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Getting All On 4 Abroad - Is It Worth It?

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Last Reviewed 27 March 2023

Medically reviewed by Dr. Peter Doherty, Bachelor Dent. Sc. (Trinity College Dublin) 2003, MFDS (RCSI), PG Cert Implant Dentistry (Newcastle), Implant Dentist

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Dental Treatment Abroad Versus Ireland - 3Dental
Considering All On 4 Abroad? Understand All The Facts With Dr. Peter Doherty Smile In A Day
Dental Treatment Abroad Versus Ireland - 3Dental
Considering All On 4 Abroad? Understand All The Facts With Dr. Peter Doherty Smile In A Day

Are you considering getting the all on four treatment abroad to restore your smile? 

Before you book that trip, we strongly advise that you take five minutes to read this post!

Seeking All on 4 dental treatment abroad carries several risks that patients should be aware of before proceeding with treatment. Dr. Peter Doherty

We are well-positioned to discuss this topic for the following reasons:

  1. We have carried out more all on 4 treatments than any other clinics in Ireland
  2. We often see things go wrong with treatments that have been carried out abroad and we end up fixing them!

Why Do People Travel Abroad For All On 4?

Smile in a day testimonial - Trisha Lawton - 3Dental
Trisha Considered Going Abroad For All On 4 Put Decided Against It - Watch Her Story! Smile In A Day
Smile in a day testimonial - Trisha Lawton - 3Dental
Trisha Considered Going Abroad For All On 4 Put Decided Against It - Watch Her Story! Smile In A Day

People travel abroad for dental care for various reasons, including: cost savings, quality of care, holiday time and convenient scheduling.

However, when we dig a little deeper, we can uncover what people perceive versus the reality:

CategoryWhat People ThinkThe Reality
Financial CostCheap DentistryMost perceived savings are removed when comparing similar quality treatments, implant components, restoration materials, and aesthetic outcomes. When considering long-term or emergency care, it is clear that All on 4 dental implant treatment is a better value at 3Dental.
Quality Of CareThe dentists abroad are fine.At 3Dental, we offer the highest standard of implant dentistry from internationally recognised experts. Additionally, you don't need to cram a procedure that should include time to heal into a one-week holiday!
AftercareNonexistant, though some clinics claim to provide aftercare in Ireland.You have easy access to follow-up and emergency care with a trusted team.
Consumer ProtectionDentistry is well-regulated everywhere.In Ireland, dentists must meet strict criteria, including English language and be registered with the Irish Dental Council. The process is not as rigorous in many other countries, and it is often difficult for patients to assess a dentist's competency.
Travel / Time CostFun in the sunBeing comfortable in familiar surroundings can aid healing, improve outcomes when undergoing complex dental surgery, and increase patient comfort.

The Risks Of Seeking All On 4 Abroad

All on 4 dental treatment is a popular dental implant procedure that replaces all of a patient's teeth using only four implants.

While this treatment is highly effective (check out our testimonials), some patients consider seeking treatment abroad because they think it will be cheaper.

However, there is quite a bit more to this than just getting a 'cheaper treatment'.

These risks can be outlined as follows:

