Polish dentists

Dentistry in Poland (especially private care) enjoys some of the best hygienic and technical standards in Europe. Clinics are modernised, dentists well educated and prices affordable. Every clinic needs to comply with the stiff EU health and safety regulations which ensures that quality of the service in surgeries in Poland is at the top European level.  Costs are low because Poland is a low economy country which means that its currency is not as strong as British Pound, for example. This presents opportunities to foreign visitors who can obtain a quality dental treatment for a fraction of the cost in their home country. For example, white fillings in Polish surgeries costs about £60, dental crowns start from as little as £190 per tooth while an implant insertion from £540.  For more information about prices in clinics in Krakow visit our Dental Treatments in Poland page.

Polish dentists are highly regarded in Europe and around the world. At present, hundreds of Poles work in the UK under NHS mostly as General Dental Practitioners. Good reputation of Polish dentists can certainly be attributed to a relatively harsh education process. Getting a place at one of the medical universities in Poland is rather difficult. Applicants are required to pass a number of tests before they are admitted. Only about one in 50 applicants gets in. A dentistry course at a medical university lasts 5 years. Once the course is completed, graduates begin 12 month work experience which is the next step to become a qualified dentist. An apprentice is fully supervised by experienced dentist practitioner. Graduates are not allowed to perform treatments without supervision. Towards the end of the apprenticeships, graduates need to successfully complete an important exam called LDEP. Only after the exam is passed, graduates become a fully qualified dentists. The title is awarded by Polish Ministry of Health. Polish dentists do speak English or one other foreign language. At their course at the university, they mandatory study one foreign language (most often it is English) with the option of studying one other language as an extra. On the 5th year of the course, dentists-to-be need to pass the language course examination. Without it, they cannot continue their studies.

Graduates who have successfully completed a course at University and an obligatory apprenticeship are awarded the title of general dentist. A general dentist is the first point of call for  maintenance and prevention of oral diseases. Some chose to obtain further qualifications that will enhance their  skills in other areas of dentistry. Dentists can  further undertake a specialist training to become experts in the following areas: 

Periodontics - prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases, and the surgical placement and maintenance of dental implants

Prosthodontics - Diagnose, design, construct and fit replacement teeth, such as implants, bridgework and dentures

Oral Surgery - Treat injuries and defects of the mouth and jaw

Endodontic - Deal with the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth

Orthodontist - treat improper bites which may be a result of tooth irregularity or disproportionate jaw

Paediatric dentistry - dental care for infants and children

Sophie, Devon

I just returned from my last treatment in Poland and, have to say, my new set of teeth looks great. I had 3 bridges fitted; one of them supported on 2 implants