Dentists & Dental Treatments in France

Information on visiting the dentist in France, find out which costs are reimbursed and where to find emergency dental treatment...

The cost of routine dental treatment in France is relatively low compared to some countries, and dental care is reimbursed at 70 percent of the standard rate. However, the cost of crowns, prosthetics and braces can be high - a top-up insurance is highly recommended. As an example, a crown can cost anything between 500 and 1000 euros, but the health insurance fund will only reimburse you a little over 100 euros. Teeth whitening treatments in France are not reimbursed at all. Costs also vary greatly depending on where you live in France.

Many dentists speak English, especially in bigger towns; pharmacies can often give you details of English-speaking dentists in the area. Dental hygienists don’t exist in France, a ‘scrape and polish’ called détartrage in French, is done by the dentist.

Costs of Dental Care in France

Dental care is reimbursed at 70 percent of the standard rate. Children's check ups are also given free of charge every three years at the age of 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18. You will receive a form (called M'T Dents) from the CPAM inviting you to take your child to consult a dentist within 6 months after the child’s next birthday, which must be presented to the dentist at the visit. The dentist is paid directly for these visits so you don’t have to pay any fees up front if the dentist is in secteur 1.

Orthodontic treatments that begin before a child's 16 birthday are also reimbursed. In order to benefit from any reimbursement, prior approval (demande d'accord préalable) is required. Reimbursements are generally paid every three months of treatment.

Orthodontists are free to set their fees, but must provide the patient with a written quote before any treatment is undertaken. It is advisable to have a top-up insurance policy if your children need braces in France, as orthodontic treatments can soon add up. For example, over a 6 month period you might pay around 900 to 1000 euros for braces, and just under 200 euros will be reimbursed by the CPAM.

The exact amounts that are reimbursed for dental treatments can be found on the Ameli website.

Emergency dental treatment in France

Finding an emergency dentist in France can be complicated depending on where you live. Larger towns and tourist areas will have a dentist on duty over the weekend or on public holidays and some hospitals do provide emergency dental treatment, but these are rare. You can contact your local police station (commissariat) who may have details of an emergency dentist. Failing that, you can ask the on-duty pharmacy for details of the nearest emergency dentist.

Glossary of dental words

See the Medical Terminology page on the left side menu for a glossary of medical terms including dental words and their translations.