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Re: Wisdom teeth removal Urgh!

What are the approximate costs of a visit to the dentist, for a checkup (without the actual tooth extraction) and an X-ray?

I have had some pain with my lower one and would like to hear a second opinion on it.

p.s. in Basel area
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About 50 euro in germany
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What are the approximate costs of a visit to the dentist, for a checkup (without the actual tooth extraction) and an X-ray?

I have had some pain with my lower one and would like to hear a second opinion on it.

p.s. in Basel area
Not in Basel area, but my dentist charged around CHF 120 for this- included in the final bill of around CHF 300. I won't be surprised if it is higher elsewhere.
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Not in Basel area, but my dentist charged around CHF 120 for this- included in the final bill of around CHF 300. I won't be surprised if it is higher elsewhere.
Routine check and x-Ray is around that price here too including a clean.
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Re: Wisdom teeth removal Urgh!

There are no fixed tariffs, each dentist may charge what he likes, so please do telephone and ask for the rate they are charging.

A friend of mine was still (illegally) insured by the British NHS, and went to a London teaching hospital (St. Bartholomew ?) and had all her dental work done under a full anaesthetic, - because she was terrified of dentists.

The OP darkhorsedrea might want to make enquiries at Swiss dental schools. I have been to the one at Inselspital in Bern, and had a very long course of treatment with a student, but it was much cheaper!

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Dentists often say a wisdom tooth must be extracted because it is very difficult to clean, so it will decay quickly and then be all the more difficult to extract. Honestly, I've seen thousands and thousands of wisdom teeth, and I'm still waiting for the one that is difficult to be extracted due to decay.

Hey, that's my queue! Exception, rule, all that:
Had all my wisdom teeth several decades until last fall, at which point one of them started giving me the twinge. I'd managed to let a pretty big hole grow back there, blech. No use filling, out with it. Fine, except the bloody cavity was too big and the whole thing splintered. Spent a nice hour listening to crunching noises and doctor's irritated mutterings. Afterward: stitches, visits for gauze changes, lectures about dentist visits.


Still have the remaining three. Pretty paranoid about reaching all the way back while brushing.
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So at some point this year my dentist has advised before I get too old that I should have all 4 wisdom teeth removed.

I am so afraid of dentists that a general check up can have me in tears. So the thought of going and sitting in a chair to have them removed in two sessions makes me want to vomit or have a heart attack. Ridiculous I know!

Does anyone know how or if its possible for me to to arrange to have all 4 removed at the same time under a general anesthetic. I'd rather be knocked out I think.

Is this possible here? And also anyone done this and know the cost??
Dear Darkhorsedrea
First, I am so sorry no one has addressed your fear. It is real and can be paralyzing. There are certainly dental practices which can offer full anesthesia, if you would prefer it. It is standard procedure in USA, though less often in Switzerland. However, you really do not need to explain yourself or feel sorry to ask for it.

I know in our practice, www.cosmodent.ch, a team of qualified anesthesiologists come to us for such cases. The patient is not given a total narcosis which would require a ventilator, but a light anesthesia so you can still breathe on your own. We even do this for small children who need larger treatments. After the treatment, you quietly wake up and can return home the same day.

Concerning the question of whether you need to extract your wisdom teeth, or not, you should ask your dental professional, not an internet forum. If you have any doubts, ask for your x-rays and take them for a second opinion. This is perfectly okay.

Personally, I would love to see you overcome your dental fear, but it is okay to ask for anesthesia for the wisfom teeth. Afterwards, I would be most pleased to guide you through a pleasant spa like dental cleaning. After 30+ years, it is my specialty and pleasure. Dentistry should not hurt.

PM me, if you'd like to talk. No charge for a kind ear. xx
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Old 07.08.2015, 17:24
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Re: Wisdom teeth removal Urgh!

If you have any doubts about the validity of sometimes removing wisdom teeth, please have a look at this x-ray. The bottom right wisdom tooth is horizontally jammed into the second molar causing decay on its distal side ( back side) . The left second molar is not fully erupted and the left wisdom tooth is mal-placed causing unnecessary problems. The patient is in danger of losing both the second and third molars on both sides. ( wisdom teeth are third molars) Therefore, the ability to masticate will be reduced AND the upper second molars will super-erupt causing misplaced contacts between the first and second molars, thus causing increased periodontal problems. The upper wisdom teeth appear to be impacted ( not erupted into mouth) and could probably be left alone.

If this were my son, I would be sad to have not prevented this situation through early intervention and pro-active preventive care.

I am ONLY a Dental Hygienist, but this is my opinion.
DARN, I wish I could return to dental school at age 57! :-))
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