Dentistry in France

Dec 28th, 2008, 07:05 AM
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Dentistry in France

I'm facing enough expenditure on dental work to buy a small car, so I wonder if anyone here has can share any comments on the quality and price of work in France. Now that we have the possibility of trading houses with people, staying over there for protracted periods becomes feasible.

I had one implant done this year - it took four or five trips to my oral surgeon and dentist, and cost about $5000 all in. The biggest single item is the base that's made in Switzerland and costs $1900. I'm now ripe for four more.

Even if adding in the airfare and maintenance makes it a wash, at least I can have a good time while my mouth heals.
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Dec 28th, 2008, 07:12 AM
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Have read that many people in Europe go to Budapest for dental care because of the cost. When we were in Budapest in October, there were pamphlets on dental care in the hotel lobby.

The first website that came up on a search.

http://www.saveondentalcare.org/budapest.html
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Dec 28th, 2008, 07:38 AM
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I could be wrong, but I don't think you can realistically just go to France for the purpose of getting great dental care. If you happen to have an emergency once you are there, sure, you can get great care on the spot and pay a lot less than you would in the USA, but it would be deceitful to present it as an emergency if it weren't. As someone else mentioned, I think you can actually arrange that in Hungary and possibly other Eastern European countries.
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Dec 28th, 2008, 07:56 AM
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Search for dental tourism. There are some websites on this.
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Dec 28th, 2008, 08:23 AM
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I wonder if anyone here has can share any comments on the quality and price of work in France.
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Dec 28th, 2008, 08:23 AM
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Dec 28th, 2008, 08:59 AM
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go to Mexico....I know several people who do....and they are satisfied with the work and the price....
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Dec 28th, 2008, 09:04 AM
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Implants in France? over €2000 for just one provided you are not a smoker or a heavy drinker and it is not done in a week. Dentist fee will add up.


I just love the people who bash our "socialist" government and would rather forgo the purchase of a small car to take advantage of it.
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Dec 28th, 2008, 01:10 PM
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I just love the people who bash our "socialist" government and would rather forgo the purchase of a small car to take advantage of it.


I haven't the vaguest notion what you're talking about.
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Dec 28th, 2008, 01:50 PM
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america has and produces the best dentists in the world by far. for the best quality, no matter where in the world you are, it pays to look for a dentist trained in america.
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Dec 28th, 2008, 02:03 PM
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If you're looking for BOI, you'll find the best selection of trained dentists there, $5000 for ONE implant is a total rip-off. Quality is as good as in Germany, but as always it depends entirely on the person doing the job.

Up to now I had some "drilling" done in France and 2 bridges in Germany. 14 years ago not a single problem so far. I wouldn't hesitate to have it done in France but would opt for BOI.
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Dec 28th, 2008, 02:47 PM
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hi walkinaround - how on earth do you know that?? Talk about a generalisation, if you are saying that all US dentists are better than dentists anywhere else in the world then this sounds like a typical example of insular American opinions which result in absolute scorn from those of us who are not American. I thought that Fodor's contributors knew better!!
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Dec 28th, 2008, 02:54 PM
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BOI?

What is that when it's at home?

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Dec 28th, 2008, 03:34 PM
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>>>>>
sounds like a typical example of insular American opinions which result in absolute scorn from those of us who are not American
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cathies...first of all your assumptions about me are all wrong.

secondly, of course it's a generalisation!!! just like stating an opinion like 'germans make the best engineered cars' or 'swiss run the best train systems or are the best watchmakers'. so get over yourself...we don't need lectures. i'm from britain and have an american trained dentist because having a british trained dentist is like buying an albanian fitted kitchen.

we love to put americans down for their obsession with teeth. maybe this society is the right one to produce the best dentists. just like the swiss being obsessed with time has made them create the most on-time train systems. japanese obsession with neat little electronic devices makes them the best at that industry.
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Dec 28th, 2008, 03:35 PM
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basal osseo integration (BOI)
The "disc."
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Dec 28th, 2008, 03:50 PM
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Well how about that walkinaround, I didn't know that British dentists weren't good. I'm lucky enough to have a fabulous Australian trained dentist (here in Sydney) and had an emergency dental treatment in Paris a few years ago. The dentist was French, had just enough English for us to understand each other and the work he did was excellent and not expensive.

I agree with you entirely about the US (hollywood) obsession with porcelain veneers etc.

Please don't be mad at me

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Dec 28th, 2008, 06:35 PM
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Too bad the search function doesn't work. There have been past threads about this and the opinion of those living in Europe didn't have very good opinions of dentists in UK or France. Most were going to Hungary for treatment (better and much cheaper)while others travel to Bumrungrad. There are quite a few Americans on the Asia board that go to Bumrungrad on a regular basis for dental work and physicals, etc. I think easytraveler had a recent report on her dental work there.
http://www.bumrungrad.com/thailand-e...al-center.aspx

Have you looked into dental insurance? Mine pays implants.
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Dec 28th, 2008, 06:54 PM
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What insurance is that? I had Delta for a year, and the policy cost me more than what it paid out.
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Dec 29th, 2008, 02:08 AM
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I regularly visit the dentist in France whilst there on holiday, usually for a check-up, scrape and polish (nothing major)and have always been completely satisfied with the level of care, but above all the price.

The above work usually comes with a price tag of in the region of €25, 70% or so of which I can claim back from the French Health Service (via the NHS) upon my return to England.

Having had the misfortune to need to visit the dentist in more countries (including the U.S.) than I would wish on my worst enemy, and having had major corrective work done in the U.K., I have found standards to be pretty uniform across the board and as with most things, what makes the difference is the individual doing the work.

Robespierre - I'd be wary of travelling to Eastern Europe for dentistry work, because for every story of cheap, succesful procedures, there's another one of crumbling veneers, loose implants etc. and the associated cost of having the work repaired in the patient's country of origin.

If you're going to be spending long periods of time in France, I'd look into how much use you can make of the French health system, and how much you might be liable to have re-imbursed.
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Dec 29th, 2008, 10:13 AM
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I wouldn't go anywhere for implants where I wasn't residing for a long time, as they do require long followup and several visits over a long time period. I can't believe Roberspierre would 3even consider going to Eastern Europe for that.

I work as a consultant in the insurance field, and I think dental insurance is almost always a bad idea for anyone who does not get it free at work. The policies are always extremely limited in payouts, they are designed that way. I have never heard of one that would pay the cost of implants, either, so I'd like to know which one that is and what the premium costs. Mine is a good policy and won't pay a penny for implants (which is typical). Now that is a rip-off as they do pay 50 pct for a bridge, so even implants cost more, I think they should cover up to the same amount they would pay out for a bridge. A lot of insurers consider implants unnecessary, and they are, actually. But even then, my dental insurance pays out a maximum of around $2000 a year, I think, no matter what. Which is common with dental policies.
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