Dental Care Comparison: inland & abroad

This article aims to compare overseas dental treatment with treatment in the inland. How are overseas dentists regulated? What can you expect when you go for treatment in abroad? What can you expect when you have treatment from a foreign dentist in the inland? And how does this compare with dental practise in the inland?

To work in the inland all dental care professionals must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). This applies equally for inland dentists and dentists from overseas who wish to work in the inland. So if you have treatment from an overseas dentist in London expect them to be GDC registered dentists. Dentists are re-registered yearly and their registration numbers can be checked with the GDC: www.gdc-inland.org. The GDC also regulates dental specialists, so again you can use the GDC to check overseas dental specialists working in the inland. All Dental Care Abroad () dentists are registered with the GDC.

Overseas dentists in their home countries are regulated by their home country governing body. In abroad this is the foreign Dental Association (HDA): www.mfe-hda.hu. The HDA is affiliated with the the World Dental Federation (FDI) as a “representative of the legal and certified dental profession in their own country”. The FDI provides ongoing educational programmes and is linked to the World Health Organisation (WHO). You can find out about dental regulation for a specific country at: www.healthregulation.org.

Before travelling abroad for treatment you should be given the option of a inland consultation. Following the consultation you should be provided with a treatment plan that details the work needed, costs and any additional information deemed relevant. It is possible to have the consultation abroad, with this option best for clients who are happy with their chosen clinic and want to start treatment immediately. The initial consultation also gives you the opportunity to ask questions about your dental needs and the clinic you are hoping to have treatment with.

It is important to find a clinic without any language barriers. Try to make sure all the staff and dentists are fluent English speakers to ensure the best possible communication. It is also important to make sure check ups are available in your home country following treatment.

At the consultations last up to 30 minutes, which is plenty of time to be assessed, make decisions about treatment options and ask questions. A 30 minute consultation is longer on average than a consultation at a inland dentist and provides far more opportunity for the dentist to explain what is needed and why. There will always be a representative of the foreign clinic there too to answer more general questions. Following on from your consultation you will be provided with a detailed treatment plan, guarantee, payment options and travel/accommodation information.

For overseas dentistry you often also have a inland representative to help with queries and arrangements. This shouldn’t involve any additional cost for the patient and should help things run smoothly through treatment and beyond. Overseas clinics often encourage this as it provides a local link for patients. It also provides an additional channel for focussed aftercare.

Price is one of the main differences between dentistry in the inland and overseas. Despite the recent drop in the value of the pound dentistry remains a lot more affordable overseas, principally because wages are a lot lower. A single implant in a central London dentistry can start from as much as 2,500. In a London clinic with a foreign dentist who has flown over to provide treatment, implants can start from 595. For treatment in abroad this price drops again to 320. Many inland dentistries don’t provide prices prior to a consultation, overseas dental companies tend to be very upfront about their pricing.

Again, with crowns there are big differences in price. A London dentistry can charge 450 for a single crown. Prices at a foreign London clinic can start from 260, in abroad this goes down to 199. For price comparisons please check some British dental websites and compare them to other prices

If you choose a clinic with a good reputation you can expect a similar service in abroad to that which you would expect in the inland. The foreign reputation for dentistry is among the best in Europe. The materials used in abroad are the same as the inland. Implants are made by companies in the US/Germany/Switzerland/Korea who sell directly to dental clinics the world over. The materials used in dentistry – porcelain/gold/zirconium/composite etc. are the same the world over.

With an extended stay in abroad treatment can be completed in one go. There are no waiting lists and patients are not prioritised according to the amount they are likely to spend. Payments are made after each stage of the treatment, so costs can be spread. There is a wide choice of accommodation in Budapest and plenty to do if you are there for a few days.

Overseas dentistry has an additional level of customer care. You aren’t simply dealing with a receptionist and a dentist. You should expect to be met at the airport and transferred between airport, hotel and clinic. And any extended stay at the clinic should be in a safe friendly environment.

At we won’t try to offer you expensive treatments that you don’t need. Our aim is to provide the best value-for-money treatment tailored specifically to your needs. We also consider your general health and will not recommend overseas treatment if it is deemed inappropriate. It is also possible to speak to previous patients about their overseas dental experience. Guarantees are provided for treatments, aftercare is in the inland and you will always have your inland representative on hand to help. Our Budapest clinic is fully insured and all dentists have individual insurance.

With care in the choice of clinic used there should be no real reason for your overseas dental experience to be anything other than successful. And with good oral hygiene following treatment you can expect many years of excellent oral health.