Dental Tourism in Hungary

With the latest dental technology and low cost treatments, no wonder Hungary is considered the dental tourism capital of the world. The Hungarian dental clinic, Contident, shows why Hungary takes the top spot for dental treatment in the world.  

Over the past couple of years, dental tourism has gained a lot of popularity and for good reasons. For starters, dental treatment does not come cheap especially in countries such as the UK . It is a fact that a great percentage of the UK population has been affected by changes in the global economy. This combined with the fact that almost one third of the population does not have dental insurance necessitates the search for an alternative. And what's more, for those with dental insurance, the coverage is usually limited to only certain treatments. This leaves the ordinary citizen with limited chances of successfully seeking dental treatment in their home country.

Thankfully, there are countries where you can get dental treatment for only a fraction of what you'd pay in the UK. As far as dental tourism is concerned, Hungary takes the top spot as the most preferred destination. Hungary is considered the dental tourism capital of the world, a reputation it has held since the 1940s. In the late 1940s, Austrian citizens would cross the border over to Hungary to seek quality and cheap half-price dental care. After the Austrians, came the Germans, the Swiss and before too long the rest of Europe was making it to Hungary in their masses in search of affordable, quality dental treatment. In recent times, the US and Canada have followed suit as far as seeking dental treatment abroad is concerned.

Over this period, Hungary has managed to establish itself as a force to reckon with as far as dental infrastructure is in question. Although there are many good dentists in many countries, the fact is that Hungary is about 15-20 years ahead of everybody else. This is not only because the treatment offered is high quality but also because latest technology is more readily available compared to other countries.

Before you plan a dental vacation to Hungary, it is important to understand what it is that you are signing up for. A dental vacation means that you will be away from your home for a while, travel to a foreign country, meet new people, and make travel arrangements and so on. It is therefore very crucial that you weigh the pros of cross-border dentistry before you finalize any arrangements. There are people who opt to look at dental treatment as the main reason for arranging a vacation while others will be planning a vacation as the main priority and then slot in the visit to the dentist's as a side show.

Whichever way you decide to look at it, these are the benefits of getting dental treatment in Hungary:

Reduced costs

As already mentioned, specialized dental care is usually expensive. If you are uninsured or lack the finances to pay out-of-pocket for your dental care your best bet is seeking dental treatment abroad. You will be able to get the same high quality treatment that you would have gotten in your home country, but at much lower costs. Outside of the UK, for instance, you will pay 40% to 70% of what you would have paid in your home. If you are getting extensive treatment such as multiple dental implants, you will save a whole lot of money even after factoring in the costs of travel and accommodation.

Quality dental treatment

Your teeth are a very important part of you, and as such your dental health should never be taken lightly. Dental treatment Hungary should not just be considered because of its affordability, but also because the dental care offered is of superior quality. It is not out of luck that Hungary has built a reputation of being the leading country as far as dental tourism is concerned. Years of quality dental practice and state of the art dental technology is what has earned it this reputation. This means that choosing to have your dental treatment done abroad will mean getting access to quality dental care. Everyone deserves affordable, quality dental care.

Shorter or no waiting time

A lot of people seeking dental treatment are discouraged by the lengthy waiting times that are a common feature of most dental appointments. When you have to see a dentist, the last thing you need is having to wait for a month before you can get an appointment. A particularly big pro of seeking dental treatment abroad is knowing you do not have to wait long periods of time before you can get attended to by a good dentist. Most times you will be able to get an appointment with the dentists as soon as is convenient for you.

Two in one package

A great thing about seeking dental treatment in a foreign destination is the fact that you get to combine vacationing with treatment. Usually, vacations are not affordable to a majority of people due to the fact that extra money is hard to come by. However, when you get your dental implants abroad, the money you save on treatment can be channelled to a much-deserved vacation. You can spend vacation time recuperating from the dental treatment and once you are done you can think of getting back to your home after a refreshing break.

Patient-focused treatment

Something quite impressive about the treatment offered abroad is the amount of care, concern and attention that goes into making the treatment all about the patient. When you opt to have your dental treatment done in Hungary, you can be sure that there will never be a moment when you will feel neglected. In fact, some dental offices will arrange for your travel and accommodation and even pick you from the airport. Being in a foreign country is daunting and Hungarian dentists are committed to making sure your stay is as pleasant as possible. All you have to do is pick a reputable dental surgeon.

