Why is the dental tourism so popular in Turkey?

Research shows that more 500,000 tourists visit the country for healthcare services every year. So much so that many rank Turkey among the top 10 destinations for medical tourism in the world. The numbers speak for themselves as the country earned almost $6 billion in medical tourism revenue in 2015. Currently, more than 1,200 hospitals (mostly private) that are locally (and sometimes internationally) certified operate in the country under the supervision of Turkish Ministry of Health. The most sought-after services include aesthetic treatments, eye surgery, and dental work. Dental tourism is an increasing trend with more and more foreigners who combine a holiday to Turkey with a visit to the dentist.

Dental Treatments in Turkey

Dental treatments, both cosmetic and non-cosmetic are in demand in Turkey. The main reason why people get treated in this country is due to the affordability factor. The prices are much more affordable at Turkish dental clinics as compared to countries in the continent. If we talk about implants, the average prices are as follows:

  • Bone graft €200-€250
  • Sinus lifting €500
  • Implant metal fused porcelain crown €120
  • Dental Implant Abutment €100
  • Titanium dental implant €400

Turkey has also become quite a favored dental tourism spot by foreign patients. Even medical and dental tourists from the Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Swiss, UK are traveling to Turkey for quality and cheap dental care.

The tour operator Thomas Cook said it was seeing a pick-up in demand for Turkish holidays because they were good value for money. The chief executive, Peter Fankhauser, said Turkey was proving attractive at the moment, even though Berlin has warned its citizens to be careful when travelling there… read more

Why Turkey?

You want to receive higher quality dental work
Perhaps you need implants, but can only afford dentures at home. Or you would prefer to have full porcelain crowns, but can only afford metal crowns at home. By traveling abroad, you can receive implants and full porcelain crowns for less than the cost of dentures and metal crowns at home.

You can’t afford your dental treatment
Dental care costs too much in the United States and large number of countries in Western Europe. If you need major work done, and can’t afford the price your dentist quoted you, you could be a good candidate to save money by traveling abroad. Expect to save up to 70% on the total cost of dental by traveling to Turkey.

You need dental implants
One dental implant can cost up to $6000 in the US and Western Europe for the implant, the abutment, the crown, and all the x-rays and appointments. The total cost for one dental implant can cost as little at $600 – $1000 in another country. The dentists use the same materials and technology as back home. You can potentially save multiple thousands of dollars by receiving implants abroad without sacrificing quality of care.

There is no dentist in your area
If you live in a rural area, you may have to travel for quite a distance to have specialized dental work done. Your general dentist may not be able to perform the treatments you require. If you are travelling anyways, why not spend a few extra hours on the road or in the airport and save a significant amount of money?

You need a vacation
Has it been too long since your last vacation? Plan on getting some dental work done while you travel and you may be able to cover some of the costs of your vacation. The amount of money that you can save by having a teeth cleaning and a few fillings in Turkey can cover the cost of your airfare or hotel.

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