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Birmingham Dentist in £1.4m Fraud against NHS

Pic: Joyce Trail photo courtesy of BBC

British Dentist Convicted of £1.4m Fraud against the NHS

Birmingham dentist Joyce Trail has been convicted of defrauding the NHS out of £1.4m to fund a lavish lifestyle.

Dr Joyce trail was part of a fraud whereby claims were made against the deceased as well as triple claiming against the elderly involving 7000 claims backed up by false paperwork. She also used patient details unwittingly provided by care homes and made claims even though she had not met many of these patients.

Dr Joyce Trail enjoyed a lavish lifestyle buying Jimmy Choo shoes at over £400 a pair and taking expensive Carribean holidays.

Speaking after the verdict, Victoria Jones, a representative for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said Dr Trail’s victims were not only vulnerable patients, but also ordinary everyday taxpayers.

Dr Trail faces a substantial prison sentence when convicted later this month.

For the full story please go to the BBC website

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A smelly kiss? No, thanks!

It seems like we celebrated the New Year only a few weeks ago and Valentine’s Day is already fast approaching!

Never mind! I’m always happy to spend it with my husband, cooking nice meals for each other and cuddling up on the sofa. Yes, this might sound boring to you, but we have been together for over seven years now and after the first few years’ of trying hard to impress period, we appreciate the peace and quiet a lot more.

I was just reading though the Valentine’s Day articles and found this one containing a shocking survey (http://www.dentistry.co.uk/news/4842-Donqapost-let-bad-breath-be-the-kiss-of-death) one in every five people are afraid of smiling just because of the state of their teeth…. Can you imagine a man or a woman trying to go out with you, giving a nice big smile with bad teeth? What would you say?

In the other hand, he probably just can not afford spending thousands of pounds on his smile… The solution can be a romantic break to Hungary, Budapest. There are many dental destinations for those patients, who are looking for affordable dental treatments abroad. But Budapest is considered the Paris of Eastern Europe and home to world-class affordable dentists, as well.

Many surgeries will offer free consultations, some even complimentary scale and polish and offers discounts or special rates on good quality hotel accommodation. So, don’t ditch a potentially great relationship just based on a bad smile or bad breath. Unattractive it is, you should see the person behind it and research for the best solution, in this case maybe a dentist in Hungary.

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New Year’s Resolution: a beautiful smile in 2012 on the budget?

Many dental patients are looking to make that big step and invest into a brand new smile, part of a New Years Eve resolution.

The pressure is on. Every day there is some sort of news about celebrity dental makeovers, new types of dental veneers or miraculous dental implants.

Everybody wants to look good and according to several surveys a brilliant smile in on the top 5 when it comes to what men find attractive in women.

A nice smile can make a huge difference, make us look younger, give confidence back, increase our chances of getting a job. All in all, we are not really paying for our dental treatments; we are paying for the emotional feedback once we achieved the desired effect.

Dental patients considering aesthetic makeovers will often find dental veneers, crowns, teeth whitening systems and their combinations will be mostly on their treatment plan.


Those patients, looking for a functional fix will be most likely offered dental implants, dental crowns and bridges or in some cases denture stabilisation.

When it comes to New Years Eve’s resolutions, people tend to make a life-changing promise to themselves, some wishes to lose weight, pay off debts, get married, some long for the perfect smile. Travelling to Hungary for dental treatments can be a good alternative to paying the high prices private surgeries charge in England. Most clinics offer 0% deals, accept credit cards or offer alternative payment options.
You can find fairly big clinics in Hungary with all the latest equipments or small, more personal dental studios with only one or two dentists. The quality of dental work will not depend on the size of the surgery. Communication is also very important. Most dentists in Hungary speak perfect English and also many surgeries employ English speaking staff and customer relationship managers.
Dental treatment prices in Hungary can vary. Generally, it depends on the level of the dentist, as Senior dentists, with more experience charge more, but by using them you may reduce the risk of needing complex aftercare. Newly established dental surgeries also offer introductory prices and some offers promotional deals, especially if you are willing to recommend their work or participate in marketing research. The right dental technician can also charge a bit more, but it is really worth paying the extra, as you will be wearing their art work for a long time…
So, check out your options to get the best value for money and enjoy all the benefits Hungary can offer.

Happy New Year, happy new smiles!


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Dental Holiday in Hungary around Christmas time


When patients are considering travelling abroad for dental treatment, usually there are several thoughts going through their minds. “Will the dentist speak English?”, “Will it hurt?”, “Will anybody waiting for me at the airport on arrival?”, “What happens if I don’t get on with the dentist?”, “How if I will have to pay more than I thought?”… etc.
Very rarely will dental patients think about which season to chose, when travelling for dental treatment.
Starting Advent in Hungary is such an event! Visitors can wonder around the Christmas markets, tasting the mulled wine and all the special Christmas goodies.
My favourite dental destination for this time of the year is Gyor. This is a small town in the North-West region of Hungary. The center is very historic and the Winter Festival is great. Also, the train station is in the town center, just hop on a train and I can be in Vienna in no time. Well, in about an hour.
Vienna has a very special atmosphere and a world-wide known Christmas Market! Staying overnight and freely admiring the Spirit of Christmas will warm the heart of any Scrooge out there.

Bratislava, the Slovakian capital is also a short train ride away. Within an hour, tourists can admire the magical Castle quoter and the Christmas Fair.

