Dr Igor Foltyn, DMD, Principal Dentist
Dr. Foltyn holds a Master’s graduate from the Gdansk Medical Academy, and is a member of many prestige medical conferences, courses and seminars in Poland and around the world. Through several years of practice and experience, Dr. Foltyn carries a vast range of professional skills in implanting, prosthetics and aesthetic stomatology. While providing high quality practices, Dr. Foltyn continually strives to gain further education and qualifications in his medical career to offer most advanced and innovative medicine and stomatology for the betterment of his patients. Privately, Dr. Foltyn shares his passion in both, winter and water sports. in the past he represented Poland in judo, accomplishing a medalist title.
„Systematic progress within my skills and experience have allowed me to create this highly innovative and forward reaching medical clinic with extremely professional and positive-minded staff, that really ensures and guarantees our clients the most professional and effective complex care.”
Dr Maciej Koberda, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Koberda graduated from the Medical University of Gdańsk majoring in the Medical and Dental specialization, as well as, the Erasmus/Socrates Comenius University of Bratislava. He is an author and co-author of several works in the field of jaw surgery and dental prosthetics. Dr. Koberda is a speaker on the subject of oral surgery. He works part-time in the Department of Maxillofacial (Oral) Surgery of Gdansk Medical University and is currently completing a specialization in Jaw and Oral Surgery. Dr. Koberda continues to raise his qualifications through many coureses focused on Jaw Surgery and Implantology.
Dr Paulina Bautembach-Koberda, DMD/Ph.D, Prosthodontic Specialist
Dr. Koberda holds a Master’s graduate from the Gdansk Medical Academy and a graduate from the Erasmus/ Socrates Comenius University of Bratislava. Dr. Koberda is awarded with a specialisation in Dental Prosthetics. She is a member of many prestige medical conferences, courses and seminars in Poland and around the world. In 2013, Dr. Koberda received her PHD in medicine with high recognition during her PHD candidacy. Being the author and co-author of many published works within the field of dental prosthetics and implantology, Dr. Koberda continues to be a very key member of publishers within the medical society in Gdańsk. Since 2008, she is a staff member of the didactic-medical Cathedral or Prosthetic Stomatology in the Medical University of Gdańsk. Dr. Koberda being most passionate about all new findings and the progress of her medical field, continually strives to gain further education and qualifications in her medical career to offer most advanced and innovative medicine and prosthetics treatments for her patients. Koberda is highly respected and recognised for the ability to always think innovatively and progressively about each of her patient’s medical case. Her holistic approach guarantees her continual rise of medical success with patients.
Dr. Koberda is a mother of two lovely boys and in her free time she keeps herself active by running, biking and exploring new findings in the medical field.
Dr Tomasz Minor, Doctor of Dental Medicine
Dr. Minor is a graduate of the Gdańsk Medical University, where he completed his studies in dental medicine. He actively takes part in many dental conferences, courses and trainings that specialize in the knowledge of modern dentistry. Dr. Minor is passionate about endodonic healing with the use of a dental microscope, also he continues to progress in modern dental prosthetics. His main dental focus and work consits of esthetic dentistry, prosthetics, endodonics, dental surgery and general dentistry.
Dr Marcin Kozlowski, Doctor of Dental Medicine
In 2001 he graduated from the Medical University in Gdańsk. Dr. Kozłowski has many years of experience in dentistry, endodontics, prosthetics and dental surgery. He cares for his on-going progress and practical experience through raising his qualifications in many conferences and coureses. Dr. Kozłowski is unique in his ability to help relax his patients through a remarkable sense of humor.
Dr Monika Teślak, Doctor of Dental Medicine
Graduated from the Medical University in Gdańśk with a major in Medical Dentistry. Dr. Teślak is very active in completing many coureses and minor trainings, which help her raise her qualifications in dental esthetics, endodonics and prosthetics. At our dental clinic, Dr. Teślak takes it as her duty to help patients overcome their biggest fears of the dentist. She took part in a prestigious exchange program Ondokuz Mayis Universitesi in Turkey, where she learned the neweset, most advanced techniques in dentistry, as well as the amazing culture of the country. In her free time, Dr. Teślak loves motorbikes and far away traveling with her small camper back pack.
