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Dentist costs
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Dentist: cost & Compare prices

In Germany there are big differences in dental treatment costs. On the one hand, because dentists have some leeway in pricing their billing and, on the other hand, because there are big differences in material and laboratory costs.

On this page we explain all details about tooth type costs and prices and also show you how to save.

On MediKompassDE you can also carry out a dentist price comparison. In the course of such a comparison, you will receive cheap denture offers from experienced and cheap dentists in your area. In this way, we save each patient an average of more than 1,000 euros on dentures.

Our entire service is free of charge, non-binding and anonymous for patients.

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Dental Price Comparison procedure

In the course of a dentist price comparison (="Dental Auction") the costs of a planned treatment are compared. All of this "auction" Inexpensive dentists participating in MediKompassDE are based in Germany.

Our portal does not mediate abroad. There are surely good and cheap dentists there too, but why go abroad? You can also save on dentures in this country. We’ll prove it to you. For larger dental treatments, however, we recommend that you only carry out a price comparison if you have already visited a dentist and the dentist has drawn up a treatment plan.

This is a plan for those with statutory health insurance "Treatment and cost plan" called. As a rule, privately insured persons receive a detailed cost estimate. Findings and therapy planning are noted in both documents. This planning can be made anonymous online using a form. Based on the details, the dentists working with us will be happy to make you offers (backward auction).

Save on dentures Since 2006

Our goal is to create transparency. Our dentist auction portal helps to reduce the costs of predictable medical services, e.g. of dentures, cheap and affordable for everyone. We have been carrying out price comparisons in the medical sector across Germany since 2006.

As a result, we save patients an average of over 1,000 euros in costs for complex dental treatments. This saving is possible because on the one hand our dentists work with cheap dental laboratories and on the other hand they use their experience to make cheap offers. In addition, it often happens that a second dentist’s opinion shows that treatment is not necessary at all.

Quality has its price, but not a certain price.
Of course, the quality of treatment and dentures is the same as that of an expensive dentist. All of the doctors and dentists participating in our project face criticism from their patients – they can be evaluated. You can use these dentist reviews to get an idea before deciding on a particular dentist.

Regional differences

Dental treatment costs differ not only from dentist to dentist, but also regionally. The less competition, the more expensive the treatment.

Below is a selection of regions with related price comparisons. The selection is to be understood as an example, our service works throughout Germany.

Dentist price list

Below is an estimated list of dentist prices. However, dentist costs depend on so many factors. Please be aware that this illustration is for guidance only and does not contain any guarantee.

dental treatment


Tripartite dental bridge
€ 650 to € 2,800 Four-unit dental bridge € 800 to € 3,200 Five-unit dental bridge
€ 1,200 to € 4,400 crown € 300 to € 1,200 telescope prosthesis € 2,000 to € 7,000 implant € 1,000 to € 3,000 bleaching € 150 to € 400 Professional teeth cleaning (PZR) € 40 to € 140 dentures € 250 to € 20,000

Average dentist costs

Below is an overview of the average prices of dental treatments in Germany.

You will also find the possible savings that we offer our customers through the "Auction of their dental treatments" could realize. The numbers are based on experience from MediKompassDE: Germany-wide dentist auctions since 2006.

Prosthetic dental treatments

number Per link Per link 1 piece 1 piece with crown Apiece Apiece particularities – – without crown with crown without pen assembly without pen assembly material NEM zircon – – NEM zircon Costs without price comparison € 348.15 € 453.77 € 1,185.08 € 1,779.77 € 590.38 € 697.00 Prices after comparison € 172.62 € 261.38 € 728.69 € 1,130.08 € 310.62 € 349.31 Possible savings € 175.53 € 192.39 € 456.39 € 649.69 € 279.76 € 347.69 Potential savings Percentage (rounded) 50% 42% 38% 36% 47% 50%

Aesthetic dental treatments

details Power whitening PZR Non-Prep Costs without price comparison € 300.00 € 100 ** € 580.54 Prices after comparison € 175.69 € 53.23 € 354.62 Possible savings € 124.31 € 46.77 € 225.92

Costs without dentist price comparison

Since we start price comparisons for you on MediKompassDE for tooth cleaning and whitening even if you do not have a specific offer for this treatment, we are dependent here on estimates of the original dentist prices. These are given under “Costs without price comparison”.

For the other dental treatments, the prices used in this category are those that patients have given us in the course of a price comparison.

