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NHS vs Private Dental Care

NHS Dental treatment came into existence in 1948.
Its aim was to make dentistry available to everybody. At first this was a success but demand was so high, and the funding didn't continue to grow proportionately, that there soon became a shortage of dentists. As it takes five years to train as a dentist at one of only 14 universities in the UK, it takes time for any shortfall in dentists to catch up. NHS dentistry gives a core service of treatment to achieve dental health; it doesn't include any cosmetic treatment (such as white fillings in back teeth). To receive NHS treatment it is preferable to be registered with an NHS dentist, as in the current climate you may find it very difficult to find a dentist who will treat you on a casual basis (on the NHS).

Private treatment can be carried out in one of two ways, either using a capitation scheme (Denplan - pay prearranged monthly fee by direct debit) or on a pay as you go basis (where you pay a private fee for the treatment received). Private treatment can include cosmetic work, but we will still follow best practice guidelines. This means not carrying out treatment which we feel is detrimental to the patient.

Whichever method you chose, the treatment plan will be discussed with you and you will be given a clear estimate of the costs involved before your treatment begins. If there are a number of treatment options available, we will discuss the pros and cons of each with you so that you are able to make an informed decision on which you would prefer.

For more information call Castle Dental Practice on 01833 631140. 

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