Dr Maciej Przeniosło, Doctor of Dental Medicine
A graduate of the medical-dentistry program from the Gdańsk Medical University and a distinguished member of the Polish Student Society of Dentistry in Gdańsk. Maciek has perfected his knowledge and expertise at the Medical Society lead by the Dentistry GUMed Establishment, as well as, during several medical conferences across the entire country. Every day, Maciek strives for improving his skills and expertise for the betterment of his medical service provided for his patients. His professionalism and vast expertise allows him to bring forth the best medical service along with a beautiful white smile. When it comes to his free time, Maciek is most passionate about sailing and being captain at sea. He also enjoys being an instructor and lecturer in various institutions concentrating on his day to day profession.
Dr Anna Klimaszewska, Doctor of Dental Medicine
Anna is a graduate of the Medical University of Gdańsk with a specialization degree in Dental Medicine. During her time outside of work, she teaches and lectures at the Prosthodontics Center within the Medical University of Gdańsk. Anna systematically ehances her knowledge and rapidly gains theoretical as well as practical experience within the fields of Prosthodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry and Endodontics through several courses and trainings. Her true passion is working on her ability and progressing her skills to further implement her knowledge into helping her patients with the best dental care possible!
Sylwia Wilk-Strzelecka, Dental Assistant
Dominika Zbrojewska, Dental Assistant
Anna Gałkowska, Dental Assistant
Currently she is a student of the Gdańsk Dental Hygen Study. Ania consistently raises her qualifications through attending several coureses and practical training sessions specializing in her field of study. In her free time she enjoys to read books and play squash. Ania is passionate about winter sports and she eagerly shares her snowboaring abilities by being an instructor.
Kamila Zielonka, Medical Registrator
Kamila currently attends the Naval Academy where she completes her major in Social studies and education. At our dental center, Kamila is responsible for the entire registration process, as well as for sharing all information about our dental services and directing patients to the right doctors accordingly.
Wojciech Szuchnicki, Manager, Co-Founder
Mr. Szuchnicki is a graduate of both, the Land Engineering Politechnic of Gdansk and the University of Warsaw where he studied journalism. In recent years, Mr. Szuchnicki has very successfully co-operated and ran an architectural-construction company in Gdansk. Being highly experienced in management and business operations, Mr. Szuchnicki developed a passion for entrepreneurship and business.
As a gifted and passionate athlete, Mr. Szuchnicki has been a professional fencer for 20 years, where he accomplished many times titles of varying degrees like: Champion of Poland, World Champion medalist and European Champion medalist.
Mr. Szuchnicki is responsible for managing and operating the clinic in the most professional and effective manner.
