Your Expat Dentist in Amsterdam
Find all the dental care you need at Lassus Tandartsen
A modern and expat-orientated dental practice founded in 1982, with three offices located in the centre of Amsterdam.
Lassus Tandartsen combines high-quality dentistry and a people-oriented approach to provide you with the best in dental care services. We offer you a wide range of dental treatments, such as general dentistry, dental hygiene, veneers, (invisible) braces, implantology, endodontics and more.
We are open seven days a week, including evening hours, and are a multilingual practice that embraces the diversity of our clients. All staff speak fluent English and there are dentists who also speak French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.
Instead of waiting to visit your dentist in your home country, give yourself peace of mind by easily scheduling an appointment at one of our three centrally-located clinics.
Dutch Dental Care Explained
Whether you've just arrived or have already been living in the Netherlands for a while, it's not always easy to find a good dentist or to know how the Dutch dental system works. Here's an overview written by owner and dentist at Lassus Tandartsen – Thomas Rietrae – outlining some of the key aspects including: types of practices, dental specialisations, insurance, treatment costs and tips for finding a dentist.
PRACTISE THAT EMBRACES DIVERSITY
'All staff speak fluent English and there are dentists who also speak French, German, Spanish and Portuguese'
Dental Care in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, dental care is provided by university-educated dentists, all of whom are government-registered. The quality of care, also in comparison with other countries, is excellent. The Dutch visit their dentist on a regular basis – approximately 85% go once or twice a year. As a result, only a relatively small part of the population has badly cared-for teeth.
Types of Practices
Almost all dental practices in the Netherlands are private, there are no state practices. Most of them are modest undertakings with one dentist and one assistant. In the larger cities there are larger practices consisting of several dentists, a number of assistants and dental hygienists. This allows the practice to diversify its services. Keep in mind that many practices in the Netherlands are full and therefore cannot take on any new patients, so it might take some time to find one for you (and your family).
Dentistry is privatised in the Netherlands, i.e. the patient is responsible for the payment of the costs of the treatment, not the insurance company. However, under Dutch basic health insurance, the insurance company will fully cover all costs of dentistry for children up to the age of 18 as well as dental surgery for adults. All other dental care, which constitutes the majority of care provided, can only be insured when you have an additional insurance. This supplementary insurance can cover up to 75% of the costs. For the exact coverage, please check the policy terms or contact the insurer.
'The quality of care, also in comparison with other countries, is excellent'
In the Netherlands, all regular dental specialities can be found. The best-known are oral surgeons, who are usually affiliated with a hospital, and orthodontists, who usually have a private practice. Moreover, the number of periodontists (who specialize in gums), endodontist (root canal specialists), implantologists and children’s dentists is steadily growing. Patients are referred to these specialists by regular dentists. A growing number of Dutch dentists employ the services of a dental hygienist, but in the larger cities in particular, there are also separate dental hygienist practices. Patients can visit these practices without a referral from their dentists.
Other Issues of Interest
All dentists in the Netherlands must comply with the rules on hygiene as set out by the Dutch government. Most dentists will give a local anaesthetic before a painful treatment. Nitrous oxide is seldom used and when it is, this is only done by a limited number of specialized dentists.
Rates are determined by the Dutch healthcare authority (Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit NZa) and the Minister of Health. This means that prices are the same at all dental practices in the Netherlands.
Thomas Rietrae is a practicing dentist and the owner of Lassus Tandartsen, an international, multilingual dental clinic with three offices in Amsterdam with a focus on quality service and care. Lassus Tandartsen is open 365 days a year, including evenings.
020 – 4713137
1075 GV Amsterdam
1015 CW Amsterdam
1076 CK Amsterdam
Mondays – Thursdays
8 A.M. – 9:30 P.M.
8 A.M. –5:30 P.M.
Saturdays and Sundays
9 A.M. – 4 P.M.