity that it arises.

Hungarian Dental Travel offers patients UK consultations at our dental clinic in Bloomsbury, London just 1 minute walk from the British Museum.

UK Consultation

The UK consultation is a fantastic way to start your dental tourism journey. Firstly you get a chance to meet the dentist face to face without having to travel all the way to Hungary. It is a great way to determine how comfortable you are for your new Hungarian dentist to treat you.

Our dentists are not only well qualified with many years experience but they are competent, friendly and can communicate with you very well. They will explain everything. The advantage is that if you don’t feel comfortable with the dentist then there is no obligation to continue your treatment and you haven’t really lost anything.

During the consultation the dentist will examine inside your mouth and make a record of what is found. It may be necessary to x-ray your mouth so that the dentist can see decay, fillings, and cracks in your teeth, cancer, cysts and bone loss which are not visible to the naked eye. Many patients are interested in dental implant solutions and the x-ray provides valuable information when planning dental implants.

Once the examination is complete the dentist will discuss your dental circumstances. This is an ideal opportunity to let the patient know what your objectives are and ask any questions that you have. Most importantly the dentist will deliver a solution to get your teeth back to A1 condition.

After you have left the dental clinic the dentist will make up a treatment plan and send it to you in a few days time. The plan will indicate which areas of your mouth will be treated and what will be done. Most importantly the plan will show the cost of the treatment. We deliver the cost of your dental treatment in two ways as follows:

1)     Cost for treatment which will be carried out in Budapest

2)     An alternative option if you want some or all of your treatment at the London dental clinic.

There is a price difference between the two options and the same dentist that you saw for the consultation will be the same dentist to carry out the treatment whichever option you choose.

All treatment is guaranteed and you do have the peace of mind that all dentists who operate from the UK have been thoroughly vetted by ourselves and are registered with both the GDC (General Dental Council) in London and the department of health in Budapest.

You also have the peace of mind that your dentist is using branded quality materials and treatment is fully guaranteed. If a patient has any concerns or problems then we can quickly book the patient in for some aftercare in the London dental clinic.

 

 

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Pic: Joyce Trail photo courtesy of BBC

Birmingham Dentist in £1.4m Fraud against NHS

Pic: Joyce Trail photo courtesy of BBC

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.

For the full story please go to the BBC website

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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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Vampire fangs! Anybody?

This week has gone so fast! Normally, I do write at least 2 blogs a week but not this time. Spring is in the air and I spent most of my time outdoors enjoying the weather.

Anyway, I woke up fairly early this morning and decided to read the news on-line. I was shocked to say the least, when I saw the “vampire woman” on Yahoo’s site… http://uk.news.yahoo.com/vampire-woman-helps-domestic-abuse-victims-111221124.html

This Mexican lady had to suffer abuse for many years and then turned herself into a vampire lookalike. Now she is committed to raise awareness for women suffering from abuse in similar circumstances.

I was reading how she had fangs dentally implanted into her mouth… This is not the first time I came across this. Few years ago we had a dental enquiry from a beautiful model asking if any of our dentists in Hungary would be happy to turn her teeth into fangs. Strange request, I know. Mostly Hungarian dentists would not do such a thing. Not because they are not up for individual request but because they take their profession very seriously and most often say the dental profession is a healthcare and not a fashion business. But our dentist decided to talk to the lady to find out how serious she is about her request and if she is aware of the long term impact and consequences. The patient travelled to Hungary for the dental consultation, spent 3 days in there and came back certain about her decision. In a month time she decided to fly out to Hungary, Budapest and see the dentist this time for treatment and not only consultation. The dentist in Hungary fitted high quality dental veneers, shaped like vampire fangs. In only 1 week time  her teeth were ready and ever-since she has been enjoying wearing them. Few months after this event she recommended Hungarian Dental Travel to her colleagues and we had few more dental enquiries for vampire fangs…

I guess, this is not going to be a booming business and a common request but certainly a very interesting experience…

 


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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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3D Titanium Jaw replacement to give back 83 year old dental patient’s oral functions

A revolutionary operation took place in Belgium for the first time. Apparently it is very much of a common problem for the elderly to suffer from bone density problems and chronicle inflammations preventing teeth replacement implants to work.  In this case surgeons decided a full jaw replacement can be the best solution.

Dr Kannmann comments: “-Yes, very often by the time a dental patient can save up enough money or makes the decision to have permanent tooth replacement it is too late. The so called dental implants need to be inserted to the jaw bone, if the quality of the bone density becomes spongy it will also make it difficult for the dental implant to anchor. In these cases sometimes traditional bone replacement techniques could work but treatment times are long and in some cases risky. Also this method does not replace the whole jaw, only replaces some of the bone density.”

„Belgian company LayerWise today said that it produced an entire jaw using additive manufacturing, a technique that allows fabricators to make an item directly from a CAD drawing. The transplant demonstrates that precision 3D printing can be effective for both bones and organ implants, the company said” (More http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57372095-76/3d-printer-produces-new-jaw-for-woman/)


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