Discover more about Russian dentists, so that you and your children can keep your teeth in order when living abroad.
The standard of healthcare in Russia is high, including dentistry, with many clinics providing treatment that, while not being cheap, is reasonably affordable. There are around 2000 dentists in Moscow alone, including major medical dental centers. This guide explains what you need to do if you need to undergo dentistry in Russia.
Dentistry in Russia
A dentist in Russia is a zubnoiy vratch (tooth doctor). There are many dental care facilities in Russia, although most are in the big cities, including Russian family dentists, and the vast majority of them are private rather than public. Apart from children, older people, and other groups, dental care in Russia is not part of the state benefit package. As dental costs in Russia can be quite high, this has led to inequality in coverage between adults and children with a World Health Organisation report in 2011 finding that only 6.1% of adults received dental treatment compared to 44.9% of children.
If you’re an expat who can afford dental treatment in Russia – or who has private health insurance – there should be no problem finding good quality treatment. Many private dental clinics and centers in Russia have English-speaking dentists and many of the dental facilities are open 24 hours a day.
There are three types of clinics for dentistry in Russia, which depend on their cost:
- Economy class polyclinics – these are basic state-provided services where you can get a certain amount of treatment for free through state-funded insurance, with extra services available for a fee.
- Business class polyclinics – these offer a wider range of services, most of it available at a cost, and include both public and private dental clinics in Russia.
- Luxury VIP clinics – these are mostly situated in Moscow and include world-class specialists performing advanced treatment with the latest technology. Some of the major centres have the capacity to treat up to 100 people. These will be where you are most likely to find an English-speaking dentist in Russia.
See our guide to healthcare in Russia for more information on general health facilities in Russia.
Conditions for seeing a Russian dentist
As visiting a Russian dentist is not covered by state health insurance except for in the cases of certain groups, you will need to either have private healthcare insurance that is extended to cover dental care or be willing to foot the bill yourself in order to receive dental treatment in Russia. See our guide to health insurance in Russia for more information.
The fact that dental care is rarely provided for free means that eligibility for treatment comes down to ability to pay. Most dentists in Russia, whether public or private, will treat you if you can pay upfront or show proof of medical insurance. Usually there is no registration process, you just need to make an appointment.
You can make an appointment to visit a dentist in Russia by phone or in person. Some of the western-style private dental clinics can accept online appointment bookings. The European Medical Center, which provides a range of specialist healthcare including dentists in Russia, takes online appointments for consultations where you can choose an appointment time and date convenient for you. The French Dental Center invites you to enrol online first before proceeding with an appointment booking.
Exact procedures and waiting times will vary from clinic to clinic, depending also on what services you require. However, waiting lists at private clinics are not usually very long.
Specialist treatments with a Russian dentist
The business and VIP class dental clinics provide a wider range of specialist treatment, including cosmetic treatment. If you feel you need specialist treatment, you will need to discuss this at the initial consultation session. All specialist dental treatment in Russia will need paying for and will be more expensive than basic treatment.
Details of some of the specialist treatment available at private dental clinics in Russia are as follows:
- Therapeutic dental care
- Surgical dental care
- Orthodontic care
- Prosthodontic care
- Preventative dentistry
- Implantology and maxillofacial surgery
- Preventative dentistry
- Periodontal therapy
- Root canal therapy
- Cosmetic dentistry (whitening, bleaching, etc.)
- Maxillofacial surgery (e.g. implants)
- Surgical treatment
- Aesthetics (cosmetic treatment)
How to find a dentist in Moscow, Russia
If you want to find a recommended dentist in Russia, you can do so through personal recommendation or through your national embassy. Most embassies will have lists of recommended doctors and medical services for each country. Details of UK embassies in Russia can be found here. US embassies and consulates can be found here.
A directory for dental clinics in Russia can be found here on the Russian Department of Health website. Dental clinics in Moscow can be found on the Moscow Department of Health website. The European Medical Center also allows you to perform a dentist search on its website.
If you want to compare dentists according to ratings as well as finding out additional information such as costs, you can use the WhatClinic website which has information on nearly 250 dental clinics in Russia.
Popular dental clinics in Russia for expats include:
- European Medical Center
- American Medical Center
- American Dental Center
- French Dental Clinic
- German Dental Center
The cost of dentistry in Russia
Costs for visiting a Russian dentist varies greatly depending on what type of service you use. The WhatClinic website has information regarding costs for individual dental providers. Costs for a check-up and consultation can be between EUR 6 to EUR 50, fillings between EUR 15 to EUR 50, root canal work between EUR 50 and EUR 200, crowns EUR 90 and EUR 400 and dental implants anywhere between EUR 180 and EUR 1650.
Private dental insurance in Russia
There are a number of expat-friendly health insurance companies which provide dental coverage plans in Russia, including:
Dentistry in Russia: Emergency situations
Many dental clinics in Russia, especially in Moscow, are open 24 hours. There are also a couple of emergency dental care numbers for Moscow, which are +7 (495) 628-30-38 (until 8pm) or +7 (499) 264-49-65 (after 8pm) or +7 (499) 148-55-22 (for dental care for children) (21).
You can also call either 103 or 112 for general medical emergencies. See our guide to emergency phone numbers in Russia for more information.
- Russian Department of Health website
- Moscow Department of Health website
- Moscow International Portal which contains information on dental care
- Website where you can compare ratings and prices of dental clinics in Russia