Here at Dental & Skin the common question most people ask is why should I pay for private dentistry while the NHS offer dental treatment at a lower price.
Patients feel that their NHS dentist has offered excellent treatment for many years, yet we find patients continuously needing dental treatment year after year. NHS dentistry may appear to be providing a great service for many years to yourself and your family.
Please ask yourself these questions-
Your NHS dentist may be a great communicator and provide treatment at great efficiency? YES.
Whenever you attend, you may receive treatment with few options presented in front of you? YES
Do you find your mouth filled all over the place? YES
Have you got a few missing teeth? YES
Do you think that this is normal even though you have been visiting the dentist regularly? MAYBE its due to age you may think.
NHS dentistry has simply patched up the broken and rotten bits in your mouth without actually providing comprehensive long-term treatment. Regular dental treatment is more expensive over the years as more complex treatment would be needed as and when simple dentistry needs replacing.
We live in an age where a single cavity could have easily been avoided; there should not have been a need for a filling. Decay and gum disease can both be prevented with carefully planned risk assessment, examination of your mouth, prevention advice, oral hygiene therapy, diet advice and conservative treatments. This approach of dentistry would mean that patients are keeping their natural teeth for as long as possible, thereby reducing cost over a long period of time, while providing comfortable oral health.
At Dental & Skin we take pride in providing restorative treatment to get patients back to normal appearance and function. However we provide preventive treatments and advise to reduce risk of further dental decay.
Please see the table below that summarizes the current dentistry in UK.
|Private Dentistry||NHS Dentistry|
|Availability||Immediate||Few weeks to months|
|Time with patients||Relaxed||Rushed|
|Examination appointment||1 Hour||10 to 15 minutes|
|Assessment||Thorough and accurate with explanation of findings.||Quick scan, often missed disease due to lack of time.|
|Assessment checklist||20 to 25 points||5 to 7 points|
|Hygiene clean||30 to 60 minutes||2 to 7 minutes|
|Prevention||High amount of choices.||Little advice and choices.|
|Innovation||Latest techniques||Often old techniques|
|Materials and equipment||State of the Art||Satisfactory|
|Cost short term||Expensive but not as expensive as mobile phones bills.||Very Cheap, often haircuts are more expensive.|
|Cost over long term||Low as patients would be taken off the treadmill of drill and fill dentistry. Healthy and natural teeth are cheap to maintain.||High cost due to failing treatments and lack of prevention strategy especially dental decay and gum disease treatments.|
|Dentist profile||Passionate and energetic practitioners who treat on average only 6 to 8 patients per day.||Experienced but tired practitioners who treat on average 25 to 35 patients per day.|