If you’re looking for affordable dental clinics, Izmir in Turkey is a popular option. In the US, dentistry can get expensive quickly, but treatments such as dental implants in Izmir (and other parts of Turkey) will be much kinder on your wallet.
Dental tourism has become much more accessible in recent years. Tens of thousands of Americans visit Turkey each year, and receiving dental treatment in Izmir not only offers great value for money but you’ll be visiting a popular tourist destination too.
Going to the dentist can be a scary experience for a lot of us. Add to that going to a foreign country and you might start to be really worried. Here, we’re going to help put any fears to rest and help you figure out:
- What you can expect to pay for dental implants and other work in Izmir
- How to know that you’re getting the best standard of dental care
- Why visiting a dental clinic in Izmir might be right for you
- How to choose a dentist that can treat your dental needs
- What you need to prepare before you go for your dental treatment in Izmir
All of this will be covered in this article.
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The benefits of dentistry like dental implants in Izmir
Let’s first look at some of the top reasons why visiting a dentist in Izmir could be a good choice for you.
Having dental work done in the US can be expensive; anything that isn’t essential may not be covered by your private insurance, and certainly won’t be covered by insurance through the state like Medicaid. Choosing a dental clinic in Izmir can take away some of the financial burden. Surprisingly, even when you add in flight and hotel costs, lots of treatments work out to be cheaper than at your local dentist.
Here is a general guide to the prices that you can expect to pay for some of the most common dental treatments, including implants, in Izmir:
When you compare these costs with private treatment in the US, it’s easy to see how much money can be saved by visiting dental clinics in Izmir. With direct flights from major US airports, its easy to get there and – even when you add in hotel and flight costs – there’s the potential to save hundreds of dollars.
Make a holiday out of your dental trip
Izmir can offer you more than just great value dentistry. Along with getting your dental work in Izmir, you can take the chance to explore a beautiful, ancient city.
Compared to Istanbul (which also offers great dental clinics), Izmir is quieter, more relaxed and has fewer tourists around. Ruins of old empires abound, such as Izmir Agora and Ephesus, with links to the old silk routes of hundreds of years ago.
If you need to get some relaxation before your treatment there are natural hot springs at Hierapolis and Pamukkale, perfect for a long and relaxing soak.
There are luscious beaches less than an hour outside of Izmir too, so if you land a few days before your appointment, or need to wait a few days for your veneers to be made, you can go and get the sand between your toes too.
To see more about what Izmir has to offer you, check out this video:
Standards of dental care in Izmir
Usually, high prices mean better quality, but with international dentistry that isn’t necessarily so. The dental work in Izmir is of a very high standard, so why is it so cheap?
In Turkey, the cost of living is a lot lower. This means their rent is cheaper and the dentist and their staff don’t need as high a salary as back in the US. It also helps that the exchange rate from dollars to lira is pretty good.
Every dentist in Turkey is regulated by the Turkish Dental Association. This is the first thing to check with any dentist you are considering using. It’s OK to contact the Turkish Dental Association directly; a good dentist will be happy for you to see that they are registered.
Aside from that, you can ask your potential dental clinic in Izmir for any other accreditations or bodies that they are members of. Great dentists will be active in the dental community and will want you to know about it!
Continuing education is another really useful way to know that you’re considering a good dentist. Whether you want dental implants in Izmir or the US, you should ask your dentist about the ongoing training that they do.
How to choose a dental clinic in Izmir
Choosing a dentist is always a challenge, and the right one for you will depend on what you need to have done. There are lots of places to go for dental treatment in Izmir, but not all of them speak English, so this should help you narrow things down a little!
When you start to look for dentists in Izmir, it will be useful to have an idea of what treatment you are going to need. Once you know what needs doing, you can look for dentists that specialize in your treatment area.
Some key questions to ask when looking for a dental clinic in Izmir are:
- Can the dentist and support staff speak English well?
- Does the clinic have partner clinics in the US? (this can make aftercare a little simpler)
- Is your dental work guaranteed if something were to go wrong?
- What are the full costs that you will need to pay, including extras such as sedation?
We recommend you only make an appointment with a clinic you feel happy with. Asking questions is perfectly fine; clinics are used to answering questions from overseas patients who are considering treatment. Our main guide to dental tourism has lots more information about how to choose a clinic and prepare for your trip.
After you’ve chosen your clinic
Once you know which dental clinic you are going to in Izmir, it’s time to plan your trip. Just like any vacation, there are lots of things to consider.
If you book your dental treatment in Izmir, Turkey, through a dental travel agent they will normally take care of your accommodation too. Your chosen clinic may also have arrangements with local hotels to offer special rates to their patients. If you choose to book your own accommodation, there are some things to consider:
- How close to the dental clinic is it?
- Is it easy to get public transport in the area?
- Can a taxi easily pull up to the front door?
Prices range from $10 for a basic room in a backpacker hostel, up to more than $250 for five-star luxury. There are plenty of options in between, too. Check the location of your clinic compared to the hotel you are looking at. You don’t want to be traveling halfway across Izmir after your implant procedure.
Whether you plan to pay your dental bill by cash or card, it’s a good idea to research the associated costs beforehand. You can change your cash to Turkish lira before you go on your trip, although carrying a large amount of cash around with you may not be the best idea.
Debit and credit card payments are available at a lot of dentists; check before you travel if your chosen clinic does take cards and what charges they apply. Your bank will normally charge for transactions in a foreign currency so this is something else you might want to calculate when making your decision.
Izmir is a transport hub in Turkey so it’s pretty well connected. There are plenty of local buses and a tram system. A metro train system is being built, with one line already completed, so this might be a consideration when you’re choosing your dental clinic in Izmir.
Although Uber and Lyft don’t operate in Izmir, there are plenty of local taxi companies. If you need to take a taxi to and from your dental appointment, you can ask the dentist’s office to help you make a booking.
That may not be necessary though, as the best dental clinics in Izmir offer free airport transfers and transport for their patients to get to and from appointments.
Another step you can take to mentally prepare you for your dental work in Izmir is to read some reviews of the dentist you have chosen, or of others in the city.
Reading the experiences of other people will not only give you some assurance and advice about the trip you’re planning, but it will also give you a good idea about how satisfied people have been with your dentist.
You can also ask the clinic for pictures of their previous implant, veneer, and whitening clients so that you can understand what you are getting. Be cautious about testimonials that the clinic provides directly, they are useful but you should look for independent reviews too.
When you see the price of private dental treatment in the US, you might need a vacation to recover from the shock! By choosing to get your dental implants in Izmir, Turkey, or indeed any other dental treatment, you can combine improving your smile with taking a vacation.
The city is a great tourist destination. Direct flights from the US make it convenient, and its beaches and historic sites mean you’ll be able to keep busy.
The standard of dentistry is high in Izmir, as with the rest of Turkey, but make sure you do your research to make the best choice. You can get great value by getting your dental work in Izmir: high-quality dentistry and a relaxed city to spend some time recovering.
Turkish Dental Association. Consulted 25th May 2019.