Dentist and dental care in Barcelona
How to find a dentist in Barcelona? Enjoying Barcelona while you have a dental issue can turn into a nightmare. That’s why it is important to know how to choose a dentist in the city where you feel comfortable and in good hands to treat something as important and delicate as your dental health.
This article is written by Dra. Mariana Trincado, Medical director and specialist in aesthetics and pediatric dentistry of The Practice.
How is dental care arranged in Spain?
Unfortunately the public healthcare system in Spain doesn’t cover dental care, with the exception of the annual dental check-up, emergency treatments and dental care to all children up to 14/15 (depending on the region). Therefore, unless you have private health insurance, you will need to pay for your dental treatment. Bear in mind that dentists in Spain typically require payment upfront.
Public dental care
With Spain’s new Oral Health Plan, children can receive free dental care for things such as; regular check-ups, milk teeth extractions, fillings and more. Some regions do offer more than others, with Catalonia offering free preventative treatment to those aged 0 to 14.
Emergency treatments are also covered under the public healthcare system, as long as you have an TSI or EHIC card. If you do need emergency treatment you should visit your nearest hospital or CUAP.
Private dental care
Being the second-largest city in Spain, Barcelona has plenty of privately owned clinics for you to choose from,all of which typically compete with each other to offer the best range of treatments and the latest dental technology. Common services at private clinics include:
- Dental implants
- Root canals
What are the costs of dental care in Spain?
While dental care isn’t covered by the public healthcare system, treatments are relatively inexpensive, especially in comparison to the UK and the US. Spain has actually become a popular dental tourism destination, due to the low cost and high quality treatments that are offered here. Below is a list of average costs for specific treatments:
- Check-up: €20
- Tooth extraction: around €30 (€90 for wisdom tooth)
- Fillings: €45 – €80
How does dental insurance work in Barcelona?
Private dental insurance will help you cover the expenses for treatments such as; check-ups, cleanings or orthodontic work and will also give you access to a network of first-rate professionals.
Even though Dentist fees are generally inexpensive, private dental insurance can reduce the costs even further. Plans can cost as little as €6 – €20 a month and having it will also give you the added benefit of not having to join a waiting list if something urgent comes up.
How is orthodontic care arranged in Spain?
The average price of Braces in Spain is €850 and the maximum price is around €1,300.
Hospital Sant Joan de Deu in Barcelona is one of the top 5 medical institutions in Europe and is recognised as the most authoritative in the field of paediatric oncology treatment. They treat children from birth to 18 years.
About the Practice
We are a dental clinic located in the centre of Barcelona where we cover all dental disciplines and treat patients of all ages.
The clinic is formed of a group of odontologists from different areas of Spain, who each have extensive professional backgrounds. The team have all studied at international universities and developed their professional careers abroad, and so we are able to assist our patients in 5 languages (English, French, Catalan, Spanish and Basque).
At The Practice we make an effort to create a warm and inviting environment where the patient feels calm and at home.