As an expat it is important to get your dental care in order, before it becomes an emergency. Once you have settled and gotten your CPR / medical insurance card /sundhedskort, you should start looking around for a dentist.
Even though the cost of dental care is subsidised through the danish health care system, the majority of the cost is paid by you. For that reason, you are free to choose any dentist that you like. You do not need a referral from your doctor, but you may wish to talk to coworkers about who they use or like.
Another way to search for a dentist is to use the Dental Union Website.
Click on "For Patienter", than on "Vejvisere" and than "find en tandlæge". When you get to the page, you fill out the form. If you know the name of a dentist or clinic, you can enter the name. The easiest way to search is to just put in your postcode or postnummber. This will be a 4 digit number. You can also enter your city name /bynavn and than hit "søg".
This will give you a very comprehensive list.
A list will have:
The name of clinics Klinik
The address Adresse
City they are located in By
Telephone number Telefon
Web address and email
A dentist is called a tandlæge or tooth doctor.
The health care system will pay a small portion of your dental treatment costs, if you are over 18 years of age. For basic hygiene visits (check-up, scaling & polishing - dental cleaning) you pay about 60% of the cost, and get about 40% covered by the state. For other basic treatments like basic extraction and periodontitis (advanced gum infection) treatments you get also a good support. For other treatments you will pay 90-100% of the cost.
There is a special support from the local municipality (kommune) for people on social help, and sometimes for the students with (emergency) need.
If you are under the age of 18, you get free dental care including orthodontic treatment (if the treatment is recommended by the specialist).
Between the age 18 to 25, you will get a small rebate on basic dental treatment.
You will need to pay the fee when you leave the dentist, unless you make arrangements with them. The fee you pay will already include the subsidy. You may want to consider getting additional insurance to help lower your costs if you need lots of dental work. It can get expensive.
There are also special loans for dental treatment (usually require that you have a regular income).
The most popular health insurance in Denmark is (sygeforsikringdanmark) which is indeed a non-profit union of its members and not a regular commercial company: www.sygeforsikring.dk
A specialized insurance in dental care is: www.dansktandforsikring.dk
Learn about the health care system in Denmark.
Normal hours are 8AM to 4PM, but that does not mean that the dentist is always in. Many dentists have more than one office and may alternate days between clinics.
While they are away, there is usually a dental assistant or dental hygenist who is in charge of cleaning, taking x-rays and doing normal exams, etc..
Dental Care of Children
As mentioned above, all dental care for children up to the age of 18 is free. This includes braces, oral surgery and orthodontia.
Most children will have dental exams at school and even kindergarten. Many schools have dentists assigned to their schools, who help teach children how to take of their teeth and do routine exams.
All children at the age of 2 are automatically enrolled in the "municipal children and youth dental system".
Dental prices of basic treatments (check-up, cleaning, dental x-Ray, simple extractions..) are pretty standard across the board and set up by the agreement between the Danish Dental Union and the 5 administrative (Regions) of Denmark. You can get a print out of those prices, so you can judge what you will be paying. Download the dental care price guide.
You may be asked if you want anesthesia before a dentist begins treatment. It is up to you to decide if you want it or not. You will have to pay for it. If you would rather not pay and suffer a bit more, than it is your choice. You can always get the shot later if the pain gets too much.
If you have the price list you know how much the pain relief will cost you.
It is a normal practice to ask the dentist/clinic secretary for a printed treatment proposal list, which show the treatments you need and the expected cost, after your check-up visit.
Download the dental care price guide.
If you experience severe toothaches or other dental problems outside your dentist's opening hours, there are emergency clinics available. You can get this number from your own dentist or look to up in your local phone book.
An Emergency Dentist is called a Tandlægevagten.
Below is a list of tandlægevagten for various areas. Again best to talk with your own dentist for their recommendations. You can also check out after hour dental treatment for a list of emergency contacts.
Most of the places do not have a phone number, just an address. The emergency clinics do not take appointments. You just show up and wait your turn.
Copenhagen: Oslo Plads 14,2100 København Ø (close to Østerport Station)
Nord Sjælland: Call 70 25 00 41 for a dentist who does house calls.
* There is a new emergency contact in Hillerød. For a complete list of the capitol region check out www.tdlvagt.dk
Odense /Funen: Heden 7, 3., 5000 Odense C
Esbjerg: Sundhedshuset Sct. Joseph, Nørregade 63A, 6700 Esbjerg.
Århus: Tandklinikken på Brobjergskolen, Frederiks Allé 20, Århus tlf: 40 51 51 62
Holstebro: At the hospital next to the emergency doctor, corner of Enghavevej / Danmarksgade Roads
Aalborg: Filstedvej 10, 9000 Aalborg
Remember, you must pay for emergency care. Children will still be free, since the kommune will pay for the care.
Learn more about the health care system in Denmark.
FYI Denmark wants to thank Tandlæge Emad Ayesh for his input on some important updates to dental treatment in Denmark page.
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