Name Of RiskRisk Explained
Quality Of CareThe quality of dental care can vary widely between countries and between dentists. It may be challenging to determine the qualifications and experience of the dental professionals performing the procedure.
Follow-Up CarePatients who receive All on 4 treatment abroad may have difficulty obtaining follow-up care if they experience complications, need adjustments or experience pain. The type of implant components used by dentists overseas are often incompatible with the instruments and components used here in Ireland, making support impossible without travelling back to the original treating dentist. In addition, most dentists will not be willing to take over a treatment another dentist started.
Overtreatment And Lack Of PlanningUnnecessary treatment is common when travelling overseas for treatment. Generally, it is impossible to have a proper assessment before travel, and by the time you arrive at the dentist, the treatment has already been decided. Some clinics will rent a function room in Ireland and perform "assessments." More often than not these appointments are little more than rubber stamps and don't even include an X-ray.
Healing TimeWhen placing an All on 4 implant bridge, we use a temporary bridge when we place the implants. The patient is then given time for the gums to heal and the implants to set, usually three months or more. After the patient is completely healed, we rescan the mouth and construct the permanent bridge. Only after healing is complete can the permanent bridge be properly fit.
Language BarriersPatients may face language barriers when seeking treatment abroad, making it challenging to communicate effectively with dental professionals and understand the treatment plan.
Travel ComplicationsTraveling to another country for dental treatment can be expensive and time-consuming, and patients may experience difficulties related to travel, such as flight delays or lost luggage.
Legal RecoursePatients who receive dental treatment abroad may have limited legal recourse if they experience complications or are dissatisfied with the results of their treatment.
Cultural DifferencesPatients may encounter cultural differences when seeking dental treatment abroad, affecting their overall experience and comfort level.
When you travel abroad for dental treatment, there is quite a high likelihood that you will have difficulty accessing post-operative care after your treatment. Dr. Peter Doherty

Patients should research and consult with their dental professional to determine the best course of action for their needs.

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Aftercare And Support Abroad Versus Ireland

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Aftercare and support are critical components of any dental procedure, including All on 4 dental implants.

If something goes wrong with the implants, the aftercare and support options may differ depending on whether the patient received treatment abroad or in Ireland.

What Happens If Something Goes Wrong?

If you have (or are going to) receive All on 4 dental treatment abroad, you may face difficulties obtaining follow-up care and support.

This is because you will need to return to the country where you received the treatment to address any issues, which can be expensive and time-consuming.

Additionally, you may face language barriers, cultural differences, and limited legal recourse when seeking aftercare and support abroad.

Dentist abroad versus Ireland
The Reality Of Dental Treatment Abroad

On the other hand, patients who received All on 4 dental treatment in Ireland at 3Dental will have more accessible aftercare and support options.

You can quickly contact their dental professional for any issues or concerns and receive prompt and personalized care.

Additionally, you can benefit from the legal protections and standards of care established in Ireland, providing you with greater peace of mind and security.

Opting for treatment in Ireland can provide patients with greater accessibility, security, and peace of mind in the event that you need follow-up care with your implants. Dr. Peter Doherty

Patients should follow their dental professional's aftercare instructions closely in both cases and attend any recommended follow-up appointments to help minimize the risk of complications and ensure that issues are addressed promptly and effectively.

While seeking All on 4 dental treatment abroad may be tempting due to perceived cost savings, patients should carefully consider the potential risks and limitations of aftercare and support. Dr. Peter Doherty

The Advantages Of Choosing A Local Dental Clinic For All On 4

1. Access To Experienced And Qualified Dental Professionals

3Dental has a wealth of highly skilled and experienced implant dentists who have received rigorous training in their field, which ensures that patients can have confidence in the quality of care they receive.

By choosing the All on 4 treatment at 3Dental, patients can be assured that they are receiving treatment from a dentist who has experience and expertise in the procedure, resulting in better outcomes and fewer complications.

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Smile in a day - Before & Afters

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Smile in a day - Before & Afters

2. Use Of High-Quality Materials And Techniques

At 3Dental, we use the highest-quality implant components and the latest techniques in our All on 4 treatments, which can improve the durability and longevity of the implants and enhance their aesthetic appeal.

Advanced techniques, such as 3D imaging, face scanning technology and 3D printing, can increase the accuracy and precision of the procedure, leading to better outcomes for the patient.

Irish dentists often use materials such as titanium, which has a high success rate and is biocompatible, meaning it integrates well with the body's natural tissues.

By opting for an All on 4 treatment in Ireland at 3Dental, patients can be confident that highly trained professionals with access to the latest materials and techniques are placing their dental implants, ultimately resulting in a better overall experience and outcome for the patient.

