Many patients are often confused about the differences between private and NHS dental treatment. One of the main questions they ask is why they should pay for private dental care when most treatments are available for less on the NHS.
There are a large number of dental practices that are now offering both NHS and private dental services. However, the demand for private dental care is still on the rise.
The NHS is under huge demand to accommodate as many patients as possible, but often they simply can’t afford to take new patients on. As a private dentist, it is solely their decision whether or not they want to take on new patients. This means you are more likely to be able to register with a private dental practice and receive treatment quicker.
Another disadvantage of NHS dental treatment is that practices are restricted to how many hours in a week they’re allowed to be open for. With private dentistry practices, their opening hours tend to be a lot more flexible.
A wider choice of available treatments
The NHS’ dental care system operates by using three price brackets. These brackets include preventative and restorative treatments such as; routine check-ups, scale and polish, fillings, crowns, bridges and dentures.
The NHS will not carry out purely aesthetic or cosmetic procedures. This means, for example, that if you were to request a white filling instead of a regular amalgam filling, they would likely refer you to a private treatment.
As a patient at a private dental practice, you have the access to more treatment options, including dental implants and tooth whitening. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your individual needs. Private dental practices also generally have a greater range of technology and materials. This means your treatment will be carried out to the highest standards.
The cost of dental treatment
Even with the NHS’ three-band pricing, unexpected charges may arise. For example, if you need a repeat treatment three months after your initial payment, you will be charged. This is even if it falls within the same price band.
Undoubtedly, private dental treatment costs more than on the NHS, but the additional expense often reflects the additional benefits. Longer appointment times, more expensive materials and more complex techniques all contribute to the worthiness of paying a little extra for your dental care. Additionally, there are 0% finance options available. This suits those looking for a monthly payment plan rather than paying for their private dental fees upfront.
If you would like more information on the advantages of becoming a private patient at Adrian Mullish Dental Care or would like to take advantage of a free consultation please, call us on 01923 231861 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.