Learn about emergency dental care in the Netherlands including when to use it, how much it costs, and where to find clinics throughout the country.
By Mark Lazell
Emergency dental care in the Netherlands is typically high-quality, with multi-lingual practitioners catering to expats, state-of-the-art clinics, and transparent fee structures. As a result, accessing emergency dental care in the Netherlands is usually a pretty painless experience for expats – even if the symptoms are anything but!
Laura Scholten, PR and Marketing Executive at Lassus Tandartsen, a dental practice with three clinics around Amsterdam, shares her knowledge of emergency dental care in the Netherlands, along with tips on what to expect if you have an emergency of this kind.
- What is a dental emergency?
- When do you go to the emergency dentist?
- Tips: what to do in case of a dental emergency
- Emergency dental clinics in the Netherlands
- A list of emergency dental clinics in the Netherlands
- Costs of emergency dental care in the Netherlands
- Avoiding dental emergencies
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What is a dental emergency?
Accidents are a leading reason why people end up in an emergency dental clinic in the Netherlands. That dull ache you ignored for weeks, which escalated to searing pain? Best get urgent professional help for that too.
“Any sort of trauma to the teeth, jaw, or mouth is a dental emergency,” Scholten explains. “You must attend to it immediately, to manage not only the injury but also to prevent any long-term damage.”
When do you go to the emergency dentist?
A stiff upper lip and a dose of courage only get you so far when your pain is excruciating. Being stoic is an admirable trait, but when even the Dutch’s trusty paracetamol has given up the ghost, it’s time to get help.
“Examples of common emergencies are knocked-out or loosened teeth due to an accident; fat cheek with severe, unsustainable toothache; and after-bleeding when pulling molars or teeth,” Scholten explains.
“Emergencies could also include abscess or serious mouth infections which, if left unattended, can have serious health repercussions. Watch out also for the warning signs of an abscess: facial swelling, bumps on the gums, persistent toothache, and high fever.
“Self-diagnosis isn’t easy. We always recommend that the patient calls us for a consultation. If it’s an emergency, we can determine the best course of action.”
Tips: what to do in case of a dental emergency
Sod’s Law dictates that your dental emergency happens when most clinics are closed. That means you’ll need to administer some sort of first aid on the affected area before getting professional help.
“If your tooth is knocked out, gently pick it up at the top. Be careful not to touch the root,” says Scholten. “Carefully rinse it with water. If possible, place it back in the socket. If you do this quickly enough – say within an hour – the dentist might be able to replant it.”
For a cracked or chipped tooth, Scholten recommends applying a cold compress to the face to reduce swelling. She advises against using a painkiller due to the potential damage to gums that may cause. For an abscess, she recommends rinsing the mouth with mild salt water to reduce the pain and draw any pus to the surface.
Emergency dental clinics in the Netherlands
Your first port of call in an emergency is your regular dentist, as long as the clinic is open. Most dental surgeries in the Netherlands are booked up weeks in advance. You might get lucky; if not, they should suggest another clinic or emergency dental clinic.
Outside practice hours, you should call thespoedgevallendienst(emergency services). The answering machine lists the dentists providing urgent care. Dentists in the Netherlands must arrange emergency care outside practice hours. Various regions often collectively arrange these services in order to provide sufficient care.
There’s a growing network of emergency dental clinics in the Netherlands, the majority located in Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam. Although appointments are technically necessary, some do accept walk-ins.
“For acute emergencies, patients don’t need to be registered with our clinics,” says Scholten. “You just need to bring a valid ID and a health insurance card and we’re ready to help.”
A list of emergency dental clinics in the Netherlands
- Lassus Tandartsen, with three locations in Amsterdam, is open seven days a week – including public holidays –with special evening hours. In case of an emergency, give them a call to make an appointment, even if you’re not a client.
- Dental365 is a network of emergency dental clinics in Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam. That means urgent care is easily accessible for expats in these cities.
- Mondzorg Poli is open around the clock providing a range of urgent care services in Amsterdam and Utrecht. Call ahead for a slot.
- In Nijmegen, Villa Westhof Dental Surgery offers round-the-clock emergency dental care from its team of professionals.
