If It Sounds To Good To Be True Then It Probably Is!
The popularity of dental implants has grown considerably and clinics are springing up all over the UK offering dental implants in Richmond, Bath, Manchester and just about every large city and town. While this is a good thing for patients seeking dental implants and means that they no longer have to travel to London’s Harley Street for specialist treatment, unfortunately the demand for the treatment itself has meant a huge increase in what is currently referred to as dental tourism.
Dental implants are expensive and you can expect to pay anything from £800 to £2000 per tooth depending on the complexity of the treatment, since each individual is different. Dental tourism is a sub sector of tourism which basically means that a person’s flies out to another country to have their dental implant treatment, enjoying a mini vacation at the same time. Prices are considerably cheaper than those in the UK and as a result many people are tempted to take advantage of what looks like a pretty good deal. However, the risks can be high and according to a recent poll carried out by the BDA (British Dental Association) 29% of implant dentists that took part said that they had carried out corrective treatment on people who had gone abroad for dental implants and afterwards developed problems. This doesn’t mean that standards of dentistry abroad are low in every case, but it does mean that patients who are lured by the cheap prices not surprisingly still expect the same standards of care that they receive in the UK, and unfortunately often this isn’t the case.
So how can you protect yourself?
If the price of dental implants being offered seems extremely low then beware. Dental implants cost a lot of money in the UK because a) the materials used in the implants themselves are costly, and b) you are being treated by a dentist who has undergone years of training in the dental implant procedure and consequently has a high success rate in his field. The low prices being advertised could mean that inferior products are being used in the implant (which could lead to infection or rejection) or that inexperienced dentists are carrying out the procedure. You also need to ask yourself what happens in the event of complications? Are you covered for this eventuality in the cost?
Language can also be a problem, especially if complications arise and you can’t understand what is being said to you.
Do your homework
Before jetting off to the unknown, take time to research the clinic, checking out their website, reading testimonials, and asking questions. A reputable clinic should be more than happy to answer any questions and concerns you have to put your mind at ease.
Be careful and check out absolutely everything before signing on the dotted line for treatment and hopefully you’ll be pleased with your dental implants. If however you feel the risk is just too great, and you’re looking for a dental implant in Richmond, then why not call Sheen Dental for a free consultation appointment. You’ll be able to meet the team, check out the facilities and have all of your questions asked, before making any rash decisions. Call us on 020 8876 5277 or visit the website at www.sheendental.co.uk.