Your complete guide to dental implants in Hungary
Is Hungary really that popular dental holiday destination?
Did you know that Hungary has been dubbed the European capital of dentists? Hungary has probably the largest number of dental clinics per capita and the vast majority of patients at those clinics are foreigners.
How to communicate with your Hungarian dentist?
Hungarian dentists use English during training, in their daily work, and at professional dental conferences, and so there are few barriers to communication in terms of language.
However, dental appointments can be intimidating for many patients, especially for those travelling abroad or when you haven’t met your dentist before. Communicating with your dentist is key to building trust and feeling at ease during your visit. DentalimplantsFriends know that effective communication will help you understand your dental treatment options and ease dental anxiety. Worry not: Hungarian dental training also includes patient awareness and communication.
All dentists in Hungary use medical terminology to describe your teeth, your condition and dental procedures. Still, most dentists are aware that you do not have a medical dictionary with you and they will speak to you in layman’s terms. If they don’t, you have a right to ask them to repeat what they said in simple words so you can understand. Professional Hungarian dentists want the patient to be aware what is happening with their teeth and they really appreciate your feedback.
Always remember your rights as a patient
As a dental patient, either in your home country or in Hungary, you have the right to know what treatment you are undergoing. You also have the right to express any concerns about the dental treatment recommended by the Hungarian dentist. Ask as many questions as you can. Be a smart, well-informed patient.
Bring copies of any dental records you may have
Ask your local dentist for a copy of your dental records, as these will be a useful source of information for your Hungarian dentists. Do not worry about having the documentation translated into Hungarian – the English language and Latin terminology used will be perfectly understandable to your Hungarian dentist.
Also, before the appointment, do your own online research on the treatments you need, or are considering. This way you will be able to discuss your options with the Hungarian dentist. Go to Dental Implants Guide for reliable, comprehensive information on dental implants.
What dental implants should I ask for in a Hungarian dental clinic?
Hungarian dental professionals recommend internationally renowned brands such as Nobel BioCare, Alpha-Bio Tec™, BioHorizons, AstraTech, MIS Implants, Dentsply Implants, and many more.
What dental crowns should I ask for in a Hungarian dental clinic?
If you have already done your Internet research or have read the DentalimplantsFriends Knowledge Base you will know very well that there are many kinds of dental crowns available. It is important to learn what the differences between these are and which crown type is best for you. DentalimplantsFriends recommend knowing all your options before you sit in the dental chair.
Remember that no one type of crown is the best solution for all patients in all cases; some crowns will simply be better-suited for you and your circumstances. Here is an overview of crowns available in British, American and professional Hungarian clinics:
- metal ceramic crowns (so-called PFM): these are the cheapest option and offer the best endurance. Strong and robust, PFM crowns are most often chosen for the posterior (back teeth) regions, as they would not look so good in the aesthetic zone (front teeth region). Metal ceramic crowns are simply less attractive than all-ceramic or zirconia crowns, but do not worry: they are extremely natural looking – the porcelain on the top does the trick. They are a great solution for dental bridges because metal is incredibly strong material. Porcelain fused to metal crowns can last between 10-15 years. A DentalimplantsFriends tip: consider this option for your dental implants as your back teeth.
- All-ceramic crowns or all-porcelain crowns – are ideally suited for patients preferring a natural look and who with limited space in their mouths. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are bio-compatible so you do not risk an allergic reaction and you do not have to worry about tooth sensitivity to cold or hot food. All-ceramic crowns guarantee natural results; however, they may be less durable than other types. They may also be a little more expensive because they entail high dentistry skills, but are still considerably cheaper in Hungarian clinics. There 2 types of all-ceramic crowns:
- EMAX crowns: are usually used on the front teeth, where aesthetics is important. EMAX crowns are natural looking and translucent but aren’t as strong as zirconia crowns and so we would not recommend them as crowns for your front dental implants. A DentalimplantsFriends tip: EMAX is great for veneers for damaged or stained natural teeth.
- Zirconium crowns. For your anterior dental implants, stick to zirconium crowns. These are ideal for your front teeth. Do not be alarmed if the dentist does not recommend them for your molars. You can choose between HT and LT (high translucent a low translucent) – your dentist will help you choose the right shade for you.
- All-resin, temporary crowns – are simply a temporary solution until permanent crowns come back from the dental technician’s office. This type of crowns is usually made by your dentist from acrylic.
How to pay in a dental clinic in Hungary?
Most Hungarian dental clinics accept credit cards or cash (Hungarian forints). Hungarian dental practices are accustomed to receiving foreign patients – some of them even accept British pounds, US dollars or euros. Before you fly in for your appointment, check with the clinic’s consultant which currency it is best for you to bring.
Should I use my debit card or take cash to Hungary?
Michelle Slade, financial analyst at Moneyfacts UK, claims that British consumers got used to banking for free and automatically tend to assume that they won’t be charged for using their debit or credit cards overseas. However, many British banks charge their customers for retail and cash transactions abroad. The currency conversion rate the banks add every time you withdraw cash or pay for dental treatment abroad is 2.75-3%. Unlike at home, you can also be charged a flat fee of £2-5 for withdrawing cash.
DentalimplantsFriends do not recommend withdrawing cash on your credit card abroad. The interest rate is very high, even higher than on the interest on purchases. Most likely you will also be charged an additional fees and charges and interest.
What about claims? What if I’m not happy with the results?
Usually, before you even set your foot in a Hungarian clinic, you will be asked to e-mail a panoramic dental X-ray. Most Hungarian clinics will give you a preliminary treatment plan and a cost estimate. That way you will know upfront what to expect and what costs are involved.
Let’s imagine you’ve already had your dental implants placed, they have healed, and you are waiting for prosthetic work (dental crowns, bridge or dentures). Once the prosthesis arrives from the lab, the dentist will check if it fits and looks good. At this point your feedback is very important: look into the mirror and check if the colour and shape of your new teeth are what you expected. Make sure they look natural, you feel comfortable and they don’t cause pain or hurt your gums. Check the patients’ BEFORE & AFTER photos of dental implants and crowns to see what great results other patients have had. If you notice that there is something wrong with your new crowns or you do not like their shape, the dentist should listen to your concerns. When only a minor correction of shape is needed, your dentist can usually do this on the spot. When there are a lot of changes, the dental work will be sent back to the lab and a dental technician will prepare your new teeth. This is standard, common practice. After you receive the final restoration and only once you have confirmed that everything is as it should be, will your dentist cement in the crowns or bridge.
In some dental clinics in Hungary, such as Contident, every patient gets a warranty letter for the dental work performed at the clinic. The warranty is usually given for dental implants and other restorative work such as crowns and bridges.
What happens if something goes wrong? Can I get a dental implant warranty or guarantee?
One of the advantages of being a patient of a Hungarian dental clinic is that you receive a dental implant warranty or guarantee on dental work. This is not just on the procedure itself, but also on materials used.
The vast majority of patients do not encounter any problems. However, it is wise to be prepared for every eventuality. Moreover, consumer protection in Hungary is even stricter than in most other parts of the European Union. Any private company breaching these regulations may face heavy fines. Many businesses, including dental clinics in Hungary, are increasingly aware of consumer protection issues, so you can be sure your rights are also protected during your dental holidays abroad.
Easy contact with Hungarian dental clinics
To browse or contact Hungarian clinics go to the Dentalimplantsfriends Hungarian Clinics List and use our compare tool to compare a maximum 3 clinics of your choice. To contact your chosen clinic hit the Contact Clinic button.