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Are you considering getting dental implants in Turkey? What about veneers, crowns, teeth whitening, or another dental treatment? Many dentists provide excellent dental care in Turkey at very low prices compared to the UK, making it a popular dental tourism destination. However, you're bound to have questions about getting treatments like dental implants and veneers in Turkey.
In our guide you'll find information on:
- The pros and cons of getting dental work in Turkey
- Common treatments for dental tourists
- The most popular destinations, including Istanbul and Antalya
- Turkey dental prices
- Considerations when choosing a clinic
- Reviews from people who visited a dentist in Turkey
We hope this resource helps you decide whether Turkey is the right place for you to get your dental treatment.
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Table of contents
- 1 Why get dental implants in Turkey?
- 2 Popular dental treatments in Turkey
- 3 Turkey dental prices
- 4 Locations for dental care in Turkey
- 5 Choosing a dentist in Turkey
- 6 Reviews of dental treatment in Turkey
- 7 Alternative locations for dental tourism
Why get dental implants in Turkey?
The main reason to travel for dental treatment in Turkey is the price. Patients can save 50-70% on UK dental prices. Of course, the more extensive and costly the treatment, the more you stand to save – and that's why Turkey teeth implants (including All-on-4) and veneers are particularly popular.
However, patients can save money by visiting a dental clinic in Turkey for other cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening, and even crowns, bridges and dentures. Simply put, if your teeth are in a bad state and the work you need seems unaffordable in your home country, a dental holiday in Turkey could be your solution.
You'll also find that waiting times are next to none. You should be able to schedule an appointment very quickly with your chosen dentist – helpful if you need urgent dental care.
You can fly direct from London to Istanbul in just under four hours. It may not be as close to the UK as other popular dental tourism destinations like Poland, Hungary and Spain, but Turkey is still convenient to reach for dental patients from all over Europe.
Turkey has a lot to offer in terms of history, culture, shopping and beaches, so many dental patients choose to extend their trip into a dental holiday and make the most of their time in the country. Many of the best dental clinics in Turkey are located in Istanbul, which is a popular tourist destination in its own right. For visitors heading to the beach to enjoy the Mediterranean climate, there are also clinics in the south-coast city of Antalya and other coastal resort towns.
Standards, qualifications and regulation
The growth of dental tourism in Turkey is not just down to price; the industry also relies on its dentists maintaining high standards to ensure a good reputation. Over half a million tourists visit the country each year for medical treatment including dental work and cosmetic surgery.
Dentists in Turkey must train for five years at one of the country's 15 schools of dentistry. After obtaining their DDS degree they may specialise with a further five years' education in the fields of orthodontics or prosthodontics.
Dental education and legislation is regulated by the Ministry of Health (Sağlık Bakanlığı), and dentists practising in Turkey must have a qualification recognised by this body. They must also register with the Turkish Dental Association (TDB), an organisation which monitors dental practices and helps develop the profession through continuing education. Currently over 26,000 dentists in Turkey hold this membership.
Dentists performing any kind of cosmetic dentistry may also become members of the Turkish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (EDAD). This is optional, but it shows a dentist is committed to staying up-to-date with advancements and changes in the field through continued education. If you want to get veneers in Turkey, you may prefer to use an EDAD member dentist.
Although the majority of dental clinics in Turkey maintain high standards, there are unfortunately some dentists who are trying to make a profit without having the correct qualifications or equipment. It's therefore very important to do your own research and read reviews before visiting a dental centre in Turkey – just as you should with any location, in fact! Further down you will find some tips for choosing the best dentist in Turkey for your needs.
Popular dental treatments in Turkey
Whatever work you're having done, research the procedure carefully so you know what to expect. This will also help you make important decisions along the way.
As explained above, dental implants in Turkey cost as much as 70% less than the price you might have been quoted at home, which is why they are such a popular treatment.
Depending on the type of implants you're getting and any preparatory treatments you need (such as extractions, a bone graft or a sinus lift), you'll need to make two or three visits for your implants. Each of these will probably require a stay of several days or a week. Your dentist will explain more about your treatment plan according to your individual needs.
You might be able to save thousands of pounds by getting dental implants abroad in Turkey, especially if you need a full mouth of new teeth. However, don't forget to factor in the cost of your flights, food and accommodation for each trip when working out whether your dental holiday is really worth it.
For slightly quicker treatment you might opt for All-on-4 full mouth implants. These require fewer implant rods in the jaw than traditional types, which makes them a cheaper option. They're not right for everyone though, so research this treatment carefully before going ahead with All-on-4 dental implants in Turkey.
If you don't need implants but do want a straighter or whiter smile, veneer prices in Turkey make them much more affordable than in the UK. Getting veneers in Turkey usually only requires one visit, but if your veneers are being made in a lab (as is the case with porcelain veneers) you'll need to wait while this is done. This can take anything from a couple of days to a week or more depending on where they are made. A longer stay will add to your costs so it's important to ask your chosen clinic how long you'll have to wait between visits.
