How many dental clinics are registered in France?
When it comes to visiting a dentist, there are two possible places one can choose from. You can either go to a dental clinic or a dental office. For this article, I will focus primarily on dental clinics, on how they operate and how many are registered in France. However, I would like to give a brief description both dental clinics and offices, in order to make sure you understand what I am referring to when talking about each.A dental office is a business establishment usually run or owned by a dental professional. This, consequently, means that every office is going to be different from the other, however more often than not keeping with the same basic structure. A dental office is composed by the following rooms. The reception area, which is like a lounge with seats (if the place is fancier it can feature couches) and usually some kind of entertainment in order to keep patients busy while waiting for their turn. In this reception, there often is a desk with an administrator that registers every movement, whether it might be someone making an appointment or someone who comes to his already established appointment. The administrator is also responsible for answering questions about the information of the dentist and the place. Then there is the dentist’s workplace, where the professional attends you and does what he or she is specialized in, with all kinds of apparels and one-use products. Lastly, again generally speaking, it is the storage room. A storage room is, as its name clearly indicates, the place where all products utilized by the professional are stored.
On the other hand, dental clinics are just like the dentist´s workplace I spoke about before, but in an establishment run by an organization. They can usually be found in educational establishments, hospitals, private health centres or any other place where the dentist ( allo-dentiste-garde.fr ) is not the one in charge, and has superiors. In all of these settings, the dental clinic emphasizes patient education to prevent disease and provide treatment options for the same procedures that are warranted in a general practice. On average, these dental clinics are staffed by dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists who provide services such as exams, cleaning, X-rays, fillings and other treatments which could be necessary for a patient.
On your first visit, your dentist will need to take a look at your full health history, in order to start attending you with the maximum knowledge of you possible in the following visits. These are the most common and average treatments you can expect from a trip to the dental clinic (or any dentists for that matter).
- A thorough cleaning, where a dental hygienist or a dentist will scrape along and below the gum line to remove built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other numerous diseases.
- A full dental examination, in which one’s dentist will perform a thorough examination of one’s teeth, gums and mouth, looking for anomalies which can indicate diseases or other problems.
- X-Rays can diagnose problems which otherwise can go unnoticed, such as damaged jawbones, the impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumours, and decay between the teeth.
Dental clinics boast about having numerous associates and speciality dentists available at any time, while on the other side, dental offices often dispone of just one dentist with one specialization. There are also many procedures available to you as a patient, for fees that are competitive if not compatible with the typical insurance policy. Especially in France, given their health insurance system held as one of the best in the world.
In regards to practising and being registered as a dental clinic, one must go through certain regulations depending on the situation. A student in France who passed the fifth year examination might only practise as a substitute or assistant to a dental surgeon, according to the law. These authorizations are issued for a limited period of time by the departmental council of the order of the dentists, who informs the services of the State. A decree, issued after consulting the National Council of the College of Dentists, sets the conditions for the application of this article, including the level of education required according to the qualification of the practitioner replaced, the maximum duration of authorizations and the conditions of the prorogation of said decree. Since an order of 17 December 2009, all students who have passed the fifth year examination in France may be authorized to practise either as a substitute or as a deputy dentist, regardless of their nationality.
With a degree in French, one has the opportunity to practise the profession in other European Union countries with the instant recognition of that degree. It is recommendable, however, to inquire about the modalities foreseen in each country and to contact the respective competent authority.
So, in order for someone from the European Union to be registered as a dental clinic, this person must have diploma which recognizes him or her as a European dentist, and it must demonstrate a knowledge in the French language that will enable him or her to communicate fluently with the patients.
There are two situations regarding the exercise of practitioners from third countries. The first one is the non-EU practitioner that is a non-EU graduate, in which case, a ministerial authorization will be required, issued after the opinion of the commission of foreigners provided for in Article L.4111-2 of the Public Health Code. This article states the following: ‘The competent authority may also, after consulting a committee, composed in particular of professionals, authorize individually to practice the profession of doctor, dentist or midwife nationals of a Member State of the European Community or of ‘another State Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, holders of a training certificate issued by a third State, and recognized in a State, Member or Party, other than France, permitting it to exercise lawfully profession and in which the person concerned has acquired relevant professional experience which he attested by any means. Where the examination of the professional qualifications attested by this title and based on the relevant professional experience reveals substantial differences with regard to the qualifications required for access to the profession and its exercise in France, the competent authority shall require that the subject undergoes a compensation measure which consists, at the choice of the applicant, in a test of aptitude or in a stage of adaptation.’ The article keeps going about more rules and regulations. If you want to check it out it is up online, I have put what I thought was more relevant to this subject.
