Before opting to undergo cosmetic dentistry abroad, it is important to get to know your dental practitioner and make sure that you can trust them. Don’t just look online for the best bargain, instead shop around until you find the clinic that is right for you and able to provide you exactly what you need. Before embarking on any treatment we recommend you ask your dental implants dentist the following questions.
1. Is your clinic an accredited Dental Clinic Abroad?
This question is one of the first questions you should ask and will help to determine whether the clinic you have in mind is worth investigating further. Most dental clinics will be registered by their governing country, if you are looking at a clinic and they are not a nationally registered dentist then run a mile! A lot of the better clinics abroad who have experience treating UK patients will have some UK board accreditation. Often they will be members of standardizing bodies such as the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) or the General Dental Council (GDC). Look out for any member of this kind and be sure to check out the standardizing organization that the dentist in question is registered to before proceeding
2. How experienced are your dentists?
This question will help you to decide the level of expertise of the dentists at your prospective dental implants clinic. As a general rule of thumb the more years of practice the better service you should expect to receive from your dental practitioner. The lifetime of your dental implants will very much be determined by the operator skill and as such the more years your dentist has been fitting dental implants the lower the risk of complications and issues during your dental implant procedure. A good question to ask is how regularly the dentists at your prospective clinic attend courses it is good to ensure that your dentists are aware of the latest techniques and are striving to bring the best and latest technological advancements to their patients.
3. How long have you been treating foreign patients?
The answer to this question will help you to determine how suitable your prospective dentist will be for you as a UK patient. A dental clinic with experience in treating patients from overseas will be well versed with the correct procedures required for UK citizens. In addition, you can expect to feel comfortable with a clinic who has a wealth of experience treating patients from the UK.
4. How many foreign patients do you treat per day?
As a rule of thumb, those clinics that see a very high number of foreign patients a day are not always the best option. Realistically a clinic should have a limit to the number of foreign patients they see a day. This will ensure that your needs will be met fully and that your dentist will be fully dedicated to conducting your procedure in the most suitable way for your individual needs.
5. What happens if something goes wrong?
A good dental implants clinic will guarantee your implants for a particular period. Usually, this period is 5 years, during which time if anything does go wrong you can arrange to return to your overseas dental surgery where they will fix the problem for no extra charge. In order to keep your new dental implants for as long as possible, you will need to visit a dentist regularly for aftercare and maintenance. A good overseas dentist will tell you the correct procedures you need to be following and will ensure that you are equipped with all the information you need when seeing your UK dentist for aftercare following your cosmetic dental procedure.
6. Can I visit you before making my final decision?
A good clinic will have no problem letting you visit before making a decision to book a cheap flight abroad, rope in a friend for a second opinion and go pay your dental implants dentist a visit!