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Old 28.03.2009, 19:19
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Anyone have an experience here in Switzerland for a wisdom tooth extraction? I'm asking around work and every figure I've heard scares the crap outta me and makes me want to invest on a trip to Germany or even Hungary, lol.
Ask a dentist to give you an estimate.
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Re: Cost of dentists in Switzerland

If your wisdom tooth is impacted and is causing you pain I recommend a maxillofacial surgeon and not just a dentist. They should wait until any infection has cleared up before extracting the tooth, but I had a dentist here try to do an extraction when my tooth was badly infected.

My 4 wisdom teeth cost CHF 2500 from a specialist and I was under the whole time. That was in Sydney, but call a surgery here and ask because it was cheaper per tooth than a dentist quoted.

Don't let a dentist start extracting wisdom teeth without a full-head, 360 degree x-ray of your teeth. Mine was hooked into my jaw and my friend had so much pain caused when they tried to pull a similar tooth here without a full-jaw x-ray. The tooth ended up breaking in half.

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Anyone have an experience here in Switzerland for a wisdom tooth extraction? I'm asking around work and every figure I've heard scares the crap outta me and makes me want to invest on a trip to Germany or even Hungary, lol.
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Old 28.03.2009, 21:47
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Re: Cost of dentists in Switzerland

well from what i can tell it's one wisdom tooth on my right side which is impacted and truthfully it doesn't hurt until i eat something that gets stuck in the little pocket usually bread of all thing, since the wisdom tooth is an eighth of an inch lower than the last molar.

since i'm on a bartenders salary i would opt for the single tooth, but ya i'll for sure have to ask around. thanks

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If your wisdom tooth is impacted and is causing you pain I recommend a maxillofacial surgeon and not just a dentist. They should wait until any infection has cleared up before extracting the tooth, but I had a dentist here try to do an extraction when my tooth was badly infected.

My 4 wisdom teeth cost CHF 2500 from a specialist and I was under the whole time. That was in Sydney, but call a surgery here and ask because it was cheaper per tooth than a dentist quoted.

Don't let a dentist start extracting wisdom teeth without a full-head, 360 degree x-ray of your teeth. Mine was hooked into my jaw and my friend had so much pain caused when they tried to pull a similar tooth here without a full-jaw x-ray. The tooth ended up breaking in half.
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Old 28.03.2009, 22:57
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since i'm on a bartenders salary i would opt for the single tooth, but ya i'll for sure have to ask around. thanks
I vaguely remember from when I had mine out that it was advised - perhaps even compulsory? - to have both the top and bottom teeth out. I had impacted bottom teeth but perfectly fine top ones, but had to have them all out, to stop the top ones growing into thin air, or trying to bite on gum, or something. And this was in the UK on the National Health, so it's not like they were scamming me.

I had mine taken out at the dentist under (quite a lot of) local anaesthetic. I'm not at all dentist-phobic and didn't want the additional complication/recovery time of a general anaesthetic. I had to go twice, to have first one side top/bottom out, then the other side a week later. Each op took about 45 mins, and during the procedure was completely painless, although uncomfortable to hold my mouth open for so long. It did throb a bit once the local wore off, but nothing that regular painkillers couldn't handle and was completely fine the next day.

And hey, I got to hold a little mirror and watch!

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Old 29.03.2009, 10:42
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since i'm on a bartenders salary i would opt for the single tooth, but ya i'll for sure have to ask around. thanks
I was a 19 years and a student working part-time. I needed to have all 4 done. I paid by installments

My husband had the same thing as you, no pain just food getting caught. He got a dental kit and cleaned the tooth out and in a few weeks the tooth grew up and had enough space.
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Re: Cost of dentists in Switzerland

hi, my dentist is not the cheapest, but sooo nice and he really tries hard not to cause you any pain. check him out: dr. rohr, schaffhauserstrasse in örlikon. nearest tram stop is "Hirschwiesen", next to Milchbuck.
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Re: Cost of dentists in Switzerland

Having been reading this thread, and others in EF regarding Dentists in Switzerland. Needless to say, cost is
Last Friday night I suffered from terrible pain on my lower jaw molar. Sat up the whole night since laying down meant more pain (may be due to increased blood supply, but I am no doctor). Took pain killers for weekend, to wait for a good dentist to do a check up on Monday.

