What is Patient Choice International?
- Patient Choice International is an access point for information about the choice of healthcare providers, financial solutions and specialised insurance.
- We liaise between hospitals, physicians and patients, passing necessary information to enable fast, safe and effective treatment.
- We provide patients with personalised assistance before their travel and during their stay abroad.
- We can arrange for a specialised medical transport or coordinate a patient’s trip, if needed.
Who is the treatment abroad funded by?
- Treatment can be paid for privately,
- Reimbursed by the NHS,
- Sometimes covered by Private Medical Insurance
Why is it worth considering treatment abroad?
- It is an immediate alternative to waiting lists
- It is cost effective (often as low as 30% of domestic services)
- It can be reimbursed by the NHS
- Hospitals have been selected according to the highest quality and safety standards.
Who do patients sign a contractual agreement with?
Patients enter into a contractual agreement directly with hospitals.
Should patients contact their physicians prior to going for treatments abroad?
Yes, they should. To ensure patient’s safety, hospitals require that pre-surgery qualification questionnaires are filled in by the patient’s General Practitioners. Although some physicians may still be skeptical about the idea of undergoing a treatment abroad, many become more receptive once they get familiar with the actual hospital, the treating physician’s credentials and all the benefits.
Do physicians, nurses and hospital staff speak English?
Yes, they do. All hospital staff speak fluent English. Should other languages be needed, we provide translations and interpreting services.
DENTAL TREATMENTS QUESTIONS
Is it always necessary to remove the wisdom teeth?
Healthy, well erupted "wisdom teeth" - are just as important and necessary as the other teeth - they facilitate the process of grinding foods and allow for a better distribution of the mastication forces. However, it very often happens that third molars grow in an abnormal way:
• they fail to grow above the gum or bone line – these are commonly referred to as the retained third molars,
• they grow at the wrong angle in relation to the other teeth, resulting in the formation of pathological pockets, which can lead to inflammatory conditions or cause the other teeth to adopt incorrect positions, thus affecting the aesthetics of the teeth occlusion and their function,
• they may be accompanied by cysts, the removal of which often necessitates tooth extraction.
The indications for the removal of "wisdom teeth" are the following:
• no possibility of a complete eruption of the tooth, which is the cause of inflammation, the development of radicular cysts or neuralgia,
• pulp pathologies, since the correct root canal treatment of the affected teeth is often impossible,
• the third molar erupts outside of the dental arch,
• orthodontic indications.
Is having several X-rays taken during one consultation not going to adversely affect my health?
Sometimes during one visit we have to take two or three X-ray photographs.
This will not have any adverse effect on your health, since in Poland the permissible annual dose of X-ray is 1msV (milisievert). This dose has been determined for people unrelated to medicine. If we were to perform even dozens of weekly X-ray photos for a period of 52 weeks using high-end equipment, we would still not exceed the 1msV dose even after a year.
Is an X-ray necessary to properly conduct a root canal treatment of a tooth?
Before commencing a root canal treatment, we have to perform an X-ray to assess the root’s condition: its length and the number of channels.
For example, the maxillary first premolar has an average length of 21.5mm, but it may range between 17.0 – 26.0 mm. In 50.1% of cases, this molar has one channel, but in 41.7% of patients it has two channels and for 0.5% of the population – even as many as three channels.
We must also assess the condition of the periodontal tissues (the possibility of such changes as granulomas, cysts, etc.).
After completion of a root canal treatment, a follow-up X-ray needs to be taken to see, if the channel has been filled properly.
Do I need to cure or replace the missing teeth which are invisible when I smile?
The correct height of the teeth occlusion depends primarily on the condition of the lateral teeth. If they are missing (lateral deficiencies), worn or have extensive cavities, the jaw and the mandible are closer together which has a very negative impact for the patient.
Firstly, a greater burden falls on the remaining teeth, which are consequently overloaded and will be lost much faster than under normal conditions.
Deficiencies in lateral teeth have a huge impact on the aesthetics of the face! They may cause the buccal pouch (the cheek) to collapse or shorten the lower part of the face, making it look older, while also deepening the nasolabial wrinkles.
Why bother scaling?
Scaling is an ultrasonic method of removing dental plaque and the calculus building up on top of it. It helps maintain a healthy periodontium.
Calculus causes irritation and inflammation of the gums, which may effectively lead to the atrophy of alveolar bone and even to the loss of the teeth themselves.
How long will I have to wait for the implant to get fully integrated?
The implant takes 6 months to fully integrate with the bone of the jaw, or 3 months with the mandible.
Once implanted, will the implant last me a lifetime?
Everything depends on the conditions prevailing in the mouth, i.e. various load factors, such as the patient's diseases, eating habits and, above all, hygiene levels maintained by the patient within the entire period of carrying the implant.
How long does the implanting procedure take?
The average time needed for implantation with anesthesia is approx. 30 min.