Frequently Asked Questions | Dental Clinic Turkey

Personal security
You will be surprised by the warmth and friendliness of Turks. The crime rate is low but like anywhere in the world you still have to be careful on the streets of resorts and towns with crowded places - sometimes theft of personal property happens.

The closest airport to Fethiye is in Dalaman (airport code: DLM), and the drive from Dalaman to Fethiye will take approximately 45 minutes. We offer Free Transfers to and from Dalaman.

No - we currently do not offer finance plans to patients.

Due to the rules and regulations in Turkey, we do not give any general anaesthetic for treatment. We do however use numbing injections, local anaesthetic. We can also offer pain relief if necessary.

Ideally, you would get an Xray taken by your local dentist in your home country, and send across to your dental facilitator who will liaise with our dentists here who examine your case. Upon agreement on treatment, we would schedule your appointments in Turkey and send you the details of your treatment plan.

When you arrive at our clinic here in Fethiye we initially will do one more consultation and physically examine your teeth. Local anaesthesia is suitable for a dental implant procedure. Under clinical conditions, we first begin by preparing the vents for the dental implants, then fit the implants carefully into these vents and seal the upper sides up with dissolvable stitches.

After the operation, you can prevent swelling by cooling your cheeks with ice at 5-minute intervals. Please be aware that smoking slows the wound from healing! After surgery, you should take the prescribed antibiotics, eat smaller meals at frequent intervals, and drink lots of water. If needed, we will make temporary dentures for you.

Stitches are dissolvable so do not need removing. To prevent bacteria from building up, we recommend you are very careful with your oral hygiene.

After 4 to 6 months, you will visit our dental clinic in Turkey again. We prepare the implants for the crown fitting and take the necessary measurements. Then our lab technician and dentist work closely together to make your crowns look like natural teeth. In rare situations sometimes it will be necessary to use Porcelain crowns as opposed to Zirconia crowns due to structure of mouth.

Ideally you will take selfie pictures of your teeth and send to your dental facilitator. We will examine the respective teeth and inform you about the recommended course of treatment.

When you arrive at our clinic here in Fethiye, initially we will do one more consultation and physically examine your teeth. Numbing injections, local anaesthesia is sufficient for dental crown procedure.

After Consultation and X-Ray we prepare teeth by removing a small amount of tooth structure. We then take an impression of your teeth. This is done by a mould filled with dental putty which you will be asked to bite into. The impression will be sent to our dental lab where your crowns will be fabricated. This might take a few days. Your dentist will let you know the timescale after taking your impressions. Placement of a temporary crowns are fitted until your zirconium crowns are ready. After the lab completes the crowns, we do one or two rehearsals of the new teeth before the final fitting and bonding of your permanent crowns. Your dentist will give a final clean and polish.

If your schedule permits, we like to give you a day or two to try your new teeth before your departure from Turkey and come back for a last check. After the check, you can thoroughly enjoy your new smile.

Your dentist will advise you however you will make your colour shade selection from our colour charts in clinic. We have demonstration teeth to assist you in your shade selection.

You would need to come to Turkey for 1 week / 7 nights for a full smile makeover. During this time, you will be required to come to the clinic 3-5 times. Don’t worry you will have plenty of time to enjoy your holiday.

Until your crowns are finally fitted you will have to consume soft food such as soup, fish, pasta and eggs etc. You can drink as normal including alcohol. After treatment has completed, you can eat and drink normally.

I Got 99 Options but a Steak Ain’t One! - Here is a list of food ideas to eat after dental surgery, implants, or wisdom teeth extractions:

