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.
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!
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!
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.
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||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|
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.
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.
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. Connect with our experts for a free quote customized to your dental needs.
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!
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:
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.The World Bank Turkish Health Transformation Program and Beyond “Turkey’s health expenditures have increased from 5.4% of GDP in 2000, to 6.7% in 2011, Which led to significant declines in out-of-pocket spending (OOP) for health services… Between 2002 and 2012, the overall health workforce increased by 36 percent.” View in Article
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.
-The World BankThe World Bank Turkish Health Transformation Program and Beyond “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.” View in Article
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 USHASUSHAS International Health Services About Us “USHAŞ is the relevant institution of the Ministry of Health… to promote the services offered in the field of international health services in Turkey, to make recommendations to the Ministry on policies and strategies for international health services, service delivery standards, and accreditation criteria.” View in Article
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.Travel Safe Abroad How Safe Is Turkey for Travel? “Turkey is mostly safe when it comes to crime. It is useful to know that once you leave the big cities, you’re in a mostly safe zone where tourists have had nothing but positive experiences.” View in Article 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.
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.
It may help to learn or note down a few Turkish words or phrases for easy communication.
|Emergency Words in Turkish|
|Emergency||Acil / iacil vaka|
|Heart attack||Kalp krizi|
|Stroke||Felç / inme / darbe|
|Emergency Turkish Phrases|
|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|
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. Give a call to our case managers! They can help you find a dentist abroad to suit best to your needs.
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!
We shortlist some clinics for you using the following parameters of selection:
Dental Excellence is committed to providing the best dental works with comfort in Antalya.
DentaGlobal has been providing high-quality dental work in Izmir, Turkey since 2006.
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.
Turkey is connected well via all four means of travel: air, water, road, and railways. Choose the one that best fits your requirements:
Turkey ranks among the top 5 in Flight Price Index among 80 countries.Finder RANKED: The cost of air travel in 80 countries “1 Malaysia; 2 Bulgaria; 3 India; 4 Turkey; 27 The United Kindgdom; 30 USA” View in Article It makes it one of the cheapest flights you could board, with an avg. cost of 6.28 USD per 100 km.
|Short-haul low-cost||Short-haul full-service||Long-haul low-cost||Long-haul full-service|
Example: A flight from Moscow to Istanbul costs around 259 USD!
Private yachts and cruise ships bring many tourists to turkey through the water.Go Turkey Tourism Travel by Sea “Ferries, Private Yatches and Cruise: Apart from the numerous cruises in the Mediterranean sea, several foreign shipping companies have regular services to the ports in Turkey.” View in Article You can choose the following destination ports located near the clinics in Turkey.
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.Green Claim 1. Turkish Airlines, 121 countries served “According to the UN, there are 195 countries in the world. Turkish Airlines will fly you to 121 of them, which makes up 62% of all the countries in the world.” View in Article
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.Get by Bus Bus Turkey “to the countries nearby there is daily departures e.g. from Istanbul, for the countries a bit further away there is bi-weekle or weekly departures.” View in Article
Istanbul connects Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania directly through state-run sleeper trains. Some others connect Turkey to international lands by linking trains.Go Turkey Tourism Travel by Train “There are direct sleeper trains running from Greece, Bulgaria and Romania to Istanbul by the Turkish State Railways. You can also travel from London or Paris to Istanbul by train.” View in Article
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 a luxury stay options:
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.
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 hence, has a lot to offer to 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.
The Karain Cave dates back to the Palaeolithic Age and is the oldest known cave where humans lived in Anatolia. The artifacts discovered here are housed in museums across Turkey.
Düden Waterfall is about 14km northeast of Antalya. You can walk behind the cascade at the Upper Düden Waterfall. The lower Düden Waterfall plunges into the sea, offering tourists a spectacular sight from a nearby rest area as well as from the sea.
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.Britannica Turkey “Turkey, country that occupies a unique geographic position, lying partly in Asia and partly in Europe. Throughout its history it has acted as both a barrier and a bridge between the two continents.” View in Article 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.
Topkapi Palace Offers a great view of Istanbul. Once home to sultans and the royal family, it is now a significant part of history. The palace houses invaluable treasures for sight and memory.
Hagia Sophia Museum houses art that dates back to more than a thousand years. Another significance attached to it is that it was a mosque once upon a time, then a church, and today a museum.
Blue Mosque happens to be one of the most important works of the ottoman empire. The building is famous for its dispute with Mecca in the past. Blue mosque gets its name from blue tiles that decorate its interior walls.
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:
The beautiful Mount Sipylus in Manisa province is known for its natural beauty and mythological significance. It has an elevation of about 1513-meters. There is a weeping rock in Mount Sipylus also known as Niobe’s rock, faintly giving the appearance of a weeping woman.
Saint Polycarp Church built in the 17th century is one of the most sacred places in Izmir. It is also the oldest church in Turkey and is still functioning.
Hierapolis also is known as Pamukkale is an ancient city of the Lycus River valley and well-known for its sacred hot springs. The exquisite white terraces of Pamukkale you see were built around 200 BC by a natural build-up of calcium carbonate. There is also a theater that gives you a beautiful view of the entire valley.
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:
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 US $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.