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Dentist costs in Sweden

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Solith
post 11.Mar.2014, 06:11 PM
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So long story short, I'm a tax-paying, employed EU citizen and have a real personal number here. In the years I've been here I've taken good care of my teeth at home but never visited a dentist and some old filling has decided to cause serious issues.

I went to the dentist and used two 300kr check-up tokens from the government, but I need some work doing and it's going to cost me a month's wages.

My employer won't cover it, and I'm assuming it's not covered on my home and accident insurance (at least it only mentions "emergency treatment" and this, although desperately needed, is not classed as an emergency). What are my options here?
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Willy
post 11.Mar.2014, 06:26 PM
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Shop around. The price difference between different dentists can be huge.
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Solith
post 11.Mar.2014, 06:43 PM
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Really? I thought it was all standard. Ok then, how do I do that, just ring them up? I don't have a "quote" from the dentist of the work that needs doing, he just told me. How can I get hold of that without him knowing I'm shopping around?
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trumanshow
post 11.Mar.2014, 07:56 PM
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Get a quote. They will or should give you one.

whaaaa? A months wages? I can only think that it is root canal but you may be able to get away with them just pulling the tooth out. If your yearly dentist bill is over 10000SEK then you will get significant reductions on anything above that. I cant remember what it is, 80% or something. Teeth are expensive and it sounds like you have got lucky over the years. I reckon to pay between 5000 and 10000 every year on dental care. Bad genes on that front. I cant believe your dentist bill will be 15000 but if it is, shop around and check if the treatment is necessary.
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Solith
post 11.Mar.2014, 08:37 PM
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QUOTE (trumanshow @ 11.Mar.2014, 07:56 PM) *
I cant believe your dentist bill will be 15000 but if it is, shop around and check if the treatment is necessary.


Yep, it is sad.gif

I saw the x-rays and can see the shadows where the old filling meets decay and it's right on the edge of the nerve, so I don't think they're trying to pull a fast one here.

It's 2 root canals, so should be around 15,000 but then I get a student discount. If I took that info to other dentists would they give me a free quote, and would they be funny with me for looking around after the first dentist has given me a temporary filling?
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gumbi
post 11.Mar.2014, 09:39 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 3.Jan.2007

15000 for 2 root canals sounds a bit steep to me

have you googled different clinics in Stockholm ??

Rensning och rotfyllning, tv? rotkanaler

http://www.familydental.se/prislista.html (3670)
http://www.citydental.se/priser.asp (2850)
http://sveatandklinik.se/for-dig/priser/ (3615)

or may be get in touch with your local folktandv?rd and see if they can quote better prices.
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LLHope
post 11.Mar.2014, 09:59 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 1.Jan.2014

Your dentist was being naughty.

Dentists must provide you with a quote with a breakdown o the treatment/work required and on that it should show, per treatment/work-item, what their cost is and what the reference price (from F
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Solith
post 11.Mar.2014, 10:18 PM
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Looking at the first quotation (before they decided I needed the root canals) I can see a "ref pris" and "a pris" and the "a pris" is lower than the ref price. From the total it looks like the "a pris" is what counts.

I've done the maths and it looks like a root canal is 2300 and the cap (from what they said) runs to 6500, but that's just a guess. But on that maths (and taking into account the other treatments required too) it looks like if they're below the ref pris then they're not that expensive.

Ugh. Bloody teeth :/
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Opalnera
post 11.Mar.2014, 10:32 PM
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I am also putting of a visit to the dentist. My husband and I both need some work done, we are thinking of hopping on the boat to Latvia for some cheap dental.
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trumanshow
post 12.Mar.2014, 09:07 AM
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QUOTE (Solith @ 11.Mar.2014, 10:18 PM) *
Ugh. Bloody teeth :/


Absolutely, mother nature really dropped the ball on that bit of design. I think they are only meant to last 45 years along with the body but the body seems to go longer these days.

Definitely get a second opinion. Go to your health service dentist and see if they can help or at least explain things to you. If its a molar tooth I would just have it out and maybe fill the other. Dentists always have different opinions about what is best. At one point my wisdom teeth were going to be pulled at great expense and I went to a dentist who advised against it.

If you are really hard up, I will do it with a piece of string, a door handle and a cheap bottle of whiskey for 1000SEK biggrin.gif
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cherrybubble
post 12.Mar.2014, 11:25 AM
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QUOTE (trumanshow @ 12.Mar.2014, 09:07 AM) *
If you are really hard up, I will do it with a piece of string, a door handle and a cheap bottle of whiskey for 1000SEK biggrin.gif

Not to diminish your suffering Solith, but I would actually pay 1000sek and a cheap bottle of whiskey to watch Trumanshow give you two root canals with a piece of string and a door handle.
wink.gif
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Solith
post 12.Mar.2014, 01:52 PM
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QUOTE (cherrybubble @ 12.Mar.2014, 11:25 AM) *
. Not to diminish your suffering Solith, but I would actually pay 1000sek and a cheap bottle of whiskey to watch Trumanshow give you two root canals with a piece of string and a door handle.. wink.gif


I'm sure if we sell enough tickets I could afford the emergency surgery of the aftermath!


Although thinking about it, my employer does cover emergency surgery so... ka'ching! laugh.gif <-- apt smilie with no teeth



On a more serious note, I'm not suffering at all (yet). I've read that root canals are only needed if the decay is down to the root and that's something you'd notice by way of pain. I'm in absolutely no pain, and I wouldn't have noticed the damage if I hadn't chipped a bit off. Can you get a free second opinion?
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LauraCristescu
post 12.Mar.2014, 02:03 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 8.Nov.2013

I really don't think you want to wait until you MUST have a root canal. Not only will you not know when it hits, could be in the weekends, or holidays and then you'll have to wait, but it might also be more expensive...Depending on how bad it is and how skilled the dentist is, maybe they can redo the filling and clean the area. I know i had something similar where a cavity developed under an old filling, and got really close to the nerve, but my dentist was able to clean it and reseal it without a root canal.

If you can't find a free second opinion, you could do the math, how much it will cost to get a second opinion, plus treatment they might propose and compare with the qoata(sp?) you have now. I think there are a few dentist offices who have a price list on their website, so you could see how much a consultation would be.
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wondering_again
post 23.Jun.2014, 10:19 AM
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So my filling broke ! Wow a great use of my holiday pay !! angry.gif

What did you Solith end up going to ? I called the Folktandv?rd and they had a waiting time of over 4 weeks ! Did you go private and who did you see ? Any recommendations ? Also I am willing to wait one week at most but 4 weeks is too much !

They recommended the Emergency in St Eriks. How is that ?

I have been looking at some old posts here on the Local and I see some recommendations
1. http://www.liljeholmenstandlakarmottagning.se/
2. Specialisttandv?rden Sk?negatan Praktikertj?nst AB
3. http://aquadentalcare.se/

Any of them any good ?
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intrepidfox
post 23.Jun.2014, 11:05 AM
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Location: Gothenburg
Joined: 18.Jul.2012

I have to pay 6500kr for my teeth repairs. The worst was, the tooth hygienist wants 900kr a time, and that i 4 visits times. I
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