People travel to Turkey from all over the world, both for vacation and for dental work. The most popular dental procedures done in Turkey are veneers and implants, as the cost is significantly less than in other countries. If you are looking to get dental work done abroad, one of the questions you will be asking is: is it safe to get my teeth done in Turkey? Let’s take a look at why or why not it may be safe and the steps you can take to make sure that you are getting the best dental care possible. Click here to jump to our list of top clinics.
With an estimated worth in excess of a billion US dollars, the global medical tourism market is booming. Among medical tourists, there is a preference for seeking treatments in countries that have high standards of medical care, as well as those that deliver on the more traditional aspects of tourism; location, climate, and culture. Turkey is now one of the hubs of the ever-growing industry of dental and medical tourism.
3 reasons Turkey is great for dental work:
Many clinics in Turkey are internationally accredited and most have a GCR score, which is a Global Clinic Rating. This scoring (on a 5-point scale) is based on over 25 different criteria including safety, success rate, quality of service, and professionalism. When choosing where to get your teeth done, many clinics' websites provide their GCR score as well as patient reviews and testimonials for you to look over. Additionally, many clinics and hospitals that specialize in medical tourism have state-of-the-art facilities.
Clinics are accustomed to receiving patients from all over the world and their multilingual staff makes sure that you are comfortable and taken care of. Most of the clinics and medical centers offer comprehensive packages which means from the moment you arrive at the airport, arrangements have already been made for your transportation, accommodation, consultations, post-op care, and more. If you wish to combine medical treatment with tourism, it’s also possible to arrange sightseeing tours. With so many amenities and services provided, you may be concerned that the costs will be high; however, even with a comprehensive package, patients find that it is more affordable than visiting an ordinary clinic in their home countries. Here is a list of our top recommended dental clinics in Turkey.
Often Turkish clinics will have agreements with clinics in Europe so that if something goes wrong after you have returned home, you can go to one of the partner clinics free of charge. Many implants done in Turkey have either a lifetime warranty or at least a warranty for a number of years. Consult one of our recommended clinics below to learn more about their warranty policy.
One of the benefits of Turkey being such a popular destination for dental care is that there are thousands of patient reviews and testimonials and even vlogs in which you can see step by step how certain procedures work, how the patient is afterward, and get a good idea of what you will experience if you decide to get treatment in Turkey.
In Turkey, dentists are required to study for 5 years and afterward can continue studying in order to specialize in orthodontics or prosthodontics. The Turkish Ministry of Health regulates the licensing and education of dentists throughout the country and the Turkish Dental Association (TDA) monitors both the dental practice and further education and development of dental practitioners. Once graduated, a dentist must become a member of the TDA in order to practice professionally, meaning that the quality of their work must meet a certain standard in safety, hygiene, and professionalism and is monitored by the association.
Turkey is an excellent place for dental tourism. Though no procedure is without an element of risk, no matter where in the world it is performed, the best way to ensure your safety is to choose a reputable clinic. This can be done by taking into account a clinic’s GRC score, checking the online reviews, and reading patient testimonials.