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Your UK Dental Clinic Abroad

We all look forward to meeting you personally and sending you home with a smile!
We all look forward to meeting you personally and sending you home with a smile!

Every vision has its story.

Ours began in 2003 when Dr Marek Salka opened up our first clinic in Piestany Spa.

In 2006, Dr Marek met Daniel Shaw and they became the best of friends, joined by a mutual love of music and commitment to treating patients with the choice, transparency, care and extra service they deserve.

Confidence built on a strong track record

In 2007, the dentalholiday.co.uk website was launched, and later in 2010 the “Smile Clinic” brand, bringing us now over 10 years experience in providing a “Dental Holiday” experience for UK patients.

The success of our brand has been achieved through providing comprehensive dental care that addresses both your short- and long-term dental care needs, and providing an honest, judgment-free environment where it all comes down to affordable, accessible and better dental treatment abroad for the UK population.

We now run clinics is 2 locations – Bratislava city centre & Piešťany Spa, both close to Vienna & Bratislava airports, easily accessible direct from many UK airports such as London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds Bradford and Edinburgh.

The Dental Holiday team consists of almost 40 multi-lingual specialists including an onsite dental lab.

You don’t just have to take our word for it:

During those 10+ years we have changed more than 5200+ UK smiles for the better:

  • 97.7% of our UK patients are satisfied or very satisfied with the dental treatment they receive
  • 99.7% of our UK patients think Dental Holiday is easy or very easy to use
  • 96.1% of our UK patients say that they felt more than satisfied with the level of information provided through every stage of their patient journey.
  • 61.5% of our UK patients said that they had access to a good local dentist yet still chose Smile Clinic Slovakia for their dental treatment.

(the original handwritten copies of this survey are displayed in our reception areas and on this website in the dental treatment abroad reviews section)

I believe that Dental Holiday has taken a major part in transforming top European dentistry abroad by offering exceedingly excellent dental treatments including implants, restorative and cosmetic dentistry with more speed, convenience, cost savings and flexibility than high street private dentists throughout the UK. We remove the complexity and inflexibility UK patients face whenever they need to have major dental treatment. We are also a fully GCR accredited British Dental Practice Abroad and are former members of the British and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists.

Dental Holiday is different

Smile Clinic – Dental Holiday is different from other dental clinics because we can tell you roughly how much your dental treatment will cost and how long it will take simply from your email, or a photograph, quote, or X-ray sent to us. There’s no need to even leave the chair you’re sitting on. As for any other pressing questions – our entire service is online and real-time. We are also uniquely flexible, allowing our patients to choose exactly how they want to structure their dental treatment in terms of the number of visits. And our patients certainly aren’t asked to have dental treatment that they might not need or pay more money for hidden or extra costs.

Want more? All our dental treatments are fully guaranteed and have some of the most advanced dental equipment in the country. We’ll also help you arrange overnight accommodation if needed.

We’re fast

You’ll always get an email reply from us within 24hrs, rain or shine. Our dental lab is on-site so that we can complete porcelain crown, bridge and veneer cases in just one visit of 4 working days, and dental implants in just 3 one day visits over 4-5 months. Even the trip abroad is hassle-free, as it’s just a 1-2hr flight from the UK. We pick you up from Bratislava or Vienna airport free of charge for the 35-45 minute drive to Piešťany spa or Bratislava city centre, where our dental clinics are located.

We’re responsible

We only do dental work that you need to have done. We want to bring trust back into dentistry. After your consultation and X-ray with one of our senior dentists, if you decide that you don’t want to go ahead, no worries, we’ll still get you back to the airport on time.

AAGGHH the dentist!

In an ideal world, no one would need dental treatment, or at least could find a good local dentist at a fair price. In reality, everybody has the occasional “aaggghh the dentist” moment – those times in life where you really need to get something finally done about your teeth. You need it for a lower cost and you need it to be done A.S.A.P., painless and hassle-free. So whether it’s time to replace that denture, close that gap or finally get that smile of your dreams… Don’t worry, contact Dental Holiday right now!

Our Clinics

The UK’s leading dental clinic abroad is run by renowned dentists, dental nurses, hygienists, administrative staff, chauffeurs and dental lab technicians who make sure that your entire dental treatment abroad experience is as comfortable as ever.

