Caring for dental implants after surgery abroad

Many oversease dentists now offer UK after care for dental implant patients

With many people now travelling from the UK and other parts of Europe to have dental implants fitted abroad, it should be born in mind by those seeking this treatment that simply having a dental implant abroad is not the end of the procedure and care must be taken to keep the mouth in good condition to make sure that the implants last for as long as they should do; usually between twenty and thirty years.

Of course, one worry that many people have about going abroad for dental treatment is what if it goes horribly wrong. Whilst it is possible that this can happen, there are a number of things that can be done to minimise the risk.

Firstly, it is imperative that you take your time and choose a top quality dentist. One of the potential problems of having dental treatment abroad is that it is harder to verify this. However, it is not impossible. If for example, you feel that the language barrier of a particular dental practice that you contact is too significant then it is time to move on. Most practices will however have several English speaking staff and most dentists will be able to converse fluently too.

Whilst there may be different qualifications to become a dentist in different countries, with more and more entering the EU, this is becoming much tightly regulated and it should be relatively straightforward to find one with the correct qualification.

Word of mouth of course is also an excellent way to find a good dentist abroad so it is a good idea to ask around your friends and work colleagues to find who has been happy with the treatment they have had and if a name crops up a number of times, the chances are that this is a good place to start your search.

It is unlikely, if you choose Hungary for your dental tourism destination, that you will have many problems as most dentists there are highly trained. However, you should take great care not to smoke for a period of time both before and after the procedure, usually a minimum of three months although you should discuss this with your chosen dentist.  This is due to the fact that smoking greatly increases the chances of gum disease, a factor which significantly increases the risk of a dental implant being rejected. As the procedure is a relatively expensive one, continuing to smoke either side of implant dentistry does not make sense from a health or financial aspect.

Even with the best will in the world though and the greatest oral health care, things can go wrong, though with a 98% chance of success (and most failures being due to smoking), having dental implants abroad is a fairly safe bet. To give additional security though, many top Hungarian dentists are now also offering aftercare in the UK as part of their package. This means that should there be a problem; this will be treated in the UK without the need for an expensive flight and accommodation.

In fact, if you look and find a dentist abroad who is offering this aftercare, then this is an additional level of security as no UK dentist would be prepared to offer aftercare from a dental practice that is not fully skilled and qualified.