Considering dental implants abroad?

Every year, many people consider travelling abroad for dental implants. Dental practices abroad often advertise as being cheaper than the UK, but there are lots of risks that come with travelling abroad for implant treatment or any other dental work. Before you commit to anything, it’s vital you’re fully aware of the risks involved and what to expect.

Is implant treatment actually cheaper abroad?

It’s common for dental practices abroad to advertise implants for cheaper than the UK average, which is around £2,4151. The price difference can be due to a number of factors like lower wage and overhead costs, less-expensive premises and cheaper insurance costs.

However, there are a number of hidden costs which you need to factor in for each visit when you travel abroad, which include:

  • Return flights (of which there might be several)
  • Hotel accommodation, which could be up to three weeks for complex treatment
  • Fuel or train fares to and from UK airports
  • Airport parking charges
  • Taxi fares or hire car costs
  • Food and other living costs while you’re abroad
  • Taking time off work, including a loss of earnings from extra time off if needed

You may have to return to the practice multiple times, as well as for follow-up appointments, which means the costs can easily mount up. For complex treatment plans, patients may need to stay for up to three weeks, since there’s a waiting time required for your restoration to be made by a lab technician.

Risks of having dental treatment abroad

The biggest risk of having an implant abroad is what happens if something goes wrong. It’s important you’re fully informed of all the potential risks before you commit to any treatment.

The benefits of having treatment at Bupa Dental Care

At Bupa Dental Care, you can be sure that you’re in the hands of an experienced implant dentist. Some of the benefits of choosing us for implants include:

  • We offer a one-year guarantee on our implant treatment
  • All our dentists who fit implants have undergone further postgraduate training and are fully qualified to offer implant treatment
  • Bupa Dental Care is the number one provider of private dental care in the UK2
  • We currently offer dental implants at over 2753 of our practices across the UK
  • We offer transparency throughout your treatment. There are no hidden fees

Questions to ask before having implants abroad

We recommend using a reputable UK dentist, such as a Bupa Dental Care implant dentist, for undergoing implant treatment. If you’re adamant on going away for treatment, these are the questions you should ask before committing to a treatment plan.

  • What exactly does my treatment plan involve and how many appointments will I need?
  • What brand of implants do you use?
  • Are you regulated by or registered with a professional recognised body?
  • Do you have insurance to cover the procedure?
  • What happens if there’s a serious problem and follow-up work is required?
  • Who will be doing my procedure and what qualifications do they have? Is there somewhere I can check their qualifications?
  • Does the surgical team speak English? If not, is a translator provided?
  • Can I see references from previous UK patients?
  • How many times have you carried out the procedure?
  • How often do your patients experience complications and infection?
  • Do you offer a guarantee following the treatment?
  • What aftercare do you provide?
  • What happens if I’m unhappy with the results?
  • If there are complications and I need further treatment, is this included in the initial cost?
  • Who can I contact for advice after the treatment?
  • Will you send details about the procedure to my dentist in the UK?

Find out more about implants at Bupa Dental Care?

Our practices offer a safe, professional environment with treatment carried out by experienced dentists. If you’re interested in implants, speak to your nearest Bupa Dental Care practice offering dental implants.

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