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recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

Hello everyone,

My girlfriend had a toothache attributed to a single wisdom tooth. She was given an estimate of 800+ CHF from the first clinic she visited in the city of Zurich, which is too much for us. I want to ask EF vetarans if anyone can recommend dentists in Zurich area or across the border e.g. in Jetstetten or Konstanz with more affordable prices.

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- she has a basic compulsory insurance here
- it was for a single wisdom tooth
- the tooth is close to the nerve

Thank you very much in advance
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Old 29.08.2021, 22:03
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Hello everyone,

My girlfriend had a toothache attributed to a single wisdom tooth. She was given an estimate of 800+ CHF from the first clinic she visited in the city of Zurich, which is too much for us. I want to ask EF vetarans if anyone can recommend dentists in Zurich area or across the border e.g. in Jetstetten or Konstanz with more affordable prices.

Some information
- she has a basic compulsory insurance here
- it was for a single wisdom tooth
- the tooth is close to the nerve

Thank you very much in advance
Believe me, you want a capable doc, you will not care about the cost if this goes turbulent. Once paid 1500 for having relief and good treatment after some "low cost discounter dentists" f---ed it up.

PS: Martin Lehner in Höngg saved my day.
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

Do not get stingy on a thing like a wisdom tooth close to a nerve. If you go abroad and anything goes wrong, no dentist here (in Zurich) will help, they will all direct you back to the dentist who did the work in the first place. It can get stressful and also very costly. You can try https://zahnarzt-kanzler.ch/uber-uns/ reasonable in terms of cost, very competent and speaks English.
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

800 CHF does not seem unreasonable for this kind of operation. You do not want to try and save and have more issues. The 4 trips across the border alone will cost money (and time off work etc). If you like and trust the dentist and they came recommended go for it. Insurance will not cover this.
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

Based on personal experience, same as others, please do not go the cheap (and nasty) option - if she can keep the tooth, keep it!


Was that quote for removal or to repair the tooth ? The cost will be higher if the tooth is under the gum still, and cheaper if it has already come through.


If she has signs of infection/abcess then my dentist would firstly recommend seeing the local doctor ('Hausartzt') to see if antibiotics are a good option....


If the cost is too high - ask the dentist if you can put it on a credit card, or pay in installments...
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

Thank you everyone!

@swisspea
It was for the removal, and the tooth already came out. According to the doctor, the tooth also had a cavity (which should mean there is an infection? although maybe not as serious as abscess), so even without wisdom tooth situation, there is an issue to take care of.

@kri, @SrkiKi
Thank you and I agree, we better see local doctors. Zahnarzt Kanzler and Martin Lehner seem nice, we will think and choose who to go.

Thank you again
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

This is a very typical cost for such an extraction in CH, and I would also strongly advise against trying to do it on the cheap.

And if they suggest a general anaesthetic I also strongly recommend you take it. I stupidly decided to try and save some money by having my wisdom teeth removed at my dentist's surgery with a local anaesthetic when an operation at the hospital with a general anaesthetic was advised (two sideways impacted wisdom teeth below the gumline) and it was a bad idea. They basically had to cut open my jaw on each side, break each tooth into small pieces using a screw-type tool, and then extract the fragments one-bit-at-a-time with tweezers. The procedure was very aggressive and bloody and took a long time, I required 17 stitches in total. I would rather have been put out for the duration of the operation.

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This is a very typical cost for such an extraction in CH, and I would also strongly advise against trying to do it on the cheap.

And if they suggest a general anaesthetic I also strongly recommend you take it. I stupidly decided to try and save some money by having my wisdom teeth removed at my dentist's surgery with a local anaesthetic when an operation at the hospital with a general anaesthetic was advised (two sideways impacted wisdom teeth below the gumline) and it was a bad idea. The procedure was very aggressive and bloody and took a long time, I would rather have been put out for the duration of the operation.
Absolutely never have wisdom teeth taken out without anaesthesia. I had the adjacent tooth taken out because the wisdom tooth is sideways impacted, and the pain afterwards was bad enough.
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

One more thing: depending on how invasive the surgery is you might need time off work. I know people who have had next to no post-op pain, whereas I unfortunately fell into the category of "People whose face swells up like a chipmunk and they need a week off work to recover". I had been told the post-op pain would be moderate, but I have had orthopedic surgery four times and major cancer surgery once, the wisdom teeth extraction pain was the worst by far. And they prescribed me only Dafalgan for pain relief. I should have asked for opioids once it became clear how severe the pain was, but I was so new to CH and timid I somehow couldn't find the courage to ask. I was just about functional enough to work again after a full week had passed, but it was an awful week.

