Project Smile Dental Clinic specializes in providing affordable and painless dental treatment according to highest European standards in Gdansk, Poland for 50-70% less than the same treatment at home without saving on quality. Our service includes all necessary arrangements, if requested: your Treatment, accommodation in nearby Hotel or Apartments and Free Airport->Hotel->Clinic Transfer for first-time patients by a local English speaking coordinator. We provide affordable dental treatment tailored to the needs of each patient combined with a stay in the historic city of Gdansk, Poland.
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Our mission at Project Smile is to provide high quality dental treatment in our dental clinic in Gdansk, Poland. To raise awareness of the high level of dental care available in Poland among foreign patients. To promote the concept of affordable dental treatment carried out by qualified and experienced dental specialists, with recognized credentials, that meet EU standards . To ensure consistent high quality treatment, excellent patient care and a personal dentist-patient relationship. To help foreign patients in need of complete dental care. To deliver in cooperation with other service providers, and by utilization of combined resources, the highest levels of Polish customer/patient care and an unforgettable dental travel experience. To build consumer confidence and convince the unconvinced that Poland is an exceptional healthcare and tourism destination.
Poland has been identified as one of the most promising destinations for medical travel in Europe having potential to grow at an estimated pace of 15% annually driven by Poland‟s EU accession & integration, medical travel associations and government support. The Polish Foreign Investment Agency confirms the tendency and predicts that the number of West European patients coming to Poland for private health care may continue to increase annually by 10-20%. Approximately 300.000 patients from Western European countries visit Polish clinics annually for medical treatment, mostly dental treatment (i.e. dental travel / tourism) and cosmetic surgery, spending up to 1 billion zlotys (€250 million) on medical treatment in Poland. The reasons being substantial costs saving without sacrificing quality, the country‟s tourist attractiveness, state of the art medical specialists and equipment and the fact that the majority of medical travel takes place in close proximity to the patient’s home country (i.e. within the EU).
The medical tourism survey reveals the latest trends in travelling overseas for treatment, be it for health-related, dental, infertility, obesity or cosmetic treatment or surgery. More than 1,000 patients took part in the study, the largest of its kind in the UK and Europe.
• For all patients in the survey from all countries, Hungary was the leading destination (12% of respondents), followed by Belgium (11%), Poland , Turkey, Spain, the Czech Republic and India were the destination for around 7% of patients each.
• For UK patients travelling overseas, Belgium (16%) was the most popular destination for treatment, followed by Hungary (15%), Poland (10%), Czech Republic (9%) and Turkey (9%) and Spain (7%).
• 42% of the UK patients in the study went abroad for cosmetic surgery, 32% for dental treatment, 9% for obesity surgery, and 4% for both infertility treatment and orthopaedic surgery.
• Hungary was the most popular destination for dental treatment (chosen by 38% of UK dental travellers) while Belgium was most popular for cosmetic surgery (18%). The most popular destinations for obesity surgery treatment were Belgium (50%) and the Czech Republic (21%). Spain, Cyprus and the Czech Republic lead the way in providing infertility treatment for UK couples.
• Nine out of ten respondents would definitely or probably go abroad for treatment again and the same number would recommend going abroad for treatment to a friend or relative.
• 84% would go back to the same doctor, dentist or clinic.
• 51% of respondents travelled to a country they had never been to before for their treatment.
• Patient satisfaction levels for their treatment abroad were high with 85% either ‘very’ or ‘quite’ satisfied with their experience. Levels of satisfaction were highest for infertility and dental treatments. Asked for reasons for their satisfaction, all respondents cited professionalism of staff, price and quality of care.
• Cost was cited by 83% of participants as the most important reason for travelling abroad for treatment. Dental patients also cited the ability to combine treatment with a holiday while cosmetic surgery patients cited worries about hospital infection in the UK. Orthopaedic, infertility and obesity surgery patients all cited the ability to avoid waiting lists at home.
• 71% said they had saved more than £2,000 by travelling overseas. 12.7% said they had saved more than £10,000 by going abroad for treatment. The greatest savings were seen to have been for dental and orthopaedic treatment.
• 82% of respondents said that clinic or hospital staff spoke their language ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ well. Only 4.4% said staff spoke their language ‘not at all well’, a regularly cited concern of those thinking of treatment overseas.
• More than two thirds (67.2%) said they did not require further treatment or follow up on returning home. Seven out of ten were contacted by their overseas clinician or clinic upon their return home, usually by email.
