Many dental patients dream of having the perfect celebrity smile, with some choosing extreme treatment options and spending large amounts of money to reach their smile goals. In recent years, the trend for ‘Turkey teeth’ has increasingly grown, however not all patients receive the outcome they expect after transforming their teeth abroad. Some patients have suffered from poor quality dental care and dentist negligence that resulted in serious complications and further invasive treatments.
It is important that everyone is able to make informed decisions about their dental care, so this article will answer all of your questions about Turkey teeth as well as highlight the potential risks of the procedure.
What are Turkey Teeth?
The term ‘Turkey teeth’ is used with various meanings including to describe the procedure of having extremely white and square crowns fitted for aesthetic purposes. Some people also use the expression to refer to botched cosmetic dental treatments in Turkey, which most commonly involves veneers or dental crowns.
Most patients who opt for Turkey teeth are unsure of what the procedure entails. Dentists in Turkey usually use crowns over veneers, because it is cheaper and requires less dental skill and expertise. So, in most cases patients believe that they are receiving a set of veneers, but end up leaving with more invasive and unnecessary treatments such as crowns, which involves the natural teeth being filed down by around 70% and replaced with a tooth cap.
While crowns are an excellent restorative procedure for severely decayed or broken teeth, the treatment should be avoided for purely aesthetic purposes. Other treatments including veneers and composite bonding are less invasive alternatives that can be used to redesign your smile while keeping a natural look.
The Rise of Turkey Teeth
The increasing trend for Turkey teeth is fuelled by people who are looking to achieve their dream Hollywood smile at a lower cost whilst combining it with a holiday. Social media has further increased the appeal of Turkey teeth with celebrities and influencers including Katie Price and Love Island’s Jack Fincham sharing their smile transformations and promoting dental tourism and their chosen dental practice. However, this often only showcases the advantages of the procedures without highlighting the potential, yet real dangers patients can face.
The Risks of Dental Tourism
While there appears to be numerous benefits of overseas dental work, the viral trend of Turkey teeth can cause nightmare complications which include:
- Intense and long-lasting pain;
- Overly sensitive teeth that make it difficult to eat or drink;
- Exposed nerves that require further invasive treatments;
- Ill-fitting veneers that may be too big or too small for the size of your mouth;
- Infected gums that can lead to infections;
- Tooth decay, and;
- Jaw and muscle pain
Dental Options Within The UK
If you are considering booking any dental treatments abroad, it is important that you weigh up the pros and cons of your treatment and seriously consider the potential long-term risks. You should thoroughly research the credibility, reliability and qualification of your chosen dental professional and clinic, and ensure that they are prepared to take responsibility for any postoperative complications. Due to the complexity of corrective treatments, it is likely that a specialist referral will be required, which could be more costly than the original treatment.
Contact Tooth Club For More Information
Here at Tooth Club, we know it’s important to have a beautiful smile that you’re proud of, and our dental professionals want nothing more than to see you leaving our clinics with a smile on your face. Whether you need a routine check-up, in-depth treatment, or even just some professional advice, our dental team will provide you with the utmost dedication and attention.
If you are considering traveling to Turkey for your dental procedures or are looking for more information about your dental options, please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice to make fully informed decisions about your dental treatments.