The dentist Dr. Magunski from Düsseldorf answers questions from patients during this expert consultation.
Special: Inexpensive dentures
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I used to have ads more often "Free dentures" read. Does that work at all??
Dentures without additional payment from the patient are possible in principle, but only in exceptional cases.
It is the so-called "standard care" of the statutory health insurance companies. This usually means an uncovered non-precious metal (non-precious metal) crown for the posterior region, which you can receive without additional payment if you have kept your bonus booklet regularly for ten years.
If you are for the "Tooth crown at a bargain price" should decide, which is either manufactured in cheap German laboratories or abroad, your contribution share is significantly lower. So you can actually save up to about 80% of your copayment costs.
I am a single mother, a normal health insurance patient and I urgently need a crown. My dentist sent me a healing and cost plan. I would have to pay almost € 500. With the best will in the world, I can’t afford that. What can i do there?
The initiative was developed specifically for patients in your situation "Tooth crown at a bargain price" launched by the PlusPatient network. If your dentist does not offer cheap dentures, just have a look at the doctor search on PlusPatient or call PlusPatient free of charge: 0800 – 100 43 55 .
You will definitely find a dentist near you that offers cheap dentures.
I am 42 years old and receive ALG II (Hartz IV). I urgently need new teeth because my teeth are already loose in the upper jaw. But with ALG II this is not to be paid at all because of the personal contribution that you have to bear yourself. Do you have any advice for me?
If you receive ALG II, the hardship regulations of the statutory health insurance companies apply to you and you receive a double fixed allowance for your dentures. This regulation also applies to employees with very low incomes. However, you must submit an application to your health insurance company before the dentist treatment, which the health insurance company must first meet. Then you can possibly even receive a regular pension without additional payment, provided that you have kept your bonus booklet regularly for ten years.
My wife and I have retired and are doing quite well. But now she has a new prosthesis.
We are already very interested in inexpensive dentures, because we cannot pay horrendous dental bills as retirees. Now I have read that the inexpensive dentures always come from abroad. Is that quality at all??
Inexpensive dentures do not necessarily have to be manufactured abroad. German laboratories also offer dentures at very reasonable prices.
And for dentures made abroad, this also means real quality work. Because the dentures are made with CE-tested materials under the supervision of German master dental technicians in the foreign laboratories. These laboratories have often been certified by the German TÜV according to EU regulations.
In addition, every denture is subjected to a strict final inspection in Germany before it is delivered to the respective dentist. And dentures from abroad also have a guarantee of at least two years. You can be sure that even inexpensive dentures are of good quality.
I keep reading ads "Tooth crown at a bargain price" in the newspaper. This offer only applies to dental crowns or other dentures?
This offer does not only apply to dental crowns, but also extends to bridges, telescopic bridges and dentures, ceramic inlays, zirconium oxide crowns or removable dentures (partial and full dentures). In principle, the offer applies to all types of dentures.
Last year I had an inexpensive bridge made at a foreign laboratory and I am really very happy with it. I had only received a very expensive estimate from my former dentist.
I then found the dentist for the new bridge through the doctor search here on PlusPatient and the bridge was then much cheaper. But I have now been a little unsettled, especially by the media reports. What do I do if something breaks on my bridge? I would have to go abroad with it?
You don’t need to worry. Your contact person is always the dentist from whom you received your dentures.
Of course, dentures made in a foreign laboratory also have a guarantee period of at least two years.
The media reports you mentioned are certainly cases where people go to a dentist abroad. Eastern European dentists in particular are now advertising with inexpensive offers.
For example, if you go to a dentist in Hungary or Poland, you may actually have a problem if your dentures are damaged. You will hardly find someone in Germany who will help you with this denture.
The reason is that in such a case the dentist would have to be fully liable for a denture that is not his own. In the worst case, you would need a new denture. Or you would have to go abroad and see the dentist who made your dentures.
About eight years ago I got two metal bridges with a ceramic veneer, my own contribution at the time was 1,600 euros. Three months ago, a piece of the veneer on the back tooth of one of the bridges had chipped off, and I had this repaired again. My dentist told me this was a very unusual place for such damage. Now the ceramic veneer has flaked off at this point, moreover the bridge seems to be broken because it "swings". I think the break is due to a material or manufacturing defect. How can I proceed now, because it cannot stay that way. I am entitled to a free repair?
The so-called warranty period for dentures, which is enshrined in law, is two years. If damage to the dentures occurs during which the patient is not responsible, the dentist is obliged to repair the dentures free of charge. There are also dentists who grant significantly longer warranty periods for certain dentures or implants, but these are always individual regulations between dentist and patient.
After eight years, the warranty period no longer applies. If the bridge is repaired or remanufactured, you will of course receive the fixed-cost subsidy from the statutory health insurance – possibly even a little more if you have kept your bonus booklet regularly for ten years – or, if you are privately insured, the corresponding portion that your private health insurance will reimburse.
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