Why more and more people are choosing to go abroad for dental care

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Howard Simpson MMRII had discoloured, brittle teeth for as long as he can remember. Over the years he became so conscious of the way his teeth looked that he learned to cover his mouth when talking to people and he never opened his mouth to smile in photographs.

Howard approached a number of Irish dentists but the price that he was quoted was way too high. “It wasn’t affordable. It became clear that if I was to get the work done in Ireland I would have to get false teeth.” That’s when two friends recommended Kreativ Dental Clinic in Budapest. “When I looked in the mirror after the work was completed I was ecstatic. For the first time in my life, at 44 years of age, I had teeth I could be proud of. “I had spent 44 years covering my mouth but I am now smiling again.

Today more and more people are choosing to go abroad for dental care. And for good reason – you can often get treatment abroad for a snip of the price you would pay here. In fact you can make savings of between 60 and 70 per cent.

That said, according to Mary Flanagan who is the Irish representative for Budapest-based Kreativ Dental clinic, “people are obviously very conscious about how much they are paying for their dental work however the quality of the treatment and the qualifcations of the dentists are of the utmost importance”. Kreativ Dental Clinic is the founder of Dental Tourism and has been treating Irish patients for 17 years.

“Budapest is the centre of excellence for dentistry in Europe. All of our dentists are experts in their own respective felds of dentistry, including oral surgeons, a maxilla facial surgeon, endodontist and periodontist. I would advise people considering dental treatment abroad, at Kreativ DentalClinic to read the independent reviews on Google and to check out our patient testimonial views on You Tube. They really do speak for themselves.”

Even celebrities are raving about the clinic with the likes of Ken Doherty, Cathy O’Connor (stylist) Maura Derrane (presenter), Lisa Murphy (news anchor) and Aisling O’Loughlin (Xpose presenter) all having work done at Kreativ Dental Clinic.

But if anyone knows the importance of choosing quality dental care it is Mary Flanagan. At 25, she began having problems with her teeth. This was due to an incorrect bite (occlusion) which was later diagnosed and rectified by Kreativ Dental Clinic.

Over the space of 15 years she had many root canal treatments, crowns fitted which later fell out, followed by eight teeth extracted due to failure of root canals, needless to say she still didn’t have the smile she had dreamed of.

“It really affected my confidence,” she says. “I used to speak to people with my hand covering my mouth. I was really embarrassed by my teeth, or lack thereof.”

“It also affected my ability to eat proper food. If I was at a restaurant I would have to order soft food. It wasn’t very enjoyable or healthy.” At 35 Mary was told by one Irish dentist that her only option was dentures. Another told her he could do the work but it would cost up to €60,000. It was at this point that a friend’s uncle, who happened to be a retired Irish dentist, recommended she visit the experts at Kreativ Dental in Budapest.

“I was petrified,” continues Mary. “I had had so many problems with dentists over the years that I didn’t know what to expect or what I would find once I reached Budapest.” What she found was a five star purpose-built ultramodern clinic comprising of six surgeries, a laboratory, digital X-ray machines, Cat Scan machine, its own on-site laboratory and even a rooftop café.

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