Cheap dental implant abroad may cost you more!

Cheap dental implant abroad may cost you more!

The perils of getting a cheap dental implant abroad

At the Birmingham Periodontal and Implant Center we come across many patients who have traveled to get cheap dental implants abroad. 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.

foreign implant dentist may provide 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.

Proable Long term consequences

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Cheap and outdated implants systems as well as unregulated dental practices can be found in some places like; India, Budapest, Hungary, Malta, Prague, Poland.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

cheap dental implant abroad

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 under the advice section.

This simple guide asks some pertinent questions such as:

  • Who will be providing my treatment and what are their qualifications?
  • How many times have they carried out the procedure?
  • What will happen if things do not go to plan, how much will it cost?
  • 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.

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 after 2 months

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


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Dec 19, 2013 15:52

My upper front 4 teeth had worn down extensively, due to years of grinding my teeth at night. I visited numerous dentists in London, who exaggerated the work required and (most importantly) could not show me examples of similar work they had completed. While browsing online I found one practice on a review site, with excellent reviews. The surgery is hi-spec and all staff friendly yet highly professional.
In summary, I was terrified and skeptical of dentists abroad but discovering choosing them for my treatment was the best decision I ever made. I highly recommend this practice.

Patrick Rafffery
Patrick Rafffery
May 16, 2012 14:37

You can find many bad dentists here in the UK too …though I wouldn’t go abroad for dental treatment unless they provide aftercare in the UK.

Rebecca B
Rebecca B
Jul 22, 2011 08:03

hello everyone! I had a car accident last year and lost teeth on the dashboard. After thinking implants were expensive in the UK, I went abroad to get cheap implants. I went and saved a few hundred and had a free holiday, or so I thought! Now implants have problems. can you give me some advice ..please help! SEE PHOTO ATTACHED.

Jul 23, 2011 19:07
Reply to  Rebecca B

Hi Rebecca, so sorry to learn of your mis-fortune. You certainly made the correct choice to replace your missing teeth with implants, since you appear to be quite young and have lost teeth in an accident, dental implants are the best solution. Implants are far more aesthetic than bridgework and should last a lifetime is taken care of. it appears a sub-standard implant system or procedure may have been used. 

Rebecca B
Rebecca B
Jul 24, 2011 13:17
Reply to  Admin

yes I know someting was wrong, but they charged me around £3500 and i thought i had saved some money, what shall i do now?

Jul 25, 2011 16:55
Reply to  Rebecca B

unfortunately i cannot advise you on dental regulations abroad, in any country, if that is Hungary, India, Spain or Poland. I suggest you contact the GDC see what options you have. If its an emergency please feel free to make an appointment

unhappy with hungary!
unhappy with hungary!
Aug 12, 2011 08:18
Reply to  Rebecca B

Yes I had a similar probelm from Hugary in Budapest actaully. Didn’t manage to get any money back though and my tretment was over 5000 euro. safer to get stuff done in UK with a dentist you can trust