The risks of having full mouth dental implants abroad

The cost of dental implants in countries like Turkey and Budapest are often much lower than they are here in the UK, that’s just a fact. But, more often than not, they’re also too good to be true. So it’s important that if you are considering opting for a cheaper treatment abroad, you are aware of the risks from the get-go:

  • The risk of infection is high where cheaper dental implants are used to cut costs.
  • You run the risk of not getting the results you wanted through miscommunication due to language barriers.
  • You may be required to return to the same country for all follow ups, making the end price much higher than initially advertised.
  • You could be subject to painful procedures.
  • You may have to pay much more overall if fixes are required once you’re back home.

Why trust us?

We have been restoring smiles and offering an affordable, trusted service since 2007. In that time, we have built up a strong reputation for our patient care, industry knowledge and affordable prices.

We appreciate that for many, dental implants feel unobtainable due to the price, which is why we are dedicated to offering a range of finance options as well as aiming to keep our fees affordable.

If you’re considering going abroad for your dental implants, why not first speak with a member of our team who would be more than happy to discuss your concerns with you?

We are a team of clinicians, engineers and scientists

Working as one for over 20 years, we have created a world-leading answer to one of the biggest problems many people face – a full, working set of teeth. We’re all highly skilled in what we do, making every part of the journey as exceptional as it can be.

Our treatments:

  • Preserve healthy bone without need for grafting
  • Are designed, manufactured and implemented in the UK
  • Look, behave and perform like normal, natural teeth
  • Restore and retrain a natural face shape


Is it safe to have dental implants abroad?

Whilst dental tourism is increasingly popular, the unfortunate truth is that it is not always safe. Of course, there are plenty of dental clinics abroad that offer high quality implants, but more often than not, this increase in quality is reflected in the price.

The most affordable dental implants abroad often use lower quality materials or have a less hands-on aftercare package. In many cases, the dental clinician isn’t as qualified, and you could be unknowingly signing up for a below average treatment.

We always advise those thinking about dental implants abroad talk to our team first. We offer a free consultation, where you can find out there and then if our EvoSolution is a good fit. In any case, if dental tourism is something you’re serious about – we recommend that you do your research and ask all the important questions of your chosen clinic before you receive any treatment.

Is it cheaper to get dental implants abroad?

Perhaps the biggest appeal to those thinking about getting dental implants abroad is the low price point. It’s no secret that dental implants are a costly investment, but there are a number of popular overseas destinations that offer the same treatment for a substantially lower amount.

So, what’s the catch – why are dental implants abroad so much more affordable? Here are just some of the most common factors effecting the bottom line:

  • Cheaper dental implant materials
  • Less likely to have any cover or protection if something were to go wrong
  • Overall operation costs may be lower depending on the country
  • Lower standards of quality and care
  • Less qualified clinicians

In most cases, it can be more risky than it is beneficial to have dental implants abroad, and it is always important to do your research before making your final decision.

What if something goes wrong with my dental implants abroad?

Here in the UK, you are covered in the case of something going wrong and protected by UK law. However, getting dental implants abroad means you are no longer offered the same high levels of protection.

In many cases, patients who come to us after having botched dental implants abroad have ended up paying far more than they would have had they just come to us in the first instance.

Regulations do vary from one country to the next though, so if you’re set on dental tourism, be sure to check out the laws of the country first.

Are dental implants abroad covered by insurance?

In short, no. At least, not on a standard policy.

The General Dental Council (GDC) advises against travelling abroad for any dental surgery. They warn that unlike the UK, dentists abroad don’t always have to be registered with a governing organisation.  If such an organisation does exist, they are unlikely to hold dentists accountable to the same high standards as the GDC.

Standard travel insurance definitely won’t cover you if you have a problem with your dental implants abroad. In fact, if it transpires that you are travelling for medical reasons, your standard travel insurance policy may not pay out for other reasons, such as loss of luggage.

That’s why medical travel insurance is important if you choose to go ahead with this risky choice. And even this type of insurance won’t cover you for everything. It will usually cover medical costs due to life-threatening complications of surgery, plus the expense of flights and accommodation for a return trip if your first procedure fails.

However, you’re unlikely to find any medical travel insurance policy that will cover the cost of corrective treatment if you are dissatisfied with your dental implants abroad, as it’s so common.

Why are dental implants abroad cheaper than in the UK?

It’s often cheaper to get dental implants abroad than in the UK. But the price often reflects the quality of the materials and the lack of experience of the dentists.

In the UK, all dentists must be regulated by the General Dental Council (GDC) and are required to hold indemnity insurance. When you opt to have dental implants overseas, you will find that dental regulations are a bit hit and miss, depending on where you go for your treatment. It’s common to find that even different regions of the same country can sometimes have totally different regulations.

There are also multiple hidden costs that can make the overall bill for dental implants abroad start to rise quickly.

We recommend using a reputable UK dental implant specialist. The EvoDental team have the experience, equipment and knowledge needed to provide you with first class Smile in a Day dental implants right here in the UK. And because we’re in the UK, you can be sure that we’re fully regulated by the GDC.

What are the hidden costs of dental implants abroad?

There are numerous hidden costs associated with dental implants abroad that cause the total cost to mount up rapidly.  These include:

  • Return flights for dental implants abroad. There will probably be multiple flights to pay for, as several appointments are common.
  • The cost of hotel accommodation for the length of your treatment. You may need to stay in the country whilst your dental implants are made – this could be as long as three weeks.
  • Transport costs to and from UK airports, or airport parking charges.
  • Hire car or taxi costs whilst you’re abroad.
  • The cost of living whilst you’re waiting for your dental implants abroad.
  • Loss of earnings due to time off work, both for your treatment and for the recovery time afterwards.

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