Frequently asked questions

Do I have to fly to Hungary for an initial consultation?

No. We are usually able to compose a preliminary Treatment Plan based on a panoramic x-ray, which you may send us via e-mail. This plan will show your treatments, prices and treatment schedule. You may then make your decision whether you wish to visit us for a personal consultation or perhaps start your treatment straight away.

You can also have your dental consultation at one of our partner clinics in London. To book a consultation in London, call 0203 667 3900.

What is a typical patient journey like?

Step 1 – Arrival at Budapest airport
One of the Globe Dental taxi drivers will meet you at the airport arrivals. The taxi driver will be holding a card bearing your name and the words “Globe Dental”. He will also provide you with your appointment card stating the date and time of your first appointment. You will then be driven either to your hotel or directly to the Clinic, depending on your first appointment time. We also have a London-based contact person you can meet in person and ask him any questions you have.

Step 2 – Consultation
Upon arrival at the Clinic, you should check in at our reception desk. Once your personal data have been registered, your dental assistant will take your Ortho-Pantograph X-ray and show you to your dentist for your consultation. Your dentist will make an oral examination and evaluate your x-ray, and you discuss your wishes and requirements together.

Step 3 – Treatment Plan
Based on your consultation, your dentist will formulate your treatment plan. You will be given all relevant information explaining the treatment and then have the opportunity to discuss this plan with your dentist. Once you are happy with the treatment prescribed and have agreed upon the plan, you will be given your appointment times. On signing the treatment plan, the patient should pay 50% of the total amount for that first stage. The remaining 50% is due to be paid upon completing this first stage.

Step 4 – Dental Treatment
Your dental treatment will proceed according to your treatment plan. If any changes are necessary, you will be informed of the reason for this change and you will have the opportunity to discuss the consequences. The number of appointment times required depends on the nature and progress of your treatment. Should you feel the need to discuss or review your treatment at any stage, the Globe Dental team is always ready to help you.

Step 5 – Follow-up
You will be provided with sufficient information about the proper dental care after the treatment. Yearly check-ups are recommended.

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth in place.

What materials are implants made from?
The implants we work with are all high quality pure titanium implants. This is the very reason why allergic reactions are extremely rare.

What types of implants are there?
We differentiate between two types of implants based on their loading: implants with immediate loading and delayed loading. The former one includes immediate tooth replacement after the implantation, while the latter one needs a 3-6 month long healing period before the replacement is done, during which the gum tissue over the implant regenerating in the bone is closed with sutures.

Which company’s implant products do you work with?
We work with the implant systems of several companies, but only with Swiss and German ones, such as Straumann (Swiss), Ihde Dental (Swiss), Pitt Easy (German), SGS Dental (Swiss).

Do implants fall out? If they do, what’s next?
About 1-2% of implants fall out, and not because the body doesn’t tolerate it, but it is usually an inflammation which prevents the implant from stabilizing. In this case, we insert a new one under warranty in the first five years. After five years, if you take a proper care of oral hygiene and goes to the annual check-up, there is basically no possibility that the implant falls out.

How long does an implant surgery take?
Surgery takes about 45 minutes in case of inserting one implant.
Placing 8 implants: About 2,5 – 3 hours.

Is dental implant surgery painful?
No. Effective local anaesthetic is used during the surgery so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants. The mild discomfort you might experience after surgery can be controlled with medication.

I am missing several teeth. Do they each have to be replaced with separate implants?
No. If you are missing several teeth they do not each have to be replaced with a separate implant. Although implants are artificial roots, one implant can be used to replace one or more teeth by attaching bridgework to the implant. Each patient’s needs vary and the number of implants needed for a particular patient will be determined by a number of clinical factors.

I wear full dentures. Is it possible to replace them using implants?
Yes. To restore one jaw (upper or lower) normally requires 6-8 implants followed by 12 units of bridgework at a later stage. While the treatment is in progress the patient can normally wear their dentures.

What if I’m terribly afraid of dental treatments?
No problem. Under conscious sedation patients feel no pain and very often they don’t even remember anything about the treatment.

What is conscious sedation?
You may also consider having your operation under conscious sedation. Conscious sedation is a type of sedation of extremely minimal risks, in which the sedated individual can respond to verbal directions, but they little to no pain, and have an altered level of consciousness. There are no unpleasant side effects. During the period of conscious sedation an anaesthesiologist monitors the patient, looking at heart rate, breathing, and dissolved oxygen levels in the blood, so that adverse reactions can be quickly identified and addressed.
The drugs used for conscious sedation can produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much, or perhaps even nothing at all, of what happened. So it may, indeed, appear as if you were “asleep” during the procedure.
4 hours before the operation, you mustn’t eat or drink anything. After the sedation, you will need someone who accompanies you back to the hotel. A member of our staff is also at your disposal to give you a ride back to the hotel.