How Restrictive Dental Treatments Can Affect Your Oral Health

Dental Care in UK Dental care is not cheap. In the UK, a checkup can typically cost £15 to £65, the regular cleaning is about £35 to £100, and simple extraction can run from £55 to £250. Prices will vary with each private dental practice. While NHS-subsidised treatments provide affordable options, certain restrictions may affect your dental care.

Low-cost Care, Fewer Options

The National Health Service, or NHS, provide guidelines on dental charges. These charges fall under three bands, namely:

  • Band 1 – £19.70, for basic examinations, diagnosis and advice. You may also receive X-rays, or a scale and polish;
  • Band 2 – £53.90, for all treatments under Band 1, plus fillings, root canal, tooth extraction and other additional treatments, and
  • Band 3 – £233.70, for all treatments under Band 1 and 2, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other complex treatments.

While affordable, your dental treatment on NHS limits you to dentists and treatments. You can only see an NHS dentist, who may not offer the kind of advanced treatments a private dental practice can provide, such as Invisalign and teeth whitening, and use the latest in dental technology.

Your low-cost dental care may also mean seeking treatment with NHS dentists that already have a full schedule for the day. If the dentist’s NHS list of patients is full, you may have to reschedule your appointment.

Affordable Private Dental

You have a number of options to pay for private dental care. You can obtain dental insurance, and limit out-of-pocket expenses. Your employer can offer this insurance as part of your compensation package.

You can also consider saving up money towards future dental treatments. Some dental clinics can also offer payment plans for more complex treatments.

Another good practice to save on costs is to follow dental hygiene. Brush. Floss. Eat healthy food, and avoid smoking. When you do these things, you may reduce dental treatments, and save money in the process.

Dental care can become expensive. But treatments ensure your oral health. You can get low-cost care in the UK, but evaluate your options. And consider the benefits of private dental care.