Prices after comparison

The “prices after comparison” refer to the cheapest offer in the auction in question, regardless of whether the patient concerned also selected this offer. After all, we are primarily concerned with dentist costs.

Our customers naturally consider other factors when choosing a dentist, such as: B. The proximity of the dentist to the place of residence before deciding on an offer. Therefore, some customers do not save as much money as you could.

The possible savings in dentures and co.

This (our explanation under “prices after comparison”) is the main reason why we speak of possible savings. In addition, offers on MediKompassDE refer to exactly the treatment that is specified in the price comparison. If this cannot be done, it is possible that the dentist’s costs of the treatment will also change. As a rule, the dentists participating with us adhere to their offers for dentures and dental treatments. We query this information via our rating system.

In this way, we enable our customers to save millions in dentist costs every year. And sometimes we save more than 10,000 euros per treatment for dentures.

Since unfortunately not all patients are aware of our auction portal, this saving could be much greater. Our parent company for 2013 made this clear in a press statement.

The secret of affordable dentists

Some of these differences can be explained on the dentist’s side by reducing external direct costs. Or to put it more simply:

There are big price differences in material and laboratory costs. A dentist who works with such a cheap laboratory can realize completely different treatment costs than a dentist who does not. Indeed, a large part of denture costs can be saved through in-house laboratories, which are directly affiliated with many dental practices, or by purchasing dentures from abroad.

In addition, dentists have some leeway in calculating the dentist’s fee due to a so-called lever set, which usually goes from 1.0 to 3.5. This means that the dentist’s fee can be 100 euros for one dentist and 350 euros for another.

From billing to your own contribution

In the previous chapter, we discovered that there is a schedule of fees that dentists must adhere to. And that this fee schedule is set by the legislator.

If you look at the matter a little more closely, however, you can see that there is no such order according to which dentist costs are billed, but two: BEMA and GOZ.

Details on the “division” into two fee schedules

The General Schedule of Fees for Dentists is called GOZ. In principle, remuneration for dental services must be paid in accordance with these regulations. However, only “unless something else is determined by federal law.” (§1, GOZ)

Now something else is determined by federal law, namely:

That the cost of dentures, insofar as the selected care corresponds to the standard care, for those insured by law insured according to a certain Beby valuationMabaton are to be settled (see §87, SGB V).

Services that correspond to the standard care must be billed according to BEMA (the same assessment standard). The dentist’s costs are billed through the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists.

Note: This applies to treatments at health insurance dentists – private dentists only invoice according to GOZ.

standard care

For legally insured persons, unlike for private patients, the fee schedule according to BEMA applies, insofar as these legally insured persons can be treated by a health insurance dentist and use a care that corresponds to the standard care.

But what is this standard care and who actually determines it?

A look at the law:

“The Federal Joint Committee determines in guidelines (.) The findings for which fixed grants are granted according to § 55 and assigns prosthetic standard restorations to them.” (§56, paragraph 1, SGB V)

“The findings are determined on the basis of an internationally recognized classification of the missing teeth. A dental prosthetic standard care is assigned to the respective findings. This must be based on the dental and dental technical services required for adequate, appropriate and economical provision of dentures, including Dental crowns and superstructures in the case of a finding within the meaning of sentence 1 belong to the generally recognized state of dental knowledge. ” (§56, paragraph 2, SGB V)

In summary, this means:

  1. For every finding that the dentist finds, there is a correlating standard care
  2. This supply is determined by the Federal Joint Committee
  3. The assignment is based on the classification of the gap dentition (healing and cost plan)
  4. Both dentist costs and dental knowledge are taken into account

The fixed subsidies of the health insurance

The fixed subsidy is the share of dentist costs that is covered by the statutory health insurance. Fixed grants are fundamentally based on findings, i. H. The amount of the payments by your health insurance depends on the findings based on the classification of the gap in the HKP or the resulting standard care.

If you choose a different treatment, you will only be reimbursed for those dentist costs that would have been incurred for the treatment prescribed by law (dentist’s fee and material and laboratory costs).

Similar care

As a patient, you may not be satisfied with the therapy specified by law and one higher quality variant want to receive.

Example: One of your canines was damaged by tooth decay. Your dentist then carried out a root canal treatment, but unfortunately was unable to save the tooth. The tooth then had to be extracted. Now you have a tooth gap and your dentist explains that this can be provided with a dental bridge.

