I am the type of patient who only goes to the dentist when something goes wrong, when things are really bad. My teeth had become discoloured, my gums infected, and I felt something was wrong with my old bridge. As the conditions in my mouth deteriorated, my mood went sour, my appetite decreased, and in such a state my self-confidence diminished, so my social life was in ruins. This all made it apparent that it was time to seek dental help.
An examination revealed that the bridge on my upper front teeth could break at any time: that day, the next week or next month. Also, the dentist said that the teeth under the bridge, and the gum around them, were in terrible condition.
A couple of years earlier all my upper teeth had been removed on both sides, so I couldn’t fathom losing my front ones and having no teeth at all on the upper arch. So, I decided to do something, to overcome my fears and start a journey toward a healthy smile.
At home, I got a treatment plan and price offer from an Icelandic dentist, but I wanted to weigh my options before I decided, so I investigated further.
After asking around, reading a lot of reviews on the Internet, and reviewing various dental clinics’ websites, I contacted two Polish dental clinics and two Hungarian ones. One of them was Madenta whose website was very compelling, plus they had the unique feature of working with native-speaker contact persons, such as Gunnar.
Then, I sent out my “ear-to-ear” X-Ray via email and within a few days I had received four offers. It was shocking to see the difference in approach. First of all, the prices of the East European dental clinics were significantly lower than the Icelandic dentists’. But there were also other differences. The two Polish clinics and the other Hungarian one sent back only cost estimates; not real suggestions, only numbers.
But when I had a look at Madenta’s offer, it was apparent that the clinic takes its business seriously. Their treatment plan was beautifully detailed. It showed the status quo of my mouth and how it would improve via the treatment.
They offered an implantation method called “All-on-4”. According to the plan, all my remaining upper teeth were to be extracted and replaced by four implants that can hold a full bridge.
When the treatment plan came back, Gunnar presented it to me. I requested that he make some time to be able to answer my questions, but his explanation was so detailed that I had no further questions… 😊
He explained the great advantages of the state-of-the-art All-on-4 implant technology: specially designed implants are inserted at a special angle so they can be used immediately, which means that the patient can receive a temporary, fixed bridge as early as the day after tooth extraction and implant insertion! It is a much more advanced technique than the one that was offered by the Icelandic clinic, yet the grand total for treatment was significantly lower than the cost of treatment in Iceland. Due to their poorly detailed plans, the other three clinics lost my interest. So the choice was obvious – Madenta and the All-on-4 concept!
With the help of Gunnar, flights, accommodation and appointments were arranged, and on a beautiful April day, along with my wife who joined me to give me support, I landed in Budapest. This time I stayed for a week.
Being familiar only with Icelandic healthcare, I only expected to meet my dentist on the first day for a consultation, and probably an X-ray, then having my teeth extracted on the second day and getting the implants on the third. But this is not how it happened. I arrived at Madenta, anxious and scared, and met Dr György Péter, one of their surgeons.
From the moment I entered the clinic’s beautiful setting, my heartbeat started slowing, and after a few minutes with Dr Péter, I felt fairly relaxed.
And I stayed like that even when I learnt that everything would happen right there and then: my teeth would be extracted, and implants inserted – a very different method than how they do it in Iceland! I did not even have time to think about it, and in retrospect it was the best way to do it.
The surgery went well, and the most uncomfortable part of the procedure was the anaesthesia shots. Everything was explained, down to the smallest detail. Dr Péter talked me through the whole process, so nothing came unexpectedly. During the operation Icelandic folk music was playing in the OR to relieve my stress. This was a kind gesture.
After removing my front teeth, Dr Péter immediately installed four implant screws and a plastic temporary crown (called “chairside crown”) was inserted, so I did not go toothless even for a single day.
When I got back to the hotel, I slept 4 hours. In the evening I had soup for dinner and a nice chat with my wife, so it was like the end of a “normal day”. I wasn’t in pain at all. I think this was due to the special care taken while they worked on my mouth.
The next morning I was in Dr Árpád Nagy’s chair. He took a dental impression of my mouth with an intra-oral scanner. By the next day, based on the scan impression, my temporary bridge had been fashioned in the dental laboratory.
The moment it was inserted into my mouth is unforgettable. I felt that something important was happening: the quality of my life went up a few notches in just seconds.
And not just that: that was the moment when I decided to have it ALL – I mean, not just the rehabilitation of my upper teeth, but also the rehab of my lower ones. Never before had I considered the prospect of a fully restored smile. It was such a sudden thought, an aching desire, that I can’t even recall how it came to me.
I asked Dr Nagy about it, and within a few minutes he had prepared a new, expanded offer that also took my lower teeth into consideration. I was blown away by the fact that a full oral restoration would still cost less than fixing my upper front teeth back home. So, I told him:
“Doctor, lets schedule my next visit to get my lower teeth done!”
