Interest in travelling to Turkey for dental treatment has never been greater. The country reportedly welcomed 300,000 medical travelers in 2018, and many of these were seeking affordable dentistry.
At Medigo, we helped more than 1,000 people go to Turkey for dental procedures in 2018, mostly from the UK, France, Spain, Germany, and some from as far abroad as the USA.
We created this guide to cover all you need to know about going to Turkey for dental care. If we leave any of your questions unanswered, ask in the comments section!
- Dental costs in Turkey
- How to choose a dental clinic in Turkey
- Popular destinations in Turkey
- Practical Information
- Make a free inquiry
Dental costs in Turkey
The first question we get asked is how much different dental procedures cost in Turkey, and whether or not there are any hidden costs. Scroll down to find a full cost comparison table.
Is dental work cheap?
Yes, in Turkey major dental work such as implants, crowns, and veneers are about half the UK price. Also, to encourage patients from abroad, most clinics offer additional services as part of a package, such as free transfers, accommodation, or discounts for multiple procedures.
But keep in mind that you shouldn't compromise on quality in order to find the cheapest dentists in Turkey. The cost of high-quality dentistry in Turkey is still less than half of the price you would pay for the same procedure in the UK.
How much is a dental implant?
The average cost of a single dental implant in Turkey is £640 (€720), including the implant, abutment, and crown. Some providers offer implants for as little as £500 (€565).
How much is a full set of dental implants (All-on-4)?
A full set of implants costs £4,000 (€4,500) per arch in Turkey. This can rise to £5,000 (€5,650) at some clinics, or go as cheap as £3,600 (€4,050) in others.
How much do veneers cost?
The average cost of a porcelain veneer in Turkey is £270 (€305). A full set of 16 veneers can cost as little as £3,000 (€3,400) in Turkey as part of a package that includes free accommodation and a shuttle service to and from the airport.
The table below gives an idea of what common treatments like dental implants and veneers cost in Turkey compared to the UK.
|Turkey dental price||UK private dental price|
|Consultation fee||free||£50 – £170|
|Single dental implant||£640||£2,500|
Full set of implants
|Dental crown (PFM)||£150||£550|
|Laser teeth whitening||£195||£600|
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How to choose a dental clinic in Turkey
When you start researching, it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the options available to you, so here are some tips on choosing the right clinic for your needs.
There are three main areas you should focus on: The dentist, the clinic itself, and reviews from other patients.
You'd be surprised how often we get asked, "How do I find a safe dentist in Turkey?" All of the dental clinics in Turkey on Medigo have passed our quality assessment process, so we would be happy to help you choose the right clinic for your needs: make a free inquiry for dentistry in Turkey.
1. The dentist
Choosing the right dentist is never easy, so first make sure all the basics are covered:
- Is the dentist registered with the Turkish Dental Association?
- Does s/he speak your language?
- Does the dentist use high-quality dental brands?
- How much experience does the dentist have performing the procedure you want?
- Does s/he answer all of your questions before you commit to booking?
Many dentists in Turkey do part of their training internationally, but if they practice in Turkey they must be registered with the Turkish Dental Association.
Other notable points:
- Dentists in Turkey must train for five years to obtain their DDS degree
- If they go on to specialise in orthodontics or prosthodontics, they must train for another five years
- Cosmetic dentists can also optionally register with the Turkish Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.
2. The clinic
Clinics in Turkey have up-to-date dental technology, on par with what you'll find in the UK or the USA. Modern facilities are the norm, and support staff are generally experienced and well-trained.
Accreditations are a helpful indicator of the quality of work performed at dental clinics in Turkey, although they are only one factor to consider.
Common accreditations found in Turkey are ISO 9000 certifications (these indicate if a clinic adheres to global standards in quality management), TEMOS accreditation, and even JCI accreditation (some clinics form part of a JCI-accredited hospital).
Turkish dental clinics offer free services to patients coming from abroad, and these generally increase if you're going for extensive dental work. Free services include:
- Airport and hotel transfers
- Assistance with flights and accommodation
- All-inclusive package deals
- Discounts for multiple procedures (e.g. a set of veneers)
- Free accommodation or discounts at nearby hotels
- Free consultations in your home country
3. Reviews of dental treatment in Turkey
At Medigo, we post reviews only from patients who booked and received treatment after using our website, so all reviews on our platform are 100% genuine.
