Good dental care – in Basel-Stadt
and Baselland

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The Swiss Dental Association SSO is the professional association of dentists practising in Switzerland. It ensures that its members follow the ethical principles set out in its mission statement, Articles of Association and Code of Professional Conduct. The Swiss Dental Association is also represented in the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Baselland by the SSO beider Basel and the two sections SSO Basel and SSO Baselland. Are you looking for a competent dentist in the Basel region? The dentist search BS and dentist search BL lists all dentists working in these sections with contact details.

Nationwide scale of dental fees

How it works

Switzerland has had a nationwide scale of dental fees based on transparent cost calculations that first took effect in 1976. The fee scale comprises over 500 individual services.

Today, more than 20 years since it was introduced, this fee scale no longer reflects the status of modern dentistry and has been revised. A new scale of dental fees was thus introduced in Switzerland as of 1 January 2018. It was drawn up by the social insurance partners (SNAIF accident insurance, disability insurance, military insurance) together with the Swiss Dental Association (SSO). The new fee scale provides patients and insurers with greater transparency in the billing process.

Billing transparency

In the fee scale, each of the 500 dental services is based on a defined number of points. These points reflect the grade of difficulty and the average time required to perform the service

The costs of the treatment are calculated based on the number of points multiplied by the “point value” of the dentist in question. In Switzerland, each dental practice defines its own tariff point value. This provides an indication of the operating costs of the practice (rent, furnishings, staff), the location of the premises, the qualifications of the dentist and the urgency of the service provided. This system is usual in the field of medical services in Switzerland and is prescribed by law for insurance cases.

In addition to dental services, the dentist indicates specific costs separately on the bill as third-party costs. These include, for example, any expenses incurred at an external dental technician’s laboratory or the cost of medications or special materials. As all services are listed individually on the bill, the patient has a transparent overview of what he or she is paying for.

Anyone interested in the tariff calculation and the individual tariff items can find them on the Internet at

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Do you have a dental emergency? You can reach us around the clock at the following number 061 261 15 15

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The SSO offers two services that you can contact if you encounter any problems in relation to dental treatment. Firstly the Zahnärztliche Ombudsstelle (ZOS) and secondly the Zahnärztliche Begutachtungskommision (ZBK) of dental experts.

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The Swiss Dental Association SSO sections in both Basel cantons run healthy teeth information campaigns for both young and old. They also provide information for patients and helpers about what to do in the event of a dental accident to avoid or lessen the impact of any potential future damage.

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What you can do for your oral health


Why go to the SSO dentist

When choosing a dentist, it is better not to leave anything to chance. The dentists of the SSO stand for quality, guarantee the highest standards of hygiene and personal care.

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