Many patients are confused about the difference between private and NHS dental treatment so we have outlined some of the differences below. The common assumption is that private dentistry is more expensive but this may not always be the case and usually the service and treatment outcome you receive is better and unrestricted.
- Cosmetic treatment is not available on the NHS. This means the materials/treatments which produce the best appearance are often not used. Private treatment will always give you the best possible functional but also cosmetic result.
- Private treatment gives us complete freedom to provide the very highest standard of treatment and materials. We have no funding restrictions and focus purely on the quality of the treatment.
- Private work such as dentures, crowns, bridges, and implants are usually sent to different private laboratories where named experienced technicians hand make the item. There is also usually more flexibility in returning items from a private laboratory quickly.
Appointments are longer to allow plenty of time to complete your treatment at a more relaxed pace.
- Certain treatments are not always available on the NHS eg. dental implants
- Tooth whitening is not usually available on the NHS
- With private treatments you can request your treatment to be performed by an experienced dentist and be given quick and easy access eg. a difficult extraction
- Orthodontic treatment for patients over the age of 18 is usually not available on the NHS and Invisalign is not offered on the NHS
- Your dentist will discuss your treatment options and costs and give you a written estimate before you commit to any treatment.