Paulina Rychter, Dental Assistant
Sylwia Potrykus, Dental Assistant
Patryk Becker, Foreign Patient Coordinator
Marcin Michalski, Foreign Patient Coordinator
I've just completed my treatment at Project Smile: two dental implants, with two teeth on one implant and one tooth on the other. This also entailed two extractions. I have waited until completion of the procedure to write this. In my case, there was a significant gap between getting the implants and the actual abutments and crowns, and I wanted to make sure nothing would happen to invalidate a prematurely gushing review. But, as I expected, nothing did go wrong, and I now feel one hundred percent confident in recommending Project Smile. I'm writing this with some very solid-feeling, natural looking gnashers in place! I won't go into the reasons my teeth needed replacing - mark that up to youthful pugnaciousness. Suffice it to say that, in my mind, I had built up the whole situation into terrifyingly gargantuan proportions. Three extractions! Ghastly implants! What could be worse? And I'm sure many people reading this will be feeling exactly the same way. Well, I'm here to tell you Project Smile is more-or-less artists of dentistry. Compared to any dentist I've ever been to (admittedly only in the UK) they are *incredibly* skilled. I would rate the pain level at 1/10 at worst - significantly less painful, for example, than the 'deep clean' procedure I endured at the hands of a UK hygienist, which I'd have placed about 6.5/10. I promise you that I'm in no way a macho type. Had the procedure hurt in any significant way, at any point, I would tell you. I cannot emphasise enough the astonishing levels of competence and care exhibited at Project Smile, from the almost unnoticeable administration of anaesthetic, to actual the technique of removing the teeth (again I won't go into it in too much detail, but it does not involve the "brace-and-yank" ghastliness I have experienced in the past. You barely know it's happening. As other commentators have pointed out, the surgeon is incredibly gentle. It is next-level dentistry. For anyone worrying about the actual procedure of having the implants put in: I get it, it's a big thing. But, at least if you're going with Project Smile, this 'big thing' is going to be mostly in your mind - the actual procedure was no 'worse' than a root canal, and if anything less intense. Keep in mind that 1/10 discomfort level: you really only notice the anesthetic administration and that's it! I was able to start relaxing as my trust in these teeth-wizards started to build, minute by minute. Believe me, relaxing is the last thing I thought I would be doing! After the procedure, the facilitator Patryk took me down to the nearby pharmacy to grab antibiotics and painkillers, just plain Ibuprofen if I remember right and I was good to go. A little sensitivity in the days that followed but nothing significant. Actually, I ate an *excellent* dinner at a restaurant recommended by the clinic that very evening! Now possibly this sounds stupid, but for the avoidance of doubt, they won't leave you with "pegs sticking up" (another of my little-fabricated horrors) while you wait for the implants to settle. You get a perfectly good bridge, one I was able to live with comfortably for 6-7 months. The extended period due to me being out of Europe on business. When the time comes, they just swap that out for your new teeth. Here's what I say to anyone thinking of getting an essential procedure like this done at Project Smile: just do it. Choose them not just because they're cheaper than 'back home', but because they are offering an incredible level of service, care and attention. I'm no tooth expert, but I'd be surprised if their service is matched many places in the world. And get it done now. Because I promise you, you'll wonder what you were ever worried about. Finally, for those wondering about the organizational aspects of spending time in Gdansk - don't. It's a cool, safe little city with great food and a really nice old town you can get lost in. Patryk, Project Smile's facilitator, can sort you out with trips to and from the airport and places to stay and you can trust him. But there's plenty of options online if you want to pick somewhere fun by yourself. I'd recommend the old town, even if the locals disdain it somewhat it's great for the wealth of restaurants, bars and nice walks! Perhaps the most indicative thing I can say about this treatment was that I actually *looked forward* to coming back to Gdansk to finish it off. I knew it wouldn't be traumatic, and Project Smile has helped me get over the fear I had of anything involving dental work. The only problem now is I won't want to see anyone else. I'm a Project Smile monogamist! In case there's any doubt after all this, this is an *11/10 review*. Unhesitating recommendation. Would implant again. Even if the 'old town' is actually mostly reconstructed, they've done a really great job of it. If you do stay there, make sure you eat at the restaurant 'Prologue'. Thank me later. Chosen for recommendation from UK dentist (go to Poland, we don't do implants on NHS!), Reddit r/dental subforum ("Poland is the best place for dental tourism! Don't go to Mexico!), and this site - I mean check out the stellar reviews. Still, I had my doubts. No doubts remain. The clinic is smart and well-appointed. The staff are super professional, personable and pleasant. The level of competence is off-the-charts. Alright: that's enough from me. I'm off to enjoy my last two days in Gdasnk, with my new pearly whites.
