Budapest: Dental work in Hungary’s capital costs 60pc less than Irish average
Are you thinking about visiting Budapest this summer?
Hungary’s capital is becoming increasingly popular with Irish tourists and it’s not hard to see why. The city boosts beautiful architecture, delicious food, great night life and an abundance of impressive view points for getting those envy-inducing holiday snaps.
But not all tourists are visiting to sample the goulash. Many are jetting off to avail of the excellent dental services available in the city.
Just as Budapest has been named as the best destination in Europe by travel website European Best Destinations this year, Kreativ Dental Clinic has been recognised as Treatment Abroad Patients’ Choice award winner for 2019. Kreativ Dental was rated number one out of 73 clinics listed in Hungary on Treatment Abroad, the site which aims to provide those considering dental treatment abroad with the information they need to make the right choice. These are two good reasons to start planning that trip to Budapest now!
Kreativ Dental Clinic is the founder of dental tourism in Budapest and during 2018, an average of 250 to 350 patients visited the clinic per month from the UK and Ireland. Treatments offered include dental implants, porcelain crowns and bridges, artificial bone replacement, sinus lifts and periodontal surgery. Their prices are, on average, 60pc cheaper than in Ireland. The consultation and initial X-ray are free and aftercare is provided to all patients.
Irish representative of Kreativ Dental Clinic, Mary Flanagan, says, “Over the space of 10 years in Ireland, I had root canal treatments, crowns fitted which later fell out, and eight teeth extracted. I was told by an Irish dentist that my only option was dentures. Another told me getting work done would cost up to €60,000.
“I had so many problems with dentists and my teeth over the years, until I was advised to visit Kreativ Dental by a retired Irish dentist. I ended up having eight implants and 26 porcelain crowns fitted at the much lower price-tag of €12,000, plus €400 for my flights.”
Since the clinic’s inception, a second clinic called Kreativ Dental 2 opened its doors in 2015. Located beside the first clinic, it was built to help manage the high demand from patients worldwide. Now, Kreativ Dental are in the process of building a state-of-the-art Kreativ Dental 3. These is where people who have had complex procedures and require general anaesthetic can be monitored and take some time to recuperate. This unique service is set to open at the end of this year.
After the initial consultation, and after you are provided with your treatment plan, you can either decide there and then in the clinic if you would like to begin treatment. Or, take some time to think about it, whether that is at home, or while you are still in Budapest. This provides a good opportunity to get to know Budapest (check out our top tips below).
Mary Flanagan can best advise clients on when and how to secure the best value flights to Budapest. She can also organise free airport transfers, and book the clinic appointments and hotel accommodation.
“You can arrange your own flights for whenever suits you best,” says Mary. “However, always check with me that there are available appointments in the clinic prior to booking your flights, as the clinic could be booked up 4-5 weeks in advance. Plus, flight prices are usually less expensive when they are booked early!”
Wander around Budapest
When you have free time after your consultation or dental treatment, here are five unique things to do.
Take photographs at Fisherman’s Bastion
For unforgettable panoramic views in a fairy-tale setting, Fisherman’s Bastion (or Halászbástya in Hungarian) is the place to go. Built between 1895 and 1902, Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the most well-known attractions of the Buda Castle area and is perfect for a photo opportunity. Particularly when you have completed your dental treatment and have something to smile about!
Discover culture at Buda Castle
Buda Castle is a spectacular 13th-century palace which sits atop Castle Hill. The UNESCO World Heritage Site also contains the Hungarian National Gallery, the Castle Museum, and the National Széchenyi Library, making it the perfect attraction to get your culture fix.
Marvel at the Chain Bridge
The name Budapest is a mix of two city names, Buda and Pest, which became one city in 1873. However, their distinctiveness continues to this day. The Chain Bridge in Budapest is one of the oldest bridges spanning across the river Danube and connecting Buda and Pest. Visit this historic national symbol which shows the city divided and connected by the Danube.
A taste of Hungary
Visit the Great Market Hall, a restored neo-Gothic tunnel and the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. Sample Hungarian delicacies and pick up a souvenir for your loved one back home. The market opens from 6am to 5pm on Monday; 6am to 6pm on Tuesday to Friday; 6am to 3pm on Saturday; and is closed on Sunday.
Unwind at the Szechenyi Baths
By day, the Szechenyi Baths are an oasis of calm in bustling Budapest, with luxury spa treatments, saunas, and massages in the grandeur of a sprawling 20th-century Turkish building. On a weekend night, expect spa parties with live electronic music – the choice is yours, whatever your interests!
For more information, visit the Kreativ Dental website or call Mary on (01) 805 5526 or (086) 029 9998.