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3. Availability Of Emergency And Follow-Up Care

By choosing an All-on-4 treatment at 3Dental, patients can access emergency and follow-up care from the same dental team that performed the initial procedure, ensuring continuity of care and personalized attention throughout the treatment process.

Patients can receive prompt attention in the event of any complications or issues following their All-on-4 treatment.

Follow-up care is crucial to ensuring the success and longevity of dental implants. By receiving All-on-4 treatment in Ireland, patients can have peace of mind knowing they have easy access to the necessary follow-up appointments and care.

In the rare event that a patient experiences any problems or complications with their All-on-4 implants, we have the required resources and expertise to provide effective and efficient solutions, reducing the need for additional travel or expenses for the patient and increasing the success and quality of their All on 4 procedures. 

4. Improved Patient-Dentist Communication

​​Receiving All on 4 dental implant treatments at 3Dental allows for improved patient-dentist communication, as patients can easily discuss their concerns and preferences with their dentist in person before committing to the procedure.

This level of communication helps ensure that the patient completely understands the treatment and the results they should expect.

Patients with any concerns during or after the treatment can quickly communicate with their dentist and receive prompt and appropriate care.

Excellent communication between the patient and dentist is crucial for the success of All on 4 dental implant treatments, making it beneficial for individuals in Ireland to receive the treatment closer to home.

5. Better Overall Patient Experience

By receiving All on 4 dental implant treatments at 3Dental, individuals can benefit from a better overall patient experience.

The treatment can be conveniently accessed in Dublin, Limerick or Galway clinics.

No need for international travel, stress, communication complications and time constraints.

Patients can also receive ongoing care and follow-up appointments locally, which can help them feel more comfortable and supported throughout the treatment process and lead to better outcomes.

The availability of local resources and support can contribute to a more favourable treatment experience, making it advantageous for individuals in Ireland to receive all on 4 dental implant treatments from 3Dental.

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All On 4 Abroad vs 3Dental: The Cost Comparison

When considering All four dental implants, evaluating the long-term costs is essential.

Term3DentalAbroad
Flights€0Flights will be an additional cost, paid by the patient.
Accommodation€0Accomadation is often included with treatment.
Food€0Sometimes breakfast is included, the patient would need to pay for other meals.
Treatment€11,000 per arch€8,000-€12,000 for treatment with the highest quality implant brands.
Long-term costs€0Many patients find that the value of receiving dental implant treatment at home outweighs that of travelling abroad. When considering the quality of components, the access to aftercare and the smile aesthetics, 3Dental is the best value for All on 4 dental implants.
all on 4 treatment - robbie gannon - 3dental
The 3Dental Philosophy

While travelling abroad may seem more cost-effective at first glance, it's vital to consider the additional costs of international travel, such as flights, accommodation, and transportation, and remember that a minimum of two visits to the country are required.

Moreover, receiving the treatment at 3Dental can help individuals avoid any unexpected complications or extra costs that may arise from receiving the treatment abroad.

When receiving treatment at 3Dental, patients can develop a long-term relationship with their dentist and receive ongoing care and support, contributing to better treatment outcomes and overall cost savings in the long run.

dental implants, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry testimonial - patrick naughton testimonial - 3dental
Patrick Naughton Testimonial

Patients undergoing treatment in Ireland have access to local resources and support to help them manage potential complications or issues.

Ultimately, it's crucial to weigh any perceived cost savings of travelling abroad against the potential risks and expenses and consult a local dental professional to determine the best option for each individual's unique needs and circumstances.

Why You Should Consider Staying In Ireland For All On 4

The intention of this article is just to show you some facts. Travelling abroad carries considerable cost and risk.

We have covered this same topic for both dental implants abroad as well as the dangers of getting veneers in Turkey.

We offer free consultations in our Dublin, Limerick and Galway clinics.

This allows you to come, talk to your dentist, get your questions answered, see if you might be suitable and walk away with a detailed cost breakdown.

We would encourage you to both book a consultation and watch some of our testimonials and before and afters to better understand the experiences of others.

We look forward to welcoming you to the clinic soon!

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