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The perils of getting a cheap dental implant abroad

At the Birmingham Periodontal and Implant Center we come across many patients who have been abroad for treatment. As dedicated professionals we have a responsibility to warn all our patients who maybe contemplating such actions of the potential pitfalls of going for cheap dental implants. One of the main problems we see is the lack of long term treatment planning, as the patients have a short 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 (gum) condition. It should be noted that an implant should never be placed in a patient with periodontal (gum disease), and this can be both costly to the patients financially and them paying a price for resulting deterioration in their overall dental health. 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 satisfactory outcome and may find it difficult to return abroad to have the dental implant problems solved. The remedial work ends up costing a lot more than if it was carried out in the UK, since the failed implants would have to be removed before any remedial work can be carried out.

cheap dental implants abroad are offered in Spain, India Budapest, Hungary Malta Prague Poland

Cheap and outdated implants systems as well as unregulated dental practices can be found in some places like; India, Budapest, Hungary Malta, Prague, Poland. Please research carefully.

General Dental Council (GDC) treatment abroad guide

The General Dental Council has acknowledged this problem and even produces a simple guide for patients regarding treatment abroad. This can be down loaded from the GDC website at http://www.gdc-uk.org under the advice section.

This simple guide asks some pertinent questions such as:

  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, how much will it cost?
  4. How is the regulatory body abroad 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 parasthesia, failed implants, peri-implantitis, fractured implants and failed implant retained crown/bridgework.

BPI Dental Vs Cheap Implants Abroad

Consultation with xrays£135Advertised FREE > caution hidden costs
2nd Consultation FREENot available
CT Scan facilityAvailable at practicePossible hospital visit
Specialist Implant SurgeonYESUnknown ??
Specialist Restorative DentistYESUnknown ??
Registered & Regulated by Dental Governing Body (GDC)YESPossibly not
How many years in Practice?Over 18 yearsUnknown ??
How many implants placed?+2500 (as of April 2011)Unknown ??
What is success rate?98% over 15 yrsUnknown ??
Implant system used?*ONLY TOP 5*
Astra , Straumann, NobelBiocare, Friadent & 3iBiomet
Cheap non-standard systems often used
Complaints procedure?YESPossibly Not
International teachers for Implant trainingYESUnknown ??
Guarantee &
Peace of mind
5 Years (Conditional)Possibly Not
Local Implants for local peopleClearly explained treatment plansEnglish language problems may confuse
Comparison of implants provided at BPI Dental and cheap implants abroad

Cheap dental implant systems are often used abroad

Using a cheaper dental implant system can often result in a long term problem for the patient as the implant systems used in these countries are typically one of the smaller manufacturers with little or no research. While the research aspect may be considered academic as titanium implants all integrate with the bone, 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. At the Birmingham Periodontal & Implant Centre, we only use the major manufacturers such as AstraTech, ITI Straumann, Biomet 3i, Sybron Kerr, Nobel Biocare and Denstply Friadent.

exposed root of failing implant

exposed root of failing implant

cheap implant abroad fallen out

cheap implant abroad placed after just 2mths

BPI Dental only use the best dental implant systems

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 anyway. 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 a dentist and 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 Birmingham – Harborne and have been operating as a dedicated specialist practice for over 10 years. We are open 5 days a week, 8 till 6pm 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 been seen.

we use quality dental implant systems that may not be used overseas

nobel biocare all on 4 implant system

Nobel Biocare all on fourlogoBiomet3istrauman logo

Dental implant surgeon planning tooth implants Dr Boota Ubhi

Dental Implant Surgeon & Periodontist > Dr Boota Singh Ubhi

“Boota is an extremely skilled periodontist and sedation dentist. Leading a select team of experts devoted to delivering excellence in periodontics and implantology at the practice in Birmingham, he has a reputation for routinely surpassing patient’s expectations.”

Qualifications and professional accreditations


  • BDS (Liverpool) MDentSci (Liverpool) MRD RCS (England)
  • 1992 University Of Liverpool – Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • 1997 University Of Liverpool – Master Of Dental Science (Periodontology)
  • 2000 Royal College of Surgeons (England)- Membership in Restorative Dentistry (Periodontology)
  • 2000 Registered Specialist in Periodontics, UK

You are welcome to independently check my credentials.

A few words about my career

After graduating from Liverpool University in 1992 and I went into general dental practice after completing vocational training. After working as a general dentist for 18 months I started a 2 year postgraduate Masters degree in Periodontology at Liverpool University. This was completed in 1997 and I subsequently became a part time lecturer in the Periodontal Department. In 2000 after passing the Membership in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons (England) I was entered onto the General Dental Council’s specialist register in Periodontics. I have been accepting referrals for advanced periodontal care and dental implant surgery since 1996. I have taught at both Liverpool University and Birmingham University Dental Schools. I have given lectures both nationally and internationally on periodontics and the surgical aspects dental implants, bone/soft tissue augmentation. In addition I am a Simplant trainer and provide clinical coaching for different dental implant systems.

External links to lectures and resources


I am also an active member of the British Society of Periodontology, the American Academy of Periodontology and the Association of Dental Implantology. As a registered specialist and dental implant surgeon with additional postgraduate qualifications you can be rest assured that all patients will receive the benefits of my advanced training in dentistry. In addition I continually update my knowledge in techniques through a commitment to continuing education. I have travelled all over the UK, Europe and the USA for postgraduate training. By seeking the care of a well qualified specialist you are ensuring that you receive the highest standards of treatment in advanced dental care.

We have been involved in providing dental implants for over 15 years and Dr Ubhi has placed over 2500 implants with 98% success over this time.