Dental problems can be painful. They can also be expensive to fix. This is especially true in the UK, US and Canada, where healthcare costs are sky-high.

If you’re unable to afford dental treatment in your home country, you may want to consider traveling abroad.

Today we’re exploring dental work in Turkey, one of the most popular dental tourism options.

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Dental tourism in Turkey is growing fast. Nicknamed ‘the land of four seasons,’ it promises safe tooth treatment in a climate you like.

Moreover, the high-end dental care is available on a budget you prefer!

International patients find dental work in Turkey to be cost-effective and high-quality.

But, is this all? Are all the clinics in Turkey equally good? Our article will answer this and more!

Choosing Turkey for Dental Tourism: The Five Reasons!

Are you curious why Turkey is a popular dental tourism destination? The answer is in five words you’ll love: Cost, Quality, Safety, Variety, and a Holiday!

  • Cost | Save up to 70%
  • Quality | Implants brands like Nobel Biocare
  • Safety | 99% success rates
  • Variety | One-stop destination
  • Holiday | 6th most visited by tourists globally [1]
  • A better service for lower prices is what Turkey offers. State-of-the-art technology, top customer care service, and English-speaking dentists add to the above list.

A better service for lower prices is what Turkey offers. State-of-the-art technology, top customer care service, and English-speaking dentists add to the above list.

Cost Of Dental Work in Turkey

The costs are more reasonable than the UK, Ireland, Russia, Europe, and the US.

It’s the primary reason for patients to consider Turkey for dental care. See the cost table below; it gives a brief comparison of popular treatment options.

Note: For the price of prosthetics, we compare products by similar international brands.

These include the ones like Nobel Biocare and Straumann. The costs mentioned are average prices in US dollars.

Dental Work Cost Comparison (USD)
Dental Work USA/ Canada UK Turkey
Implant + Abutment (one unit) $5,000 $3,300 $680
All-on-4 Implants per arch $24,000 $16,000 $4,000
All-on-6 Implants per arch $28,000 $18,000 $5,030
All-on-8 Implants per arch $35,000 $20,000 $6,700
Metal fused to Porcelain Crowns (PFM) $1,200 $1,000 $260
Porcelain E-Max Crown (one unit) $2,000 $1,500 $265
Zirconium Crowns (one unit) $2,000 $1,500 $260
Full Dentures (acrylic/ porcelain) per jaw $2,000 $1,300 $535
Tooth Extraction (Simple) $300 $280 $50
Tooth Extraction (Surgical) $650 $400 $90
Regular Teeth Cleaning $550 $400 $80
Root Canal Treatment per molar tooth $1,500 $920 $130
Composite Filling (one tooth) $250 $225 $50
Zirconium Ceramic Veneer $2,000 $1,000 $210
Porcelain Veneers per tooth $2,150 $1,100 $220
*prices may vary with the complexity of a case

As you can notice in the table above, prices are jaw-dropping. A patient for All-on-4 implants can expect to save up to 75% over costs in the UK.

Even with additional procedures, say tooth extraction if required, one only spends $50-$90 more.

Savings on Getting Teeth Done in Turkey

Savings on Implants

Savings on Crowns

Savings on Veneers

*Compared to the US & UK prices

Curious if the prices of the flight, lodging, pharmaceuticals, etc., would rob you abroad?

Don’t worry! We discuss these in later sections, and you will find that your trip is still worth considering!

Till then, check the services you could avail of for free with our recommended clinics.

Cost-free Amenities Included in the Package:

  • Transfers (Airport-Hotel-Airport)
  • Specialist Consultation and check-up
  • Panoramic and Periapical X-Ray
  • Smile design (see your future smile before starting treatment)
  • Local Anaesthesia
  • Temporary crowns
  • Medicine
  • 7/24 Assistance
  • Check-up after your treatment during the guarantee period

There are no hidden costs, but minor variation is a reflection of case complexity.

For example, a patient with less jaw bone could require bone grafting before implants.

Turkey holds the advantage over the sky-high prices of dental treatments elsewhere. But is the quality of dental work here just as comparable? Let’s find out!

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Quality of Dental Work in Turkey: Yay or Nay?

In collaborative efforts from the government and dentists, Turkey strives to offer the best care.

If you’re looking for the same quality outside of the US and UK, you should explore the best team of dentists that Turkey has to offer.

