Nowdays, many people from USA, Canada and some European countries, where dental treatment is very expensive, travel abroad, trying to fit some affordable dental care in their vacation. According to the medical tourism group Patients Beyond Borders, more than 500,000 Americans travelled out of the country for dental care in 2013.
Business travellers whose work takes them overseas may also arrange for dental care while on a business trip—saving on both oral treatment and travel costs.
Greece offers many benefits for people who seek to restore their smile, because:
* the cost of dental care is approximately 50-60% lower than in USA, UK, or Scandinavian countries.
* there are centers offering top quality services, cutting edge technology, the most advanced materials and experience.
* there are no long waiting lists, as it is the case in many other countries.
* It’s one of the best places in the world to enjoy your holidays. Greece has a lot to offer: spectacular landscapes, delicious food, wonderful sea.
- Aesthetic Dentistry
- Robotic Dentistry or CAD / CAM Dentistry
- Dental Laser
- Implant therapy
- Endodontic therapy
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Oral Pathology
- Maxillofacial Surgery
1. Aesthetic Dentistry
Veneers may be used cosmetically to resurface teeth such as to make them appear straighter and possess a more aesthetically pleasing alignment. This may be a quick way to improve the appearance of malposed teeth without need to use orthodontics. The difference is that, unlike orthodontics, only 2-3 appointments are needed to achieve that.
The available choices for veneers are either porcelain or resin. Porcelain is the most aesthetic material- it reflects and transmits light in the most natural way. It is fabricated indirectly, by the lab technician, who has the opportunity to put all his artistic talent to create symmetry and all those small imperfections that will make the restoration look natural.
Doctors don't have the same luxury when resin is used, because it is made directly.
It all reflects finally to the price, with porcelain veneers costing as much as double the price of the resin restoration.
The cooperation of the cosmetic dentist with the prosthetologist, the orthodontist, the dentist and also the plastic surgeon in cases deemed necessary, allows to achieve the best possible result based on our patients’ choices.
2. Robotic Dentistry or CAD / CAM Dentistry
Did you know that it is possible to receive an all-ceramic crown in a single appointment? With the CAD/CAM technology you can! CAD / CAM Dentistry is the field of prosthodontics using Computer aided design and Computer aiding manufacturing to improve the design and creation of Dental restorations such as crowns, inlays, onlays and porcelain veneers in one single appointment.
Instead of taking imprints from your mouth, a photo of the teeth is taken, all the information is given to the computer and then the restoration needed to be replaced is fabricated. In just 1-1,5 hour the restoration, milled from solid blocks of porcelain or composite resin, is ready to be put in your mouth.
The accuracy of the restorations using the CAD / CAM technology is excellent in terms of fitting and aesthetics.
CAD / CAM restorations provide an excellent aesthetic result in a single appointment with metal free restorations.
3. Dental Laser
The application of dental Laser is used for the therapy of hard (teeth-bone) and soft tissues of the mouth. It provides the possibility to execute dental operations without anesthesia, with sufficient haemostasis.
It provides certainty, speed and accuracy, guaranteeing impressive results for the surgery of hard tissues (pluggings, bone surgery), the surgery of soft tissues (gingivectomy, biopsy, therapy of herpes labialis, aphtha etc.) and finally for cosmetic dentistry (depigmentation of patches, tooth bleaching in one session etc).
4. Implant therapy
For the last few decades, implant is considered to be one of the most reliable and preferred treatment modalities in dentistry. The esthetic and functional outcome created by the dental implants is spectacular compared to fixed metal ceramic fixed dentures. Dental implants look and function just like normal teeth and when implant supported bridges are used to replace teeth they do not need any support.
Through the use of implant technology, the bone mass is maintained as the dental implants are thoroughly integrated into the jaw bone. This assists in maintaining the bone structure which is important for facial shape. The other alternative is the removable partial denture or fixed bridge arrangement but some of the bone in this case that surrounded the tooth roots previously may start to deteriorate.
As with any dental procedure, a step by step process is required to obtain the best results. The process also depends on the number of teeth that are in need of replacement.
The implant, which is made from titanium and looks similar to a screw, is fixed into the jaw. From this point it is left to fuse with the bone, a process takes between two and six months. This bonding process allows the titanium screw to fix firmly in place so that it provides an anchoring point for the new tooth. Throughout this period a temporary tooth can be placed over the implant area to allow normal chewing to take place.
Once the implant has successfully fused to the bone, it might be necessary to fix an extension to it. This is called an abutment and it is the final process before the new tooth is put into place.
While the healing process is underway, the dentist will have had a crown made, which is then attached to the abutment. Once this final procedure has been completed, the biting capacity of the tooth is returned to normal.
Dental implant therapy can be used for several teeth. Dental implants will be fixed to replace the lost natural teeth and the roots.
