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I believe generations ago many Italians wanting to emigrate to America didn't have enough money for the complete journey. Many made a "temporary" stop in the UK to earn enough to complete the trip. Some never left.
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Trick - Use a hygenist from a different practice than dentist

I've gotten in the habit of having my teeth cleaned directly after I have had work done by a hygenist who doesn't work in the same practice as the dentist who did the work. Then I ask this person their opinion on the work the dentist did. I get an honest evaluation. If you see a hygenist in the same practice as the dentist, they won't be as honest.

This worked wonders once when the hygenist showed me that the dentist did not put on a crown that was not flush with the tooth and there was a gap which would have given me all kinds of problems.

A good hygenist who will do this is Susan Schlessinger of Cosmodent on Bahnhoffplatz across from main station.

I also once went to Konstanz to save money and had a German dentist tell me that I needed four crowns. I then proceeded to see other Swiss dentists and ended up with four dentists saying completely different things. In the end I did not any crowns.

Two dentists which I feel are honest and conservative (i.e. do not do things just for the money) are Dr. Helfried Kohlert near Bellevue, Swiss who worked in Chicago for a while, very experienced and Terry McDermott, American who has been here a long time. I was very impressed and really liked and trusted both these dentists very much.

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Re: Swiss Dentist hell

Try zahnartz centrum, they have clinics in zurich. I started there last year after last seeing a UK nhs dentist a few years previously. I am not a huge fan of dentists but at the zahnartzccentrum in oerlikon they are very careful and nice and also speak great English. I had two wisdom teeth removed with no issues, dentist in the UK had said it was a hospital job, here it took less than 30 minutes. An additional bonus is that they are open 'til late and at weekends so no need to take time off to visit. They are the best dentists I have ever had!
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Old 02.01.2015, 09:46
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Re: Trick - Use a hygenist from a different practice than dentist

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I've gotten in the habit of having my teeth cleaned directly after I have had work done by a hygenist who doesn't work in the same practice as the dentist who did the work. Then I ask this person their opinion on the work the dentist did. I get an honest evaluation. If you see a hygenist in the same practice as the dentist, they won't be as honest.

This worked wonders once when the hygenist showed me that the dentist did not put on a crown that was not flush with the tooth and there was a gap which would have given me all kinds of problems.

A good hygenist who will do this is Susan Schlessinger of Cosmodent on Bahnhoffplatz across from main station.

I also once went to Konstanz to save money and had a German dentist tell me that I needed four crowns. I then proceeded to see other Swiss dentists and ended up with four dentists saying completely different things. In the end I did not any crowns.

Two dentists which I feel are honest and conservative (i.e. do not do things just for the money) are Dr. Helfried Kohlert near Bellevue, Swiss who worked in Chicago for a while, very experienced and Terry McDermott, American who has been here a long time. I was very impressed and really liked and trusted both these dentists very much.

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Thank you, MakeABigWish.

Actually, if I were younger, I would become a dentist, simply to have more control over what happens to MY patients....as I sincerely believe in PREVENTIVE care....guess I tick to a different coo-coo clock...

Another suggestion is to go to a hygienist with an INTRA-ORAL CAMERA, so you can see with your own eyes...
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Try zahnartz centrum, they have clinics in zurich. I started there last year after last seeing a UK nhs dentist a few years previously. I am not a huge fan of dentists but at the zahnartzccentrum in oerlikon they are very careful and nice and also speak great English. I had two wisdom teeth removed with no issues, dentist in the UK had said it was a hospital job, here it took less than 30 minutes. An additional bonus is that they are open 'til late and at weekends so no need to take time off to visit. They are the best dentists I have ever had!

Wonderfull.
Sounds like another efficient tooth extraction clinic ala Swiss Smile style.
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Re: Swiss Dentist hell

UK normally suggest a hospital and sedative for difficult wisdom tooth extraction. In Germany I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed under a local and se real after care visits for about €500... Swiss prices started in the high 2000's
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Swiss Dentists - a ripoff

Save a tooth? They don't want to repair your teeth any more, they just want to pull them and do as many implants as possible. That's where the big money is. And with the innumerable hidden costs you would need a bank loan! Sad....
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Re: Swiss Dentists - a ripoff

Welcome to the forum.

Not my experience but I don't have your teeth nor dentist.
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Re: Swiss Dentists - a ripoff

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Welcome to the forum.

Not my experience but I don't have your teeth nor dentist.
Dentists aren't cheap wherever you are and dental insurance relatively uncommon. Hence, if due to poor genetics, poor diet or poor dental hygiene you require extensive dental work it will become expensive.
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Re: Swiss Dentists - a ripoff

They make FAR more money repairing teeth than pulling them out.

There's also the added bonus of "repeat bisiness" if the tooth is still in place too !
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Re: Swiss Dentists - a ripoff

How much?
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Re: Swiss Dentists - a ripoff

The monthly tooth extraction thread

My prediction for the OP's next post: either the washing machine scheme or flushing the toilet after 10...
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The monthly tooth extraction thread

My prediction for the OP's next post: either the washing machine scheme or flushing the toilet after 10...
No no no. There's no need to wash the tooth after it's been pulled, and flushing them is never a good idea, regardless of the time.
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Re: Swiss Dentists - a ripoff

I have a supplementary insurance which cover most of the dentist bill.
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Re: Swiss Dentists - a ripoff

Travel abroad!
I've kept my (private) dentist in the UK. I can fly over with EasyJet for a couple of days, visit family, do a little shopping, have check up / cleanup / whatever needed all for less than a filling would cost here.



Edit: I've never actually gone just for the dentist.. But when i go i do include a dentist trip.

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Save a tooth? They don't want to repair your teeth any more, they just want to pull them and do as many implants as possible. That's where the big money is. And with the innumerable hidden costs you would need a bank loan! Sad....
You went to Swiss Smile?
Definitely there are some dentists who only want
to pull teeth. Avoid them.
Have a look at what the dentist specialises in.
If its implants run like hell.
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Re: Swiss Dentists - a ripoff

Ditto. UK dentists are cheap, even if you go private not NHS… and they are very much into monitoring and not treating until it is absolutely nessercary.

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Travel abroad!
I've kept my (private) dentist in the UK. I can fly over with EasyJet for a couple of days, visit family, do a little shopping, have check up / cleanup / whatever needed all for less than a filling would cost here.



Edit: I've never actually gone just for the dentist.. But when i go i do include a dentist trip.
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The monthly tooth extraction thread

My prediction for the OP's next post: either the washing machine scheme or flushing the toilet after 10...
I once had a patient who accidentally flushed his dentures down the toilet. Bless his heart.

OP, seriously, sorry about your tooth problems.
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Ditto. UK dentists are cheap, even if you go private not NHS… and they are very much into monitoring and not treating until it is absolutely nessercary.
I'm quite lucky with mine, apart from the good prices, he knows we're just back on holiday so I book well in advance and he'll see me/wife/kids back to back with next appointment blocked out in case any of us need treatment.

Price wise, in GBP .. Last time we were about 150 for checkups x 4, filling x 1, xray x 1, hygenist x 2
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Depends on the surgery. Two of my friends are dentists, one had his own surgery and so could do what he wanted, another is younger and keeps quitting because her bosses pressure her into doing more expensive rather than better treatments. My advice is to get advice.
Exactly....but where??
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