Our Services > NHS and Private Dentistry

At Marden Dental Care we offer private and NHS dentistry, but what’s the difference? The most common assumption is that private dentistry is more expensive, but this may not always be the case. However, usually the service and treatment outcome you receive is better and unrestricted. Here’s a summary of the differences:

Private dentistry

  • Gives you the best possible functional and cosmetic result
  • Offers cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening and clear aligners that aren’t available on the NHS
  • Offers dental implants
  • Offers much shorter waiting times for appointments
  • Offers more flexible appointments
  • Offers longer appointments
  • Sends dentures, crowns, bridges and veneers and implants to be made by hand
  • Provides quick and easy access to important procedures such as extractions
  • Provides an array of options and costs which will be discussed with you at length before you make a decision

NHS dentistry

  •  NHS patients are treated with the same care as our private patients though the government does impose some restrictions and fixes the patient charges nationally.
  • Treatment needs to be functional on the NHS and not for cosmetic reasons
  • NHS treatment is designed to be cost effective for mass use but naturally this means more cost effective materials and laboratories are used
  • We must follow government guidelines for recalling patients which may mean you may not be entitled to a check-up or hygiene appointment as often as you want
  • NHS cleaning is designed to ensure gum health and not to specifically remove all stains
  • Appointment availability may be limited and you may not be able to get appointments outside school or work hours. You may also not be able to see more experienced dentists or specialists who choose to work outside the NHS
  • The government imposes 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 eg cosmetic treatmentsdental implants and certain preventative treatments such as fissure sealants for low decay risk patients
  • Teeth whitening is not available on the NHS
  • Hygienists are usually not funded by the NHS
  • Specialist referral on the NHS may not always be available and you will have to be placed on a waiting list if accepted

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