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Does it make sense to go for a dentist in France?

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I have some problems with two teeth. The dentist in Switzerland did some root treatment but said the two teeth won't last long, and one day (worst case: a few months later, best case: a few years later) we will have to remove them and make two crowns (implant??). He estimated that the total cost will be 8k-10k CHF.

I do not live too far from French border. I know that some people go to dentist in France because it is cheaper there.

My question: in my case does it make sense that I go to a dentist in France? I think it depends on:

- How much cheaper it is in France compared to Switzerland
- The quality in France
- Practical issues (e.g. making crowns/implants needs multiple appointments)

Anyone has some experience?
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Old 26.05.2015, 23:31
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Re: Does it make sense to go for a dentist in France?

A French dentist would certainly be a good choice, not least because of their excellent reputation for modern dentistry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Fauchard
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Re: Does it make sense to go for a dentist in France?

I go to a dentist in France- but it is my local, even though I live in Switzerland (so close to the border). He is not cheap- most of his clients are Swiss, and come from far afield, Lausanne, Fribourg- so he has adapted his prices quite a bit (won't take credit cards either which is pretty annoying). So the fact he is in France is not a problem for mutliple visits. I've just had a crown fitted and it worked out at approx 1000- including initial examination and x-rays. BTW a crown is placed over the roots and base of the tooth- an implant is a totally different thing (eg all the tooth and roots out, and replaced totally, I believe). Dentists near the border are so busy it is unlikely you could get an appointment, certainly not quickly. We were recommened by friends and now we are on his list- it is much easier- and he will see us in emergencies quickly (as when my tooth just crumbled a couple of months ago )
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Re: Does it make sense to go for a dentist in France?

Indeed, it might take you a few weeks before getting an appointment with a dentist at the border in France. They have a good reputation and are definitely cheaper than in Switzerland.
Best would be to go a bit further, Annecy might be faster to get an appointment, hardly on a weekend though.
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I go to a dentist in France- but it is my local, even though I live in Switzerland (so close to the border). He is not cheap- most of his clients are Swiss, and come from far afield, Lausanne, Fribourg- so he has adapted his prices quite a bit (won't take credit cards either which is pretty annoying). )
Credit cards leave a paper trail, cash doesn't, so you're basically supporting the black economy !

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Credit cards leave a paper trail, cash doesn't, so your basically supporting the black economy !
To be fair French Dr's etc always give receipts.
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To be fair French Dr's etc always give receipts.
I can give you any number of receipts generated by a computer......
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I can give you any number of receipts generated by a computer......
Official social security receipts are from a numbered pad, as the French always pay 20% at point of delivery & then claim back from their mutual. Of course computer generated receipts apply to almost every business in the world. French Dr's will accept a cheque if they don't take cards.
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Official social security receipts are from a numbered pad, as the French always pay 20% at point of delivery & then claim back from their mutual. Of course computer generated receipts apply to almost every business in the world. French Dr's will accept a cheque if they don't take cards.
Sure, but from what your friend Odile said, the dentist was dealing mainly with Swiss clients and didn't take cards, implying that it was a cash only payment system. Seeing the clients are Swiss, the French social doesn't really apply.

Maybe different for French clients....
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Re: Does it make sense to go for a dentist in France?

From happyrobbie: "The dentist in Switzerland did some root treatment but said the two teeth won't last long, and one day (worst case: a few months later, best case: a few years later) we will have to remove them and make two crowns (implant??). He estimated that the total cost will be 8k-10k CHF."

This is puzzling. I saw an invoice this week (I am the beancounter, the wife is the dentist) for a case involving exactly the situation the OP is describing - two implants with a crown each. The invoice was for CHF 5.6k. Either my wife is not putting in all positions, or the dentist the OP saw had a significantly higher factor than our 3.4. I can't imagine though the tax punkt can account for the 50-100% higher price. Or maybe the dentist the OP saw does not adhere to SSO guidelines or is interpreting them liberally and adding positions that are typically not allowed together. Would love to look at the detailed quote. OP, please PM me.
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