NHS vs Private Dentistry: Which is Right for You?

When it comes to dental care, there are two main options available in the UK: NHS dentistry and private dentistry. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to weigh up your options carefully before making a decision.

NHS Dentistry

NHS dentistry is the publicly funded system of dental care in the UK. It’;s available to everyone, regardless of their income or employment status. NHS dentists offer a range of basic dental treatments, such as:

Check-ups and routine cleaning



Root canal treatment



However, there are some limitations on what NHS dentists can offer. For example, they may not be able to provide the latest dental technology or the most cosmetic treatments.

NHS dental treatment is subsidised by the government, so it’s usually much cheaper than private treatment. Like all public services the funding model of NHS Dentistry is a contentious issue with all parties aware of the limitations.

Private Dentistry

Private dentistry is not funded by the government, so you have to pay for all of your treatment yourself. This means that private treatment is usually more expensive than NHS treatment. However, private dentists have more freedom to offer a wider range
of treatments, including:

Cosmetic Cleaning +/- Recontouring of teeth (removal of unsightly stains and
or subtle correction of elongated/harsh-looking , maligned teeth).

Cosmetic dentistry (e.g. composite bonding, veneers, crowns, whitening)
Orthodontic treatment (adult braces – invisible aligners, cosmetic braces)
Implants(routine single/multiple teeth plus complete replacement with implants
for the whole mouth – ALL-ON-FOUR)
Advanced crown and bridge work.
Saturday surgeries.
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Private dentists also tend to have more time for each patient, which can lead to a better overall experience.

So, which is right for you?

The decision of whether to go for NHS or private dentistry is a personal one. There is no right or wrong answer, it depends on your individual needs and budget. If you’re looking for affordable, basic dental care, then NHS dentistry is a good option.
However, if you’re looking for the latest dental technology, best materials and the most cosmetic treatments, then private dentistry is the way to go.

At ConfiDental Care (link to website) we have expanded our Dental services, with no restrictions and good immediate/emergency access for NEW NHS DENTAL PATIENTS.

You can also mix and match NHS and private dental treatment. For example, you might choose to have your routine check-ups and cleaning on the NHS, but thenhave any more complex treatment done privately.

Ultimately, the best way to decide is to speak to your dentist. Your first appointment will always be ON THE NHS funding scale and the dentist can advise you on the best option for your individual needs. We have a stable team of experienced dentists who care offer advanced and complex treatments so there is no need to separate the two as the same provider will deliver your care. Not only does this enhance the  quality of care but also the reassurance that after care is assured with the same

Here are some additional things to consider when making your decision:

Your budget: NHS dentistry is much cheaper than private dentistry, but it’s important to factor in the cost of travel and parking if you have to go to a dentist thats not in your local area.
Your needs: If you have any special needs, such as a fear of dentists, you may want to choose a private dentist who can offer more personalized care.
Your preferences: Do you want to see the same dentist each time? Do you want to be able to book appointments at short notice? These are all things to consider when choosing between NHS and private dentistry.

I hope this blog has helped you to make an informed decision about NHS vs private dentistry.

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  • Aug 21, 2023
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