How to choose to right Dental Clinic Abroad, Can I trust dentistry abroad? A frequently asked question that opens an interesting debate…
Over 50% of patients seeking dental treatment abroad have the same question… “What happens if something goes wrong with my dental treatment abroad?”
Surely the question must be the same if the patient is seeking treatment in their home country. Dentists all around the world make mistakes! Some include fraud: Dental fraud hits the UK news while others are related to the unethical practice of the dentist themselves: UK Dentist suspended by General Dental Council not to forget the fake dentists who are carrying out treatment without any qualifications: Fake Texas dentist faces 20 years in prison.
It seems a little unfair that dental care abroad gone wrong makes front page news in Europe yet if you want to uncover dental horror stories that occur in your home country you have to dig much deeper online. If you search the news for dental horror stories you will find them in all corners of the globe.
The right question that needs to be asked is “How do I choose the right dentist or dental clinic for me?”
Searching the internet and finding the right dentist for you is not an easy task, especially if you do not know how to find the answer to the question.
Dental marketing strategies are fierce in today’s society. Dentists and clinics abroad are some of the worst culprits for employing sales strategies to meet increasing targets. We want to disclose some of the tricks of the trade so patients can make an informed decision about their treatment abroad.
The clinic is essentially playing with the truth by hiding the full costs and not explaining the detail of what the patient actually needs to fulfil their treatment.
Other clinics charge for each injection or other small materials needed to carry out the procedure. It is fine to charge for each item separately as long as the clinic elaborates on all the costs involved on their price list and in their quotation before the patient arrives in the clinic waiting room. We have a clear black and white pricing policy with costs that are fully inclusive of everything needed to complete your treatment. There are no hidden extras. Click here to view our dental prices in Antalya.
In the case of Dental Implants, ask the clinic for the cost of the Dental Implant, the Abutment and the Crown. You will also need to ask how many visits are required to complete the treatment and the number of days for each visit so you can evaluate the full cost of your treatment. In the case of other treatments make sure you have it in writing that the cost quoted is the full cost to complete the treatment(s) listed and no hidden extras will be charged.
Unethical Treatment Information:
Every year hundreds if not thousands of clinics abroad open and close their doors. This is the same as they do in the UK. As sad as it is, some clinics/ companies have the sole intention of making a quick buck and then closing down or reinventing themselves under a different name the following year!
With this in mind the clinic will carry out as much treatment as possible in order to make as much money as possible in a short space of time. Not all patients know what treatment they need, dentistry can be complex at times and most patients simply want to restore their smile and their dental health. The dentist/ clinic on the other hand may have other ideas! Here is a classic example: Many patients ask for a smile makeover and request 28 Dental Lumineers as it seems to be a non-invasive procedure. Whilst Lumineers are a fantastic treatment for a smile makeover on the front teeth they are not suitable for use on your back molar teeth. They are an expensive treatment so the dentist/ clinic may simply go ahead and agree to the treatment knowing full well by the time the patient has a problem the practice will be closed. An honest dentist/ clinic will tell you what treatment is suitable for what teeth and the facts surrounding the treatment when you make your initial enquiry.
You need to check how long the clinic has been operating. If they have only been open a few weeks/ months or less than a year you need to ask further questions or become an FBI agent to learn a bit more information before making a commitment. If they have been operating a number of years and you cannot find any negative press or reviews the chances are they run a good clinic and you can trust that they are providing honest and ethical treatment.
Do not take it as gospel that a clinic is trustworthy just because they have been featured in the newspaper or press. Make at least 3 enquiries to clinics in the country/ region you want to travel to and measure the response. If you feel a rapport with one clinic in particular and the information relating to your treatment makes sense make an informed decision and go with your instinct.
Fake Patient Testimonials:
Fake testimonials, where to start…
Written Testimonials:Make no mistake, written Testimonials on a website mean absolutely nothing. The dental clinic or web developer can simply fabricate false information and incorporate it into the website design. I would not recommend paying any attention or giving any credibility on the basis of a written testimonial.
If you are looking at a video testimonial ask yourself if the person portraying themselves as a patient appears to be sitting in a dental clinic/ is the background the same? Are they reading from a script or are they naturally thinking and speaking their own thoughts? In some cases the patient’s mouth will still be a bit numb so they may appear to have strange speech. If it appears too professional (hair, make-up, lighting scripted etc) the chances are it is fake.
Google is getting smarter and several clinics have been reported and heavily fined, one clinic as much as $100,000 for publishing fake video reviews.
So after much information… to answer the How to choose to right Dental Clinic Abroad, Can I trust dentistry abroad?