Dentistry is the most common reason for medical tourism. Prices for dental services in Western countries are very high, yet more and more tourists go to seek dental treatment in Germany and even more expensive Switzerland. Prices in the US are of the same level as in Switzerland, and the quality of dentistry is also very high. Yet America and its famous Hollywood smile become less appealing to medical tourists from Western Europe – and it’s not just about the high cost or remoteness from European countries. The ‘American smile’ is too perfect, even and white, and the recent world fashion trends are changing in favor of a more natural look. Western Europeans, and now increasingly more CIS citizens travel to Central Europe for treatment and aesthetic dental procedures.
Switzerland is among the countries which have followed the ‘natural trend’ for several years already. Local dentists and dental technicians give their patients an amazing smile, make their teeth even, remove the ‘dark corridors’ or expand posterior teeth arc. Each patient is approached individually, and dental procedures are selected specifically for them making the smile look genuine and natural, with healthy and strong teeth. Sometimes, at a patient’s request, following the specialist’s advice, the dental technician can specially make a small spot on the veneer, crown or implant to depict dental calculus and make a person’s image individual, with a natural charm. Perfect and highly artistic work guarantees that everyone will be sure that your ideal smile was presented to you by nature itself.
Dental procedures most popular among medical tourists
Veneers and dental crowns
No matter how hard we maintain the health of our teeth, it might not always be possible to keep them all intact. Improper treatment and quality of life, ecology, and simply genetics are crucial for the health of an organism in general and of the teeth in particular. If the upper part of the tooth is damaged already, but its roots are still strong, your dentist will most likely offer you a crown. Dental crowns help to restore the shape of a tooth by making an internal build-up from various types of materials you can choose from plastic, metal plastic, metal and metal ceramics. if the tooth is not seriously damaged, dentists can use your own tooth material. Root build-ups can be made of a variety of materials, out of which golden ones have proved to be the most efficient in cases when the tooth is strongly damaged. Each of the options has its advantages and disadvantages, and prices vary a lot. The crown is installed onto the build-up or the tooth stem and is adjacent to the gums, which creates the effect of a natural tooth.
Veneers are installed to restore the dental enamel when the natural enamel is grinded. The veneer is installed in its place – a thin ceramic or plastic plate recreates the original form of the tooth. At the client’s desire, its shape can be made different from the original shape of his teeth. Veneers are also used for aesthetic purposes, helping to improve the teeth shape, correct the color and the shape of a smile. If a serious dentist who is an expert in his area considers it possible to fix your situation using porcelain veneers, he will never offer you a dental crown. After all, veneers allow to save the patient’s own tooth material and thus avoid possible problems with the tooth below.
Dental implants replace a removed tooth completely. The artificial tooth root (usually, made of titanium) is installed on the jawbone and covered with a dental crown. Thanks to the modern development of technology, clinics nowadays offer a complete procedure of implantation, together with the crown installation, done just in one day. However, this is may not be suitable for every patient. Some Swiss clinics specialize in fast implant, crown and veneer installation. With their help you will be able to restore all the teeth in just a couple of months.Usually, this can be done in specialized aesthetic dentistry clinics. However, most dentists who combine aesthetics and purely therapeutic procedures, including those who work in research and practicing university-associated Swiss clinics, will first offer you to install a temporary dental crown, and after it stabilized itself, return for a check-up in two or three months. If the regeneration process around the artificial root develops positively, you will be offered to install a permanent crown. Both process of treatment and installation of implants and crowns – lengthy and quick – have their positive and negative sides. In the case of the long-term treatment, you will have to visit your doctor as frequently as if it were business trips abroad – every 1.5-2 months for a period from six months to a couple of years. However, the ideal medical and aesthetic result will be practically guaranteed.
Choosing the quick method, you will get a perfect smile in just a couple of months, provided that everything goes without complications. However, if any of them arise, the probability of issues and medical problems is much higher. The choice of the treatment type is, first of all, the responsibility of the patient themselves, and not only their dentist. Before you choose a specific path to a beautiful smile, be sure to study the pros and cons of different options in detail.
Treatment of dental nerve canals
Dental canals need treatment when the pulp (internal tooth tissue of nerve endings and blood vessels) is affected. In endodontic treatment, the pulp is removed from the tooth, bacteria are cleared, the channels are cleaned and shaped, and the tooth and canals are sealed. It is important to put the right amount of material into the channel to fill it fully but at the same time avoid overflowing. On an x-ray, a channel overflow looks like a cloud above the tip of the root, and such “clouds” and voids in the channel can cause inflammation. Swiss dentists remove nerves from canals only in cases where medical grounds for the removal are apparent. If it is possible to preserve the nerve, the doctor will try all possible ways to do it because this way the tooth will remain alive and retain its natural color and health.
Dental bridges and jaw prosthesis
A dental bridge is in fact very similar to dental crowns, but in addition to crowns, it replaces one or more missing teeth. Two crowns are installed onto the two teeth on the sides of the missing tooth to support the dental bridge framework. To make a bridge for the patient’s jaw, a mold is made similarly as for implants or crowns and then sent to the workshop to create a bridge from your selected material, which the orthodontist will then install and fit according to your dental occlusion.
A fixed jaw prosthesis is usually installed when it is impossible to retain most teeth on the jaw and it is easier to replace all of them. In this case, the teeth are removed and instead artificial roots are fixed in certain places, as in implantation; these roots are used as a basis to install and fix the jaw prosthesis.
We’ve all heard jokes about jaws in a glass, so the prosthesis can also be removable. This is possible if some of the patient’s teeth have been retained – the prosthesis is attached to them with rubber hooks, replacing the missing teeth. Or, if no teeth are left, the prosthesis is fixed to the gum as a sucker.
In fact, aesthetic dentistry is a set
of measures to achieve the so-called ‘Hollywood smile’ – either a
super-ideal or a naturally beautiful one. It may include occlusion
correction, whitening, reinforcement of chipped teeth and correction of
their shape; some even get ornaments like little rhinestones fixed onto
their teeth. Aesthetic dentistry is about all techniques that make our
smile beautiful and attractive and give us self-confidence.