For these dental teams, you’ll find:

  • They have 3+ years of experience with ex-pats
  • A remarkable 99% success rate (as of July 2021)
  • Sterilization of international medical standards
  • Use globally known implant brands like Nobel Biocare
  • Have internationally trained or/and accredited professionals

Their government is pushing the overall medical industry towards better heights.

The Health Transformation Program (HTP) aims to challenge Turkish healthcare for improved outcomes.

Higher investment of GDP’s share in healthcare and a rise in the medical workforce are some results of HTP. [2]

The improved provision of health services is reflected in improved health outcomes and increased health utilization rates, as well as changes of trends in health financing.

-World Bank [3]

Is It Safe To Visit Turkey for Dental Care?

You shouldn’t worry about being mugged at an unethically run dental practice.

Turkey’s Ministry of Health (MOH) set up a separate establishment for international health services, the USHAS [4]

This body oversees both public and private-sector healthcare services across the country.

Likewise, they help MOH to upgrade accreditation criteria and service standards for ex-pats.

As for tourism, Turkey is safe as a country. [5]

While Syrian border cities show red flags; you’ll find cities like Antalya to be safe.

It boasts a safety index of 74 on a scale of 100.

Safety Index of Popular Dental Locations:

  • Antalya Safety Index: 74/100 [6]
  • Izmir Safety Index: 73/100 [7]
  • Istanbul Safety Index: 54/100 [8]
*recommended clinics are located in a safe environment

The team at the clinic can aid in finding you the proper help in case of an emergency.

Still, it’s best to know some national helpline numbers. They are free and available 24 hours a day.

  • Medical: 112
  • Fire: 110
  • Police: 155
  • Coast Guard: 158
  • Missing Child: 183
  • Women’s helpline: 183

It may help to learn or note down a few Turkish words or phrases for easy communication.

Emergency Words/Phrases in Turkish
Accident Kaza
Emergency Acil / iacil vaka
Fire Ateş
Hospital Hastane
Faint baygın
Injured yaralı
Unconscious bilinçsiz
Bleeding Kanama
Heart attack Kalp krizi
Stroke Felç / inme / darbe
Drowning Boğmak
Help me Bana yardım edin
I have had an accident Ben kaza geçirdim
Need Medicine Ilaca ihtiyacım var
Very sick Çok hasta
In labor / having contractions Kasilma / gerilme
Need a doctor Doktora ihtiyaç var
Need an ambulance Bir ambulansa ihtiyacım var
The house is on fire Ev yaniyor / evde yangin var
The car is on fire Araba yaniyor
I am being burgled Soyuldum
Someone is in the house Evde biri var 

Dental Procedure Available in Turkey

It has it all, from technically advanced surgeries to simple procedures like scaling and dental braces.

You may be surprised to know some patients also fly to turkey as some treatments are not accessible back home.

The reasons could vary from ethical, medical to legal limitations.

Below we have mentioned some popularly requested dental care options.

Worry not if you don’t find yours here.

Dental Holiday Destinations in Turkey

The Republic of Turkey is 783,562 km². That’s huge! So, we shortlist some top locations in turkey for your dental trip. The top three are Antalya, Izmir, and Istanbul.

All three locations share their borders with both the land and water.

Thus, these offer connectivity not only through road or flights but also through water transportation.

You’ll find the 6th most visited country (globally) very welcoming. All your senses are in for a treat with good food, fine music, rich culture, and remarkable history.

Now you must also agree that Turkey is an excellent place for your teeth!

It has passed all the requirement check-posts. So, it’s time to find the best clinic in this beautiful country!

Best Dental Clinics in Turkey

We shortlist some clinics for you using the following parameters of selection:

  • Nationally or internationally registered
  • Previous experience with international patients
  • International recognition of the clinic
  • Location safety and proximity to the airport
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Stringent sterilization and hygiene protocols
  • Best deals and multiple payment options
  • Assistance in the ground transfers (airport-clinic-airport)
  • Easy post-treatment followups
  • No language barrier: Multilingual staff and translators onboard

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Top Dentists in Turkey

Patient Reviews

I just got my 20 teeth done, veneers, and the results are absolutely fantastic! I flew from NYC after searching over multiple countries, knowing I’m going to the right place at the best cost. Now I’m back in the USA, and everyone is saying how naturally beautiful my teeth look and how bad they used to look before this procedure. I’m now learning how to smile with confidence! Here is a pic of my last day in Turkey.

