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Dental care

In Switzerland, patients must pay privately for dental health care and treatment.  Basic compulsory health insurance does not cover any teeth, gum or jaw treatment, except if it is as a result of an illness or accident.

Tooth extraction, including wisdom teeth, is not covered by health insurance. 


Health insurance companies offer supplementary private dental insurance. However, these insurance plans are often expensive and usually only cover part of the cost. In recent years, many people from Switzerland have chosen to travel abroad for treatment, for example to countries in eastern Europe where dental care is cheaper.  


Please note
In order to get dental treatment, asylum seekers and people on a temporary entry permit (F permit) must show proof that their dental costs are covered. This guarantee is usually provided by the local asylum assistance service. Without a payment guarantee, a dentist will give emergency pain treatment only .


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