The specialty of Prosthetics can nowadays restore the masticatory, aesthetic and vocal function of teeth in patients, who, for different reasons, have lost these irreparably.
The plethora of prosthetic techniques and means which are applied by the Prosthetologists, guarantee the functional restoration of teeth that have been damaged or extracted. In this way, they ensure that the patient successfully adapts to the new restorations.
The cooperation of the Endodontist and the Periodontologist with the Prosthetologist provide the possibility of a complete and biologically correct therapy.
Are you happy with your smile? Your smile is the most important feature on your face. Orthodontics for adults is now a reality, through the use of cosmetic orthodontic means. The porcelain brackets as well as the latest technique – the invisalign system promising a superb aesthetic appearance.
For children, the age of the child plays an important role. The young patients acquire a special and close relationship with their orthodontist, and share the common goal for a beautiful smile, a symmetric profile and a healthy mouth. The cooperation of the orthodontist with the pediatric dentist is important for the successful completion of the therapy.
Periodontitis is an inflammation or swelling of the gums and, if it becomes serious, it can cost the tissue surrounding the teeth.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, which is a film of bacteria that is sticky and forms on the teeth. Plaque can be removed quite easily by brushing the teeth thoroughly twice a day. If left untouched, plaque can cause the gums (gingiva) to separate from the teeth, which will form empty pockets where more bacteria can collect. Plaque that is left can also go hard and calcify under and along your gums. If your teeth reach this stage then a dentist will have to remove the plaque for you. If left untreated, periodontal disease can damage the tissues that support your teeth and even the surrounding bone.
Periodontology is the science that is related to the surrounding and supporting tissues of the teeth such as cementum, periodontal ligament, alveolar bone and gingiva (gum).
There are a few ways to treat periodontitis and the choice will mainly depend on its severity. The main goal of periodontitis treatment is to completely remove any bacteria, which will stop further damage and to create an oral environment that the person can look after.
One method used by dentists is called scaling and this removes any tartar and bacteria from the surface of the teeth and from under the gums. Often, hand instruments are used, but there is an ultrasonic device available too.
Another method is root planing, which smooths the root surfaces and, in the process, discourages further tartar build up.
If the periodontitis is advanced, your gum tissue may not react favorably to non-surgical treatment and good oral hygiene. In this case, dental surgery is needed. In this procedure, the periodontist makes small incisions in the gum so that a section of gum tissue can be folded back. This exposes the roots so that better planing and scaling can take place.
Soft tissue grafts may be used when gum tissue is lost due to periodontal disease, the gum line recedes, which makes the teeth look longer than usual. The damaged tissue may need to be replaced by taking a small quantity of tissue from the palate and attaching it to the affected area. This can stop further gum recession and improve the overall appearance of the teeth.
Bone grafting is used when periodontitis has destroyed the bone around the tooth root. It helps to prevent the loss of a tooth by holding it in place. Guided tissue regrowth allows the bone that has been destroyed by bacteria to regrow.
Another method sometimes used involves putting specialized gel onto the root of a diseased tooth. The gel is made up of the same proteins that can be found in tooth enamel and serves to stimulate the further growth of healthy tissue and bone.
8. Endodontic therapy
The purpose of the Endodontists is the sustenance of the endodontically cured teeth and the avoidance of problems that would mean their possible loss. Endodontic therapy comprises the last and salutary step prior to the extraction of damaged teeth. Its success helps retain teeth, that were once doomed.
In many cases, the cooperation of the endodontist with the prosthetologist and the periodontologist is required.
The cooperation of our different dentists is also substantial in this case for the better treatment of the patient. For young children, the pediatric dentist cooperates directly with the orthodontist, while with adults we need to consult the prosthetologist, the cosmetic dentist, the periodontologist for the best results.
9. Pediatric Dentistry
There are two main goals in pediatric dentistry: a. to treat the existing dental problems and b. to prevent further problems from occurring.
10. Oral Pathology
Over 700 systemic diseases are estimated to affect the mouth and the tissues around the mouth. Most of these unfavorably affect the quality of life. Ulcerations (wounds) for example, are accompanied by intense pain and a difficulty in mastication or deglutition.
In many cases of mouth disease, the patient visits a non-specialized doctor for a long period of time before visiting a specialized oral pathologist. This results in the delay of the correct diagnosis for several months.
Α specialized oral pathologist should undertake the therapeutic treatment of these diseases, which presupposes a precise diagnosis and careful observation of the diagnostic methodology based upon the necessary radio graphical and microbiological examinations and the close cooperation with other medical and dental specialties.
11. Maxillofacial Surgery
Maxillofacial Surgery is the specialty of dentistry that handles surgical interventions, of small or large extent, to the mouth, the greater area of the maxilla and the largest part of the face - from difficult exelcymosis and placement of implants, to complicated interventions for neoplasm treatment.