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Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

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Can anyone tell me what would be the approximate costs for a root canal treatment done in Zürich, as a self-paying patient? Thanks!
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

As far as I can remember, just in excess of 1'000, excluding the crown and the fitting of the crown (this was 2 years ago)
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

root canal and crown is going to cost you 1000 - 1300 franks, i say...
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Old 31.07.2007, 22:33
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

a pal of mine just dropped 2 large on this procedure. Dental cover can be added to insurance policies in many cases....but check the small print.
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

For some of the money you can buy a long weekend to Budapest or Prague, have the treatment by a top notch private dentist and still bring money back home. Or so I have been told by some people in the know. I have no need myself, so have no further details.
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Old 01.08.2007, 08:38
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For some of the money you can buy a long weekend to Budapest or Prague, have the treatment by a top notch private dentist and still bring money back home. Or so I have been told by some people in the know. I have no need myself, so have no further details.
Indeed, I have all my dental work, including hygiene carried out in Slovakia when I visit the in-laws. Hygiene - 20chf & recently had a replacement cap - 150chf. So can spend the remainder on Slibowitz & affordable furniture ..
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

Most of my people at my office (including some of the Swiss guys), drive up to Germany.
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

I can confirm how outrageously expensive dental treatments are in Switzerland. 10 days ago I had my last wisdom tooth (no easy jokes about that ) pulled. The entire procedure took some 15 minutes max, from the moment the dentist lifted the chair until he removed my "bib". I had to return a week after to have the fill cotton (inside the gum) removed and replaced by self-disolving sponges. That took some 5 minutes. Finally, "since we were already at it" he replaced an old filling that was a bit too sharp.

I got the bill yesterday for SFr 330. I must say I'm quite happy with how painless everything was, and that it was under SFr500, which was what I was expecting.
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I can confirm how outrageously expensive dental treatments are in Switzerland. 10 days ago I had my last wisdom tooth (no easy jokes about that ) pulled. The entire procedure took some 15 minutes max, from the moment the dentist lifted the chair until he removed my "bib". I had to return a week after to have the fill cotton (inside the gum) removed and replaced by self-disolving sponges. That took some 5 minutes. Finally, "since we were already at it" he replaced an old filling that was a bit too sharp.

I got the bill yesterday for SFr 330. I must say I'm quite happy with how painless everything was, and that it was under SFr500, which was what I was expecting.
Maybe I've been here too long, but that sounds quite reasonable to me....
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

Recently I has some work done on some decay that was under some existing fillings. Basically two one hour sessions cost CHF1000, with a root canal I think that you would get of lightly if it was CHF500, more in the direction of CHF1000. It also depends upon how easy the roots are to fill, which they willn't know until they start the proceedure. Germany or overseas would be your best bet. See the BBC report http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/help/3681938.stm
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

I had a root canal done last week in Zahnart Zentrum Zurich. CHF 1200 all up, for 2x 90 minute sessions. The crown is another story...
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Old 02.08.2007, 13:29
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

It's quite normal here to ask a dentist to give a written quotation for any work before having it done. Don't be afraid to ask as it's quite normal to do this.
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Old 02.08.2007, 13:31
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

Would it be really bad to go to a dentist here, have a check up and find out whats wrong and then make an appointment with a dentist in Germany to do the work? save going all the way there for a check up and then to go back again for the treatment?
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

Having just returned from the dentist with my 5 year old who has had a milk tooth pulled, we were told that even though we don't have dental cover, this will be covered by our health insurance as they do cover accidental damage - the damage was caused 2 years ago when she jumped off a table and landed on her two front teeth Should there be any problems with the second teeth coming through, they too will be covered. Obviously, standard decay will not be.

So if you had an accident at some point, which damaged your teeth, don't forget to register the accident with your health plan. Then, any treatment at a later date should be covered.
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Would it be really bad to go to a dentist here, have a check up and find out whats wrong and then make an appointment with a dentist in Germany to do the work? save going all the way there for a check up and then to go back again for the treatment?
I wouldn't think it's bad at all. The thing is that after checking you and provided something needs to be done, he would ask you to make a new appointment. Well, you can always say "Oh, I gotta check my agenda. I'll call back later".
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

Yep 2 large minimum then there is another 2 large for the crown. My dentist drives a top of the range Bentley
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

My dentist in India had many patients(mainly for surgery not covered by insurance) from aborad for this very reason.. he said even with the travel costs it came out much cheaper for them..
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

I like the idea, it seems that you will not be in a fit state to enjoy the excursion when having intensive dental work undertaken, especially with the effects of flying...it will be more like an ordeal than a pleasure trip..

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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

Before starting work, the dentist may ask for you to first visit a dental hygenist. To clear the jungle first, so to speak...
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Old 03.08.2007, 09:38
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Re: Dental costs -- Root canal treatment

2 weeks ago i woke up at 1am with blinding toothache - unexpected. i found myself at the Bellevue emergency dentist at 3am being treated. got lots of drugs to ease the pain and returned next day. yep while in the chair dentist said good old root canal was the treatment required. so afer nearly passing out with fear and dread of the 2 words "root canal" he did the job - 1 hour in the chair. that was not too painful - back next week for check up and the bill - now I expect that to be painful and I will let you know. Please note Swiss dentists always find something that needs doing and this is advice from Swiss colleagues.
However it will still be good value when compared to the pain suffered for a couple of hours.This is what I will think about as I pay the bill 1000-2000chf is a cheap price to pay when in agony at 3am in the night!!
Thank God there is 24hr emergency coverage as without it I think I would have died of pain!!!
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