– Alex Pav

Alex Pav

Plan Your Dental Trip to The Republic of Turkey

Turkey is a land shared by two continents. Greater than any other European land in the area, it contains a lot for anyone to discover!

We discuss the bare minimum you should know before visiting turkey for your dental treatment.

It will cover everything from your options to reach to how to get around in the Turkish cities.

How To Reach Turkey – The 4 ways!

Turkey is connected well via all four means of travel: air, water, road, and railways. Choose the one that best fits your requirements:

Reaching Turkey through Air

  • Antalya Airport: IATA: AYT; ICAO: LTAI (22 min drive from clinic)
  • Istanbul Airport: IATA: IST; ICAO: LTFM (38 min drive from clinic)
  • Izmir Airport: IATA: ADB; ICAO: LTBJ (30 min drive from clinic)

Turkey ranks among the top 5 in Flight Price Index among 80 countries. [9]

It makes it one of the cheapest flights you could board, with an avg. cost of 6.28 USD per 100 km.

Turkey – Flight Prices per 100 Km
Short-haul low-cost Short-haul full-service Long-haul low-cost Long-haul full-service
$4.35 $7.03 $2.81 $10.91

Example: A flight from Moscow to Istanbul costs around 259 USD!

Reaching Turkey through Water

Private yachts and cruise ships bring many tourists to turkey through the water. [10] You can choose the following destination ports located near the clinics in Turkey.

  • Port of Antalya: Akdeniz LOCODE: TR AYT (13 miles from clinic)
  • Port of Istanbul: Haidar Pasha LOCODE: TR HAY (8.9 miles from clinic)
  • Port of Izmir: İzmir Limanı LOCODE: TR IZM (3.3 miles from clinic)

Reaching Turkey through Road

You can choose a bus service to enter the Turkish city of your choice.

However, this choice can have limited options.

While Turkish airlines connect to 121 countries in the world, bus service is less prevalent internationally. [11]

If you are from Bulgaria, Serbia, North Macedonia, Greece, Albania, or Bosnia, you can opt for this.

Busses frequency can vary from daily to bi-weekly to weekly depending on varying routes. [12]

Reach Turkey through Railway

Istanbul connects Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania directly through state-run sleeper trains.

Some others connect Turkey to international lands by linking trains. [13]

Let’s now look at some important information about traveling to Turkey!

✅ For Air Route

  • Passport
  • A 30-days e-visa

It will further require these to apply for an e-visa:

1. Scanned copy of the first and last page of your Passport

2. Two recent color photographs with a white background

3. Confirmed return flight ticket

4. Hotel reservation

5. Valid Visa or Residence permit of UK / USA / Schengen Country / Ireland.

✅ For Water Route

  1. Three days or less: Do not require an e-visa
  2. 3+ days; visiting location other than the port city: Apply for e-visa

✅  For Land Route

  • Private Vehicle: Valid passport, International driving license, Vehicle license, International green card, and Vehicle registration details
  • Bus: Passport, Transit visas

Source: Visas Turkey, [14] Go Turkey Tourism [15]

✅ Food

Mouth-watering cuisine in turkey is hard to say no to.

In fact, Turkish delights and juicy kebabs should be on your “must try in Turkey” list!

It’s a heaven for foodies and a cheat day for those on a diet.

✅ Climate

The large landmass is popularly called the land of four seasons.

The coastal areas bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea experience hot and dry summers.

The coastal areas bordering the Black Sea experience warm and humid summers

Winters are wet and cool in the Coastal areas!

The best time to visit Turkey’s tourism destinations would be April, May, September, and October since the weather is pleasantly warm during these months.

Weather gets very hot from June to September, with temperatures reaching the mid-86°Fahrenheit on the south coast.

✅ Phone

Tourists can bring one personal mobile.

You can use it for up to 120 days without paying customs duty or registration.

When your home company approves international use of the network, turkey complies.

If your home country supports the following, it will likely work in turkey too: 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, and 2G, 3G/EDGE 2100 Mhz frequency bands.

You will find that free wifi is available at the hotels and dental clinics.

✅ Transport (Within City)

Road transfers dominate travel within the city. For a change, however, you can use the ferry network.

Railways, minibusses, taxis are some other regular options.

You should know that our select clinics offer a free shuttle service.

It covers your airport-hotel-dentist route at both arrival and departure.

