Perils of Cheap Dental Implants Abroad

Perils of Cheap Dental Implants Abroad

Perils of Cheap Dental Implants Abroad

Many of us have come across patients who have been abroad for treatment.  This is a choice exercised by many, however, we have a responsibility to warn all our patients who may be contemplating such actions to the potential pitfalls. One of the main problems we see is the lack of long-term treatment planning, as the patients have a limited time abroad and the dentist provides too much too quickly.  This results in the dentist cutting corners and in some cases ignoring the patient?s periodontal status. Unfortunately,  the consequences of poor treatment planning are not always immediate and can surface several months or even years later. The patient is left with a less than the satisfactory outcome and the remedial work ends up costing a lot more than if it was carried out in the UK.

The General Dental Council has acknowledged this problem and even produces a simple guide for patients regarding treatment overseas. This can be downloaded from the GDC website at

This guide has been summarised below.

The GDC guide asks some pertinent questions about going abroad:

  1. Who will be providing my treatment and what are their qualifications?
  2. How many times have they carried out the procedure?
  3. What will happen if things do not go to plan?
  4. How is the regulatory body able to help?

We should also ask our patients who are contemplating going abroad the same questions as well.
By posing these questions to our patients we are not trying to dissuade them but providing information on the potential risks involved.  Being a referral practice we have also seen a significant amount of implant failures, such as nerve paresthesia, failed implants, peri-implantitis, fractured implants and failed implant retained crown/bridgework.  Once again this is a long-term problem for the patient as the implant systems in these countries are typically one of the smaller manufacturers with little or no research. While the research aspect may be considered academic as sterile titanium implants all integrate, the real problem is that the instruments and components used for these systems may not be available in the UK.   On a number of occasions, we have had to contact overseas practices to find out the system used and also where we can order the necessary components. In some cases, we were not able to help the patients as the necessary components were not available to us in the UK.

Here, at the Birmingham Periodontal & Implant Centre, we only use the major manufacturers such as AstraTech, ITI Straumann, Biomet 3i, Southern Dental Implants, Nobel Biocare and Dentsply Friadent.   We make sure that the patient is getting the best product so that if they were to move practice or even abroad, they would not be disadvantaged in any way.  As we have no financial involvement in any of these manufacturers, the patient is the main beneficiary as he or she can travel with complete confidence knowing that only the best researched and most widely available products have been used.  If you are referring your patients for implants, we would suggest that you inform your patient of appropriate questions to ask regarding the implant manufacturer used and the availability of components. One of the main disadvantages of treatment abroad is that the patient is not always able to necessarily return to the dentist to seek remedial treatment.  Whereas, the advantage of having implant treatment locally is the convenience of being able to return to the dentist and be seen quickly if any problems develop.

One of our main strengths is that we are based in central Birmingham and have been operating as a dedicated specialist practice for over 20 years.  We are open 5 days a week, 8 till 6 pm which enables us to see emergencies the same day.   We are happy to receive any enquiries on patient treatment from the dentist either by email or telephone. Referrals are usually seen within one week and the reports are usually sent out within 48 hours of the patient be seen.

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3 Responses

  1. I went abroad for cheap implants, actaully to hungary, thought I woudl make a holiday of it. I had teeth in a day procedure which was called all on four or something like that. Problem was a few weeks after I return home I had an infection and the result was some of the cheap implants failed. I had no way to return to hungary.

    I would say to anyone who is thinking about going abroad for cheap implants, definatly dont!

    It will cost you more in the long run…!!


  2. Last year i went to GOA for a holiday and also had some implants placed in my upper front teeth.The procedure itself was fairly quick but 2 days late a big infection happened. As it was sunday i could not get back to thedentist and the Hotel manager mananged to get a local doctor to come out. I was given some antibiotics andd went back to the implant dentist next day. He was sympathetic but both the implants had become loose. They were taken out, spent the rest of holiday in pain. The dentist did give the money back but now it is cost me alot more as i have to have soem bone graft implnt done first. Don’t do it, stay local and get it done here.

  3. hi, i had my implants done at this dentist.. court rd. harbourne. all i can say im over the moon they done a great job and best of all no pain! dr UBHI and TUSS are great as they got rid of my fear and denture..see u soon..jim simcox. Birmingham.

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