THE TRUTH ABOUT “TURKEY TEETH”
9 August 2021
We have all seen the news where celebrities/socialites and millennials are going over to Turkey to get a new set of teeth but how good are they for your body? What is the procedure? What can happen in the long run? Is it too good to be true?
Although we don’t offer this kind of treatment, we would like to give you some impartial information for anybody considering this kind of procedure.
Let's start at the beginning and look at the facts, what are ‘Turkey Teeth’? (and no, we are not talking about the bird)
· Turkey teeth are a nickname for a dental procedure that people get abroad (mainly in Turkey)
· During this procedure, teeth are filed down into points and then false teeth are glued on top of these pointed “teeth”
· Generally, people also have their gums lasered at the same time
· These teeth are incredibly white vs a normal looking tooth although you do get to choose the style and colour of your teeth
· If you only have your top teeth done your bottom teeth can look discoloured over time so you will need to have these whitened to the same colour as your top teeth (which may not be achievable due to teeth only whitening to a certain colour)
· There have been reports that this is a very painful procedure
· You will have to wear a retainer for the rest of your teeth's life
· Teeth will last up to 7-10 years
· Cost is cheaper than dental work in the UK but hotels and travel need to be added on top of this.
(Katie Price most recently showed the world her filed down teeth and her "veneers" following her procedure)
WHAT WILL THIS DO TO MY TEETH HEALTH?:
Now that we have looked at the top-level procedure let's look at the facts about doing this to your teeth:
This procedure is often labelled as a veneer; however, they are actually crowns. The main difference between a veneer and a crown is how much of the original tooth is removed, how thick the material covering the tooth is, and how much of the tooth is covered. Both crowns and veneers are effective in improving the aesthetic appearance of teeth.
A veneer sits on top of the tooth where there is almost 95% of the tooth left available and only a small amount will be shaved off if needed | Crowns are fitted to a small amount of tooth and generally, this is because a tooth has become damaged due to an accident or erosion.
When teeth are shaved down to points this reduces the natural enamel and the dentine of your tooth (which has all the nerve endings in it) is exposed. Teeth can become very painful when this kind of procedure is completed and can result in abscesses and root canals. Turkey teeth are shaved down much further than what needs to be done, teeth do not need to be that short to have veneers or crowns fitted.
There have been reports of thousands of young people who have had this procedure going to dentists in the UK in agony because the nerves of the teeth have been exposed many of these people also had severe infections as a result of poor cosmetic dental implants in Turkey.
While we understand that there is a selection of clinics in Turkey that are genuine and have a standard we must note that not all clinics in Turkey have the same standards, skills or qualifications necessary to perform cosmetic dentistry.
According to the Irish Dental Association, 300,000 people travelled abroad for dental work last year alone and approximately 75% of those who had travelled required corrective work back home.
If a crown is not fitted correctly to the tooth then this can open up a whole can of problems including plaque, sensitivity, gum disease as well as other problems.
In the UK dentists complete the least amount of tooth adjustment to get the most results for the patients - meaning that teeth are not shaved into points.
In the UK if you have a botched cosmetic dentistry procedure you are protected under UK law and are able to claim under medical negligence should something go wrong. But in Turkey, these laws do not apply, if you go to Turkey to get your new teeth and have problems down the line you will have to pay to have the problems fixes which could add up to thousands of pounds.
Pros vs cons:
Pros about having your teeth done in Turkey:
· The initial cost is cheaper than the UK
cons about having your teeth done in Turkey:
· Painful procedure
· Long-lasting pain
· Overly sensitive teeth meaning eating and drinking is difficult
· Infections resulting in root canals
· Discolouration if both sets of teeth are not completed
· No insurance or law to protect you against botched cosmetic dentistry
· There is a possibility that the dentist is not fully trained in cosmetic dentistry
· The cost to have teeth fixed in the UK following your Turkey Teeth can add up to thousands of pounds.
- · Turkey Teeth can be made of poor materials meaning breakages
Looking at the facts if you go to turkey to get your new teeth your natural teeth will be damaged due to the shaving down procedure. Your new teeth could not be fitted up to the gumline which can increase the risk of plaque and gum disease, alongside this because the enamel has been removed and the risk of root canals and sensitive teeth in the future.
If you are thinking about going to Turkey for new teeth do your research, ask the right questions – What kind of product do they make the teeth out of? How long have they been completing this procedure? What is their success rate? Do they have evidence of a governing body? What is their failure rate?
If you find a dentist you like the look of, do your research into that dentist, look for reviews have the company removed negative reviews? Look for any reviews posted by a UK dentist Trustpilot / Google / Facebook and above all don’t believe the hype of socialites on the internet and get some advice from a dentist so that you can make an informed decision.
If you are thinking about getting full arch dental implants instead of having crowns fitted in Turkey (or an equivalent country) we can help you, here is information about our services and pricing more information