I was counting the days and weeks, but in the meantime enjoying my new life to the fullest. Although it was a temporary one, the fixed replacement provided a completely satisfactory solution for the healing period, both functionally and aesthetically. My first few days were about experiencing a new, long-forgotten way of eating, talking, smiling, and getting used to having more teeth.
Yes, that’s right: over the years I had forgotten the feeling of having that many teeth in my mouth. But now I could eat, talk and smile with confidence, so joy and happiness had made a comeback into my life, and my self-confidence began to soar. Being in a better mood has affected my family and social life big time – they are so happy to see me smiling, happy and enthusiastic. I got so many compliments when the change first happened.
Four months later we jumped on a plane and landed in beautiful Budapest again. I arrived with a big smile and absolutely no fear. This time we stayed in Budapest for 2 weeks. It was a mixture of pleasure and medical tourism.
As for the treatment part, I got my superb permanent zirconium bridge from Dr Nagy. It is metal-free, super comfortable, strong and astonishingly natural-looking. I loved it from the first moment. As for the lower part, my teeth were prepared (filed down) for the zirconium crowns. And they really look like the “crowns” of my teeth as they are stunning.
I took some selfies and sent them to friends. Wow, the reactions were overwhelming – they could not believe their eyes! My wife still can’t get enough of my new smile, and she keeps asking me to flash it.
As we stayed for a longer time and had many fewer appointments, we got to explore Budapest. Oh, what a place! It’s full of history, has a beautiful landscape, fantastic people, great pubs and restaurants, and fantastic shopping.
On a day-trip we visited three small-but-historically-important and beautiful towns called Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre, and in the evening we took a boat back to Budapest. It was really an amazing experience – one of the best ever! The sight of the Danube bridges, the joggers and dog walkers on Margaret Island, Gellért hill with its Liberty Statue, the illuminated Castle and the Parliament… it’s a journey I will never forget.
And I will never ever forget my Madenta experience. It has completely changed my attitude about dentists and oral health care, transformed my smile, and brought joy and happiness back to my life – altogether transforming my life, completely!
József had always had problems with his teeth, and many were unhealthy as early as when they first appeared. By the age of 48, things got serious: his gums and jaw bones were so severely atrophied that on his lowers the front teeth were loose, had started moving, and thus had lost their function and became unsuitable for biting; they had to be removed, and they were replaced by a dental bridge. The process didn’t stop there, and soon his upper gum had also degenerated.
That’s when he got in contact with Madenta. After a check-up, the head of Madenta, Dr. György Péter, outlined the possible solutions for József. He could either wait for his teeth to slowly fall out one by one, which would also mean he would also have to deal with a more widespread tooth loss, because the remaining loose, wobbly teeth can’t be replaced by a prosthesis.
Or he could buy into the programme, meaning that all of his upper teeth would be extracted and replaced by implants.
“I did not want to live with missing teeth, because it would have made my everyday life impossible, so only the second option was acceptable. Time was a very important factor for me: I wanted to get back to work as soon as possible, whereas I have to talk with people every day, so my well-groomed appearance is essential.”
Dr. Péter recommended the All-on-4 procedure to József. The technology allows for the patient to receive a temporary, fixed bridge as early as the day after tooth extraction and implant insertion, as these specially designed implants which are inserted at a special angle can be used immediately.
With All-on-4 healing is also quick, and the final bridge is installed in 3-4 months. “I looked into the procedure thoroughly. Everyone who has undergone this procedure is grateful for the day it began.”
József woke up on the day of surgery without any anxiety. Thanks to the detailed information he had received, he knew what was going to happen as well as that he would be in competent hands at Madenta. The procedure went completely smoothly.
„Even though all my upper teeth were extracted, honestly, the most uncomfortable thing were the anesthetic shots!”
the extractions, Dr. Péter inserted the four implant screws immediately and the next day those
were fitted with a custom fixed, temporary
denture. „Sometimes it still all seems unbelievable, when I think back to the fact that my life changed in
barely 24 hours.”
The 4 months following the operation went by without any problems: the fixed temporary replacement provided a completely satisfactory solution to avoid having any missing teeth.
The final phase took place just 4 months after the surgery. Dr. Péter György made sure that the implants were functioning properly and then József’s case was passed on to Dr. Erika Láda, who executes prosthetic work. The impression needed to make the final denture was not taken in the standard way, but with the help of an intraoral scanner.
The final denture was completed in a few days and did not require an adjustment, but was perfectly fitted to József’s mouth, thanks to the professionalism of the dentist and dental technician as well as the use of the intraoral scanner. “When the doctor first put the denture in my mouth, it was as if that had always been there.”
“It gave me a natural look and feel and nothing I did felt unusual or needed adjusting. Of course, it is also important that it is beautiful, strong and durable, owing to the zirconium material used, but what I was most impressed with was that it felt like my own right away. What Madenta gave me my was my real smile!”
And how does József sum up the treatment at Madenta?
„Getting the All-on-4 treatment with Madenta was the best decision of my life. When I committed myself to it, I bore only hope, but now I know that by starting the process, I decided to start a new, free and happy life.”