Staying Careful (Do’s and Don’ts)

Visiting Mosques

  • Don’t enter houses or mosques with the shoes on.
  • Wear modest clothes when you plan to visit a mosque. Men and women should both avoid wearing shorts.
  • Friday is a Muslim day for worship; tourists can thus reschedule their visit to the mosque or mecca accordingly.
  • Wearing a headscarf for women is a good idea, though not mandatory.

Other Places in Turkey

  • Always request a menu at the restaurants, don’t order your food without it.
  • Bargaining at the grand bazaar and other local markets will work. You should try it!
  • Smoking in public areas is prohibited. You may see some people doing it, but it’s best not to join.
  • Splitting a bill is considered rude in turkey. If you extend an invitation to the local, you should pay for the whole meal.
  • Is is best to avoid engaging in any political discussions in Turkey.
  • Do avoid traveling to any place near the Syrian border. [17] Officials restrict many sites within a 10 km radius from this border.

Dental Tourism in Turkey 2021 – Dental Visit during Covid-19 Pandemic

Patients should adhere to personal precautions of hygiene and social distancing.

Turkey is now open to tourists, and you will find some relaxation to welcome them. [18]

Arrivals will not request a PCR test for over 16 countries.

These include Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Estonia. Vaccination or Quarantine is also not a requirement.

As a safety measure, the country requests a Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code.

It is to prevent the entry of any positive patients in the country. Fill out this form to generate your HES code.

Video Courtesy: Bery Istanbul Tips

At the clinic, a strict protocol is followed to avoid any spread of infection.

A 100% of staff will wear a mask and other protective gear.

They perform sanitation of dental chairs after each patient. Learn more about Covid19 travel requirements here.

Where to Stay in Turkey?

A lot of hotels are available in the vicinity of suggested clinics. You can consider the following for your visit.

These are affordable yet safe and offer comfort to luxury stay options:

Tourism Spots In Turkey

You can have a wonderful time enjoying the scenic views, beautiful coastline, temples, mosques, churches, synagogues, and much more while exploring Turkey’s rich cultural and historic legacy.

Turkey has witnessed diverse civilizations over thousands of years, has been home to several religious faiths, and has a lot to offer visitors.

Antalya, situated on the Mediterranean Coast, is also known by tourists as a resort city.

It is known for its scenic beauty with an old harbor lined with beaches surrounded by grand hotels and plenty of adventurous activities and entertainment options.

Antalya is also close to a large number of archaeological sites and ruins.

Here are some of the interesting places to visit in Antalya.

Istanbul is one of the must-see cities in the world. It is the largest city in Turkey and spans two continents, i.e., Asia and Europe. [16]

With the magnificent monuments standing tall from as late as 479 BC, you can still feel and breathe history.

Domes and minarets decorate the skyline. On land, old wooden houses, restaurants, shops, hookah lounges, and bars line Istanbul’s streets.

A walk-in Istanbul’s streets offer you the sweet aroma of kebabs, coffee, spices along the scent of shisha pipes.

Here are some of the top stunning ancient places known for the architecture in Istanbul.

Izmir overlooks the Aegean sea and is Turkey’s third-largest and the second most populated city.

It is just about an hour’s flight away from Istanbul. You can spend up to two days in Izmir to enjoy what the city has to offer.

Izmir offers gateways to the beautiful beach resorts lining the coast.

You can view the marvelous scenic ancient Greek ruins on the hilltops and enjoy a cruise en route to the Ephesus river.

Some of the most popular and exciting places to visit in Izmir are listed below:


Turkey has lower costs of living compared to that of the patient’s home country.

It offers a lower expense of investment from the dentist too. Thus, the following factors add up to offer 50-70% cheaper treatments in turkey:

  • Low cost of setting up a clinic/rent
  • Lower lab costs
  • Lesser dentist’s fee

Yes, Turkey is safe for dental tourists. When you get dental treatments from an accredited, licensed facility, risk minimizes.

Dentavacation recommended clinics in Turkey have seen a 99% success rate (as of July 2021).

As a country, Turkey offers a safe trip to its guests. Although, you should avoid going near the Syrian border.

Along with it, general cautionary measures never harm.

A full mouth restoration using a dental implant starts from $8,000.

You can expect the price to range anywhere from $8,000 to 15,000. It varies with the number of implants used and additional procedures if needed.

Still, on average, you can see savings of more than 55% when compared to UK or US.

Dental implants procedure will generally require two trips of 4 to 7 days each.

You can also get same-day implants in Turkey. Connect with our Case managers to get a free customized quote and guidance to plan your dental trip to Turkey.

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