Need dental implants? If you find the cost of private dental treatment in the UK off-putting, you may be looking abroad. One of the most popular countries for ‘dental tourism’ is Poland, as it offers a winning combination of low prices and high quality dental treatment.
But how much does it cost to get dental implants in Poland, and which are the best clinics? In this guide, we’ll give you the lowdown on average prices at a range of Polish dental clinics popular with international patients.
We’ll also cover important things to consider before your treatment, and the most cost-effective way to pay - using a Wise multi-currency account. When you need to send money over to Poland for treatment, accommodation or travel expenses, Wise could be up to 7x cheaper than using your bank¹.
But more on this later. Let’s start by looking at why Poland is such a popular dental tourism destination.
Poland is a triple threat when it comes to dental treatment for international patients. It offers low prices, high quality care and speedy treatments. This is why it’s such a popular dental tourism destination.
Getting dental implants in Poland can potentially save you thousands of pounds compared to the UK.
In the UK, a full mouth of dental implants at a private clinic will cost you between £7,000 and £28,000². It’s not usually possible to get dental implants on the NHS, so a private clinic is your only option. Head to Poland for the same treatment and it costs an average of £4,000 to £9,000².
For single tooth implants, you’ll pay around £2,000 in the UK compared to just £550 in Poland².
There are a few reasons why it is cheaper to have dental implants in Poland than in the UK. Most are to do with Poland’s economy, with general living and other costs lower than in the UK. But Polish dentists also benefit from low operating costs for materials made in laboratories, and low interest rates on credit - which they can invest in state-of-the-art equipment.
Price will certainly be a factor when deciding where to get dental implants done, but it shouldn’t be the only thing you look at.
The quality and standard of care on offer is also hugely important. In Poland, it’s reassuring to know that all dentists must undergo a 5-year graduate course. If they want to specialise in an area such as implantation, dentists must complete further qualifications.
It's also useful to know that Polish students must learn English as part of their course. This means that most dentists are fluent in English, which can improve your experience as a patient from the UK.
Once qualified, dentists must register with the Polish Chamber of Physicians. This is the body which regulates their work and maintains standards within the industry.
Every 5 years, Polish dentists must demonstrate that they are up-to-date with the very latest standards, technology and procedures in their field - otherwise they could lose their licence to practice.
Choosing to have dental implants or any major medical procedure carried out in another country is a big decision.
You need to weigh the risks carefully, as well as the costs. You’ll also need to put together a plan for how to get to Poland and back for your treatment. The more research you can do, the better.
Here are just a few of the most important things to consider before getting dental implants in Poland:
The accreditation, reputation and reviews of the clinic. What official certification has the clinic received, how long has it been running and what do previous patients say about it? Double-check that the clinic is registered with the Polish Chamber of Physicians. You may also want to check for ISO 9001 certification, a non-mandatory but very positive sign of high standards.
Dentist training, qualifications and specialism. Does the dentist specialise in implants, and how much experience do they have in providing this treatment? While all Polish dentists are required to undergo the same level of training and education, it can be reassuring to know that yours has some extra credentials to their name.
Where to have treatment. Most UK patients get dental implants in Krakow or Warsaw, as these cities are easy to reach by plane. Many of the country’s clinics are found in the capital, although you may find it cheaper in Gdansk or Szczecin.
Aftercare arrangements. Some clinics offer extended aftercare packages, where they’ll help to arrange transport and accommodation after your treatment. But if this isn’t available, you’ll need to make plans of your own - including potentially taking a friend or family member with you on your trip.
English-speaking dentists. Most dental clinics in Poland will have dentists fluent in English, as it’s a mandatory part of their basic education.
Travel and accommodation. Once you’ve booked your treatment, you’ll need to arrange accommodation for the length of your stay - including recovery period. Also important is transport to and from the hotel, airport and clinic. The first place to start is with the clinic, as many will have dedicated support for international patients. They can help you make your plans, and may even throw in free transport or accommodation as part of the package.
Health insurance. You’ll need a comprehensive health insurance policy that covers your treatment in Poland.
Lastly, you’ll need to do one last check on whether getting dental implants in Poland is still the most cost-effective option. Once you’ve added up the cost of flights, accommodation, travel expenses and the treatment itself - is it still cheaper than getting your dental implants done in the UK?
There are lots of dental implant clinics to choose from in Poland, so how do you make up your mind?
To help with your research, we’ve put together a roundup of the top clinics, including features, accreditation and prices where available.
This modern clinic is located in Krakow, and is headed by general dentistry and implantology specialist Dr Tomasz Rozwadowski.