The standard care in this case provides a bridge that is only veneered towards the mouth opening (= vestibular), but you would like to receive a fully veneered or all-ceramic dental bridge.

This form of care is called a similar care. Similar, because in principle the same should be done (bridge), just a little different (completely blinded).

As a patient, you do not have to pay the dentist costs for a similar treatment completely “out of your own pocket”. You receive the “normal” fixed subsidy from the health insurance company. However, the dentist’s fee for the service beyond the standard care is billed according to GOZ.

Different kind of care

You have a tooth gap and your dentist explains that dentures in the form of a dental bridge are possible, but this is not the only possible form of therapy to treat tooth gaps. Contrary to the standard care, you could also treat the tooth gap with an implant-worn tooth crown. In this case, the dentist’s costs are higher, but an implant is “state of the art”.

If you choose to follow this advice, you will receive a different type of care. Different, because a dental implant is simply not the same as a dental bridge.

In this case, you will receive the fixed allowance you are entitled to from the health insurance company, just as with the same type of care.

BEMA fees

The BEMA directory lists dental services that can be billed through the statutory health insurers.

Here every performance has a rating number. This number is multiplied by a so-called point value in order to calculate the BEMA fee.

You can also find a good article including the individual BEMA services on WikiPedia.

Fees according to GOZ and GOÄ

The Fee Schedule for Dentists (GOZ) is a German ordinance that regulates the salary for dental services.

To determine the amount of the fee, the fee rate is taken with an increase factor. No reason is required for an increase factor in the range of 1.0 to 2.3. If the dentist exceeds this, he must give clear reasons.

Own contribution from the legally insured

The deductible for those with statutory health insurance is what you ultimately have to pay privately. The amount of the own contribution depends on several sizes:

If you deduct all “grants” relevant to your treatment costs, you will receive the amount of your own contribution.

Comparison of treatment costs at the dentist

The question of whether you will receive a bridge or an implant can simply be a question of your financial options. With large dental restorations in particular, it can be saved if you get second dentist opinions. Because where there is competition, there are market prices.

MediKompassDE offers such a free comparison for dentist prices. We save our customers an average of over 40% of the treatment costs at the dentist. But even larger savings of up to 60% are not uncommon. With us you will find out whether your planned treatment is too expensive and you can change your dentist if necessary.

Example: Comparison of a complete tooth restoration

Price comparisons for dental treatments are based on a healing and cost plan. All treatment steps and the associated dentist costs are noted in this.

The patient’s healing and cost plan (dental scheme)

R e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
B f ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew f
OK 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
UK 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
B f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f
R e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
TP e e e SER e SER e e SER e SER e e e

Explanation of the finding and the intended therapy

findings: The patient has no teeth (complete toothlessness). Neither in the lower jaw nor in the upper jaw. This can be read from the F abbreviations in the findings line (B). A total prosthesis is present in the maxilla, but it has defects (= ew).

Standard care: In this case, the cash register provides that the teeth in the lower jaw are treated with simple removable dentures. The defective denture in the upper jaw should be replaced. This can be seen from the E abbreviations in the R line (R).

Treatment planning: No different therapy is planned for the upper jaw. Therefore, the therapy planning line (TP) for the upper jaw is empty. The proposed prosthesis should be placed. In the lower jaw, however, a different kind of restoration should be carried out, namely a push-button prosthesis that is attached to four implants. This can be seen on the one hand by the SER abbreviations, which indicate implant-borne dentures and push buttons, and on the other hand by the E-abbreviations next to them.

Background: If you would like to find out about healing and cost plans and how to read them correctly, please visit our HKPs main page.

Dental costs of the treatment before the comparison (in our example)

Probable fixed grant from the health insurance company
– (Not clear when comparing)
Dentist prices according to the BEMA fee schedule 315.93 euros
Dentist prices according to the GOZ fee schedule 1,599 euros
Material and laboratory costs 3,893 euros
Total dentist costs 5,807.93 euros

Fortunately for the patient, this story doesn’t end here. Because this patient had decided to carry out a price comparison for the treatment on MediKompassDE. Not only that, he also selected one of the dentists and had the treatment carried out there.

Dentist costs according to the price comparison (for our example)

Total cost of the offer selected by the patient
3,850 euros
Enabled savings 1,957.93 euros

Was he satisfied? See for yourself. Click here to compare prices

Costs or prices? background knowledge

In the vernacular, the terms costs and prices are used synonymously in many cases. This becomes clear when you recall that the answer to the question “What does it cost?” is usually the mention of a price.