And the third capital city dental tourists can easily visit is Budapest, of course. The Hungarian capital has been nicknamed the Paris of the East and at Christmas time, the city is even more romantic and special.
So, I can only recommend choosing Advent as the season to ravel to a Hungarian dentist. Finding flight tickets can be tricky as prices can go up nearer to Christmas, so planning is the key to keep costs down. Advent starts on the 27th of November this year, so will the Christmas markets.
Travelling by train within Hungary is generally cheap and upgrading to first class is not much more expensive.

The snow can be an issue, so worth checking if roads are clear before planning out the day. Some dental surgeries in Hungary do close just before Christmas and generally don’t open till about mid January. Before committing dental patients are advised to make sure, the surgery is open and can carry out the required treatment within the given time-frame.

In any case one of the best ways to relax is visiting a spa. These are normally hot water spring based public baths with outdoor bathing facilities, where dental patients can enjoy the nice, hot thermal water whilst being outside in the cold, ideally with snowflakes melting over their heads… Enjoy!

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Teeth Whitening…..What to expect!

Dentists in both Hungary and England agree that patient expectations for teeth whitening procedures are often unrealistic which can cause disappointment for the patient. Dentists are generally keen to avoid patient dissatisfaction when it comes to teeth whitening procedures and likewise patients don’t want to waste money on procedures that don’t have the desired effect.
Teeth Whitening procedures are often provided in Budapest for overseas dental patients but it is not a procedure whereby the British, Irish or American dental patient will have flown in especially for it. For those patients who require teeth whitening as a standalone procedure it is generally more cost effective to have it done with your local dentist at home. Teeth Whitening often compliments other treatments for the dental tourist rather than it being a standalone procedure. An example would be when a patient is having Bridgework on their upper jaw and they require teeth whitening on the lower jaw so that the upper and lower teeth blend in with each other.

Hungary has a reputation for providing high quality dental care at much lower prices than you would expect in your home country but teeth whitening is one of those procedures whereby the price is approximately the same both in Hungary and in your home country. The main reason is that the bulk of the cost is in the material with little labour involved.
Dental patients are often seduced by teeth whitening advertisements whereby the model has the perfect smile. This often leads to the patient having a greater expectation in the product which can lead to disappointment and perhaps even complaint.

Crooked Teeth
It may sound obvious but teeth whitening procedures do not fix crooked teeth. If you have crooked teeth then your teeth will still be crooked after the teeth whitening procedure. They will just be whiter crooked teeth. Advertising is very powerful and often patients will think that they will get the perfect smile just like the model in the teeth whitening advertisement.

Tetracycline Staining
Once again, teeth whitening procedures has its limitations when it comes to tetracycline staining. Teeth whitening may help but often it will not give you that perfect smile like the model in the advert or brochure.

A1 White Smile
Just because the model in the teeth whitening brochure has that perfect white smile it does not mean that the same can be achieved for your teeth. With claims that laser teeth whitening can take your back up to 10 shades whiter it is hard to ignore but in reality the dentist should only try to do what is realistic. In many cases teeth whitening is used to take your teeth back just a few shades as safety is important and the health of your tooth should not be compromised.

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Which Crown Material is Best?




There are many different materials used when dental crowns are manufactured by a dental technician. Although not always the case the material often used during dental restorations is porcelain.

Porcelain mimics a natural tooth very well but it would be too brittle if it was not fused to a structure causing breakage.

This structure which is encased by the crown itself provides the crown with strength but various materials used to build the structure have definite advantages over the others.


Porcelain Fused to Metal

This is the most common material used throughout the world because it provides strength to the porcelain at the cheapest price. This is not to say that the crown is a bad choice. Your dentist will still use quality porcelain and your dentist and technician should be able to get the size, shade and shape right for you.

The disadvantage is that the colour of the metal can shine through the porcelain and give a slight grey effect to the crown. This material is metal so people with sensitivities or allergies to metal should avoid.

Porcelain Fused to Titanium

The porcelain is fused to titanium in this case rather than metal. The titanium can be shaped slightly better than the metal version and is lighter.

The disadvantage is that the cost is slightly higher than the standard crown and the grey colour of the metal can shine through the porcelain giving a grey appearance to the crown.

This metal is less popular with Hungarian dentists but it used to be popular with dentists who placed implants as the implant and the crown structure is made of titanium.

Porcelain Fused to Gold

This used to be a popular choice as the gold was very malleable but titanium became more popular as it had all the advantages of gold and none of the disadvantages.

Gold commands a high price tag and a yellowish colour can shine through the porcelain giving a yellow look to the crown. This material is rarely used by dentists in Budapest or elsewhere in Hungary.

Porcelain Fused to Zirconium

The disadvantage is price and manufacturing times are slightly longer. Zirconium is normally used just for the front teeth with standard crowns being placed in the back of the mouth if needed.This is a new material on the market compared to the others but taking the world of dental aesthetics by storm. High quality porcelain is fused to a structure made from Zirconium. This is one of the strongest man made materials on the market and is white in colour. Unlike metals the white of the zirconium material shines through the porcelain making the tooth look even more natural. The clear advantage over any of the metals is excellent aesthetics without losing strength. This is ideal for both cosmetic dentistry and patients who have sensitivity to metals.


When patients travel to Hungary there are only really two materials to choose from:

–          Porcelain fused to metal

–          Porcelain fused to Zirconium

The other materials have fallen by the wayside.

Standard crowns cost around £170 to £220 in Hungary compared to £800 to £1000 on a like for like basis in the UK. Zirconium crowns start at £280 to £360 in Hungary compared to around £1,200 upwards in the UK on a like for like basis.

The material is important but not any more important than getting the crown the correct size, shape and colour.

The argument is whether it is worth it to pay more for the zirconium to get a slightly better result. For some people it is worth it whilst not worth it for others.

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