Not that I want to scare you off the surgery, it's clearly necessary. It's more advice to clarify with your surgeon exactly what to expect post-op, and then plan accordingly by e.g. advising colleagues you might be on medical leave for a few days. And don't hesitate to ask for pain relief: they are quite conservative about giving prescriptions for painkillers here (at least in my experience), and I am generally not a fan of taking any opiate (such as codeine or Tramadol), but if you think you need them, push for a prescription.

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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

For a procedure like this, you could try the Dental clinic of Zurich University https://www.zzm.uzh.ch/de/patienten/behandlung.html

I'm not sure if their prices are much cheaper than a standard private dentist, but I've heard that they are fair.

You might also want to discuss the level of sedation that your chosen dentist can offer. I have heard that in Switzerland, they only offer local anaesthetic for wisdom tooth removal, whereas in the UK (because I'm a squeamish wimp), I had mine out under a short general anaesthetic. If it's a complex extraction, I would want to be fairly zoned-out whenever they did the procedure
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

@angoose
Thank you for a great suggestion! I totally forgot to look at university hospital although it is very close to my workplace.

@Bossa Nova, HickvonFrick
Thank you for sharing experiences. The quoted price was for local anesthesia I believe ("Infiltrationsanaesthesie") and also include the cost for the painkiller "Ponstan". I will check if it is possible/recommended to get a general anesthesia and also make sure to plan ahead for potential medical leaves
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

Just for some balance and to not terrify the OP‘s girlfriend - some wisdom tooth extractions are easy! I had my top right taken out 10 years ago because it had a cavity and they (in UK) said they don‘t fill wisdom teeth, it‘s automatic extraction. It was actually done by a student dentist in a University hospital, but it was really quick (like 15 minutes total from sitting down to standing up) and hardly painful - I had a local anaesthetic injection only and went straight back to work afterwards because I wasn‘t in really in any pain. I‘ve had several root canals and all of those have been worse, one of which was much worse. If the dentist advised a general anaesthetic I‘d take it, but I wouldn‘t assume it‘s necessary, it depends very much on the situation.
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

I have just been advised that I need a wisdom tooth taking out as it is making the ones next to it really difficult to clean as it just cramps up the space at the back of my mouth. I have been quoted around 600chf at Centadent at Sihl City.

I went there yesterday for a check up (including 2x Xrays) and cleaning and the total cost was 220chf which I thought was 'ok' for Switzerland. The dentist and staff were also really nice, so I am not feeling like travelling further to save a couple of hundred bucks.

My only concern is if I "really" need the wisdom tooth taking out. It is not painful or anything, but if the lack of ability to clean it properly will be a problem in future then I may as well just bite the bullet and get it done.
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

Chuff, I would go ahead with the extraction. You don't want to face periodontal disease later in life because of cleaning issues. That's a very fair price you quote!
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Chuff, I would go ahead with the extraction. You don't want to face periodontal disease later in life because of cleaning issues. That's a very fair price you quote!
Well, an update: I went for another checkup today and had some fillings and a full mouth scan done and I apparently now am going to need 4x wisdom teeth out (all done at the same time), at around 600chf per tooth for a total of around 2600chf including the full scan. I am told the that reasons for taking them out is that they all apparently not well directionally seated, cause a cramped mouth and problems cleaning my back teeth, and will later be a problem.

Add the fillings at 300chf and all of a sudden I have 3000chf of unexpected dental bills.

Is it worth "shopping around" at local dentists or does this sound reasonable?
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

I think Swiss dentists exaggerate the health risks of wisdom teeth.
I was also advised to have mine out a long time ago. There was no real issue other than the difficulty to clean and too many teeth arguments. After a couple of years, they stopped asking about it.
In my opinion, what makes the biggest difference is the yearly cleaning as any real problems are caught early. That was a game changer for me and I wish I'd realised it much earlier.
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

I paid around 200 euros, no issues, everything was done professionally. Not in Switzerland
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Re: recommendation for dentist in Zurich - wisdom teeth removal

I've been very happy with https://www.zahnarzt4you.ch/ I went there and told them I needed two crowns because another dentist told me that. Dr Dvoracek had a look and said he reckoned I could get away with inlays instead which were almost half the price, and he was right. Had he just done the crowns I would have been none the wiser but much the poorer.

It was also the least painless dental treatment I've ever had. After the first one I had zero anxiety about going for the second one and dozed off in the chair.
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