Galeria Uśmiechu (which translates to ‘Smile Gallery’) has highly trained, English-speaking staff and uses the latest technologies and equipment. It is also renowned for its post-treatment care, including offering free follow-up visits³.
|‘All on Four’ implant system||£9,131|
|Standard titanium implant||£695|
Located in the seaport city of Szczecin, in the northwest of Poland, is Dental Art. This clinic specialises in aesthetic dentistry, prosthetics and implantology, and has certification from the OSIS-European Association of Dental Implantology.
Dental Art has been running for an impressive 27 years, and is conveniently located (particularly for international patients) in Szczecin’s PAZIM complex. This is home to a hotel and wellness centre, ideal if you need nearby accommodation to recuperate from your treatment.
|Standard titanium implant||£794|
The Albusdent clinic in Krakow has been in business for 11 years, and offers a wide range of dental treatments to international patients. The highly trained, fully qualified staff include implantology specialist Dr Marcin Kotowski, who holds memberships with distinguished organisations such as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and Polish Association of Implantology (PSI).
|‘All on Four’ implant system||£4,605|
|Titanium implant (including abutment and standard crown)||£1,151|
The Vital Medical Institute of Dentistry is a dental clinic based in Krakow. It offers a full range of dental treatments for adults and children, using state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
The clinic is run by highly certified orthodontics and aesthetic dentistry specialist Dr Celina Choroszy. It offers a lifetime warranty on its dental implants.
|Standard implant||£534 - £667|
Located in the capital city of Warsaw, Implant Art has highly trained staff fluent in many languages. The fully air-conditioned, modern clinic specialises in implantology and dental surgery, and has been in business for 11 years.
Its highly trained dental professionals regularly attend national and international training events, so they are up-to-date on the latest techniques and practices in their field. The team includes Piotr Stępień, who has the title of specialist in dental surgery from the Medical University of Warsaw.
A useful thing to know about Implant Art is that it lets you pay in instalments, so you can spread the cost of your treatment and make payments more manageable.
|Consultation||Free£19 with a written treatment plan¹¹|
|‘All on Four’ implant system||£16,128|
|‘All on Six’ implant system||£17,920|
|Standard titanium implant||£2,240|
|Titanium implant (including abutment and standard crown)||£3,136|
Based in Krakow, Indexmedica is one of the largest private clinics in Poland. It is a popular choice among medical tourists, and even has facilities in the UK for consultations and check-ups.
The modern, state-of-the-art Krakow clinic is led by Dr Sebastian Ladyga, an experienced aesthetic dentist and dental surgeon, and member of the Polish Endodontics Association (PTE). The clinic itself has been in business for 15 years.
Indexmedica offers a five-year guarantee on its dental implants. Its friendly staff can even arrange a comfortable stay at one of the clinic’s four-star hotels in the city, along with free transportation to the airport after your treatment.
|Implants supported porcelain bridge (with 6-8 implants)||£7,381 - £9,042|
|Standard titanium implant||£420 - £671|
|Titanium implant (including abutment and standard crown)||£984|
You’ve started researching clinics and comparing prices for dental implants in Poland, so you’re nearly ready to plan your trip.
But before you do, make sure you have a cost-effective way to send money over to Poland from the UK. You’re going to need to do this quite a bit, to cover consultation and treatment costs, transport and accommodation costs - either before you go or when you return to the UK.
If you use your bank, you’ll lose money to poor exchange rates and high international transfer fees. Luckily, there is a cheaper alternative.
Open a Wise multi-currency account and you can send money to Poland for low fees and the mid-market exchange rate. It’s quick, secure and there’s no expensive rate mark-up to convert GBP to PLN.
You can also make great use of your new Wise account once you’re in Poland. With your contactless Wise debit card, you can tap to pay for public transport, hotels, food and drink - all with low conversion fees, the real exchange rate and absolutely no transaction fees.
You can even withdraw up to £200 from a Polish ATM for free - so you’ll have all the travel cash you need.
So, we’ve covered all the basics you need to know about getting dental implants in Poland - from the top clinics to average prices for common implant procedures.
After reading this guide, you should be better prepared to plan your treatment and your trip to Poland, if it’s the right choice for you.
Just remember to take your time, ask lots of questions and check all the details. You need to make sure you’re 100% happy with the quality of treatment and aftercare, the price and the credentials of the dental clinic you choose. Good luck!
Sources used for this article:
- Wise - multi-currency account
- Dentaly - dental implants in Poland
- Galeria Usmiechu
- Dental Departures - Centrum Stomatologii
- Galeria Usmiechu - prices
- Dental Departures - Dental Art
- Dental Departures - Albusdent
- Albusdent - prices
- Vita Medical - prices
- Dental Departures - Implant Art
- Implant Art - price list
- Dental Departures - IndexMedica clinic
Sources checked on 01 March 2021
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