When deciding whether or not a private dentist is right for you there are a lot of questions that you may want to consider. In the UK, patients generally have a choice between whether or not they want to be treated by the NHS or pay for their treatment privately. Whilst both of these options can be seen to have particular advantages, the decision about which avenue to take is down to you and your priorities when it comes to your dental care.
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As hygienists are not usually covered under the NHS it is likely that you will have to pay for this service privately. Many dentists are able to offer competitive prices on dental cleaning and include complimentary hygiene appointments as part of their private dental plans.
Gum disease is among one of the most common oral diseases in the UK. Whilst prevention is better than cure, depending on the severity and damage to your gums it may be necessary for you to have surgery. As a medical service this may be treated under the NHS but you may be entitled to a discount if your are subscribe to a private dental plan.
Braces are unlikely to be covered by the NHS unless there is a specific medical reason for them. However, as a private patient there are many different brace options available ranging from £1000-4000 or more depending on your needs and budget.
White fillings are popular option for those requiring a filling as they preserve the natural appearance of your teeth. This option is not available through the NHS but its popularity means that private prices are competitive.
In most cases you will have to pay for your dental treatment, regardless of whether or not it is provided by the NHS.
Seeing an NHS dentist is not usually free, but the treatment you receive is often provided at a reduced cost compared to a private treatment. There are certain exceptions to this which allow you to receive free dental care. These include if you aged 18-19 and in full-time education, pregnant, receive treatment in an NHS hospital, or are entitled to low-income benefits.
In addition to cosmetic dentistry, NHS funding rarely covers hygienist treatments and certain preventative treatments such as fissure sealants. Whilst the individual costs private dental treatments may seem expensive, a subscription to a high-quality dental plan that offers regular complimentary check-ups and hygienist appointments can end up being cheaper in the long term.
If you are considering subscribing to a dental plan then we advise that you take some time to consider what any particular plan can offer you in the long run.
Dental plans can offer you many perks including complimentary hygiene appointments and discounts on cosmetic and medical treatments.
As an NHS patient you are entitled to receive high quality dental care that is design to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Treatments that are covered by the NHS are those deemed clinically necessary to maintain good oral health.
Under the NHS you are unlikely to receive any treatment that is deemed cosmetic. For example, if you require a filling an amalgam (silver) filling will be covered by the NHS, but a composite (white) will not.
If a tooth is to deeply damaged by decay, then it may become necessary for your dentist to perform a root canal in order to save the tooth. On the NHS this is considered a band-2 treatment, whilst privately root canal work can vary in price depending on the size of the tooth and complexity of the work required.
The cost of private dentistry differs depending on the practice. More often than not, dental practices have a range of care plans available to their members so they can spread the cost over a long period of time, usually through a monthly direct debit. Ultimately the cost of a private dentist depends on the treatments and level of care you require.
The choice of whether or not to use a private dentist is ultimately down to you, the treatment you require, and your financial circumstances. Private dentistry is commonly understood to be expensive, but in many cases patients have found that over the course of many years, choosing a private plan has in fact allowed them to save money. The main difference between NHS care and a private dentist is the flexibility afforded to you as a patient.
A private dentist practices out of a privately owned dental clinic. Whilst many still treat NHS patients, the main difference between private and NHS dental care are the types of services that are available.