In Europe, dental surgery remains expensive. For heavy treatments, like replacing one or more teeth with an implant, a bridge or a crown, the UK NHS scheme provides a maximum of £282. In the US, it’s worse : Medicare doesn’t cover dentist procedures, even if the cost of crowns or dental implants is at least twice more expensive than in Europe. And even with a good (and expensive) dental care coverage under your private health insurance, it will never cover the total cost. It’s not surprising that many patients turn to dental tourism and fly abroad, to save huge sums of money (60 to 80%) on their dental care bills. Especially if they have more than one tooth to heal or repair. On top of that, they don’t need to wait several months for an appointment : treatment is provided immediately !
Three destinations stand out at the top of the list for dental tourism: Hungary, Spain and Turkey. Budapest has been on the market for some twenty years and has a good reputation thanks to its experience and the good quality/price ratio of its dental clinics. Spain, a more popular tourism destination, is a widely used alternative for patients coming from northern Europe. They take advantage of their holiday in the seaside resorts of the Iberian Peninsula and choose Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga or Benidorm for their dentistry work.
Turkey is the outsider, with a growing international reputation in the dental tourism market. Admittedly, it is a little further away (3 hours flight), but the excellence of its dental surgeons, even lower prices than in Spain, combined with the irreproachable quality and equipment of the clinics in Istanbul, Antalya or Izmir, make it a very wise choice. Not to mention the historical, cultural and seaside treasures of the country.
In the event of a dispute over a postoperative complication, the law of the country in question will prevail. It is therefore important to ensure that the dental clinic chosen offers the best possible guarantees, particularly in terms of post-operative follow-up and guarantees. However, in view of the many testimonies of patients returning from abroad, whether from Turkey, Hungary or Spain, negative feedbacks are very seldom, and customer satisfaction rates very high.
Dental care in Spain
For complex dental care, especially the fitting of prostheses, crowns and/or dental implants, prices in Spain are 20 to 40% lower than in the UK, and even 60% lower than in the US. In addition to the prices, Barcelona, Madrid and seaside destinations (Malaga, Valencia…) provide excellent low-cost air links from the Netherlands or from the UK : a precious asset when one knows that at least two appointments are required, two to six months apart, for a complete fitting of implants and crowns. In fact, after the implants have been placed, two to six months of healing are required for complete bone healing and integration (or osseointegration), during which time the patient must wear a temporary dental prosthesis. For dental crowns and other teeth medical care works, the journey can be limited to 4 to 5 days.
However, when a patient needs to have several implants, prostheses or bridges covering a large part of his or her teeth, the bill quickly rises : with the same quality of care, with the use of the best orthodontic materials available on the market, perfect tailor-made services, a patient will save several thousands £ or $, by choosing Turkey, where the prices are 60 to 80% lower than in UK, US or Netherlands. This includes the permanent assistance of a translator for dentist consultations and throughout the stay, private shuttle services, as well as the cost of airfare and hotel (4 or 5 stars) and transfers.
Alternatively, you can have the implants placed in Turkey, and complete the treatment and placement of ceramics, bridges and crowns in your home country or in Spain. In this case, a single trip to Istanbul will suffice, and it will allow you to save several thousand Euros on implantology, the most expensive procedure of a complete reconstruction work. For european citizens, all dental work that is reimbursable in his country of origin is covered by the Health Insurance when it is performed in another EU country. Which is not the case for Turkey.
Quality of the dental implant and the operation
The quality of dental implants is the same in all countries. The best dental clinics, both in Turkey and in Spain, always use titanium implants, and zirconia-based ceramics for crowns, a material that is particularly strong, long-lasting and biocompatible with the human body. In rare cases, if titanium causes rejection, the implants will be made of zirconia. According to our research, the quality of the orthodontic procedure and dentist work does not vary in the countries mentioned, provided that the best clinics are chosen, with medical teams having at least ten years of experience and offering impeccable hygiene and service.
The price of the dental prosthesis, the healing screw, the dental prosthesis, and the price of the different surgical interventions (curettage, suturing…). Prices also vary according to the brands used, the difficulty of the implantation (extraction, bone grafting…), the patient’s colour preferences and the margin of the dental practice, as the prosthetic act is not subject to a fixed price. Hence the importance of having an accurate estimate made, without hidden costs.
Price comparison for dental care
Prices shown include the placement and materials for the implant, abutment and crown. Prices may vary depending on dental clinic fees, dentistry fees and materials used. In Turkey, prices quoted by Body Expert partners include the use of Straumann titanium implants and abutments, zirconia crowns with Emax finish and porcelain veneers with Emax finish.
- UK : between £2000 and £3000.
- US : between $3000 and $4000.
- Netherlands : between €2000 and €3000.
- Spain: between €1000 and €1500.
- Turkey: between €500 and €750
- €320 or £270 : İmplant + Bego pillar
- €530 or £440 : İmplant and abutment Bego + Zirconia Emax crown
- €475 or £395: İmplant + Straumann abutment
- €675 or £560: İmplant and Straumann abutment + Emax Zirconia crown
Please note: Our rates include the assistance of a customer service representative at every stage.
They do not include: hotel, transfers and your flight.
At the time of the quotation we will offer you our 4* or 5* hotels (breakfast included) and transfers (airport/hotel/clinic/airport) at our preferential rates, depending on the number of nights and treatments planned. This way, you can choose whether or not to take this option.