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Old 26.07.2011, 09:59
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Zurich Dental clinic - any information?

Klinik für Alters- und Behindertenzahnmedizin:
http://www.zzm.uzh.ch/kfs-kab/kab.html

I have read their website but not fully 'getting it' and they are now on summer holidays for 2 weeks. Can anyone use the clinic? Is it for general dentistry, dental surgery, other or all? Is there a special price for seniors?
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Re: Zurich Dental clinic - any information?

Well, I see some people were interested in reading the post, but no one had anything to add! I have since been to the dental clinic and here is how it works:

They speak English. New patients can go without appointment (it's a clinic, right?) on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 - 10am. You take a number, go to the window where you get a patient health form to fill out (in English). When your number comes up on the board, you go in and see a dentist who assesses your complaint. If it requires an x-ray, you will be sent back to the window to pay for it and then downstairs for the x-ray. Back to the waiting room, and then to see a dentist again to schedule a future appointment to do the work.

I took a friend of mine: she thought she had a cavity and so had an x-ray of the front bottom teeth. Cost: CHF 18.70. The second dentist picked around and essentially cleaned off the calcium build up, and there was no further appointment needed. Yay! Cost of visit: CHF62.- Although we were there from 9 -11:30, it was worth it. Everyone was extremely nice and caring, and answered all of our questions.
They gave us a list of dentists affiliated with the clinic as well as a hygienist (they don't do regular cleanings and check-ups). If you don't have an emergency, the wait for an appointment is 2-3 months at this time (Aug. 2011). They are hiring another dentist in October to help with the back load. I hope this will be helpful to those of you without a dentist in Zurich in your time of need!
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Re: Zurich Dental clinic - any information?

I'd like to know the relevance of the 'Alters- und Behindertenzahnmedizin' title of the clinic though. It means 'Clinic for Dentistry for Senior Citizens and People with a Disability' (or whatever terms are politically correct these days). Do they check the age of the clients? Or do they accept anyone who turns up - perhaps if they are not too busy?
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No, there didn't seem to be an age restriction, and all people walked in unaided (no disabilities that I could see!). There were many people from different ethnic groups of all ages. Income level also didn't seem to be a factor. I just thought it would be worth a try, as the savings were significant.
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They are the student dentists and they need people to practise on. That's why it's so cheap and why it often takes longer than usual. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean the quality suffers, for more complicated things the professors supervise the students. It's probably not an ideal setting for someone who is scared of dentist visits but still, worth a try. They are often looking for people who need major work done to practise doing that too, so bridges, implants, that sort of stuff. The patient pays the cost of the equipment but it's no where near what the normal dentists charge.

A former flatmate and good friend of mine is currently doing the "treating patients" thing, sorry I didn't see the original post, otherwise I would have got back to you on that. Glad to see it worked out for you.
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