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Old 27.09.2020, 22:11
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Re: Dentist costs.. a filling?

I need to go to the dentist... I normally go in the UK and have an appointment for next month, but bloody quarantine is making that look impossible right now.

I have some darkening between my upper front teeth that I'm really anxious about (It's the front thing), also I know I have decay on one molar that needs filling at some point (been there at least 13 years so not too worried about that, but Swiss dentist might pressure me to get it done). Plus I need a hygienist clean. Freaking out about the cost in Switzerland, but also anxious about waiting to get to the UK. What to do?
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Old 27.09.2020, 22:30
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I need to go to the dentist... I normally go in the UK and have an appointment for next month, but bloody quarantine is making that look impossible right now.

I have some darkening between my upper front teeth that I'm really anxious about (It's the front thing), also I know I have decay on one molar that needs filling at some point (been there at least 13 years so not too worried about that, but Swiss dentist might pressure me to get it done). Plus I need a hygienist clean. Freaking out about the cost in Switzerland, but also anxious about waiting to get to the UK. What to do?
Not sure if it helps but I just had two amalgam fillings replaced here in CH (Bern, big clinic). I made two visits, first to diagnose what was bothering me and second to do the replacements. Including x-rays, cleaning fee, numbing, removing the old filling and doing new, etc. It was 694 CHF. If I had done that in the States under my old plan it would have been about 480, so all things considered I'm okay with the cost and the fact I didn't have to go far.

Edit - I last had a cleaning last year before Covid hit, I'll can look up that cost if you would like
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Old 28.09.2020, 10:53
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Re: Dentist costs.. a filling?

I had two very old, large amalgam fillings replaced, one of which required a ceramic insert to be made. Two long visits to the dentist and multiple injections. He did a great job but I will confess I did nearly die when the bill turned up....CHF2300. I needed the work doing as there was a lot of shadowing starting to appear on the tooth so I didn't bother asking for a quote in advance (which I know I have the right to do). The bill is three pages long and every item is separately priced. I have framed the bill, this will be a discussion point for years to come :-)
Joking aside, the quality of the dentistry in CH is way superior to anything I ever experienced in the UK
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Joking aside, the quality of the dentistry in CH is way superior to anything I ever experienced in the UK
I had a massively bad experience in 2007. I went for a check up with a Swiss dentist. They told me I needed 4 fillings. Was very traumatised as I’d never had any before. Due cost I flew back to my dentist in the U.K. who told me I needed no fillings. 2 were slow areas of decay that he could monitor.... 13 years later I’ve had one filled and one not yet. The other 2 were just flaws in the enamel there since the tooth came through!

So either the dentist was incompetent ... or a money grabbing, hole drilling con artist! Not sure which is worse. Now have trust issues with Swiss dentists!
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I need to go to the dentist... I normally go in the UK and have an appointment for next month, but bloody quarantine is making that look impossible right now.

I have some darkening between my upper front teeth that I'm really anxious about (It's the front thing), also I know I have decay on one molar that needs filling at some point (been there at least 13 years so not too worried about that, but Swiss dentist might pressure me to get it done). Plus I need a hygienist clean. Freaking out about the cost in Switzerland, but also anxious about waiting to get to the UK. What to do?

Just go to the hygienist then. I paid top dollar at @200 for a clean, so you should come in at that or below.
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Old 28.09.2020, 13:06
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Re: Dentist costs.. a filling?

I pay 126chf for a clean at the hygienist and 146chf if they do an X-ray.

Hubby had two fillings replaced recently (one had fallen out) and he paid around 400chf with three visits in total.
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Old 28.09.2020, 13:15
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Just go to the hygienist then. I paid top dollar at @200 for a clean, so you should come in at that or below.
Agree. I checked my bill from the last cleaning I had here. The appointment lasted 55 minutes and everything together was 182.50 CHF.

@IM - The hygienist can also look at the teeth and tell whether there is something you'd need to address very soon. He/she won't diagnose anything, but can make suggestions. For example, last time my hygienist told me I am grinding my teeth a lot at night and it might be worthwhile to chat with the dentist about fitting a custom mouth guard in order to protect the teeth.
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Re: Dentist costs.. a filling?

And there are fillings- and fillings. Some are simple, some are more complicated- in my case currently, a tooth crumbled- the dentist first thought it would require a crown- he now says that he will be able to rebuild the tooth, as there is enough material left. This will be much less expensive than a crown, but a lot more than a simple surface filling. Fair enough.
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