Here are some reviews from Medigo patients who went to Turkey for dental treatment.
"Brilliant modern clinic, state of the art equipment and care. Recommend 100 percent!
Everything is catered for at dentaglobal: transfers, hotel, the lot. Smart hotel inner city… Everyone very friendly spoke fairly good English but have an interpreter who assists you throughout.
I had 20 emax veneers and a tooth extracted, and going back in 6 months for my implant.
Highly recommend this place I looked all round and so so pleased I opted for dentaglobal."
– Nigel from the UK gave ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars after visiting DentaGlobal in Izmir for veneers
"Hotel was ok given it's included with the price, however not in the nicest of areas, I would recommend looking for somewhere that has a pool so there's somewhere to relax. I stayed at Swissotel, which was fantastic for the price.
There a can be a bit of waiting around for appointments so take a book or something to do.
The dentist was professional and explained things. I would suggest asking questions and for information as sometimes it wasn't forthcoming, however the practice responded as soon as I asked."
– A UK patient gave ⭐⭐⭐ stars after visiting DentaGlobal for implants (At Medigo, we also publish negative reviews as we believe these help other patients.)
"From the pickup at the airport to the procedure and all the follow up, I couldn't be happier. They made sure I understood the procedure, and I can't wait to go back to finalize my crown. I highly recommend"
– A patient from the USA went to Dis 212 Dental Clinic in Istanbul for a dental implant and left a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review
To read more patient reviews, visit our dentistry in Turkey page and view the clinics.
Popular destinations in Turkey
High-quality dental clinics can be found throughout Turkey, but there are a few cities that appeal more to international patients.
Istanbul attracted 13.4 million foreign tourists in 2018, according to official figures. It is without a doubt the most popular destination for dental tourists visiting Turkey, due both to its excellent dental clinics and to its many sightseeing options.
Quality dentists can be found throughout the city. Many offer packages that include accommodation, but if you prefer to book hotels yourself, Istanbul has accommodation options to suit every budget.
Nestled on the Mediterranean coast, Antalya is a popular option for dental tourists who want to relax by the seaside while abroad. It has plenty of beaches and resorts, and staff at dental clinics often speak several languages (not just English) thanks to the city's popularity with tourists.
Dental tourists who travel to Izmir usually do so to find the most affordable options in Turkey. It has an international airport, and dentists in the city often offer all-inclusive packages for patients from abroad.
Dentists in Izmir must adhere to the same standards as elsewhere, yet operational expenses are fewer than in Istanbul or Antalya, so this means patients can usually have the same procedure at a slightly reduced price.
Dental holidays to Turkey are increasingly popular, but don't forget all the practical and logistical factors that need to be considered. And if you're going for extensive dental procedures, remember to focus more on the "dental" than on the "holiday".
How to get a quote
Dental clinics in Turkey will send you a free detailed, personalised cost estimate for your treatment after you submit a full inquiry. They may need photos of your teeth, or recent X-rays, depending on the treatment.
Keep in mind that, depending on your treatment, you can only get an accurate treatment plan if you have recent X-rays or relevant medical files. If you don't have these, you can get them in Turkey, but beware: treatment plans (and costs) can change significantly at this stage.
Do I need a visa?
You may need a visa to enter Turkey. Citizens of most European Union member states can enter Turkey without a visa for up to 90 days, but citizens from the UK and Ireland need to obtain a visa (cost USD 20 [£16 / €18]), as do visitors from the USA and Canada.
Check Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Visa Information for Foreigners page for more information.
Will people speak my language?
Staff at most dental clinics are multilingual, with English being the most commonly spoken. Other languages spoken include Spanish, German, and French.
Is Turkey safe?
Turkey is a safe country, with low levels of crime, but you should be alert in larger cities. Pickpockets and petty thieves target busy tourist areas, so keep your personal belongings safe and be wary of potential thieves or scammers.
Be sure to check to see if there are any risks that concern you before booking and traveling. The UK Government offers up-to-date travel advice and information on staying safe in Turkey.
Are restaurants good in Turkey?
There are excellent restaurants in Turkey, covering all kinds of cuisine and dietary preferences.
But take note: You may not be able to enjoy certain types of food after your dental procedure! For example, some treatments require a strict liquid diet for some time afterwards, which at least means you'll be able to enjoy Turkey's famous lentil soup.
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