Private or NHS Dental Treatment
Private or NHS
Many people are confused about the difference between private and NHS dental treatment so we have outlined the differences below.
- Private treatment gives us complete freedom to provide the very highest standard of treatment and materials. We have no restrictions on the type of fillings we provide or how often we see you.
- Appointments are longer to allow plenty of time to complete your treatment at a relaxed pace.
- Your dentist will discuss your treatment options and costs and give you a written estimate before you commit to treatment.
- Most patients use Denplan Care or Direct Dental Finance to pay for their private treatment.
- Private treatment is especially good if you are anxious about your treatment of have complex dental needs.
- NHS patients are treated with the same level attention and care as our private patients though the government does impose some restrictions.
- Fillings and crowns in back teeth will nearly always be silver or gold rather than white.
- We must follow government guidelines for recalling patients. This usually means you will only be seen once a year for NHS check ups.
- Appointment availability may be limited. You may not be able to get appointments outside school or work hours.
- The government impose limits on the amount of NHS treatment each practice can provide. Once we reach our limit we may not be able to offer any more NHS treatment until the next financial year.
- Some treatments are not available under the NHS.