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Dental Tourism - Malta

by Phil Marks

Is it Practical?

Yes, dentistry abroad is now a practical proposition. There are many places which offer such ‘dental tourism’ – countries include Hungary, Bulgaria and Poland, and Spain is also an alternative; don’t forget Malta which is mainly English speaking. These dental trips may be organised by specialist agencies, with the whole trip being planned and arranged from, for example, England. Most of these agencies have standing arrangements with local dentists and hotels. There may be some local language issues, but in many cases the arrangements are made in English by the agency.

  • If there are complications will these be charged extra?
  • Is the work guaranteed for example, bridge work guaranteed for up to five years?
  • How will follow-up visits be dealt with ?
  • Does the dentist have malpractice insurance?
  • Can he/she give references (these may sometimes be available on the dentist’s website, if there is one)? 
  • How many years has the dentist been in practice?

Is it Safe?

Generally, the professional standards equate to what might be expected in the UK. The advent of the European Union has meant that for countries within the EU, then a uniform set of minimum standards is set. For countries like Mexico though, then that is a different matter. The advertising of most of these clinics does focus on hygiene and aesthetics, but undoubtedly there will be some which are better than others. Many agencies will carry out a preliminary dental assessment before you travel. Some questions to consider include:

- What anaesthetic will be used?
- How soon after treatment will you be able to travel home
- Is the dentist professionally accredited?
- What would happen in the case of an emergency (for example if hospital facilities are required urgently)

Is it Economic?
Typically, savings of 50%-70% are quoted on dental work, but to that needs to be added travel (flights, taxis) and accommodation. So, you will need to do your sums. Many agencies offer all-in package deals, but be careful about extras (for example, charges for complications which may arise). However, if you can work this in with a family holiday then that is a benefit.

It is practical, generally safe, and can be economic. Most people work through agencies, but for English speaking countries such as Malta, then it is very practical to make all the arrangements yourself. In fact, if you are planning a holiday this year, why not enquire as to the dental facilities where you are going?

Written by a regular visitor to Malta. If you need dental work, then you should seriously consider Malta as a safe, practical and economic alternative. Find out more about dental work in Malta now at => – dental clinics

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