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Physician assistant Lisa Martin, 48, from Kerry in Ireland, has spent thousands traveling and undergoing dental treatment in Turkey – saving her a huge sum compared to Western practices

Lisa Martin pictured in 2014 after having her top row of teeth treated

A woman has told how her botched cut-price dental treatment in Turkey was the start of a costly and painful ordeal – and she is now at risk of losing all her teeth.

Lisa Martin, 48, a medical assistant from Co Kerry, Ireland, flew to Turkey to get mono dental crowns, a type of cap that restores the tooth, for EUR1,500 (£1,248).

Everything seemed to be fine, but within weeks she noticed a small crack in one of the crowns – which would become the start of a horrific and very expensive nightmare.

In 2021, she returned to Turkey for a second procedure, filing both sets of teeth and replacing them with another set of crowns – costing EUR3,500 (£2,913).

Unfortunately, something went very wrong.







Lisa’s dental treatments cost thousands of dollars in Turkey – a country known for lower healthcare costs
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After treatment, Lisa was left in excruciating pain from an abscess
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Upon returning home, Lisa began to develop an abscess which quickly infected the entire side of her face, leaving her in excruciating pain.

Distraught, she rushed to her local dentist and was told she would need a checkup every six months and multiple root canals, which are expected to cost her thousands of dollars.

Lisa can no longer eat properly because the food aggravates the nerves in her mouth and has caused her to lose a lot of weight.







Lisa says she lost a lot of weight because she can’t eat properly
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Her local dentist told her she would need to spend thousands more on her teeth after the botched treatments in Turkey
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“I made a stupid decision based on the cost and it will now affect me for the rest of my life,” Lisa said.

“Because all these teeth are joined, it becomes a huge job for the dentist to separate the crowns without breaking them to extract a tooth.

“The fear of the unknown is wreaking havoc in my head, because I know I can’t afford to continue having root canals.

“I’m going to lose my teeth and end up with dentures – it’s just a matter of when I’m going to lose them.”







Lisa took to TikTok to warn others considering dental tourism in Turkey
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Lisa has now taken to TikTok to warn others of the dangers of getting her teeth done abroad and to share the daily pain she has to live with.

One of the many videos has racked up 338,000 views and over 6,000 likes so far.

In the clip, Lisa begins by commenting on the sensitivity of her mouth, before pushing out two of her teeth.

She says she can feel her “fangs” under them and is “exhausted” from the pain.

Lisa claims she was ‘slammed’ by people online, who said she was lying about the pain of the ‘bad face’ of the Turkish dental industry.







Many people on social media slammed Lisa for ‘talking badly’ about the Turkish dental industry
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However, many praised Lisa for discussing the matter and for being transparent.
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“You tell me I had 26 teeth filed down, these dig into my mouth and I’m lying about the pain – whatever,” she says in the clip.

Users took to the comments section to applaud Lisa for her transparency.

“Thanks for posting, we need to hear about the unsuccessful procedures. I would be interested in what your own dentist says,” one viewer commented.

Another wrote: “Root canal for you I would say.”

“I worked in a dental office for a few years. Cases like this happened all the time. I feel so bad for you,” someone else added.

One person commented, “Tooth pain is the worst pain ever!!! I hope you get better soon.”

“Omg thank you for all your videos. I considered going for a while but I’ve definitely made up my mind now. Your honesty saved me,” another viewer added.

Someone else said, “You tell your story girl, I hope you get sorted.”

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Lisa hopes the videos will deter others from traveling abroad for dental treatment.

She added: “When you go abroad to get your teeth done, it is not in the interests of dentists to tell you what problems you may have.

“Like you have someone with nice teeth telling you you won’t feel anything, that sounds too good to be true for anyone with a complex about their teeth.

“They’ll say it only costs whatever amount and you’ll have great teeth in a week, pain free.”

Dentist Dr Shaadi Manouchehri, who has been practicing for seven years, shared her expertise on crowns and the dangers involved.

She said: “Shaving healthy teeth down to the ankles can lead to irreversible nerve damage which can cause pain and infection.

“The treatment required in most cases will be a root canal or if the teeth cannot be saved, extraction is the only option.

“Crowns should be replaced every 15 years and there are minimally invasive alternatives to this treatment.”

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