Smile Clinic in Bratislava City

Our dental clinics are located in the city centres – all within walking distance to shops, restaurants and accommodation. We have newly built and spacious dental clinics, equipped with the latest digitalised dental technology, including digital microscopes, CT scans, digital impressions, and digital OPG panoramic X-rays.

Smile Clinic in Piešťany Spa

Our dental clinic abides by the E.U. ISO:9001:2001 Quality Assurance System. This monitoring system ensures that all dental materials and dentistry technologies used in our dental clinic are fully compliant with EU regulations.

When you arrive, you can take a rest in our main room with English TV, magazines, free WiFi, free tea and coffee. For smokers, there is an outside area behind the building.

It is Mark and Daniel’s goal to create a close-knit, friendly and approachable English-speaking dental teamwhilst at the same time offering the highest quality, standards, professionalism and most ethical cosmetic surgery possible. Most Brits who have visited agree that this goal has been achieved.

For example, apart from being greeted at the airport, patients are given a personalised treatment plan with a cost quotation sheet and guarantees. After each visit the patient is once again given dental treatment plans and prices, to make sure you know that there are no hidden costs and see exactly what you will be investing in.

Even though struggling with the massive economic growth of Slovakia since its entry into the European Union, (which has affected the exchange rate tremendously) we try to keep prices at 70% off the private UK dental fees, and in strong competition with our Czech, Hungarian and Polish neighbours.

Smile Clinic Slovakia - Dental Holiday Support Team is here to help you!
Your Smile Clinic expert support staff is waiting to help you!

Dr Mark and Daniel have been told by many former clients that their most impressive feature is the care and time that is taken with each individual dental client, and of course a much appreciated “painless” dental treatment process. Their UK patients also love that they can have their dental treatment when they wish, instead of being added to some dental waiting list.

English, Italian and German are fluently spoken in the dental clinic to make sure a better understanding between the doctor and his patient.

Our services and materials are fully insured and offer a 5-year guarantee on all their treatments. All the dental materials used are EU certified and their patients have any problems after their trip, they will treat them free of charge.

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The Smile Clinic Slovakia – Dental Holiday Team

MUDr. Marek (Mark) Salka

Dr. Marek

Successfully leads the Smile Clinic Slovakia – Dental Holiday team to become the flagship dental clinic abroad that has proudly treated thousands of UK dental patients. It is his vision to design, organise and manage superior dental treatment that improves the affordability and accessibility of the same level quality dental treatment that a patient would receive in the UK.

Dr Mark is an Implant (Implantology), Root Canal (Endontistry), and Cosmetic Dentistry, specialist. He is renowned throughout Slovakia, Hungary, Czech and Poland for his advanced implant techniques and remarkably relaxed attitude, which leads to a painless dental experience for all our visitors.

  1. 90% of his clients are from the UK
  2. He treats at most 5-7 patients per day for dental implants, crowns, root canals and veneers to create a relaxed, no-pressure dental environment.
  3. He is a recognized cosmetic dentistry expert with the latest OPG x-ray systems, Ankylos implants, and advanced zirconia crowns.
  4. He has served as a licensed Stomatologist in the UK, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  5. He places almost 700 dental implants per year, presently with a 99% success rate.
  6. A licensed dentist in full-time practice since 2000
  7. A certified dental specialist in implantology and endodontistry
  8. A member of the Slovak Dental Chamber
  9. Former Member of General Dental Council (British Dental Register)
  10. Former Member of the American Academy Of Cosmetic Dentistry
  11. Ongoing attendance of post-graduate dental training for cosmetic dentistry in the UK with the BACD
  12. Awarded from the Medical University of Frankfurt as a master of Implantology.

Here are some sample certificates (click on the dental certificates for a larger view) the rest are displayed in my office 🙂

Dr. Robert

MUDr. Róbert (Robo) Mikuláš – Restorative Dentistry
Dr Robo finished his dental studies in the Czech Republic and has worked in private dentistry ever since, specializing in Endontistry and preventive dentistry.

Daniel

Daniel Shaw – Business Manager
During his 10 years with Dental Holiday, Daniel Shaw has helped Smile Clinic – Dental Holiday to be one of the most highly rated and trusted dental clinics abroad for overseas visitors within the European Union.  Daniel’s comprehensive dental knowledge, understanding of UK dentistry and leadership has been instrumental in establishing the Smile Clinic Slovakia brand.

