Lots of people seemed to connect with my post about making my dentist appointment. So how did the actual appointment go?
Well, it went…uneventfully. That’s probably the best thing that you can say about going to the dentist in any country. The problem here is that the whole visit took about 5 minutes.
What we figured out as we were leaving – and which explains why the dental assistants did not understand any of our questions about what is covered and what is not under the insurance – is that your check-up is really. Just. That.
No more, no less.
The dentist looked at each of my teeth briefly, tapping them with that ever-useful metal tapping-device, and then told me that I needed a “professional cleaning.” Well…ja. I looked at him expectantly. He looked back at me. Then he handed me a brochure in German, and left.
So, for everyone’s future reference: for 75€, at a place that is not the dentist and is not covered by insurance, you can have your teeth cleaned. But this is not the dentist. The dentist is just for looking, and the looking does not include x-rays. It is only looking with normal eyes. It does include having your teeth tapped with a metal thingie, though. And being yelled at by the hygienist for asking whether this is covered.
As another American friend of mine put it: “I could open a dentist’s office if all I had to do was poke around in there and tell people to go somewhere else.”