Applesauce, Avocado, Baby Food, Baked Beans – mashed if necessary, Black Beans – mashed if needed, Baked Apples, Ripe Bananas, Biscuits –ONLY SOFT flakey, soft or soaked to become soft, Broccoli – steamed soft, Broth, Butternut Squash – cooked soft, Carnation Instant Breakfast Drinks, Carrots -steamed very soft, Casseroles, Cheese, Cheesecake, Cold Cereal – soaked in milk until soft, Cottage Cheese, Cake, Canned Peas, Crab Cakes, Cranberry Sauce, Cream, Crème Brule, Cupcake, Custard, Doughnuts, Eggs (poached, fried or scrambled), Egg Nog, Egg Noodles, Egg Salad, Fettuccine, Fish, Frozen Yogurt, Fruit Smoothies, Fruit – soft or grind, Gravy, Ground Turkey, Ground Beef/Pork, Ground Chicken, Humus, Jell-O, Juice vegetable, Macaroni and cheese, Malt-0-meal, Mangos, Mashed potatoes, Meatballs, Melons (Very Ripe), Milk Shake – Avoid using a straw, Mousse, Muffins, Oatmeal, Pancakes, Pasta – cooked very soft, Pot roast with vegetables – cooked to falling apart, Probiotics, Protein Powder – can be added to any liquid meal for added energy and healing, Pudding, Ricotta cheese, Risotto, Rice, Sandwich Meats, Scrambled Eggs, Smoothies, Soft bread – soak in soup, Soup, Sour Cream, Spaghetti, Spinach, Steamed Vegetables, Stew, Sweet Potatoes, Tapioca Pudding, Tea, Tofu, Tuna Salad, Waffles

Applies to Dental Surgery, Implants or Wisdom Teeth Extractions

* Tomatoes or tomato sauce – acidic and may burn or cause pain immediately after dental surgery

* Orange Juice – avoid OJ or any other acidic fruit juices. They may cause burning or pain if ingested too soon after dental surgery

* Seeds – anything with seeds may get stuck in a surgery site and cause discomfort or get infected

* Cracked Pepper – similar to a seed this can get lodged and cause pain

* Popcorn – the corn seeds can become lodged

* Spicy Foods – can lead to pain and discomfort

* Crunchy or Difficult to Chew Foods – these foods may interfere with the blood clotting following dental surgery

* Over-the-counter Mouth Rinse – it’s not a food but patients commonly use mouth rinses such as Listerine etc following dental surgery and it drastically affects the healing!!! Dentist will usually prescribe a safe mouth rinse after dental surgery.

For best post-surgery results patients should practice good personal hygiene by practising high standards of oral care. An extremely important part of this regime is to avoid excessive pressure on any newly fitted implants. Many patients often question whether their diets need to change or if likely to be restricted in some way after surgery. More-over, how long before they can chew and eat normal again? Although every patient will be different, here’s a rough guide to give you some idea of what to expect.

The first 24 hours
In the first 24 hours patients might see some minor swelling, bruising and bleeding in and around the implant area. Baring this in mind, it’s suggested that any hot foods are avoided because they can exacerbate the bleeding further. Best option is to eat soft foods only, such as lukewarm soups, yoghurt, puréed potato or soft vegetables and shakes are ideal too but NO STRAW!

Drinking through a straw and the sucking action can cause further problems to your newly placed implants. Also, plenty of fluids such as water can aid recovery.

The first week
A relatively soft food diet is recommended for most patients, especially during the first 7 days. Good nutrition is key to healing so it’s advisable that patients don’t skip meals. Foods like pasta, spinach, soft fish and soft fruits are good examples of foods that have a good balance of nutrients and vitamins to aid a healthy recovery.

The next four to six months
This is the crucial period when osseointegration (bone fusion) takes place. During this time disturbing the implant as infrequently as possible is the best option to ensure implant success.

So, when it comes to foods, try to avoid anything hard and crunchy, or incredibly chewy. Because of this, foods like nuts, toffees or boiled sweets, crackling or hard raw vegetables should be avoided. If you’re unsure what to eat, then as a general rule of thumb, any foods that make a noise when you crunch them, should really be avoided. Everything else should be okay.

After the osseointegration process
Finally after a successful bone fusion, patients can then eat pretty much anything though one should still be careful with ice and boiled sweets. This means that you crunch down on a juicy apple or raw vegetable, chew lean meat or eat nuts and seeds without any problems whatsoever.

While there is a certain amount of inconvenience involved, especially in the first few weeks, the vast majority of patients feel that the hassle is certainly worth it in the long-term and the thought of being able to once again eat whatever they like without fear of causing further dental problems is something that could only be imagined when they first started the treatment.

A bone graft essentially thickens and widens the jawbone so that it can support dental implants properly. A bone graft is not always required when patients receive dental implants but it is not uncommon for a patient to need one – especially if implants are being placed in the upper jaw below the sinus cavity.

The bone graft dental procedure takes between 45-90 minutes and is performed in your dentist's clinic. The initial recovery period lasts about two weeks. Following the bone graft procedure, the waiting time until a solid bone mass is received is between 3-6 months, in most clinical cases after which time you can then get implants.

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