Dental vacations:..Anyone with knowledge of Hungrian Dentistry?

  • xysx

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    Jul 08, 2010 9:14 AM GMT
    I'm looking at having major dental work done. - implants, reconstructive smile, bite realignment, etc. Cost in US = many thousands of $$. I was wondering if anyone has knowledge or experience in dental vacations; going to another country such as Hungary, Greece, or India, to have work done there at a much lower cost than un US or UK? Any tips on how to choose a dental provider, for example, in Budapest, which has such a good overall world renown reputation? There are so many companies over there that offer to pimp my smile, how do I compare the quality of them?
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    Jul 08, 2010 10:14 AM GMT
    Try Israel. They're pretty advanced.
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    Jul 08, 2010 10:30 AM GMT
    I think that germany might be a good option too.
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    Jul 08, 2010 12:08 PM GMT
    call me a sheltered american, but that scares me. however I am not saying it isn't possible, I would personally be extremely cautious. I do know that having a great smile makes you feel so good about yourself, so that I hope you are able to get the smile you are looking for!
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    Jul 08, 2010 12:21 PM GMT
    This is a typical Hungarian dental surgery

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    Sorry, that's a British one. The Hungarian ones are more like this

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    But seriously, dental tourism is popular. Just make sure you get somewhere that is well recommended. If it's a bodge job, you will end up paying more in the long run than if you had stayed at home. Do lots of research.
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    Jul 08, 2010 12:35 PM GMT


    I had a friend who went to Budapest and they botched it.

    I wouldn't risk it, think of all the things you waste your money on day in day out and then reconsider the cost.

    Even if they do an ok job, how are you going to go back for a followup apointment?
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    Jul 08, 2010 1:34 PM GMT
    Doesn't the cost of travelling to and from Budapest essentially balance it out to what it would cost in the U.S. anyway?
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    Jul 08, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    I have never heard of going to eastern europe for this sort of thing, only latin america. I would consider Mexico, Brazil, or any latin American country known for cosmetic surgery. And doo lotsssssssssssssss of research
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    Jul 08, 2010 1:56 PM GMT
    Is this some kind of weird fetish? Be honest.
  • Hunter9

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    Jul 08, 2010 2:17 PM GMT
    while living in budapest, i met a few expats who did have dental treatments while there... didn't hear any negative stories. the equipment will be as technologically advanced as you would find in the US. in terms of quality practitioners im not sure how you'd go about finding one.
  • xysx

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    Jul 08, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
    Thnks Hunter9. No, it's not a fetish, it's fiscally motivated. The flight over would be far worthwhile in relation to the percentile savings. But how would I go about finding a Reliable Recommendation?
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    Jul 08, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
    As a dentist, I've seen a lot of botched foreign work. That's not to say there isn't plenty of bad US work also. The problem with foreign work is that once you're back in the US, if there are problems (which isn't really an uncommon occurrence, even adjustments etc) You're going to have to pay out of pocket again for a local dentist to fix it.

    Not problems, just do your research thoroughly and be aware.
  • xysx

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    Jul 08, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    Thanks, NY Man. words to the wise are always well appreciated. So, in whta method DOES one do research to find out reliable quality professional worksmanship that I can be proud of the results, vs. hacks in it for the quick turn-around? I have tried to do online research, but cn't seem to locte any Hungrian "bar of quality" or level of expertise re. particular awards of dentistry, top honors, or orthodontal rating system. anyone know of a resource for quality control?
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    Jul 08, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    Thisuserexists said

    I had a friend who went to Budapest and they botched it.

    I wouldn't risk it, think of all the things you waste your money on day in day out and then reconsider the cost.

    Even if they do an ok job, how are you going to go back for a followup apointment?


    U serious? You read all sorts of horror stories online ... about dental care and plastic surgery, etc ...

    But I can't help but think that these stories are "Shills". As they say. I.e. scare stories published by those who serve to benefit.

    Are you a private dentist Theosuserasaurasists?
  • xysx

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    Jul 08, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    "shills" ... nice word. I like it. icon_smile.gif
  • xysx

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    Jul 09, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    so, not necessarily budapest, if I can't find a decent guy there, but how about anywhere else?
  • LJay

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    Jul 09, 2010 2:12 AM GMT
    I had to have all of my remaining teeth taken out and full dentures with two implants on the bottom to hold the lower denture. $16,000.

    It took more than a year's worth of successive surgeries and months of healing to let the swelling go down, gums heal, temporary denture be dealt with, etc.

    A short term trip to deal with this would not seem to me to be the way to try it.
  • xysx

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    Jul 09, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    I've had all the prep work done over the past 3 yrs, and have been going with the temporaries. It's the cost of the final step of finished crowns that is the kick in the ass. -over 60 K ! THAT's why I gotta find another option. Bad dental genes and nocturnal grinding are da shits. I want's me a George Clooney smile icon_biggrin.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 09, 2010 7:33 AM GMT
    Is this at the tail end of a vacation?? Or are you going primarily for dental work?? If it's just for the dental work stay in the US and go to a college of dentistry. I had a friend that got alot of work done for free in NYC years ago.
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    Jul 09, 2010 7:42 AM GMT
    NYMan saidAs a dentist, I've seen a lot of botched foreign work. That's not to say there isn't plenty of bad US work also. The problem with foreign work is that once you're back in the US, if there are problems (which isn't really an uncommon occurrence, even adjustments etc) You're going to have to pay out of pocket again for a local dentist to fix it.

    Not problems, just do your research thoroughly and be aware.


    Lol, as if to prove my point. Not that you'd stand to gain from propogating this theory?