Dental Care in Sweden is a pain and can get expensive very quickly.
Standard dental care is probably more expensive than you will pay in other countries (especially in the EU) but the quality is high, and if you look around you look around. However, advanced dental care such as replacements and removing wisdom teeth can get very expensive.
Unlike standard healthcare, dental care in Sweden gets fewer government subsidies, and therefore, you will have to pay a higher percentage of the cost yourself.
Where to Go for Dental Care in Sweden
There are plenty of places to get dental care in Sweden, from private to independent practices:
On top of this, there are independent practices across the country. Search for tandläkare on Google to find one near you. 1177 (the health service guide in Sweden) has a search engine to help find a dentist in your area too. Find dental care in Sweden here. I’ve heard mix reviews about City Dental. They are the cheapest around for the most part.
Make sure you ask to have a consultation in English if you’re Swedish is not great. Pretty much everywhere can do this but it’s always to give them a heads up.
What it Costs (roughly)
- 810kr for a simple checkup
- 655kr for a filling
- 600kr for a hygienist
If you are under 29, you can also get tandvårdsbidrag which can take 150-300 off the cost of your dental care checkup. Ask your dentist for more information on current prices and what subsidies you can get. Standard dental care is free for children and teenagers up to the age of 20.
There is “high-cost protection” in place, where you will not pay more than 3000kr for most types of dental care. This applies to most types of dental care, so again check with your dentist what is included.
More Info about Dental Care in Sweden
Some places like Folktandvården have an additional “last minute” booking option, where clients can pick an open slot available today and pay a much lower fee.
Since advanced dental care in Sweden can get expensive, it could be worth looking into insurance. You can look at health insurance companies, but also plans from the dental practice you go to.
Other expats have found it difficult to get check ups during the summer. I’m not 100% sure about this but it’s something to think about.
Finally, Vårdguiden (1177) goes into more detail about extra details around dental care if you need more advanced information.
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