The other situation that can happen when someone from a third country wants to practice as a dentist is when Non-EU practitioners have graduated in France. If the practitioner is of Andorran, Moroccan or Tunisian citizenship, the practitioner may be entered on the roll of the order in accordance with the provisions of Article L.4111-1 of the Public Health Code which as I said before, can be looked up online. For the rest of nationalities, and since the order of December 17, 2009, it is necessary to distinguish two situations. If the practitioner holds the State diploma of doctor in any dental specialization, he or she may be registered on the board under the same conditions as the French practitioner or the European Union holder of the same diploma. The second situation is if the practitioner holds the State diploma of dentist, a ministerial authorization is essential, according to the terms L4111-2 of the Public Health Code, which was explained above.
The LPS (Freedom to provide services) is what grants you the permission to exercise one’s profession, in this case dentistry, on a temporary and occasional basis in the territory of the host Member State. The service provider is subject to professional regulatory or administrative rules of conduct which are directly related to the professional qualification and disciplinary provisions applicable to professionals working in the hot Member State. The provider then exercises the professional title of dentist, however if his or her title of training does not benefit from an automatic recognition of the diplomas as foreseen by the establishment, the service is carried out under the professional title of the State of origin.
There are around 100 dental clinics registered in France including some that are found even outside France’s territory, so considering the huge amount, I will list a few of them in order to get a general idea of what can you find in France. It is also worth mentioning that, according to the ADF (Association Dentaire Françai), which as federation comprised of twenty-five professional associations, there are a total of 40.000 dentists in France, of which 30.000 (three forth of the total amount) are part of this federation, most of them exercising in Paris, for obvious reasons.
Andent Clonique Dentaire Genève – Nations, located in Genève, the French-speaking side of Switzerland, is an association of people which has grown thanks to the professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment of its employees. Nowadays, they have 22 successful dental clinics and more than 400 employees, all to archive one clear mission: to make dental care more comfortable, modern and accessible to both patients and aspiring dentists.
H32 – HARMONY, Tremblay-en-France, France. It is a clinic known for its digitally customized solutions and invisible orthodontics. They use a lot of diverse and practical devises in order to archive the best solution to their patient’s mouth. For teens and adults alike of any age, HARMONY, through their digitally customized services, manages to straighten the patient’s teeth, and provides invisible orthodontics, which means solutions like crowns or braces, are practically invisible.
Cabinet des Chirurgiens Dentists Du Vieu, Anulay-sous-Bois, France. Doctors Thomas Miric, Guavri Caliaporoumal, Alain Pissard and Olfa Maaref make up the team of the this clinic. Dentists receive patients of any ages for any standard dental consultation, for teeth whitening and also surgical procedures. They also have a room dedicated purely to implantology
SCM de lÓcéan, Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, France. The team is made up of Dr. Marie-Odile Jardry and her qualified dental assistant Corinne, Dr. Alain Lobru and his qualified dental assistant Karine, and Xavier Nguyen and Florence qualified dental assistants. Equipped with 4 treatment rooms, 1 panoramic radio room, air-conditioned reception rooms, 2 microscopes, 2 sterilizers, 1 laser unit and much more, their main objective is to deliver the best solutions to anyone that puts their trust in them.
Cabinet Dentaire Phan Van Ho Thierry, Noisy-le-Sec, France. Thierry Phan Van Ho is an independent dental surgeon in France. He specializes in dental surgery and his reimbursements tariffs are guided by the conventional system and accepts the Carte Vitale.
DENTALIS FRANCE, Eysines, France. Clinic renowned for their optical equipment suited for dental treatments, comprised of surgical magnifiers, microscopes and high quality lasers.
Clínica Dental France Michaud, Irun, Spain. Specialized in dental treatments and in aesthetic dentistry, it provides services to both children and adults, and their treatments are orthodontics, ceramic, prosthetics, aesthetics, teeth whitening, mouth cleaning, endodontics controlled by X-rays, pyorrhoea treatments, buccal surgeries, implants and ceramic crowns.
France Implant Dentaire, Deuil-la-Barre, France. This dental clinic, which is all about dental implants and implantology, is an association of patients whose purpose is to inform the general public about implants and to communicate the contact details of competent and approved practitioners when other citizens request it.
Center Dentaire de France, Meudon, France is a facility entirely dedicated to oral health with the mission of improving it and the aesthetics of theeth in optimal hygiene and asepsis conditions. The prices practiced promote access to care for all, ensuring quality care.
Clinique Orthodontique de Genève Sárl, Geneva, Switzerland, takes care of children from their early ages for all types of dental care, diagnosing and focusing on the prevention of diseases, with a specialized team of dental paediatricians, orthodontists, dental hygienists and omni-practitioners. It is important to remember that, before trying to register as a dental clinic, one must be sure to understand France’s laws and r