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Problems linked to dental treatment abroad
[Posted: Fri 28/08/2009 by Joanne McCarthy www.irishhealth.com]
Three quarters of Irish dentists have had to treat patients for problems linked with dental treatment they received abroad in the last 12 months, according to the Irish Dental Association (IDA).
The findings emerged from an independent survey of 440 of the 1,700 dentists in private practice in Ireland.
According to the IDA, the findings reinforced concerns about the quality of dental care received abroad.
“We’re seeing a lot people returning home with problems which are directly related to the quality of the care they received abroad. Common problems include too much dental work being done over too short a time frame, unnecessary work being done and poor materials being used by dentists abroad,” said Dr Donal Blackwell, president of the IDA.
Dr Blackwell said that the figures reinforced concerns expressed previously by Prof Brian O’Connell and Dr Michael O’Sullivan of the Dublin Dental Hospital that ‘there is a substantial risk to patients travelling abroad for treatment’. In a study published in 2007, Prof O’Connell and Dr O’Sullivan found that in a survey of 27 patients who had received treatment abroad in the first quarter of 2007, only four had received a satisfactory level of care.
According to Dr Blackwell, patients travelling abroad often focused on short term, aesthetic results rather than the long-term quality of care they received. The lure of 'bargain' prices means that patients are less concerned about the need for treatments than the cost of them, he said.
Dr Blackwell said that patients need to be more discerning when considering travelling abroad for treatment.
“Dental tourism – like medical tourism generally – is a fact of life in every developed country and some people travel to Ireland for specialist dental work. However, we need to encourage people who may be travelling abroad to focus on the quality of work they receive and whether that work is really necessary, and not just the price of that work,” he said.
Dr Blackwell advised anyone considering undergoing treatment abroad to consult with their local dentist to clarify what work was required and to get a valid price comparison.
|fuat Posted: 07/02/2010 01:41|
I am a dentist based in Kusadasi Turkey. And have been treating Irish patients for about 5 years.
Dr Donal Blackwell is right about the patients are having lot of dental treatments in a short time. Because they have to. Other wise, if they have the same treatment at home, they would have to pay a fortune. Probably, they do not have this fortune so, they would have to use denture instead of using a bridge or implant. I do not agree with Dr. Blackwell about the so much problems and poor materials have been used in abroad. Sometimes, you might have problems but, you might have these problems if, you go to the Dr. Blackwell s practise too. Because, Dr.Blackwell is an human too.
Of course, some of dentist or doctors might consider money more than patients health but,it does not mean all or most. In every occupations, in every countries we can see this sort of people but not much.This sort of dentist can not be more abroad than Ireland because, the dentists charge less in abroad.
I have been working in a touristic town of Turkey for about 20 years and treating the patients from so many different countries. So, I have an idea about the dental works have been done in Ireland and the other countries.
Many Irish patients are going abroad for dental treatment so, it is very normal some of them might have problems. I have changed so many amalgam mercury fillings to the white fillings which had been done in Ireland. I can never say that all fillings will stay there forever even I tried to do my best. But,I can say that more than %95 of the fillings made in Ireland did not have any insolation material cement, no CaHO, no ZnO Ougenol. None of them. That explain why the teeth are sensitive or more effected by mercury. To be sure, stop somebody on the street, take the filling out, you can not see any insolation.
Many of the Irish Patients are terrified of dentists because, they had a bad experience when they are a child. I wonder how they treat the kids in Ireland? Lot of people can not even enter the practise.
I know many people who cried after they have a proper permanent bridge.I feel sorry for Irish Patients. They have to go to another country to have even simple treatments. And have a lot of treatments in a short time, maybe sometimes with poor materials. And if they have even small problems and want to go to dentist at home, they would be refused by the dentist at home.
I wonder, Dr. Donal Blackwell thinks that Irish dentists are doing the best treatment, charge resonable and affordable price but, lot of Irish People going abroad to have a dental treatment?
Dr. Fuat Akyildiz
|blazen Posted: 09/09/2010 11:56|
I have been living in Ireland for 5 years. I lost my dental crown and went to an Irish dentist the very first year in Ireland. I was told to pay over €500 for a new one which I rejected for being too expensive. As I did not want to waste €50 that I had to pay for the visit, I asked them to remove the dental plague which is a regular procedure. The procedure was so harsh that my teeth were sore for the next week. My only and last experience with a dentist in Ireland. From that time on, I rather pay a flight ticket to my home city Prague, where I get an excellent treatment and for less money. The dental crown cost me €180 in Prague and I have had it since then.
|driftwood Posted: 22/10/2011 18:10|
this sounds like irish dentists are trying to scare people into spending their money at home rather than look for treatment abroad. im 35 years old and have had my teeth butchered for years by various irish dentists. removing too much of healthy teeth, poisoning me with mercury, and overcharging me. i have been in dentists with toothache on one side where a filling has fallen out and then the dentist will fix an easier to reach one on the other side, ignoring the obvious yet more difficult to access problem, thereby forcing me to return the following week for further work,thus extracting more cash from my pocket. in one case i required a root canal, was informed by my local irish dentist it would cost in excess of E500, lucky for me i was going on holiday to germany and found a very good german dentist who did the procedure for half that this was 8 years ago and it is still fine, he was shocked at the state of dental work that had been carryed out in my mouth over the years and likened it to 3rd world practices, he refused to believe me when i told him it was from various irish dentists and that this was the irish accepted standard. irish people are known world wide for having disgusting teeth, when abroad you can spot us anywhere when we smile.
i'm sure there are good dentists out there i just hav'nt found one yet. another classic money making endevour irish dentists have come up with is when you need more than one filling or piece of work done they make you return seperately for each job so they can charge you for each visit.
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