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Article: Volume 47 Number 11 Page 956 - December 2020

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Oral surgery:  The true cost of dental implant tourism: a case report

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Abstract: Many patients travel abroad seeking cosmetic dental treatment, in particular dental implants. However, there are hundreds of dental implant systems being used globally by dentists of all training backgrounds. Furthermore, complications can occur that patients may expect their general dental practitioner in the UK to be able to manage. The following report describes the case of a 71-year-old, medically compromised patient who presented with complaints consistent with the immediate failure of dental implants that happened to be placed abroad. On closer examination, the dental implants themselves were highly questionable in their design and placement. An incidental finding was also made in the maxillary sinus.

Clinical relevance: To acknowledge that implant dentistry is increasing in popularity as patients have the freedom to access dental implant treatment globally. UK dentists are expected to manage these dental implants on the return of patients to the UK who may present with post-operative complications involving unknown dental implant systems.

Author notes: Jasem Greval, BDS, MFDS RCPS (Glasgow), Dentist with Special Interest in Oral Surgery, Labibah Motaleb, BDS, MFDS RCPS (Glasgow), DCT3 OMFS and Sunil Bhatia, BDS, MB BS, MRCS (Ed) (Gen Surg), FDS RCS, DLO HNS RCS, FRCS (Ed) (MaxFax), Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospitals email:

Objective: The reader should be aware of the rise in patients travelling abroad seeking dental implant treatment and be aware of the sequelae that can arise due to such treatment.

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