Dental care in Poland

Similarly to other European countries, patients in Poland can choose between public and private dental surgeries. Public services are provided by clinics that have a valid contract with NFZ (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia), which is an equivalent of the UK’s NHS. Public dentists in Poland provide all necessary treatments to ensure patient’s oral health is at satisfactory state. Anyone who has a valid insurance can use it. However, there tend to be waiting lists for free dental services and there are some limitations with treatments available. For example, missing teeth restorations on implants are not usually available for free unless a patient suffers from a particular oral conditions. It is also the same with upgraded materials such as ceramic veneers or zirconium crowns which are not provided as part of free dental care in Poland.  In order to book an appointment, patients need to register with their local GP and get a referral to a public dentist. In extreme cases, patients should visit an emergency department at their local hospital where help can be given much quicker.

Private dental care in Poland, where patients pay full fees for treatments received, usually provides higher standards of dentistry. This includes better materials and quality of finish, shorter waiting lists and guarantee on the work performed. The scenario in Poland is very similar to that of rest of Western Europe where private dentistry is often superior to the state provided care. The exception to that rule can be observed in Scandinavian countries where some citizens, including students or elderly, can get high standard dental care for free.

 

Private dentistry in Poland has evolved greatly since the fall of communism in the early nineties. Nowdays, private clinic use mostly the latest dental equipment and tools. Access to such state-of-the-art equipment was made possible predominantly because of cheap credit and large investments made by foreign leasing companies in the country. Dentists in Poland are subject to some of the strictest education programmes in Europe, which overall lasts nearly 7 years (including compulsory 2 year clinical experience). Costs of dentistry in Poland are still much lower than in other European countries. For example, dental implants cost under £1000 in Poland, which is over 50% cheaper than in the UK. Other treatment fees are up to 60% cheaper in Poland. White fillings start from only £55 while crowns cost £210 each (compared to £150 and £500 charged on average in the UK’s  private clinics). Dental fees in Poland are lower mostly because salaries and overheads are lower in the country than in some other EU states. All clinics in Poland need to adhere to strict health and safety regulations. The Ministry of Health regulates the industry through organisation SANEPID, which has the power to close the surgery on the spot if it does not comply with the strict health & safety regulations. Additionally, all surgeries in the country need to adhere to EU health and safety laws sine Poland joined the treaty in 2004.

 

For information about treatments available and prices visit section: Dental treatments in Poland

Roger White, Porthsmouth

I could not be more pleased with the treatment i received at the clinic in Krakow. My teeth were in a terrible state and i had forgotten how to smile, i was very embarrassed to open my mouth...