There is also the option of returning home between visits, although you may want to minimise the amount of time you spend wearing temporary veneers. TV star Katie Price made the news recently when she got veneers in Turkey but suffered from a “mouth full of ulcers” and struggled to talk while wearing the temporary set.
A quicker alternative is a type of veneer which can be milled or 3D-printed on-site, making the process much faster. These dental veneers typically cost more, but the quicker process means you can return home sooner.
The cost of teeth whitening in Turkey means you could save hundreds of pounds on professional in-clinic treatment. However, the savings probably aren't big enough to justify a trip for teeth whitening alone. If you're on holiday in Turkey anyway, it's certainly worth looking into.
Although there is a big market for cosmetic dentistry in Turkey, people also come for less glamorous treatments including:
- root canals
Prices are cheaper than private care in the UK for pretty much every treatment so it's worth getting all the work you need while you have the chance.
Turkey dental prices
The table below gives an idea of what some common treatments like dental implants and teeth veneers cost in Turkey. These prices are just approximate – you'll need to request a quotation from any clinics you're interested in – but they show just how low dental prices in Turkey can be. Even once you pay for flights and accommodation, you could still save significantly on your treatment.
|Turkey dental price||UK private dental price|
|Consultation fee||Often free||£50 - £170|
|Single tooth implant + crown||£600 - £1,200||£2,000 - £2,900|
|Ceramic crown||£175 - £350||£400 - £1,000|
|Porcelain veneer||£175 - £300||£400 - £1,000|
|Laser teeth whitening||£135 - £300||£500 - £1,500|
|All-on-4 (per jaw)||£3,000 - £5,000||£5,000 - £14,000|
|Return flights||From £150||N/A|
|Insurance not included. All prices are indicative and subject to exchange rates.|
To get a better idea of how much it will cost you to get veneer, implants or other dental care in Turkey, request a free quotation now. Our International Patient Coordinator will soon be in touch to discuss your treatment and put you in touch with suitable clinics for a cost estimate.
Locations for dental care in Turkey
Turkey is a very large country and there are many cities and towns with excellent dental clinics. If you're going for the dentist alone, Istanbul may be the best choice. Otherwise, your destination might be determined by what you want to do on your holiday.
Once you have chosen a location, do plenty of research to find a good dentist in that area.
If you decide to get dental implants in Istanbul you'll be spoiled for choice – and not just in terms of dental centres. The city straddles Europe and Asia and has a wealth of culture, ancient history and shopping to keep visitors occupied. There is also accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
When it comes to choosing a dental clinic in Istanbul you'll find some of the country's best facilities and most highly trained specialists. Therefore if you need extensive work, especially dental implants, Istanbul could be a good choice. It's quite easy to travel from here to a seaside resort if you want to get some beach time as well.
The city is very large so it's worth choosing accommodation close to your clinic. Especially after dental surgery, you'll appreciate not having to travel too far. Ask your clinic if they provide transport so you don't have to worry about making your own way there and back.
Antalya is Turkey's fifth most popular city, and the largest on the Mediterranean coast. It has an old harbour, beaches, resorts, water parks – everything you'd want on a summer holiday. With so many tourists passing through, dentists in Antalya usually speak good English and are used to dealing with foreign patients.
Most of the dental centres in Antalya are spread along the coast, close to the hotels and resorts. Others located towards the centre of the city may have slightly lower prices but also may not be so used to treating tourists. Check reviews before you book so you know what to expect.
Other seaside locations
If you're primarily concerned with catching some sun then you might want to visit a dentist in Izmir, Side, Marmaris, Kusadasi, Fethiye, or one of the other popular resort towns along the coast. You may not have the same amount of choice as in the larger cities, but there are still plenty of dental centres catering to tourists looking for cheap dental care.
The most important thing is to research your decision rather than getting your teeth done on a whim because you see someone advertising cheap teeth implants. If you can speak to any expats in the area you may find they have some good recommendations.
You might discover that prices are slightly higher in the main tourist areas, but they'll still be very competitive compared to the UK.
Choosing a dentist in Turkey
The best dental centre in Turkey for you will depend on the work you need to have done and what kind of a holiday, if any, you want to have while there.
Any specialist procedures such as implants, root canals and prosthodontics (artificial teeth) should ideally be performed by a dentist trained in that specific field. If you need more than one of these procedures then you should look for a clinic that employs all of the relevant specialists rather than relying on one dentist to do everything.
Here are some other important things to consider before getting your teeth done in Turkey:
- Is your dentist a member of the Turkish Dental Association (TDB)? This is mandatory.
- If you're having cosmetic dentistry, registration with the Turkish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (EDAD) is a plus.
- How much experience does your dentist have with the procedure you need?
- Does the dentist speak good English so you can communicate comfortably? Ask if you can speak to them directly to assess this.
- What guarantee do they offer for your dental work?
- Does the clinic provide extra services such as airport transfers or accommodation as part of your package?
There are many more questions you might want to ask, and you should feel comfortable gathering as much information as you need to before you make a decision.
