With wages having failed to keep pace with inflation for many years now, many Brits are struggling to fund important self-care treatments, such as those to do with their teeth. No wonder then that dental treatment abroad is becoming more and more popular, especially for treatments that can make a huge difference to people’s quality of life, such as dental implants.
Brits have always been adventurous and have a keen eye for a bargain, so many of them are off to Hungary, the dental tourism capital of Europe for their dental treatment abroad. They have discovered dental practices, such as Access Smile, that offer entire packages that include pre- and after-care in the UK, with the expensive bits taking place in a country where the cost of living, and therefore the dental treatment, is so much lower. A lower cost of living does not equate to lower standards of treatment. In fact, it is just as high as the best dental practices in the UK.
The scary bits sorted
Travelling abroad for treatment can be nerve-wracking. Going to the dentist is a bit scary for most people, so coupling that with being in a strange city where everyone speaks a language that bears no relation to English can be off-putting for some.
However, a good package for dental treatment abroad will include a range of accommodation as well as transfers to and from the airport and to and from the dental clinic. This means that the patient is taken care of at every stage, including when they are at their most vulnerable and not really in any condition to start negotiating public transport systems or dealing with taxi drivers.
As well as having excellent dental qualifications and extensive experience, it is important for the dentists and their staff to be able to speak fluent English, so that the patient knows at all times what is going on.
Before and after
As well as having dental treatment abroad, patients need to have follow-up care. The trick is to find a clinic that has a base in the UK for after-care check-ups over the following weeks and months.