As it turns out, after check up, the doctor gave me not so good news. I have cavity in two molars on each side, and one cavity in wisdom tooth. Out of these three, there is possibility to fix one molar with Root Canal, and he suggested implant for the other molar. Since the third is wisdom tooth, the one above it (though healthy now) also has to go. On the other side, one wisdom tooth showed signs of decay so it must go, as well as the corresponding upper wisdom.

To cut this complicated long story short, all four wisdom, one Root Canal and one Implant. So I am staring at a pretty big figure above 10k. the doctor did perform a 360° head x-ray, and also some small x-rays were done by the Dental hygienist whom I went to after the checkup at the same place.

Since it looks like a big procedure, I would like if possible to take a second opinion (it may not be in Switzerland). So my question is, can I ask for all the x-ray results from my test? Since I am being charged for that.
The doctor was a good gentleman and he did say, he will email me with his findings. But would I be pushing if I remind the receptionist about it a day after the checkup, that I would like to have it as soon as possible?

My second query is, is it considered normal in Europe or here, to take off the wisdom teeth, since later on it would cause trouble? The reasoning seems to be, one cannot clean it properly no matter how hard you try, so let us be without the trouble. How about after pulling these four wisdom teeth out, does it affect a persons ability to eat etc.?
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To cut this complicated long story short, all four wisdom, one Root Canal and one Implant. So I am staring at a pretty big figure above 10k. the doctor did perform a 360° head x-ray, and also some small x-rays were done by the Dental hygienist whom I went to after the checkup at the same place.

My second query is, is it considered normal in Europe or here, to take off the wisdom teeth, since later on it would cause trouble? The reasoning seems to be, one cannot clean it properly no matter how hard you try, so let us be without the trouble. How about after pulling these four wisdom teeth out, does it affect a persons ability to eat etc.?
You paid for the X-rays, so you should be able to take them. I have my knee MRIs on CD and my son's CT scan, since I had a radiologist in the family look over then.

After pulling wisdom teeth you can't chew for a few days and you may get loads of bleeding and swelling like I had. They only pull them if they are impacted and causing pain. It is very painful and really not essential unless they are bothering you.

Dentist's prices do differ here. Look at the number of tax points your dentist has. I shopped around for a root canal. The first dentist wanted to pull it and make a bridge at CHF 1500 plus. The second wanted to charge me for a crown that wasn't needed. The one I choose charged me less than CHF 500.

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Old 08.04.2009, 17:07
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Re: Cost of dentists in Switzerland

Having your wisdom teeth out is not neccessarily painful. The process itself is not painful at all. Afterwards, there can be some aching but a few painkillers put paid to that. It isnt the most pleasant thing in the world obviously but you shouldnt be put off if you need it done, because you think its going to hurt so much... it normally wont.
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Having your wisdom teeth out is not neccessarily painful. The process itself is not painful at all. Afterwards, there can be some aching but a few painkillers put paid to that. It isnt the most pleasant thing in the world obviously but you shouldnt be put off if you need it done, because you think its going to hurt so much... it normally wont.
Thanks for the support. I just found it a bit strange that without any cavity yet, I would be advised to pull one of them off. Strangely logical as it may seem, the ones above which are perfectly okay must also go, since they cannot hang in mid air.
All of a sudden I am looking forward to having a mouth without 5 teeth, in late twenties, and bank balance which dips considerably!! Well well ... does not make me feel comfortable ... Dunno what old age has in store for me, but going by the present graph it does not look rosy.
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My second query is, is it considered normal in Europe or here, to take off the wisdom teeth, since later on it would cause trouble? The reasoning seems to be, one cannot clean it properly no matter how hard you try, so let us be without the trouble. How about after pulling these four wisdom teeth out, does it affect a persons ability to eat etc.?
I went to see a dentist here for a check up and interestingly they want to take out my wisdom teeth as well. My wisdom teeth have never come right through but have also never caused me any problems. The dentists theory is that as I have absolutely no way of cleaning them they should be removed. Personally I am very sceptical and if it does need done I think I'll be heading home to Scotland to have it done there. They did however say they would send me a quote before I decide whether to have it done.
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Re: Cost of dentists in Switzerland