- At the OLVG Hospital, Tandarts Spoed Praktijk is also open 24/7 where the dentists work closely with a pharmacy, general practitioners, emergency services, and dental surgeons.
- The International Health Centre of The Hague does out-of-hours treatment in The Hague and surrounding areas. They offer emergency services during evenings, weekends, and holidays. Emergency or weekend treatment here must be paid for in cash; a premium on the regular dental rates applies. You’ll also need a valid insurance card.
- Tandartsen Post 010 (managed by the Dental365 network) provides first aid in Rotterdam, as well as treating toothache and hemorrhaging.
Costs of emergency dental care in the Netherlands
The cost of dental care can be a real kick in the teeth. The good news is that the rates for dental care services in the Netherlands are regulated by De Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit (Dutch Health Authority, or NZa). You’ll receive clear information about the charges; by law, dentists must tell you if and when the cost of treatment exceeds €250. NZa also stipulates that emergency clinics charge the same rates, although they can attach separate fees for immediate service. Emergencies attended to outside normal clinic hours may also attract a small surcharge.
“At Lassus, the cost for emergency treatment is the same as for normal treatment,” Scholten points out. “Emergency care is subject to reimbursement by your health care provider in the same way as normal dental treatment if you have coverage,” she adds. Private health insurance is available to cover dental treatment in the Netherlands. Among the international health insurance companies providing expat-friendly coverage are:
Avoiding dental emergencies
Unless your life is spent hiding under the duvet, a dental emergency is an inevitable risk for us all. Trauma injuries aside, however, a little common sense can go a long way to keeping you away from the emergency clinic.
“Practising good oral hygiene and getting your teeth regularly checked at the dentist is the best way to prevent infections, decay, and abscesses,” Scholten concludes.
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1. Quality of Emergency Dental Care in the Netherlands:
- The emergency dental care in the Netherlands is described as high-quality.
- Mention of multi-lingual practitioners catering to expats and state-of-the-art clinics.
- Transparency in fee structures for emergency dental services.
2. Expert Input from Laura Scholten, PR and Marketing Executive at Lassus Tandartsen:
- Laura Scholten provides insights into emergency dental care in the Netherlands.
- She emphasizes the need for immediate attention to any trauma to the teeth, jaw, or mouth.
3. Definition of Dental Emergency:
- Trauma to the teeth, jaw, or mouth is defined as a dental emergency.
- Immediate attention is necessary to manage the injury and prevent long-term damage.
4. When to Visit the Emergency Dentist:
- Examples of common emergencies are provided, including knocked-out or loosened teeth, severe toothache, bleeding after tooth extraction, abscess, and serious mouth infections.
- The recommendation is to seek professional help when over-the-counter pain relief is ineffective.
5. Tips for Handling Dental Emergencies:
- Advice on handling specific emergencies, such as picking up a knocked-out tooth and rinsing it, applying a cold compress for a cracked or chipped tooth, and rinsing the mouth with mild salt water for an abscess.
6. Emergency Dental Clinics in the Netherlands:
- The article lists emergency dental clinics in the Netherlands, particularly in Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam.
- Information on contacting the emergency services outside regular clinic hours.
7. Specific Emergency Dental Clinics Mentioned:
- Lassus Tandartsen with three locations in Amsterdam, open seven days a week, offering round-the-clock treatment.
- Dental365, a network of emergency dental clinics in major cities.
- Mondzorg Poli in Amsterdam and Utrecht, open 24/7.
- Villa Westhof Dental Surgery in Nijmegen, OLVG Hospital's Tandarts Spoed Praktijk, and International Health Centre of The Hague.
8. Costs of Emergency Dental Care in the Netherlands:
- Regulation of dental care service rates by the Dutch Health Authority (NZa).
- Clear information about charges, with dentists obliged to inform patients if treatment costs exceed €250.
- Emergency clinics are regulated to charge the same rates, but they may have separate fees for immediate service.
9. Prevention of Dental Emergencies:
- Emphasis on maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups to prevent infections, decay, and abscesses.
In summary, the article provides comprehensive information on emergency dental care in the Netherlands, covering aspects such as what constitutes a dental emergency, when to seek help, practical tips, available clinics, costs, and preventive measures.