Turkey has risen very fast in health tourism in recent years and has become one of the top health tourism destinations. In health tourism, dental treatments are among the most demanded treatments from Europe and America.
In Turkey, which is also a tourism paradise, dental treatments and summer vacation concepts have started to be marketed together. This approach has led to the opening of many dental clinics, especially in coastal areas, and the “Hollywood Smile” concept has become widespread and attracted attention.
Although this concept has become popular and in high demand, it has worrying aspects for dentistry and dental health.
Does it make sense to combine dental treatment and vacation?
Our patients who come to Turkey from abroad for dental treatment generally come for major treatments such as implants, smile design, full mouth crowns. Such treatments, especially if they require surgical treatments, are situations where healing should be followed and rules should be followed during the treatment process.
For example, a patient undergoing tooth extraction and implant treatment should definitely stay away from the sun and heat. Likewise, a patient who has full mouth crown treatment has serious restrictions on eating and drinking during the treatment process. In such cases, combining vacation and treatment jeopardizes the success of the treatment. For this reason, it is not appropriate to combine vacation and treatment, especially in the summer months.
What Should I Consider When Researching Dental Treatment in Turkey?
There are always many things to consider in your clinical research. Moreover, if you are planning to be treated abroad, other criteria are added to these. Although the health tourism sector is a sector that arises from the price advantage, it is a mistake to put the price criterion in the first place in the priority list when choosing a clinic. Clinics in different segments have different price policies and there are many factors that determine this within the pricing system.
First of all, it is very important that the clinic you choose is a place with experience and past references. This criterion shows us that it is an institution that works steadily and follows up the treatment they provide, and can produce solutions for you when you have any problems.
Avoid places that make unrealistic promises!
The most frequently asked question in dental treatments is the “guarantee” of the treatment. First of all, before you have your dental treatment, you must accept that you are not buying an item, this is a treatment and prosthesis made on your body. Of course, it is not ethically correct, for example, to ask you to pay again for a restoration that broke shortly after it was made, but no one can give a “lifetime guarantee” for a treatment. First of all, the duration of the treatment is determined by the patient’s care and regular check-ups.
Protecting Your Natural Teeth Should Be Your Priority
When you travel to another country for treatment, you have the right to be informed about the price in advance. However, it is not possible to give you a precise treatment plan without a physical examination. In order to get the closest information about the treatment to be realized, you should take panoramic x-rays in your country and take photos with the front camera of your phone, showing your teeth in detail, and express your expectations from the treatment in detail.
If the treatment plan you have been given is to completely cut and cover your healthy teeth or to extract all your teeth and implant them, we advise you to think twice before accepting such treatments. The priority should always be to preserve your natural teeth.
For example; cutting and covering your teeth just to change the aesthetic appearance of your teeth can lead to serious gum problems and tooth loss in the future, especially if you are young. Instead, more minimal treatments such as composite or porcelain laminates should be preferred. With these treatments, both aesthetically more natural results are obtained and your dental health is protected.
Consider Coming to Turkey Again
After your dental treatment, it is very important to have your dental care and scaling done every six months. Of course, it may not be possible for you to come to Turkey every six months, but we recommend that you make follow-up appointments with the doctor who performed your treatment at least once a year and stay in constant contact with the clinic where you had your treatment. Because dental treatments are dynamic treatments that are based on mutual cooperation, where you may experience changes along the way and various developments after treatment. Therefore, it is very important to choose an institution where you can establish a relationship of mutual trust and solve your problems when you return.
Turkey is a well-equipped and health-developed country with highly qualified physicians. If you can find a place that does its job well, uses quality materials and values ethical values, you can spend many years with dental treatments in Turkey.