• The average in-patient stay among respondents was just three days with the average trip length being 16 days. The longest stay was for orthopaedic patients, the shortest for obesity patients.
• Worryingly, fewer than one in ten of those who took part had bought special travel insurance designed for people going abroad for medical treatment, mistakenly relying on standard travel insurance that would not have covered them in the result of loss or accident. One in three had no travel insurance at all!
Dr Igor Foltyn, 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, Dental 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, DDS Ph.D
specialist in prosthodontics
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, Dentistry Doctor
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, Dentistry Doctor
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, Dentistry Doctor
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, Dentistry Doctor
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, Dentistry Doctor
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, Clinic 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
One month on after completing two implants, everything is healing and looking great. I am very happy with the service and the technology used was far more superior than the service I get at my dentist in Cardiff (UK). I'll be back for more treatment no doubt in due course.
Great service and cliniqe
Very good communication from the start thanks to Patryk. Dr Igor’s Consultation explained everything clearly and he carried out the majority of the work. He is an extremely skilled dental surgeon and I felt I was in safe hands. Dr Thomas carried out the root canal, and again he was very skillful. I had very little actual pain, just temporary discomfort, even after the implant placement. We stayed at the Waterlane apartments and they really are comfortable and good quality accommodation. Gdansk is a beautiful city and very pleasant to stay there. All in all, I would say that although visiting the Dentist is not something you actually enjoy. Patryk, Igor, and the rest of the team made my experience a good one. And obviously costing less than in England.
My experience was amazing. Dental professionals who truly care. I originally asked for a quote based on a US based team. The dental surgeon from Poland called and explained to why that was not the healthiest solution in the long-term! I ended up with fewer implants because they saved more of my original teeth. When it was all done, my neighbor said I looked ten years younger, my sister said I had such a beautiful smile, they hadn't seen it in such a long time. I do smile all the time now. The dentists in Poland were always checking to ensure I was not in pain. I never was. I have never been to a dentist as gentle and caring as Project Smile's. My brother in-law needed an implant. I told him to call Project Smile and take a vacation. The cost would be about the same.
I had an amazing experience with the Project Smile team. From the first contact until the job was finished and I had my new smile! Everything was explained to me perfectly and professionally! I'm so happy with my new crowns and my confidence is soaring. I would highly recommend Project Smile to anyone. I look forward to returning in the summer for a check up because everyone is so nice there especially Dr Paulina who did an absolutely outstanding job of taking me through all of the procedures and choosing the right teeth to give me the best smile that I have had in my life!
Would recommend 100% after 40 years afraid of the dentist I needed full top and bottom teeth. I saved 10s of thousands compared to Uk prices. I had no pain at all and no or little swelling after was given prescriptions for Antibiotic and Super strong painkillers I only needed one painkiller. Super friendly staff all spoke perfect English. They take care of everything for you the hardest thing I had to do was park my car at the airport before I left. I now have a full set of white teeth that are as solid as a rock and a great big smile
The stuff was highly professional, always on schedule, no fuss and extremely friendly. The foreign patient coordinator was always on time providing me with information I needed. I will strongly recommend this clinic.
I and my husband had recently implant treatment at Project Smile and we both are very satisfied with their work and deportment. The attitude we met was extremely good. We would recommend Project Smile to anyone.
My treatment at Project Smile in Gdansk has been excellent from start to finish. I have been greeted by everyone at the clinic and those connected with the clinic with great courtesy. At every encounter, I have been treated with respect, and any question I have asked has been answered very openly. My treatment over the past eight month has been exemplary. The skill that the surgeon Dr Maciek Koberda used has been beyond my expectations. I would recommend this clinic for his skills alone. After the first appointment in Gdansk I needed some stitches removed by my dentist in the UK who said the skill shown by Dr Maciej Koberda was exceptional. The surgery carried out to place the implants into the bone structure was pain free, and even after the anaesthetic had worn off I only had to take two lots of Paracetamol on that first day. I have in the past experienced toothache and this was in no way comparable. Discomfort, rather than pain. The last appointment for fitting of abutments and ceramic crowns again went without a hitch. The crowns were fitted by a prosthetic specialist Dr Paulina Bautembach-Kaberda who went again beyond my expectations with her skill and approach to her work, and consideration towards me. She is a perfectionist and will not walk away without giving of her artistic best. Their joint skills have given me my open mouthed smile again. Thank you I must also mention Patryk Becker – the coordinator who helped with all matters practical from arrival to departure. And Mr Peter the taxi driver who whisked me to and from the airport, a very patient man!