How to choose a good dental clinic
When living abroad, a common difficulty is finding trusted health services, especially if they are not covered by social security. This factor acquires important connotations for the British, now that the future on the Brexit leaves them in a situation of uncertainty in Spain.
As with any clinic, in the case of dental, what should be done first is to locate one near the place of residence; with collegiate specialists and ISO certification, guarantee of compliance with standards and quality. Tenerife has the advantage of being an area where distances are short, so it will be convenient to check the schedules to check that they can, for example, attend in the afternoon if it is more practical.
After this first screening, it is worthwhile to investigate which are “low cost” clinics and which “all life” clinics. In general, to differentiate them, it is enough to check the invasive advertising and the offer of products at ridiculous prices in comparison with the rest of the clinics. A “low cost” clinic will offer, for example, a dental implant for less than €300. This type of misleading advertising specifies in the fine print that said price is only for part of the process, in general the implant, without taking into account the operation or the prosthesis.
Important: the clinic team speaks English. If you don’t have enough Spanish to explain an illness or a health problem, it is best to go to centres that have a polyglot team. Certain clinics in Tenerife bet hard on health tourism, and therefore invest in personnel who speak several languages.
Amaya Sáez, manager of Artedental – a clinic located in Puerto de la Cruz, one of the most important tourist centers on the island – explains that “her staff speaks perfect German and English. It is essential to know the problem in the patient’s language, that is expressed with complete fluency so as not to forget the details, which can be decisive. “
Latest technology and constant education. It is worth checking the devices of the clinic and that they are not obsolete. Dentistry has evolved by leaps and bounds in recent decades, and approaches to 3D surgery or digital radiology should be of common use in modern clinics. Likewise, having a team in constant training is a plus that should not be overlooked.
In Artedental for example, “our endodontist is a university professor and our clinical director publishes in prestigious research journals and has taught and completed courses and master’s degrees in recent years related to dental im-plantology or bone regene-ration, two leading areas in dentistry modernm” says Amaya Sáez.
A communicative and committed staff. An un-equivocal sign that we are in front of a lifelong clinic. The “low cost” franchises or clinics often vary their team, while a settled clinic is likely to have a staff that you trust. “A team that accompanies you for more than a decade is a symptom that things work for the patient and the clinic,” says Artedental’s manager.
Cleanliness and moder-nity in the facilities. This indicates concern for the patient’s health. In Artedental they have sought to reduce the stress generated by any clinic with an environment that favours tranquility: jazz or classical music, views of the Orotava Valley in the cabinets, dim light or apple aroma are some of the senses that will be stimulated in the clinic.
It is important to review the treatments that a clinic offers. It is very common the existence of clinics that only dedicate themselves to orthodontics or dental implantology. Artedental, whose speciality is precisely implantology, also has specialists in conservative dentistry or orthodontics; and even in the combination of disciplines to improve the practice such as facial physiotherapy.
Check what instruments and material they use. In the case of dental implants, there are many implant houses of different categories. It is necessary to analyse the brand of the implant and the place of origin of the piece that is offered; as well as the materials with which they will manufacture the prosthesis. The increase in the quality of the materials will directly affect the price, but also in the longevity, hardness and functionality.
“European houses such as Ziacom, Alphabio, Ticare or Straumann are a guarantee of quality,” recommends and concludes Artedental’s manager.