If this seems like a lot to think about, you'll be pleased to know that we have already done a lot of the hard work for you. We have selected a few of the best dentists in Turkey that meet our high standards for overseas patients, and we are ready to put you in touch with them for a free quotation. Simply click below to submit your details, then our International Patient Coordinator will get in touch to connect you with a suitable clinic.
Reviews of dental treatment in Turkey
If you're thinking of getting veneers or dental implants in Turkey, or any other work, then reviews will play an important part of your research. Knowing about other people's experiences helps you prepare for your trip and choose the right clinic for the treatment you need.
However, there is a lot of information available online and not all of it is impartial. It can be hard to know where to start as you research the best dentist in Turkey for your needs. Below we have compiled some reviews from Turkey dental patients to get you started. These will help you learn about:
- How to choose the right dental centre
- What to expect during and after treatment
- How long certain procedures take
- Turkey dental prices
- What people thought of their experience
“Dentists in Turkey are insanely cheap”
Roger spent a year living in the small Turkish town of Kas, and while he was there he took advantage of the “insanely” cheap dentistry. He needed a crown and the entire procedure cost him around £150.
In his review of getting dental work in Turkey he explains how professional and modern the clinic was, despite the fact there were only two dentists to choose from in Kas. He also notes that in places like Istanbul, Antalya and Bodrum, prices might be much higher because residents are able to afford more expensive treatment and there is a year-round medical tourism industry.
Here are some other things Roger notes:
- The dental assistant spoke limited English but both dentists were fluent
- If something goes wrong when you have dental work abroad, you probably won't have the same protection as in the UK
- Turkey dental prices were much cheaper than he found in Southeast Asia
- It took three days to have the crown made and fitted
- If you want to visit a dentist in Turkey you should research your options before you go or as soon as you arrive
Crowns and teeth implants in Turkey review: “They feel like my natural teeth”
Vlogger Tae documented the highs and lows of getting crowns and dental implants in Turkey. She was in quite some pain after getting her implants fitted and experienced bad swelling following root canal treatment, but was overall happy with how her new teeth looked.
Despite getting five root canals, 20 crowns and two dental implants, Tae's treatment took just five days from end-to-end. She'll need to return in six months to replace her temporary implant crowns with permanent ones.
As you research your dental holiday it is useful to view honest videos like this so you can be realistic about what you'll feel like doing between dental appointments. Tae certainly wasn't in the mood for hitting the beach or shops straight after her treatment, but then again she had a huge amount of work done at once. Fortunately, three weeks on she was feeling much more positive.
“I felt in very safe hands”
Claus, who travels the world by bike and on foot, wrote about his experience visiting a dentist in Istanbul. After doing a lot of research online, he decided on a clinic which had low – but not rock-bottom – prices. He explains he felt more comfortable doing this than going with the cheapest quote he received.
First he needed four root canals, which took two days to complete and cost about £90 each. A few days later he had four zirconium crowns fitted. These are the most expensive type of crown but they still only cost about £260 each. Since the clinic had its own laboratory it only took a few hours to make them and Claus was able to view the process.
Claus says he found the dentists very professional and he felt like he was in safe hands throughout. They always took care to make sure he was feeling comfortable and not in any pain. He plans to return there for more dental work soon.
The dentist Claus visited is in the suburb of Maltepe in Istanbul, outside of the main tourist areas. The review on his blog also includes some helpful information for anyone interested in staying in this area.
Veneers in Turkey review: “It's better than anything I've seen in London”
Luis decided to get veneers because he was unhappy with how his teeth looked and whitening only helped temporarily.
He found a dental centre in Antalya that had a lot of celebrity endorsements, which made him skeptical at first. But after doing his own research and asking lots of questions over email he went ahead with getting 10 upper and 10 lower veneers. He paid £5,000 in total for his treatment; a great saving on the £15,000 – £18,000 he was quoted back in London.
He was impressed with the customer service he received, particularly the friendliness of the staff. The fact that the clinic provided all transport to and from his hotel was a great stress reliever.
In the video below Luis explains exactly what the procedure involved and how he felt along the way (warning: occasional explicit language).
Luis says he was very happy with getting veneers in Turkey and he plans to save enough money to get dental implants there one day.
Summary of Turkey dental reviews
It seems that Turkey really is one of the best places in the world to get cheap yet high-quality dental work. If you need crowns, veneers, dental implants or any other major dental care then it's definitely worth considering visiting a dentist in Turkey. Just be sure to do your own research and check other reviews of your chosen clinic before you book anything.
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Alternative locations for dental tourism
If you decide that Turkey isn't the right place for you to get dental work, there are still other European countries worth considering.
Dental treatment in Spain has a well established reputation and prices are comparable to Turkey with slightly shorter flights. There are dental clinics in popular cities such as Barcelona and Madrid, as well as in most big seaside resorts. If it's a dental holiday you're after, Spain could be a good option.
You might also consider getting dental work in Hungary or Poland. Flights to both countries take around two and half hours and you'll find some of the lowest prices in Europe for things like implants and veneers. Although you won't be able to hit the beach while you recover, historic cities like Budapest and Warsaw have plenty of sightseeing on offer.