It is clear that dental tourism is increasing in popularity as the need for dental treatment continues growing. Besides the aforementioned benefits, there are certain factors that make dental tourism attractive. They are:

Dental treatment is a relatively low risk procedure. As such, many people are willing to travel to a foreign destination to seek treatment since they know they are not taking on a huge risk. If dental treatment involved huge risks, fewer people would be willing to travel abroad to seek treatment.

The fact that dental treatments do not involve long recuperation periods means that patients are free to leave as soon as they want. This is another reason why patients are willing to go on dental vacation as they know they will not be made to stay longer than is necessary. In fact, after the actual treatment they can go about their preferred activities such as sight-seeing, shopping and so on.

There is a variety of dental treatment services offered by dental surgeons in Hungary. It all depends on what the patient needs. The different dental treatment options offered include, but are not limited to:

Dental implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to hold replacement teeth in place. There are different types of dental implants and they are used as options for people who have lost their teeth due to injury, decay or periodontal disease. Endosteal implants are the most common type of implants and they are placed into the jawbone. They are preferred for patients with bridges or removable dentures. Subperiosteal implants are placed on the jawbone and are preferred for patients with minimal bone height and those unable to wear conventional dentures.

Teeth whitening and alignment

A lot of people go through life feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious about their teeth because they are either misaligned, discoloured or both. There are several reasons why one might have discoloured teeth. These include lifestyle choices such as smoking, intake of substances that contain too much fluoride and so on. Teeth misalignment is something a lot of people deal with, and are born with. These two conditions are something that leads to self-consciousness which is detrimental to one's self confidence.

Dental treatment abroad gives you the opportunity to turn your life around by getting that confident, bright and perfect smile. Discoloured teeth can be whitened through various options such as bleaching or laser treatment, if they are severely discoloured. Misaligned teeth can be corrected using braces. All these are options offered by dentists in Hungary at very affordable prices.

Crowns and veneers

Crowns are tooth shaped caps that are used for tooth restoration. It is used to restore the shape, size and strength of the tooth besides improving its appearance. Crowns are used under various circumstances, for instance to cover dental implants, to restore broken teeth, to cover discoloured teeth and to support a tooth with a large cavity which has had filling done.

Dental veneers are thin shells or layers of porcelain used to cover the surface of the teeth. The purpose is to correct teeth enamel that is worn, to correct discoloration of teeth and even to fill up spaces between the teeth. Dental or porcelain veneers can also be used to restore chipped or cracked teeth.

Besides these common treatments, there are other dental procedures that can be performed depending on the situation at hand. It falls under the discretion of the dental surgeon to decide which the best course of action to take is.

Questions to ask yourself

Naturally, travelling to a foreign destination for treatment will elicit several questions in your mind. It is normal to wonder where travelling to Hungary for dental treatment is a wise decision to make. A lot of people are skeptical about leaving their home countries, let alone seeking treatment in a foreign country. In order to decide if you should board that flight, it is imperative that you answer several crucial questions.

What kind of dental treatment do you need?

Although the dental surgeon has a somewhat final say in the kind of treatment that you need, it is important to have an idea of what options you have. This prepares you psychologically for the dental treatment experience that awaits. If you do not know exactly what is involved, you should research thoroughly. The last thing you want are surprises when you are in a foreign country.

How much money do you stand to save?

Dental implants abroad definitely cost less than what they cost in the UK, US, Canada and many other countries. However, it is important to weigh the prudence of a dental vacation as far as the overall costs are concerned. For instance, if you need just one or two dental implants, the overall costs of travel and accommodation will overshadow any savings made on the actual implant cost. This also applies to instances when you need one or two dental crowns. It is wise to make accurate calculations on the savings you stand to make and decide whether it is worth the trip.

Have you found the best dentists for the job?

There are good and bad dentists. And just because Hungary is the dental tourism capital of the world does not mean all dentists in Hungary are automatically excellent and reputable. It is up to you to find a dentist who is qualified and experienced so that your dental vacation can be a pleasant one. Fortunately, finding a qualified dentist in Hungary is relatively easy. A quick research will reveal to you the most reputable dental surgeons in the country. A good dental travel practice provides you with cheap, quality and custom-made solutions for your dental problems.

Contident is the Hungarian dental travel expert, offering dental surgery that is centered on dental implants and aesthetics. They are committed to giving you a smile that you can be really proud of. They not only give you the best dental treatment, they also ensure you have a pleasant time during your stay in Hungary.


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Contident is a modern and well-equipped dental clinic in central Budapest, Hungary specialising in dental implants and aesthetic dental treatments such as veneers, crowns, inlays and tooth whitening.

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