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Dental patients in the UK have a choice between seeing an NHS dentist or a private dentist, the NHS ones of which offer a lower cost of treatment. So why do private dentists continue to rise in popularity?
Let’s start by looking at the main difference between NHS and private dental treatment.
Initially, it may seem like the price is the only way to make a decision between NHS and private dentists – but upon further investigation, there are many more differences that set them apart.
NHS dentists are employed by the Department of Health, and therefore treatment is heavily subsidised by the tax we pay – while private dental treatment is not. Meaning private dentists are able to set their own costs, however, treatment is accompanied by longer appointments, faster wait times, and a more specialist, well-rounded service.
This means because NHS dental appointments are often shorter, they are more limited in terms of what they can do. It is often the case that treatment is focused on the short-term due to time constraints, leaving long-term dental advice and treatment to gather dust.
Let’s discuss the benefits of seeing a private dentist in more detail.
The choice between an NHS and private dentist can make out to be quite a difficult one, sometimes weighed up entirely on price alone. But, there is so much more to a private dentist that means the cost of treatment is outweighed by its specialist, attentive service with much more to offer.
But what are these benefits you may be asking, let’s have a look.
Because NHS appointments often having less time overall, the dental treatments in which they’re able to offer is much more limited. The NHS dentists provide core restorative dental treatments such as crowns, dentures, veneers, bridges etc. looking at fixing existing issues.
While more cosmetic dentistry like teeth whitening, white fillings, Invisalign are only available at private dentists. Meaning you’re looking for more visual work, a private dentist is often the way to go.
One of the main benefits of seeing a private dentist is wait times. Choosing an NHS dentist can see you waiting weeks/months to even confirm an appointment, often leaving people discouraged and disinterested about the dentist – which isn’t what we want.
Choosing a private dentist means you can be seen much quicker, with hardly a wait at all. If there is time to fit you in, you could even be seen the same week.
As we touched on in point one because NHS dental appointments are much shorter it can mean the time is spent on immediate issues, often long-term dental issues and advice are ignored.
One of the benefits of visiting a private dentist is the longer appointments, leaving ample time to discuss both the long and short-term problems that may be affecting your dental health. There is also more than enough time to run through treatment options, ensure you’re comfortable, and leave you walking away confident and smiling.
Because of a number of factors, the government imposing a limit on the amount of NHS dental treatments each practice can give in a year, more cost-effective equipment being used etc. it can be worth paying more sometimes to see a wider array of dental treatments and a specialist, more quality service.
Because of this, private dentists are often capable of catering to your needs much more than the NHS, for example, having specific appointments for nervous patients. Private dentists are also kitted with the latest equipment and quality materials for both diagnostics and treatment.
When looking at an NHS dentist flexibility can be of concern, appointments are so few and far between if you’re offered one – you feel you have to take it, even if it’s at an inconvenient time.
Most NHS dentists are only open between 9 am-5 pm. Which to most people would be fine; however, for people that work those hours and/or have childcare responsibilities, it can be extremely difficult to make these appointments.
Most private dentists offer much more flexibility in their hours, with late-night appointments (often open till 8 pm), free offroad parking, making seeing a private dentist much more convenient.
Finding a dentist that has an open availability can often feel like a game of ‘whack-a-mole’ between NHS dentists. With one availability popping up, and soon as it has it goes again. This can often leave you finding a dentist that is out of your way and driving a distance just to be seen.
Private dentists have much more availability and cater to a wider range of areas to benefit more patients. Green Square Dental, offer availability to Rotherham, Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Worksop, Retford and surrounding areas to ensure our patients are seen and cared for at their convenience.
The first step in becoming more confident in your smile is by making an appointment with your dentist. If you’re looking for a faster, more flexible and specialist service that offers more than just your standard treatment, a private dentist may be for you.
If you’re looking to discuss becoming a patient give us a call on 01709 917666.