Daniel originally comes from the North of England, and his office is based at the dental clinic in Slovakia.

You can read a recent interview with him about Dental Holiday here:

what’s the Dental Holiday story

Natalia

Daniel has spoken at various conferences and loves to share his knowledge of medical tourism, patient communication or internet marketing for dentists. Please use our contact form if you’d like to book Daniel Shaw as a key speaker at your next event.

Natália – patient manager provides individual patient treatment plans and ensures each patient has his or her own coordinated plan of care and services. The care plan is optimized for the individual before and after every treatment.

Monika

Monika – the receptionist will make sure that you relax and feel completely comfortable upon your arrival at our dental clinic. She will take care of all the financial transactions and logistics of our UK clients. She also makes a great cup of tea…

Dano – dental patient transportation driver assures safe transportation of patients to and from the airport to the dental clinic. He is the first person to greet and welcome you upon your arrival at the airport. He will help in getting you settled in your accommodation, and make sure that you get back to the airport safely and on time.

Dano

Dental Nurses – Our attentive dental nurses will help your dental treatment be as comfortable and painless as possible whilst assisting Dr Mark

Monika is a fully qualified medical nurse and she leads our team of dental nurses. She speaks  English, Dutch, Slovak & Czech.

Barbora

Elena is a fully qualified medical nurse and dental assistant for the past 13 years, and she has been with us for the past 5 years. She enjoys mostly working with our Endodontist and also studies Physiotherapy outside of her work at our dental clinic. She speaks English, German, Czech, Slovak & Russian

Barbora – Dental Hygienist will bring your teeth and gums to full health using various polishing, scaling, brushing and stain removing techniques. She is also competent in all forms of tooth whitening systems including ZOOM! and Opalescence.

As you can see we are a varied and international bunch of people!

free dental quotation and treatment abroad

Dental Labs

Our Dental Lab Technicians
Our Dental Lab Technicians

Our computerized dental labs are situated down the street from our dental clinic and are staffed by six lab technicians who work daily to create dental work handcrafted from the best quality material, assisted by the latest digital technology such as CEREC and CAD-CAM.

It’s important for us to have the labs close by so that minor adjustments can be made even during your short visits. Therefore you may see some of the lab technicians personally as they often come to the dental clinic to check out how your dental work is coming along.

We love great music!

Dr Marek and Daniel are avid music fans, and if you’d like to listen to what we are probably listening to right now in your dental clinic abroad, you can click on this link:

dental holiday radio (opens a radio file that you just need to click on and the grooves will begin…)

You can listen to our Dental Holiday clinic radio station with:

  • Itunes
  • Winamp
  • Windows Media Player

or something similar…

37 thoughts on “Your UK Dental Clinic Abroad”

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    • Hi Mary, no I haven’t heard from Linda yet, but last week I was on holiday in scotland, and its possible that I missed her call / email. Please do ask her to get in touch or alteratively provide me with some contact details and i’ll get in touch with her. Thanks so much for thinking of us, we really appriciate it. Greetings from all of us at the clinic.

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  2. Hi, my teeth are in a very bad shape and I’m looking for a clinic that can offer me a chance to get everything fixed in one stay. Here is one of the possible solutions, to give you an idea what I need. I’m more than happy to send the x/ray and pictures of my teeth as they are. Thank you. Upper BCS, KOS (Swiss) implants regio 14­16 (4 pcs) Implant bridge 14­16 (3 unit) Root canal treatment: 13 Post: 13 Crowns, bridge: 13­27 Lower Extractions: 36 BCS, KOS (Swiss) implants 35, 36, 37 (3 pcs) Implant bridge 35­37 (3 unit) Root canal treatments: 45, 46, 47, 34 Crowns: 45, 46, 47

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    • 7 dental implants & abutments (7 x £594 = £4158) , 22 all ceramic crowns / bridgepoints (22 x £297 = £6534), 5 root canal treatments (5 x £77 = £385, 1 extraction = £37 and 1 glass fiber post = £77. Total: £11191.
      You’d certainly need 3 one day visits to us in Bratislava over 3-4 months to complete the treatment, accessible with low-cost flights (Ryanair.com) from most UK airports. There are no extra or hidden costs, airport transfer, temporary bridgework, x-rays, consultations all included. We offer a lifetime guarantee on our dental implants (Neodent Straumann).
      Here’s a list of dates that are fully booked, all other dates are available:

      http://dentalholiday.co.uk/dental-treatment-abroad-travel/dental-treatment-dates

      Once you’ve made the flight booking to Bratislava / Vienna airport, please send the details to me along with your desired choice of accommodation and I’ll get about sorting everything out for you, and then send you a confirmation email.

