Will the dental treatment intrude with my holidays?
Dental treatments are generally brief in duration, with no complications and no need to take particular precautions. At home, after a routine visit to the dentist you would go back to work or your daily habits. There is no reason why you will not be able to go swimming, mountain climbing, or walking before and after your appointment. From our part we will do our best to book your appointments around your preferredholiday schedule and accommodate your special needs.
Where can I stay during treatment?
The accommodation options in the vicinity of our practice are immense. We will be happy to help you make the right choice based on your habits and wishes. You can then book via the internet, your travel agent or our cooperating travel agent. Check some budget options and some more upscale ones.
How do I pay for my dental treatments?
You can pay with credit card, cash or bank transfer. We ask for no money upfront, but you will be required to pay per visit at the Dental Clinic.
How safe are Greek Dentists?
Greek Dentists are highly qualified and are obliged to fulfill the same regulatory obligations as their colleagues in the other countries of the European Union. They are allowed to practice dentistry in all EU countries. Additionally many dentists in Greece have been trained in the UK, US or Sweden, so you can take advantage of treatment from internationally accredited healthcare professionals. All our dentists are members of the respective Greek council (Attica Dental Association or Heraklion Dental Association). Aditionally Dr. George Antonopoulos is registered with the (British General Dental Council Registration Nr 212676) ,which means that he is allowed to practice in the UK.According to the World Economic forum 2013 Travel and Tourism Competiveness report Greece ranks 13 out of 140 countries on the criterion of health and hygiene next to the likes of Switzerland, Belgium and Russia.
What about other medical facilities in the area?
In the greater area of Heraklion are two major hospitals, with a total capacity of 1,250 beds, and departments covering all specialties. One of the two, is the university hospital of the Cretan faculty of medicine, that is able to provide tertiary medical care. Private medical clinics also operate in the area. A private medical centre operating on a 24h basis offering general medicine treatments and specialist consultation such as cardiologists, pediatricians, orthopedics, surgeons and internists is situated in Hersonissos.
How much can I save?
Savings vary depending on your dental treatment and the method of payment. As a rule of thumb your savings will range between 50 to 70% compared to UK prices.
Holidays in Crete do pay for themselves!
Why do dental treatments cost less in Greece?
First living costs are lower than most of the UK or Central Europe, which means reduced overheads such as clinic rent, administration expenses and most importantly, laboratory costs. Moreover the dental profession in Greece is very competitive, since the number of dentists per 100,000 patients is 2.6 times higher in Greece than in the UK, and public insurance coverage is minimal. Specifically based on the 2009 OECD report, the number of dentists per 100,000 patients was 51 in the UK, 60 in the Netherlands, 67 in France, 82 in Germany and 131 in Greece.
What about sterilization?
We are thoroughly committed to adhering to the highest hygiene standards. We strictly follow the Infection Control Guidelines of the British Dental Association. Some of our good practices include the following: routine use of gloves and masks by all our dental staff, the application of steam autoclave sterilization for tools and equipment, cleansing surfaces with antibacterial solutions etc.
What about Dental Materials?
Greece is a member of the common European market since 1981. All materials and technologies used are sold by multinational companies and are identical in Greece and the whole of the EU.
What if something goes wrong?
We are very confident about the quality of service we provide, which keeps patient complications to a minimum level. Nevertheless should you face problems within a year of receiving treatment we will be happy to resolve them free of charge, provided you have adhered to our instructions. For full details on our guarantees please follow the link.
Will the dental treatment hurt?
All dental treatments are performed under local anaesthesia, by skillful dentists, who take the outmost care. There might be some discomfort and bruising depending on the individual situation, as well as numbness that usually goes away within an hour from leaving the practice. After certain major procedures, such as dental implants, the patient might be advised to use common painkillers for maximum comfort.
I have a terrible fear of going to the dentist. How can I handle it?
There is no better way to cope with our fears than talk about them. Talk to us and we will take the time to discuss with you your anxieties. Often patients relax once their treatment is thoroughly explained to them and their questions answered. For others a friendly smile and a warm welcome are enough. Dental phobia is a common situation and we are very experienced in dealing with nervous patients.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth.
Natural teeth consist of the crown and the root. The crown is the visible section that is covered with white enamel. Supporting the crown is the tooth root which extends into the jawbone. The root is the part of the tooth that is effectively replaced by an implant. There are commonly three parts to what is described as an implant:
1) the implant device itself, which is inserted directly into the bone
2) the abutment, the piece that connects the implant device to the third part
3) the overlying crown or denture.
Today's implants are predominantly made of titanium, a metal that is bio-compatible and offers strength and durability as well as a unique property of fusing directly to bone - the process known as osseointegration.
Osseointegrated implants can then be used to support prosthetic tooth replacements of various designs and functionality, replacing anything from a single missing tooth to a full arch (all teeth in the upper and lower jaw). These replacement teeth are usually made to match the natural enamel color of each patient which offers a completely natural appearance and a whole new smile.
What are the risks of dental implants?
Dental implants have by now been used for decades and are proven to be safe and effective. Dental implants success rate is on average 98%. Complications from dental implant surgery are rare but as with any medical procedure, there are risks, and these risks may be higher for patients who smoke or have other medical conditions. Risks include: infection, which generally responds to medication; damage to other teeth, tooth roots or sinus problems; fractures; nerve damage that can result in pain, numbness or tingling; inability to complete the procedure due to inadequate jawbone; and implant failure.
How long will I need to stay?
The length of time you will need to stay depends on the dental treatment you undertake. For implants you will need to travel twice in a period of 4 - 6 months. The initial one can be a little longer than a long weekend and the second one around 2 weeks. Other dental treatments such as veneers, crowns, dentures, may take place over a few days. As soon as we have agreed on the treatment plan, we will advise you how long your procedure is likely to take and how many visits you may require.