Scientifically, however, prices and costs are two rather heterogeneous terms.

What is correct should one speak of “dentist costs” or rather “dentist prices”?

From an economic point of view, a price is the monetary balance between supply and demand that arises during price negotiations: Without an actual sale, there is theoretically no price, only price demands on the supplier side and price bids on the demand side.

In reality, however, price negotiations are not the norm in Germany. In shops there are fixed prices on price tags and the seller in a discounter would probably not only be surprised if you started bargaining at the checkout, he would also not have the authority to pay the customer price.

The background is that there is healthy competition in most areas in Germany and as a customer you can therefore assume that you will not be ripped off at a discounter. The market price for a product is naturally the equilibrium price of the free market.

How is it at the dentist, are there prices here? Colloquially certainly, but scientifically?

The minimum theoretical requirements for speaking about dentist prices would be:

  • A market for dental treatments
  • Freedom of choice for pricing on the part of dentists
  • Price negotiations between patients and dentists

In contrast, costs have – at least in the legal sense – something to do with fees and fee regulations. In a law on fees, the legislator specifies which taxes are to be paid for which services. These costs are fixed and not negotiable. A certain service has no price here, but a fee. This fee is in turn set out in a catalog. The catalog is determined by law. What now applies to dentists?

A look at the law on the practice of dentistry:

“The Federal Government is empowered to regulate the fees for dental work in a fee schedule by ordinance with the consent of the Federal Council. This fee schedule sets minimum and maximum rates for dental services. The legitimate interests of dentists and the payment of fees must be determined To take account of the obligation. ” (ZHG § 15)

This makes the matter seem decided. In the right sense there are dentist costs.

The health economic consideration

In economics in general and health economics in particular, costs are understood not only as financial burdens (= direct costs), but also generally negative effects that occur in connection with a disease or treatment (= indirect costs and intangible costs).

Direct cost to the dentist

Background: In terms of health economics, direct costs are understood to mean all monetarily quantifiable means that have to be expended in order to carry out a treatment: personnel costs, material costs, costs of consumables, laboratory costs, administration costs.

As with any other entrepreneur, the dentist incurs these direct costs. The dentist has to pay his staff (even if he is not treated) and like any other “entrepreneur” he has an administrative burden that also has an impact. Finally, when carrying out a dental treatment, the costs for material, consumables and any external and laboratory costs are added.

So on the one hand the dentist has costs, on the other hand he also incurs costs. Namely with the patient and with health insurance companies and insurance companies.

These dental costs are offset by the benefits created by successful dental treatment. It is all the more to be classified as the intangible dentist-related costs on the patient side are very high, as we will see shortly.

Intangible dentist-related costs: the patient side

Background: Indirect costs are measurable associated costs that occur in a patient’s personal environment. If, for example, you are unable to go to work because of a toothache and this means that a business is “going through the rags”, you will experience indirect costs yourself. The concept of intangible costs is a theoretical construct of health economics that reflects the patient’s willingness to spend money on treatment.

The more we need or want something, the more we are willing to pay for it.

In relation to our teeth, this willingness is great for the following reasons:

  • White and healthy teeth are a status symbol in our society
  • If you have bad teeth, it will not be easier either professionally or privately
  • There is probably little that you would rather get rid of than a toothache

Since the dentist-related intangible costs are very high, prices would be disproportionately higher than the manufacturing costs if we were in an unregulated market. If this market were also non-transparent, this effect would be intensified.

In a completely free market, a thing is worth what someone else already is, pay for it and receive a corresponding price.


As we have seen above, “dentist prices” are regulated by a catalog of fees set by law, so that, fortunately, patients are not faced with an entirely free dental treatment market.

On the other hand, we found that the intangible dentist-related costs are very high. If there were scope, there would be an economic incentive on the dentist side to take advantage of this scope.

At the beginning, we linked the question of whether one could speak of dentist prices to the existence of a market, to leeway in pricing and to the possibility of price negotiations. In our experience, all of these options apply, so it makes sense to speak about prices at the dentist. One may object that dentists are unable to negotiate prices by law, but that means exceeding the maximum speed.

Below you see the TOP-10 of our price comparisons with very high denture savings. Decide for yourself.

Top 10: Savings through dentist auction

It’s not the rule, but it does happen. Through our dentures auction portal we sometimes make savings of between 10,000 and 20,000 euros. We have listed some of these dentist price comparisons here.


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