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Discussion in 'off topic' started by RoyleBlue, Jun 2, 2020.

  1. RoyleBlue

    RoyleBlue pfm Member

    ...having timed out on my NHS dentist (been with same practice for years, new dentist mainly interested in cosmetic work rather than bog standard stuff - complete opposite to the old one now retired and my own fault hadn’t been for 18 months or so!), they’ve refused to take me back on, so looking at a dental plan. Thoughts anyone?
  2. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

    I got tired of chasing round for NHS dentists (3 or 4 in 10 years). Every time I found one, a year or 2 later they would ditch NHS and go private only. The last NHS one I had was ok, I had no issues up to the point of my last NHS checkup, and suddenly there was loads of work needed costing over £200. I than went to the (private) dentist my wife had used since she was a kid, had a check up and there were no issues. Profiteering or what?
    The original private dentist has now retired, but the replacement is fine. More expensive than NHS (£45 for a check up), but he is honest.
  3. Rodrat

    Rodrat pfm Member

    Still have an NHS dentist but have noticed as I get older they are less inclined to make much effort unless I specifically ask them to do something like fill a small hole. Recently needed a new denture and after a battle managed to get a private denture costing £650 for the NHS top rate which from memory is around £280, had to argue that I keep breaking normal dentures due to a hard bite. The government really need to look at the NHS charges as I am sure the deb=Nato health of a great many is poor because they can’t afford the NHS fees. They introduced a minimum fee which is fine if you need three fillings but you pay the same for one.
  4. thebigfredc

    thebigfredc pfm Member

    You have to have a pre-gob inspection before you are accepted or not onto a dental plan.
    There's loads of stuff excluded too and it's not exactly cheap.
  5. zippy

    zippy pfm Member

    We have a 'Denplan' and it's useful not to have to scout around every time we need treatment.
    The plan includes regular checkups and cleaning, and we seem to get preferential appointments when needed.
    Costs for the two of us is around £50 pm which I think is well worth it.
    It covers almost everything (I think we only have to pay extra for new crowns)
  6. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    I think you will find that Denplan does not include anything which involves lab fees, eg crowns, bridges, plates, dentures etc.
  7. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    My sons latest girl friend is a private dentist.

    I’m encouraging the relationship...
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  8. Rodrat

    Rodrat pfm Member

    Also a girlfriend who is a vet is a good call given the prices they charge.
  9. Hiesteem

    Hiesteem pfm Member

    My perspective on dentistry is, I took the time decades ago to source the best quality/ skilled dentist I could find and pay for it.
    My teeth are too important to compromise. The difference in equipment used can be very different.
    I went right into the details with my dentist. Non amalgam fillings, minute drill bit's, "very expensive for dentist to purchase", No anesthetic needed though.
    You get what you pay for and there is a difference in dentistry.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2020
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  10. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    My own experience has been good with my NHS practice for routine stuff, drill and fill. I’ve been lucky. I’ve needed root canal filings and for those I’ve used a private endodontist, as I think it is best to have someone with specialist equipment and a feel for it.
  11. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    why cant you find one when you need one quickly...., last thursday got an appointment for tomorrow. Agony all over the weekend. Abscess burst in my mouth this morning.....pus tastes interesting......
  12. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans

    My dentists is still closed, sending all emergencies to A&E.
  13. Thorn

    Thorn pfm Member

    I'm with Denplan. They do cover crowns. I've not needed any other work save for replacement fillings. In the 1950s young Australian dentists came over to work in England for a year or two, did a lot of unnecessary fillings and went back to Oz with enough money to set up their own practices. They certainly did good fillings. It's only in the last few years that they've been crumbling.
  14. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    If your dentist recognises the need for chrome-cobalt skeletons (dentures) as mine has always done, they can be had on the NHS. I think the denture charge might be more than that now. I had plastic until about the mid eighties then went chrome cobalt and haven't had a breakage yet, despite many new ones as teeth are lost etc. You can add teeth to these as well in certain circumstances.
  15. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    Your dentist may choose to include the lab fees in your Denplan scheme, but yours is the only one I’ve ever heard of that does.
  16. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    being trying to see a dental hygienist , only trouble is they won`t accept you without seeing a dentist , and the dentist isn`t seeing anyone !!!
  17. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    My dentist has called me to give a hygienist appointment - but manual equipment only. My dental examination was originally meant to be the same day, but has been pushed back to September. All fine by me. I am on Denplan, so probably they figured they had better start delivering the service that I am paying for perhaps. Mine need hygenist attention more than most, so it could be they are staying on top of things to avoid problems later.
  18. rbrown

    rbrown I think therefore I think I am

    Other way round for me. Hygienist at the same practice rang today to offer an appointment but I want to see the dentist first and they’re not offering appointments atm. I have a broken tooth which needs fixing but fortunately isn’t causing any pain.

    if the dentist is shut due to COVID, I’m surprised the hygienist isn’t. I’d assume they were equally risky from an aerosol transmission POV.
  19. 2ManyBoxes

    2ManyBoxes pfm Member

    You have to become 'dentally fit' before they'll take you onto the plan i.e. everything that needs doing has to be done, which will cost you big time depending on how you look after your teeth. Once you get on the plan then because you've had everything done you won't need any work for 1-2 years so you'll be paying for the plan and get nothing back.

    When you do need some work only then will you find out how much they're trying to screw you. They know they've got you by the balls because if you leave then you'll have to go through the whole thing again. You'll find that everything of any expense is excluded.

    Dental plans are basically insurance and so are part of that scum-bastard industry. If you do get some money out of them then they'll simply increase your subscription to get the money back.
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  20. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Hygenists are only using manual equipment, so no aerosol generations. At least 2 friends of mine have managed to get some other work too - but it is a very much need only basis.
    rbrown likes this.

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