Dr. Maciej Przeniosło, you did a wonderful job with my teeth. People here were concerned that I would travel to Poland to have this done. The clinic there was as good, if not better, than those in this area of the United States. All of the staff are very well educated in their roles. I never once had any doubts as to my safety or the competence of the staff. The staff speak English very well. The people who know what was done give compliments on how natural they look. Other people cannot tell work has been performed, which is great. I went to the local dentist for a cleaning where he commented that I must have seen a perfectionist in Poland because the work was perfect. In the past, I tried to never show teeth when I smiled. While I'm still working on perfecting it, I'm no longer ashamed to show teeth when I smile.
From the minute we were picked up by the taxi sent for us to when we were dropped back at the airport, the service we received was outstanding. The dental treatment was first class and the accommodation at Waterlane was of a very high standard. Thanks to Igor,Patryk,Peter and everyone involved in looking after us. Gdansk is a very beautiful city and we are looking forward to our return in November.
I am so pleased with the result. All-on-four implants for the lower jaw, crowns on the upper front teeth and a partial denture for the upper back teeth. So, not as I had originally hoped with only implants... but this shows how thoughtful and experienced Igor is as an implant specialist. The 3D X-rays showed that there was too little bone for implants in the upper jaw. The upper front teeth were strong enough to take a crown and then these could be connected to a partial denture for the back teeth. Also a cheaper solution. There is still the possibility to go for bone grafts and then implants, but this would take 6 months. Not as fast as offered elsewhere. My first trip was for 5 days and then another 8 days after the bone had grown into the implants. The extra time meant that nothing was rushed and the new teeth were made exactly as I had hoped. And a holiday in the old city of Gdansk is a pleasure :-)
I could not fault the surgery, the equipment was all top of the range, the doctors were fantastic and explained every thing very well all the way through the treatment. The administration was great arranging transport for every appointment. The price was great compared to what I would have to pay in the UK I was very very happy with the finished product and would recommend PROJECT Smile to anyone without hesitation
i am just back form my second trip to project smile . i could not be happier with the care and treatment i received from my first contact with patryk who organised everything form taxi to accommodation to the dental work all was first class.
This is a long review but I hope it helps anyone who might find themselves in a similar situation to myself. After finding that I needed implants, and seeing the ridiculous UK prices, I started having a look for alternatives. I've visited quite a few cities in Poland and absolutely love it so Poland was the focus of my search. I found information on Project Smile, in Gdansk, online. After reading loads of reviews I decided it was worth looking into. I e-mailed Project Smile and received a call back within an hour or so to my mobile phone from Patryk Becker (their Foreign Patient Coordinator). Patryk went over everything in great detail, even pointing out the possibility of an implant failing and what happened in that scenario. He was patient and very thorough, answering every one of my questions during that call and all others afterwards. Having decided to go to Project Smile, Patryk gave some rough start dates and asked me to let me know when I had booked flights so they could firm up my appointment. There are loads of AirBnB apartments in Gdansk centre and both that we stayed in were very modern with everything you need for a stay. I booked an apartment just off Dluga Street (the main tourist street in Gdansk centre) myself, but Patryk is able to help with accomodation as well if you'd prefer. Patryk recommended Mr. Peter, a local taxi driver, who picked my wife and I up at the airport and on to our apartment. Thereafter he took me to all of my appointments. Mr. Peter is lovely, speaks English and has the best prices I saw in Gdansk. He was always very prompt and even waited on my appointments to finish to take us back without charging for the wait. If you're considering going I'd definitely recommend using Peter's taxi. It's very easy to get the tram to drop you close to the clinic and walk the final 10 mins but for sheer convenience I was happy to taxi it there most times. It's also possible to get the train from the airport to Gdansk if you don't mind walking to your apartment when you get into the town center. Just be aware that Poland has various train companies and generally you'll want to get an SKM train whether it's to/from the airport or for a visit to Sopot or Gydnia. Ticket booths will have SKM logos on them and if not, you're probably at the wrong ticket booth. There are also plenty of SKM ticket machines dotted around which have an English option. On arrival at the clinic I