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    • maginot
    • By maginot 16th Aug 11, 10:46 AM
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    • 16th Aug 11, 10:46 AM
    It would depend on the treatment, free dentistry with receipt of benefits only allow for essential work e.g. If you are in pain, and you will also only get cheaper materials used e.g. White filling compared to amalgam filling etc.
    Not sure how it would work as you have already started treatment.
    • nannytone
    • By nannytone 16th Aug 11, 10:56 AM
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    • 16th Aug 11, 10:56 AM
    thats untrue.
    if you are on benefit, you are still entitled to regular check ups, regardless og being in pain.
    based on the check up you will get treatment deemed necessary, rather than cosmetic.
    that includes a white filling if it's in a front tooth.

    to the OP ...
    i know that if when a course of treatment starts, you are entitled to it free, then regardless of circumstances changing.....the treatment will be completed free.

    i'm not sure how it works the other way around.
    • maginot
    • By maginot 16th Aug 11, 11:07 AM
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    • 16th Aug 11, 11:07 AM
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    • 16th Aug 11, 11:07 AM
    What was untrue? I just stated essential work and used pain as one example. Check ups are essential, otherwise you wouldn't know you needed treatment!
    Apologies if you misunderstood!
  • RD001
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    • 16th Aug 11, 11:10 AM
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    • 16th Aug 11, 11:10 AM
    Thanks for the quick replies. The work that I need is a retainer as the dentist has said that due to my heavy grinding of my teeth they will be beyond repair without it. Do you think this is classed as essential?
    • nannytone
    • By nannytone 16th Aug 11, 12:04 PM
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    • 16th Aug 11, 12:04 PM
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    • 16th Aug 11, 12:04 PM
    What was untrue? I just stated essential work and used pain as one example. Check ups are essential, otherwise you wouldn't know you needed treatment!
    Apologies if you misunderstood!
    Originally posted by maginot
    i did misunderstand. youre post gave me the impression that benefits claimants are only entitled to emergency treatment ie enough to get them free from pain.

    OP ....you'd have to ask your dentist if the retainer is covered. when i was on benefit many years ago, my dentist did a complicated treatment for free that he said would have probably been unaffordable if i had needed to pay myself.....but it was on a front tooth, and i know that makes a difference.

    ( just to explain.... i had a crown on a front tooth and it snapped off at gum level........the dentist referred me for a complicated treatment that required the root being used to hold the new crown . the only other alternative was to lose the tooth. i'm just glad that i have a dentist that will do anything to save a tooth, especially as it was essentially cosmetic)
    • hardpowered
    • By hardpowered 16th Aug 11, 4:49 PM
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    • 16th Aug 11, 4:49 PM
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    • 16th Aug 11, 4:49 PM
    Hey,

    If when you're asked to pay you're receiving JSA then you get it free. It's if you're exempt at the start OR during your treatment then you get it completely free. I would suggest visiting your dentists so you can explain that you're exempt so they can arrange it for you - then you won't have to pay for it if when you've finished your treatment you're off JSA.
    • brook2jack
    • By brook2jack 16th Aug 11, 5:20 PM
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    • 16th Aug 11, 5:20 PM
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    You will be exempt from all nhs charges including those for grinding appliances only if the JSA you are on is income based. Contributions based JSA does not entitle you to free treatment although you can send a hc1 form off to see if you qualify for help on the grounds of low income.
  • Nessi
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    • 17th Aug 11, 4:36 PM
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    • 17th Aug 11, 4:36 PM
    I'm livid that contributions-based JSA doesn't allow you free dental. I've worked solidly for 28 years, paid my tax and my NI contributions but now that I have hit a rocky patch I get NO help whatsoever. I'm going to have to see if I can look into getting some sort of help on the ground of low income - for that read NO INCOME WHATSOEVER!!!
  • LisaB85
    I'm livid that contributions-based JSA doesn't allow you free dental. I've worked solidly for 28 years, paid my tax and my NI contributions but now that I have hit a rocky patch I get NO help whatsoever. I'm going to have to see if I can look into getting some sort of help on the ground of low income - for that read NO INCOME WHATSOEVER!!!
    Originally posted by Nessi
    I know how you feel, I was supposed to have a 6 month check up today but I'm on conts Jsa which ends in Nov so will wait until then
    • atrixblue.-MFR-.
    • By atrixblue.-MFR-. 17th Aug 11, 5:18 PM
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    i'm quite lucky, i have CONT based IB but my partner claims IS (my money deducted from hers plus couple rate so she retains £43.00 a 2 week basis minus water rate) we both get free dental care via NHS exempt cards, my partner lost her tooth at her sister wedding 2 weeks ago when she bit into pork crackling and sheared her front tooth off at gum level, there are only two NHS accepted dentists in my area, and both have a 6 month waiting list to get on the register, luckily we had our names forward 7 months ago and today we recieved our appointments for administration to the surgery and check ups, OH called monday and gave her details of what had happened to her tooth sounds as if were going to have to pay unless its the final OPINION OF THE TREATING DENTIST its essential dental work thats needed to be carried out, our practace operates a system where by if you are NHS they will do the expensive work first that the NHS will pay for and the less expensive work left for you to pay to keep your costs down and can pay via deposits each week until the balance is paid off.
    I make spelling mistakes, its not intentional, its a condition I have please afford people who have these conditions some respect and not single out their posts for correcting mistakes.
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