Dental Tourism Europe: Why You Should Consider Malta

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Dental tourism, just like medical tourism, is when a patient travels out of their homeland to another country in search of alternative or better dental treatment. The majority of the people seeking dental treatment outside their home country are looking to save money or enjoy a better dental treatment. As the world becomes more interdependent and competitive, so does dental tourism flourish globally.

The following article will explain why more people are increasingly going abroad to avail of complex dental treatments and why Malta should be on your shortlist of destinations to choose from.

Why Dental Tourism In Europe Is Now An Option

As the cost of dental treatments soars in the US, UK and other parts of Europe, some people are now opting for their private dentistry work be done abroad where procedures like tooth whitening, implants, veneers or fillings are between 50 to 70% cheaper.

This has led to people heading to Malta and other parts of the world in search of affordable dental care. Among the other reasons why dental treatment in Europe is an option include:

Highly Trained Dental Practitioners

The dental staff overseas tends to be more attentive, personable and caring, mainly because their businesses greatly rely on attracting foreign clients through referrals from satisfied patients.


In most cases, there are no long queues or waiting lines for treatment and clinical appointments. This can undoubtedly work around your schedule and not the other way round.

Transparent Pricing

Most dental tourism practices provide the prices of their medications and dental procedures up front.

Related: Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centres (Malta & Gozo) Indicative Pricing List 2017

Memorable Experience

It offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy a short vacation away from home alongside your dental treatment in an interesting foreign country.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

Dental tourism has minimal drawbacks, with the primary concern being malpractice, which of course can also happen in your own country. By performing thorough research, checking references and reviews and availing of e-consultations before committing to a single facility, you are safeguarding yourself from any adverse experience.

Another drawback to consider is aftercare treatment. One or two dental tourism trips can make financial sense for your dental treatment. However, if you are required to make multiple trips, the costs may increase rapidly.

Where Are The Most Common Dental Tourism Destinations In The World?


Mexico is the number one dental tourism destination for most Americans and Canadians. Seeking dental treatment in Mexico is as easy as travelling from state to state except the need for you to bring your passport. Americans or Canadians can also drive to Mexico for dental care to avail of discount prices.


Thailand boasts of some of the world’s largest and most modern dental hospitals. It is the top dental tourism destination for Australians and New Zealanders. The fact that the internationally trained dental experts work in a tropical island paradise of sorts is one of the reasons why it receives tens of thousands of dental tourists each year.


Malta is a top dental tourism destination for many Europeans, including French, Germans, Irish, Swiss, UK and  Italians. Although it might be a little far for countries in Asia and North America, you can easily see why it is shortlisted as a must visit dental tourism location when you take into account the touristic beauty and affordability.

Dental Tourism Europe: Malta

City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980


Hungary also offers discounted dental treatments compared to their Western European counterparts but lacks the year-round Mediterranean climate which Malta provides.

Why Is Malta Becoming Increasingly Popular For Europeans?

Not only has the World Health Organization ranked Maltese healthcare system at number 5 in the world, but there are various other reasons why Malta ranks so high in the dental tourism sector. These include:

  • High-quality dental work: The Island boasts of highly trained and qualified specialists who have trained in some of the most highly respected UK & Mainland European Dental Colleges (Royal College of Surgeons of England and Universita Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan, Italy, to name but a few).
  • Affordable dental treatment: Malta has a small population, full employment and a low cost of living, resulting in affordable dental care. Maltese dental treatment is of very high quality and costs a fraction of what other nearby countries charge.
  • State of the art technology: The dental staff in Malta are highly qualified professionals who use cutting edge technology to offer long-term benefits and guarantees that meet international standards. Their clinics have high-end technological equipment including the use of laser dental treatment, which reduces discomfort and quickens recovery time.
  • Malta is a renowned holiday destination worldwide: It boasts of some of the best medical facilities, as well as a moderate climate that makes it a great destination for patients. It experiences 300 days of sunshine with mild temperatures even in the winter.
  • Maltese people are by nature bilingual: Maltese speak English just as well as Maltese, which is their native tongue. The majority of Maltese people also speak fluent Italian due to its proximity to Italy.
  • Malta International Airport voted second best airport in Europe: It boasts of excellent international connections. It has scheduled services and charter flights that are strategically situated from European regional cities. It also has a modern design that has no long queues, making it even more convenient. The airport is in close proximity to dental facilities, less than 5 minutes away to be precise from Savina Dental Clinics main Maltese dental practice.
  • Daily low cost airlines: Availability of low budget airlines like EasyJet and Ryanair make it easy for patients to seek dental treatment in Malta. These flights fly daily to and from Malta. Malta’s very own Air Malta also flies daily between all major European cities.
  • Malta is a top tourist destination: Malta is a wonderful place to live in with the multiple magical locations, and a myriad of activities to engage in. These include strolling around Mdina at night, sailing in and out of the Grand Harbour, dining on the moonlit Victoria’s Citadel among others. Its vast colonial history also makes it a popular European holiday destination.
  • Leading the way with Dental Implantology Techniques: Maltese Dentists, such as Dr Joseph Xuereb, Principal Dental & Implant Surgeon at Savina Clinics – Dental & Implantology Centres (Malta and Gozo) are experts in Dental Implantology along with other complex dental treatments.
Dr Joseph Xuereb

The Principal of Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centres (Malta & Gozo), Dr Joseph Xuereb BChD (Hons), MFGDP(UK), MGDS RCS(Eng), FFGDP RCS(UK), FICD.


Have You Tried Our Free e-Consultation Service?

Are you are thinking about having dental treatment abroad? If so, please visit our “Overseas Patients” section for full details of the steps to take to begin treatment at Savina Dental Clinics.

We pride ourselves in meticulous patient aftercare, which is as highly sought-after as our state-of-the-art dentistry and our cutting-edge practices.

Entrusting your dental care to Savina in Malta can help you reduce the cost of your dental treatment as well as offer you the chance to enjoy a short break in the Mediterranean in a climate conducive to overall health and well being. See what some of our overseas clients say about us.

If you have a dental related issue or have questions about any of the dental tourism treatments we offer, you can also contact us using our free e-Consultation service. One of our highly-qualified team will respond to your query as soon as possible. Our e-Consultation service is live 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday.

If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation at Savina Dental, please book your appointment using this form.

Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centres are friendly, state-of-the-art practices in Malta and Gozo dedicated to comprehensive quality dental care. Savina Dental is an innovative dental practice in Malta and prides itself on the high-quality customer service, low waiting room times, attention to detail and the advanced dental technology at their disposal.

Dr Joseph Xuereb
Dental & Implant Surgeon. Principal
Savina Dental Clinics

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Joseph Xuereb
Joseph Xuereb
Principal Dental Surgeon & Owner of Savina Dental Clinics, Dr Joseph Xuereb BChD (Hons), MFGDP(UK), MGDS RCS(Eng), FFGDP RCS(UK), FICD is a general dental practitioner with a special interest in Implant and Restorative Dentistry. Dr Joseph & the teams' full biographical information can be found here.
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