Zahnarzt-Gemeinschaftspraxis Dres. Hamann & Schmücker in Rostock - Groß Klein

Dental Group Practice
Dr. Hamann and Colleagues

Schiffbauerring 16

18109 Rostock, Germany

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is amalgam harmless?
  2. When should children visit the dentist for the first time?
  3. Will I receive an injection during treatment?
  4. How much is a laughing gas treatment?
  5. Why do public health insurance companies not bear all the costs?
  6. I am in need of dental prostheses, but I am not able to effort any. What can I do?
  7. Which advantages do I have as a privately insured patient?
  8. May you do without drilling?
  9. Will I face longer waiting times?
  10. Where shall I go to with toothache during the weekend?
  11. What does the acronym "MIMI" mean?
  12. How often is dental calculus required to be removed?
  13. Are dental prostheses from abroad meaningful?
  14. Why are implants not less expensive?
  1. Is amalgam harmless?

    At present, there is no secure and unambiguous answer to this question. Amalgam is a very durable filling material that is easy to process. There does neither exist any scientifically recognized evidence for its harmfulness nor for its harmlessness. Due to the 50% mercury proportion, amalgam is increasingly less applied. Gold and ceramic inlays as well as fillings of plastic ceramics (composite) are good alternatives.

  2. When should children visit the dentist for the first time?

    For infants, check-ups are recommended already twice a year. They particularly serve for the early diagnosis of caries and malpositions of the teeth and of course for advising their parents as well.

  3. Will I receive an injection during treatment?

    Of course we offer local anaesthetics for every painful treatment. The penetration of the cannula is hardly noticeable and the treatment will pass more relaxed.

  4. How much is a laughing gas treatment?

    The costs vary subject to the treatment´s duration. For example, for a 45 minutes treatment we charge 75 Euro.

  5. Why do public health insurance companies not bear all the costs?

    It is a fact that the medical progress is also accompanied by a cost increase. While in the past diseased teeth frequently have simply been extracted, we can nowadays avoid tooth diseases thanks to regular prophylaxis, but also build up again even severely damaged teeth. Missing teeth may be perfectly replaced by complex dental prostheses with a high wearing comfort and excellent aesthetics. All this is possible, but not absolutely required in every case. On the other hand, for reasons of contribution stability public health insurance companies are instructed by the legislator only to pay sufficient and really necessary services. Finally, all premium payers benefit from stable rates of contribution. For this reason, it is absolutely plausible to impose the community based on the principle of mutual solidarity only such costs arising by absolutely necessary treatments.

  6. I am in need of dental prostheses, but I am not able to effort any. What can I do?

    The health insurance company bears the entire treatment expenses for a basic provision with dental prostheses (exclusion made of standard benefits), if your own contribution in the event of a very low family income would mean an undue burden. This so-called hardship provision was established in article 55 (2) SGB V (German Social Security Code). Should the family income scarcely exceed the hardship limit, you will be partly released from your own dentures contribution. In the event of a very high own contribution, we also offer the possibility of partial payment, allowing your dental prostheses to maintain a quality promising a longstanding treatment success.

  7. Which advantages do I have as a privately insured patient?

    As a rule, privately insured patients are entitled to the reimbursement of numerous services that are not paid by public health insurance companies. This comprises e.g. inlays, implants, new procedures of modern periodontal therapy and frequently also prophylactic services. However, it is recommended always to read the fine print in the insurance contract, since there also exist restricted service tariffs.

  8. May you do without drilling?

    Usually not. However, the high-speed free-grinding of caries using small milling machines of diamond in the so-called turbine in general is not considered very painful. After that, caries may be removed very gently as well using hand instruments, and if required there is also the anaesthetic injection.

  9. Will I face longer waiting times?

    At our practice, the waiting time for scheduled treatments rarely takes more than fifteen minutes. If you need an emergency treatment, please call us so that we can find a suitable time the same day. 

  10. Where shall I go to with toothache during the weekend?

    In Rostock, there is always a dentist having emergency service outside the normal surgery hours. However, please note that the dentist on duty available via an emergency number at night is only responsible for real emergencies. This comprises accidental injury, post-bleeding or feverish inflammations in the temporomandibular area. The dentist on duty you can find here.

  11. What does the acronym "MIMI" mean?

    MIMI stands for "Minimal Invasive Method of Implantation". The idea behind this name is to insert implants in a very gentle, minimal invasive mode, without operation and bone augmentation. This implantation method is preferred in our clinic because it means a smaller expenditure of time and money for you and, beyond that it is almost free of pain (for more information see www.mimi-info.de).

  12. How often is dental calculus required to be removed?

    Removal of dental calculus is paid by the public health insurance companies only once per year. Nevertheless, dental calculus is required to be removed once it has developed. Therefore, the frequency of removals of dental calculus as well as the frequency of dental visits should be always individually agreed.

  13. Are dental prostheses from abroad meaningful?

    Of course, dental prostheses from abroad - in particular from China - are less expensive than manufactured in the German dental laboratory. However, the cost advantage usually is not as high as expected by the patient, because the dental laboratory work contributes to just the half of the manufacturing costs and the transport from and to China must be paid of course as well. Moreover, the cooperation with a laboratory which is such far away is very difficult, while e.g. a dental technician of the local region may come directly to the practice for individual colour adjustments. The repair of the dental prosthesis that during the period of warranty would be required to take place in China would be really precarious and may take a long time, of course... Thus, the cost advantage is also accompanied by considerable disadvantages, so that the decision in favour of or against dental prostheses from abroad should be well considered.

  14. Why are implants not less expensive?

    The price for an implant provision is composed of a variety of components: Diagnostics inclusive of x-ray, surgery planning, insertion of implants, material costs for implants, sterile surgical instruments, fee for the crown, material expenses for implant abutment components, impression trays and impression material, laboratory costs for model casting, modelling of the crown cap, casting or milling of the crown cap and ceramic veneer. For inserting the implants the dentist requires a particular qualification and special surgical instruments. Here you will find more information about implants.