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 an implant to replace a cracked root, and seeing the ridiculous UK prices, I started having a look for alternatives. I found information on Project Smile, in Gdansk, online. After reading loads of reviews I decided it was worth looking into.
I e-mailed them and received a call back within an hour or so from Patryk Becker (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 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 myself but Patryk is able to help with accommodation as well.
Patryk recommended Mr. Peter, a local taxi driver, who picked us up at the airport. Thereafter he took me to all of my appointments. Mr. Peter is lovely, speaks English and has the best prices I saw. He was always prompt and waited during my appointments to take us back without even charging for the wait. I'd definitely recommend using Mr Peter.
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. Dr 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. There is an option for a 'lab made' temporary crown but Dr Foltyn made one himself that was more than presentable enough for the 5 months I waited for the implant to lock into my jaw. The entire process took around 40 mins from arrival to departure and was genuinely painless and stress free.
My 2nd visit was 5 months later to give the implant time to join with the bone. Dr Foltyn removed my temporary crown to check that the implant had locked in. He 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.
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 accommodation, 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 which 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.