In the UK, the NHS dentistry crisis is causing a dilemma for patients unable to sign up with an NHS dentist—either pay high private dental costs, go without or search for an alternative. For people in this latter group, dental tourism is becoming more commonplace as prices on the Continent are considerably lower. The proliferation of low-cost airlines providing flights from around the UK means that dentists in Hungary, Poland and other far-flung capitals in Europe are benefitting that Hungary can now be considered as one of the top dental destinations in Europe.
Hungary Has a Long-History of Medical Travel
This may come as a surprise to some, but Hungary’s landlocked geographical position in the centre of Europe has made it a popular destination for medical and dental tourism, particularly for visitors from neighbouring countries. Mosonmagyaróvár, a picturesque, small town located near the borders with Austria and Slovakia, has made a name for itself in dentistry with more than 350 dentists plying their trade here. In fact, the country could be considered as one of the first medical travel destinations as even the ancient Greeks made their way to Hungary to bathe in its thermal waters and spas.
The Capital city, Budapest, boasts a number of world-famous thermal spas, including the Széchenyi Baths with its enormous outdoor pool, and the Art Nouveau Gellért Baths—the perfect way to relax and unwind after dental treatment.
Hungary Delivers Good Quality Dental Care
Dentists in Hungary train long and hard, and are registered with the Hungarian Ministry of Health. In order to practice dentists must be registered with the Hungarian Medical Chamber, along with auxiliary dental staff, such as dental assistants and hygienists. Many clinics, such as MDental in Budapest, have a multi-disciplinary team with specialists in every aspect of dentistry who can provide a one-stop shop for their patients.
Clinics are state-of-the-art and equipped with the latest technologies, including panoramic x-rays and 3D/CT scanning. Look out for clinics like Evergreen Dental that have CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture) technology and can turn around crowns, veneers and other prosthodontics on the same day in onsite laboratories.
Hungary’s Dental Prices are Low
Whether your dental care is a simple filling or dental implants, Hungary offers amazing savings compared to the UK. Even in the Capital, which has been compared to Paris, dental prices in Budapest are low. For example, at Batorfi Dental Implant, a dental implant costs around £1,000 compared to £3,000 in the UK. This is with a dentist who places over 150 dental implants per month and has a vast experience, as well as an impressive success rate.
Hungary is a Great Destination for UK Dental Travellers
With flights costing from as little as £70 return from the UK to Budapest, it’s less expensive to fly to another country than a return train journey from Manchester to London costs. Budapest is considered to be one of the prettiest cities in Europe. A 19th century chain bridge spans the River Danube connecting the Buda district with Pest, and overlooking it all is the imposing Buda Castle, perched high on Castle Hill, surrounded by winding, cobbled streets, baroque houses and tree-lined squares.
Once you’ve visited a dentist in Hungary, you may well agree that it is one of the top dental destinations in Europe.