The risks of having full mouth dental implants abroad

The cost of full mouth 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.

What do dental implants abroad cost?

The cost of dental implants abroad will depend on the type of dental implant treatment you opt for and the location of the clinic you choose to attend.

Many factors can influence this price and in order to receive the best quality treatment, we would always recommend thoroughly researching all dentists and clinics. Only then can you be sure you are getting the very best value for money without sacrificing your health and safety.

Why can prices for a dental implant abroad differ so much from UK prices?

There are differences between the costs of same-day dental implants abroad and in the UK, which can be very appealing at first glance.

However, when looking for a treatment provider, especially if they are abroad, it is essential to ask plenty of questions. This will allow you to compare the pros and cons of dental implants abroad prices against the equivalent procedure in the UK.

Consultations and treatment should cover:

  • The materials used in dental implants.

Your chosen clinic should only use biocompatible materials that are stringently regulated.

This ensures that they will allow for osseointegration, where the implant creates a strong bond with the jaw, whilst also being completely safe for use in the human body.

  • Aftercare and check-up appointments.

Ensure your package includes a thorough aftercare examination before you leave, and that all you will need to care for your mouth during healing is included, for example, cleaning tools and antibiotics.

You should also make sure you have procedure notes and dental implant information, including serial numbers and information on the implant system used before you leave. This will ensure UK dentists have all the information they need to help you, should you need it upon your return.

  • The qualification level of the dentist.

A suitably qualified dentist should have no qualms about showing you proof of their qualifications. You can also look online to read reviews or check for registration with professional dental organisations or regulations before you book.

This will help you feel confident that dentists are suitably qualified to perform complex dental surgery.

  • Whether their smile-in-a-day treatments will deliver a bespoke set of fixed teeth on surgery day – as the EvoSolution™

It is certainly possible to find all-on-4 dental implants abroad that offer a prosthesis on surgery day, so nobody should face the possibility of returning home with no teeth or prosthetics.

Any treatment should be fully concluded abroad before you return home, either on surgery day or on the following days, otherwise, you may have to find a clinic in the UK to complete your treatment – incurring extra costs.

Are dental implants the best option for missing teeth?

EvoSolution™ the advanced alternative to same day dental implants Overdenture All-on-four dental implants
Treatment is completed in a single day – without the need for bone grafting or sinus lifts Treatment requires a series of appointments and culminates with a fixed denture solution Treatment usually requires bone grafting and is completed over many visits to the dental practice
Four to six implants are used per arch to give permanent results To achieve removable support, two to four mini- implants are used per jaw Permanent results are achieved by using four implants per jaw
Patients leave with a bespoke prosthesis made on-site and securely fitted in place on surgery day Temporary dentures will be used throughout treatment Temporary dentures and non-permanent teeth are sometimes needed for several months during treatment in cases where a prosthetic is made externally
Higher-quality oral hygiene is possible due to the design parameters and the unique installation protocol Dentures remain bulky and the need to clean them after every meal can result in poor oral hygiene Dental hygiene levels can vary depending on the clinic and the clinician’s fitting protocol and experience level
Thanks to strict design parameters and higher-quality oral hygiene, implant failure chances are greatly reduced Thanks to the thrice-daily cleaning regime, implant failure risk is increased Implant risk failure depends on the clinic’s protocols and the clinician’s experience levels
Consultations are completely free Consultation costs can exceed £150+ Consultation costs could be around £150+
Expanded dental arches leave the palate unobstructed, reduce associated bulk, and provide more teeth per arch. This beneficial for both aesthetics and function Bulky prosthetics include a covered palate, which can feel uncomfortable The number of teeth per arch is often reduced and the prosthetic can feel oversized
Single jaw prices from £9,300, both jaws from £17,600. Costs range from £10,000 to £16,000 for a full mouth, with further housing fees which are ongoing All-on-4 costs can range between £17,000 to £35,000 for both arches (full mouth)

Find UK alternatives to dental implants abroad

While the advertised prices may be attractive, opting to choose dental implant costs abroad rather than in the UK has the potential of increased risk – in terms of your health and your finances.

EvoDental, a trusted nationwide clinic, ensures each bridge is milled bespoke by our on-site laboratory team, providing maximum comfort and a superior fit for all patients.

Similarly, all parts of the EvoDental process are transparent and easy to understand, allowing you to be sure of exactly what is included in the dental implant price, including detailed aftercare, high-quality materials that will fuse with the jawbone, and qualified, experienced dentists to fit your smile-in-a-day dental implants.

The EvoSolution™ offers patients an advanced, optimised solution designed to replace the upper, lower, or both jaws – as well as offering accessible pricing and finance options. This is only available from EvoDental in the UK.

At your free 90-minute consultation, you can ask any questions relating to the price of dental implants and find out once and for all if the best place for dental implants is abroad. To find out more, explore our pricing and finance options or call our patient coordinators on 0800 470 3055 and they’ll get back to you as soon as they can.

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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