      I look forward to welcoming you to our dental clinic personally.

      Sincerely,

      Daniel

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  3. Hello, I recently went to my dentist because i want the ‘perfect smile’. I put my treatment plan below to look at i asked for veneers to be done, he said my front two were very good, so just the others. He has come out with a treatment plan for me but the price was abit high for what he was offering to do , just shopping around to see if i can find something cheaper, im aiming for a symmetrical all round smile. COURSE OF TREATMENT : 30 min hygienist visit – £42 30 min hygienist visit – £42 APPOINTMENT 1 Posterior composite filling UPPER LEFT PREMOLAR – £125 Posterior composite filling LOWER LEFT MOLAR – £190 Posterior composite filling UPPER LEFT PREMOLAR – £95 APPOINTMENT 2 Posterior composite filling UPPER RIGHT PREMOLAR – £125 Anterior compostite restoration UPPER LEFT CANINE – £95 Anterior composite restoration UPPER RIGHT CANINE – £95 Porcelain veneer fit UPPER RIGHT INCISOR – £500 Porcelain veneer fit UPPER LEFT INCISOR

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    • Hi Jamie,
      I’ve just seen your dental enquiry come in through our contact form, so I’ll reply in full there, however in short, you’d need one visit of working days with us to complete the above treatment, and the cost saving is approximately 70% ( £67 per white filling as opposed to £190 and £297 per veneer as opposed to £500) we hope to see you soon!

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  4. Hi
    I am looking for dental implants possibly 4 possible 6 crowns or bridge to fit the 6 missing teeth and a possibility needs bone augmentation my tel no is 07956449597 thanks dave

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    • Dear David,
      I believe that I have just replied to your dental treatment needs over email. Always feel free to contact me directly via email if you need any further unbiased dental advice. I’m happy to help.

      Sincerely,

      Daniel

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  5. Hi please can I have a price for 6 implants on top and six implants on bottom with 24 teeth. I have a panaramic X-ray if you need to see.

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    • Dear Ronald, I’ve just seen your email come in so I’ve replied to it there. Please let me know if there is anything more I can help you with concerning your full jaw replacement with dental implants.

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  6. Hi,
    I would like to ask for a quote for the following treatment. I already have a quote from my dentist in the UK, so i just want to compare to see if it’s worth it thinking to go abroad.

    Upper jaw: all on 4 implants (Bredent Dental Implants) with 12 zirconium crowns and 1 ml bone grafting.
    Lower jaw: all on 6 implants (Bredent Dental Implants) with 12 zirconium crowns.
    Please include in your quote the temporary dentures as well.
    Please give me the price exactly for this treatment. I know you will tell me we need a consultation and so on, and we will do that, but first i just want to be able to compare prices between exact treatments Slovakia vs UK. Also, please mentinon the no. of days and visits, so i can calculate my accomodation & transport costs too…

    Thanks
    Beatrice

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    • Hi Beatrice! Certainly, I’ll put a quote together for the all on 4 and all on 6 variants and send it to you by email right now…
      Timewise it’s currently 2-3 one day visits over 2-3 months to complete the treatment; you’ll have fixed temporary bridgework on the implants during the in-between times, and our dental implant work is guaranteed for life.

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  7. I’m looking to have all top teeth removed and replaced with a full click on arch and bottom set to be replaced in the future. Please price for top arch only also price for full mouth restoration please.

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    • Hi Peter, thanks for leaving a comment – I’d love to jump on a quick call with you to discuss pricing & treatment options for replacing the whole arch – from where are you in the UK?

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  8. I’ve been trying to get in touch with you for a repair please can you get in touch with me. Thanks
    Look forward to seeing you again soon.
    Elaine

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