Dental Care

UK VS Overseas Dentistry: The Dangers of Dentistry Abroad

We’ve all seen celebrities, influencers and millennials jetting off to dental clinics overseas to get a new set of teeth or endure various cosmetic dental treatments abroad. But how good are they for your body, and is it too good to be true?

Whilst there are many fantastic cosmetic dentistry clinics abroad, there are some that unfortunately, lack approved qualifications and an experienced understanding of performing such intricate dental procedures.

Oftentimes, most patients who travel abroad for dental work will require corrective dentistry when they return home.

If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry procedures but can’t decide between overseas and local dentistry, this guide should give you a thorough understanding and insight!

Is Overseas Cosmetic Dentistry Safe?

Quality Standards

With dental tourism, there is always a concern regarding the quality of treatment. As dental standards differ throughout the globe, you may find that facilities and equipment aren’t up to industry standards. 

As well as this, there is a chance that your chosen dentist isn’t certified to perform your desired treatment.

Painful Procedures

With the possibility that overseas dentists do not carry relevant qualifications, you may find that procedures are not carried out properly and can be painful when rushed. Many patients of overseas dentists report overly sensitive teeth following cosmetic treatment, meaning that eating and drinking is uncomfortable.

As a result of poor procedures, root canal infections are a much higher risk from overseas dentistry, leading to excruciating pain that can only be treated with further dental treatment.

‘Turkey Teeth’

If you have come across images of veneers carried out in Turkey, you may well have seen natural teeth shaved down to pegs in preparation for veneers. 

Veneers should require either no or minimal tooth preparation – having your teeth shaved for veneers can do more harm than good, causing permanent and irreversible damage. With the nerves of the teeth becoming exposed, this can leave patients in extreme agony! Many of these people also had severe infections as a result of poor cosmetic dental implants.

Issues with Plaque, Gum Disease & Sensitivity

If a crown isn’t fitted correctly, then you are very likely to suffer from plaque, gum disease and sensitivity, among other problems.

When teeth are shaved down in preparation for veneers, the teeth can become damaged with an increased risk of plaque forming between any gaps. As the protective layer of enamel has been removed, this further increases the risk of tooth sensitivity and the need for root canal treatment in the future.

Lack of Insurance & Protection

Many foreign countries do not offer protection against botched cosmetic dentistry, meaning that if you do encounter any problems with your foreign cosmetic treatments, you’ll have to pay for repair treatment which could be costly. There’s also a higher possibility that dentists abroad are not fully trained in cosmetic dentistry, so we strongly advise against travelling abroad for veneers or other cosmetic dental procedures.

While foreign dental treatment can be slightly cheaper, it does go without saying that treatment for reverse damage caused by poor dentistry can be far more costly.

UK Private Dentistry

Award-Winning Dentistry

As an award-winning dental clinic, we have been consistently recognised by the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards for our excellence in expertise. We pride ourselves in offering a wide range of fantastic cosmetic dentistry treatments and understand the amazing impact a beautiful healthy smile can have.

Fantastic Cosmetic Treatments

Our variety of cosmetic treatments makes it easier than ever to achieve your best smile. We include you every step of the way during your treatment to ensure your new smile exceeds your expectations.

Some of the fantastic cosmetic treatments we offer includes:

Dental Veneers (Porcelain & Composite)
Composite Bonding
Dental Implants
Teeth Whitening
Dental Crowns
Anti-Wrinkle Treatments
Lip Enhancement

We also offer a Smile Makeover with a combination of suitable treatments to transform your smile.

Painless Dentistry

At Perfect Smile Spa, we offer painless dental treatments to ensure you feel comfortable and at ease during all appointments. If you worry about pain or discomfort, rest assured we use specialist techniques to make your treatment as painless as possible. If you would prefer, we can even administer painless injections as an anaesthetic.

We also pride ourselves on providing exceptional treatment alongside the option of:

  • Aromatherapy oils and massage
  • Refreshments of your choice
  • Soft blankets and neck & back cushions
  • Watching movies with our DVD glasses
  • Listening to music of your choice

Complete Protection 

In comparison, all dental procedures carried out in the UK have protection under UK law, meaning that in the extremely unlikely case something goes wrong, you have complete protection and can claim under medical negligence. 

Of course, with dentistry standards so high in the UK, cosmetic dentistry procedures very rarely go wrong.

Affordable Treatment with Perfect Smile Spa

One of the main reasons why patients decide to go for treatment abroad is due to cost. Fortunately, we offer 0% finance and affordable monthly payment options if you’d like to spread out the costs, making your dream smile a reality.

We also offer a free consultation so that you can be sure treatment is right for you, and are pleased to provide this for all cosmetic dental treatments. Best of all, you can choose to book a free consultation at our clinic or through a video consultation.

For more information on our dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.