was reassured to see everything was very modern, immaculately clean and appeared, to my untrained eye, to be new, state of the art equipment. My first appointment involved an x-ray, extraction of a broken root, the fitting of the implant and finally an abutment and temporary crown. The option is there for a lab made temporary crown but Igor made one himself that was more than presentable enough for the 5 months I waited for the implant to lock into my jaw. Dr Igor Foltyn did all the work on me and he speaks superb English and was able to put me right at ease. He's very personable, cheerful and explained everything as he went along. The entire process took around 40 mins from arrival to departure and was genuinely painless and stress free. To be honest, I went straight to the pub from the appointment for a drink as I had no pain or discomfort from the implant either then or afterwards. It's possible I was the exception there but I'm not complaining :) Although I booked for a week I only needed the first appointment as I had no complications but they do advise around 4 days or more just in case. I spent the rest of my visit once again enjoying wonderful Gdansk which I'd visited before. My 2nd visit was 5 months later to give the implant time to join with the bone. Dr Foltyn removed my temorary crown to check that the implant had locked in ok. He then took some impressions and had a technician from the dental lab in another part of the building check my teeth so they could match the porcelain crown's colour. Again, this was a short appointment of maybe 15 mins followed by a trip to Sopot for a walk by the beach, some alchoholic refreshments and bit of lunch. My final appointment was arranged around 4 working days later. This was a very short appointment where Dr Foltyn fitted my permanent abutment and porcelain crown. I have to say, it's a perfect match and my crown looks fantastic. Dr Foltyn does amazing work. All in all, my 2 trips were more like very enjoyable, extended city breaks with my wife, interrupted by some brief, but expert, dental appointments in between. With accomodation, food and drinks it still cost well under the UK price for an implant, but you get a relaxing holiday thrown in. If you're in any way anxious about flying to Gdansk for similar treatment I can set your mind at rest, Project Smile and everyone there are really great. Almost every single person in Poland speaks amazing English and often German as well which certainly helps whether it's getting dental treatment or ordering dinner. I've now spent around 20 days in total in Gdansk (not all connected with my dental work) and still find new places to explore, eat and drink. It's a wonderful city (and indeed country) with great food, history, architecture and people. You should visit Poland even if you don't need dental work.
I concur with all the reviews above. After doing much research and reading the reviews on several overseas dental clinics, I decided on Project Smile in Poland, which was a wise decision. I traveled form Washington DC to Gdansk just a couple of weeks ago not knowing what to expect. It was great from the minute I landed at the airport to the minute I departed. I had 5 implants, 3 extractions, some other procedures the dentist (mike) determined it was necessary, and a temporary fixed bridge to boot! All pain-free and a smile form everyone at the clinic. My dentist here in Washington removed the stitches yesterday, and was impressed by the work Dr. Mike and Dr. Paulina have done. So far everything is going according to the plan; I am just waiting for the implants to heal and for the bone to grow around them, and then back to Gdansk for the final phase of putting the permanent bridge. Thanks Patrick, Mike, Paulina, and the rest of the team. I stayed at the Smart Hotel which is a walking distance from the clinic, and a block away from a major shopping center and a very lively part of town. The staff at the hotel all spoke English, and are very accommodating. The bottom line is if you are in need of quality dental work and don't want to pay an arm and a leg for it, head to Smile Project in Gdansk, Poland. Not only they do superb work, customer service is out of this world, and you get to experience one of the historic cities in Europe. Awesome! Cannot go wrong
I was so frightened however I had no reason to be process was totally pain free looking forward to returning in October for final stage of my treatment. Whole process is amazing from collection at the airport to all the staff at Project Smile( special thank you to Dr Igor for being so kind and patient and making sure my treatment was painless) I would have no hesitation in recommending Project Smile in fact I have to friends,family and also work colleagues
From my first contact with Project Smile I have found them to be extremely professional and helpful. The organisation at the clinic with regard to appointments is first class. All of the personnel at the clinic are friendly and it is a pleasure to deal with them. The result of the treatment provided is first class and everything they promised it would be. I would definitely recommend Project Smile to anyone considering dental treatment of any type.