I just had a complicated wisdom tooth big operation extraction. The dentist did all the work with the insurance and kept me very well informed. He even defended my interests with medical arguments when the insurance company was refusing a part of the bill. If the wisdom tooth does not come out normally, the insurance pays. But they can be very hard do convince depending the inclination of the tooth. You then just pay the part of your franchise. In my case, it was complicated and expensive, but each case is different.
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Re: Cost of dentists in Switzerland

The cost of your wisdom teeth removal should be covered in part by your basic medical insurance.

If they're already erupted (meaning - not impacted), which it seems they are, then having them pulled hurts a bit, but afterwards isn't so horrible after a few hours.
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Re: Cost of dental care

well, you can try to bargain... maybe you can suggest no receipt if you don't have dental insurance? =P
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My son has just had his braces put on last month. The approximate amount comes to about 15,000 Francs for the whole treatment.
Thank heavens both my kids had their braces in the US. The whole treatment (about 3 years, $5,000 per child) and I thought that was expensive. We can maybe go to Germany where dentists are much cheaper, but for braces, you have no choice than have it done in Switzerland. Unless you want to take a trip every two months or so to Germany for check ups, adjustments and so on.
Anyway, I called for an appointment at the dentist this morning, since I have toothache. I think their is something wrong with the crown, maybe too old or something. I was told since it will be my first visit to the office I will have to pay upfront. Good, about how much for the visit?? She told me it could be up to CHF400... What?? Just for the visit?? Just to see the dentist, before he does a thing??? Ok fine. My tooth aches and I am willing to pay. But how much will a new crown cost me then? Does anyone know, just more or less. Zurich area. I will see the dentist in 3 days, cannot wait. What is worse than toothache??
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Re: Cost of dentists in Switzerland

I've recently had a lot of dental work done

My total bill came to 2000CHF, which I actually thought was reasonable for the amount of work done, and the fact that whilst in the dentist chair I did not experience any pain!

3 Visits to the Dentist
- Root Canal Treatment
- Wisdom Tooth Removal (Simple Removal)
- One new filling
- two old fillings replaced
- pain killers
- numerous xrays
I had anaesthetics on all visits
An hour with the hygenist

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I've recently had a lot of dental work done

My total bill came to 2000CHF, which I actually thought was reasonable for the amount of work done, and the fact that whilst in the dentist chair I did not experience any pain!

3 Visits to the Dentist
- Root Canal Treatment
- Wisdom Tooth Removal (Simple Removal)
- One new filling
- two old fillings replaced
- pain killers
- numerous xrays
I had anaesthetics on all visits
An hour with the hygenist

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Wow, that's not too bad. But I still have a feeling crowns are very expensive.
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Wow, that's not too bad. But I still have a feeling crowns are very expensive.
Update: The dentist took an x-ray of the tooth which had a crown, (yes had) and said it needs a new root canal treatment and new crown. She also mentioned that it looks like it could be a wisdom tooth (I doubt that) but anyway, the quote CHF4,500-to CHF5,000 I thought it would be a lot, so she said if she was me, she would just get rid of it, which I did. Bill came to CHF 300
(including pain med. antibiotics, extraction, and x-ray) which is reasonable. Dentist was very professional (did not feel a thing) and honest. In the US they would have talked me into having it fixed, even if I did not really need that tooth. Glad I am pain free again.
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