We have exalted the benefits of dental implants many times in these pages. The benefits to patients’ who have lost teeth or struggle with dentures cannot be underestimated. Cost is often the only barrier to treatment and quite understandably patients weigh this up against other disbursements that life throws at them.
The internet has alerted many patients’ to the possibility of dental tourism where implants are placed in Eastern Europe at a fraction of typical UK costs. Even in London’s Harley Street implants are often at bargain bucket prices!
In recent months we have had to deal with a number of cases where implants provided abroad have failed. In these patients’ the treatment planning was very poor and the quality of laboratory work left a lot to be desired. When things start to go wrong the free flight and hotel stays in Budapest dry up. The dentist who spoke perfect English when treatment is sold to patients’ can only speak Hungarian or Greek when they receive complaints. The long term success of dental implants relies on regular follow up appointments which can be another problem when taking treatment abroad.
Obviously we only see things when there are problems. Many patients are satisfied with their outcome. However, we would advise treading very carefully where implant costs are heavily discounted abroad or in the UK. We were recently offered copies of one of the major implant systems at a fraction of the cost of the genuine product. A tempting offer but one we refused very quickly. These copies have no scientific studies behind them and no proven history. The grade of titanium used is also lower. Like any other fake goods, they rarely live up to the expectations and we would never risk our patients’ care and longevity of their outcome with sub-standard implant components. We use Nobel Biocare or Astra implants which are the market leaders.
If you are considering investing in dental implants we would be happy to meet you at our implant open evening coming up on the 13th of November. You will need to register your interest as places will be limited. We will demonstrate how implants can help you and give examples of cases where patients have been helped by one of the most successful treatments in dentistry. Please call 01600 712020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to reserve your free attendance.