I’m in Krakow, Poland right now. Been here for over three weeks. I’m here to have some dental work done. Not so weird because my son lives in Germany working for DOD and years ago I thought about going to S. Africa for dental work when the rand was 12/1. I ended up going to Canada then (I live in Me just across the border) but it still cost $23,000. So, I recently lost two crowns I had put on just two years ago and they cost me over $2000 in California (my mom lives there). I now needed more extensive work as well, about 8 crowns in addition to 3 implants. So, I thought about Poland or Hungary, since Germany shares a border and I could drive here.
That said I’m feeling like I want to help out the doctor I ended up with, so here is the story:
I started out with Indexmedica in Krakow. They wanted about 13,000 USD for four inplants and 8 crowns (a pretty good deal) . All was okay until the day for the implants to be placed arrived. The doctor, without going into too much detail, scared me to death with his aprehension and warnings. I do have some problems with vertigo and he was a little unhappy I couldn’t lie flat; also I have allergies, so I have to be able to swallow periodically. They had me restrained, my face covered with a drape, with just a small hole, and when he injected the novocaine it anesthesized my throat and I felt like I couldn’t swallow, plus he got a lot of it into my mouth and I wasn’t allowed to spit because he said I couldn’t move. You have to understand that his is a medical travel business. The “front” man, an endodontist, does all the screening and is kind of like a used car salesman. Nice, but he minimizes every worry. I told him my 8 lower implants had been done with conscious sedation because I have allergies and a swallowing problem plus I cannot stand my throat to be anesthesized. In addition, the implant doctor didn’t want to place the implants immediately after extracting two teeth, but was talked into it, so of course I felt great about that. Remember, they deal mostly with people from the UK who are on limited schedules. Well, it was horrible. So they ended it when I told them I felt like there was a lump in my palate and I couldn’t feel my throat and I just couldn’t go on. In the end they charged me $700.00 for almost nothing (e.g. removing two crowns and putting on temporaries). Plus they charged me for removing an almost new crown that cost me $1000 in the U.S. so they could put a temporary bridge on it, which turned out not to be necessary.
I called DentalPoland and they directed me to another dentist. Not only is he a very experienced implantologist, associated with the university in Krakow, but he is a nice, understanding person who was willing to do anything to make me feel comfortable. When I first saw him I was determined to have conscious sedation, but yesterday he was able to do an extraction and put in an implant and I was fine. And Weds. I will have one extraction and and two implants. I come back in two months for the implant crowns and the 8 other regular crowns. Not only that, the price for all the work is about $5,000 less than Indexmedica and I don’t have to wait six months, as they told me, before I come back. My only complaint is that Dental Poland agreed to pay for my accomodation, 25 euro a day, once I saw the dr., and then dropped me like a hot potato once I agreed to have work with the new doctor. They get a percentage of course for referring me. Indexmedica paid for my accomodation, but rescinded that once I left them, which is fair of course. But, DentalPoland is now not answering my emails so I can’t really said I would ever recommend them, only because they agreed to pay for the accomodation and said they would call asap and now I’m a stranger to them. So, I don’t think I would trust them, if I were out of the country, to arrange for my trip here and to find an accomodation. They don’t seem reliable.
So, I’m mainly posting to recommend Dr. Majewski, Milkowskiego 3, Collesium Building, 7th floor in Kradow. 48012-263-65-23. If you want a good dentist I would just call him directly. He is willing to work with you time-wise but will tell you exactly what he recommends in that regard. Don’t mention DentalPoland because otherwise they might try to claim a percentage for doing nothing. In my case, since they sent me to him I supposed they are entitled to that. You can tell I’m mad because they never called me back after being all gung-hoe to refer me.
They apparently don’t have a lot of American patients here. But, I was thinking, the trip to London Stansted is fairly cheap, and from there you can fly RyanAir, a discount airline that goes here to Krakow twice a week. I don’t know why I’m trying to drum up business for him; his appointment book is full for weeks, but that was another thing, he was willing to stay late to see me. I guess I just like him and life here, despite their advancements, is still well beneath western standards.
Poland is supposed to start the three-year transition to the euro probably beginning in June so I don’t know how this will affect the Zloty. Right now it’s 3.4 to one dollar. What a deal! about $8,000 for three implants and eight crowns (with surgical extractions and one post and crown.) I LOVE a bargain. I can’t walk too well. I have two hip implants, but if you can, Krakow is a wonderful city to walk around and has an historical town center.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions