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Cost of wisdom tooth extraction - private

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Hi everyone.

I have a private dental plan through work. I pay £25 from my net income and there is a list of benefits per treatment. It doesn't cover everything, but comes close. For example, a visit to the hygeinist costs £62, I can claim £60 back. A check up with the dentist is £37, I can claim £30 back.

The dentist has recommended that I have two wisdom teeth out. Each is going to cost £150. Looking at my benefits schedule, simple tooth extractions have a benefit of £44, surgical have £68. This means that I will have to pay £300 and will get back either £88 or £136. I could be £212 out of pocket. I have asked the receptionist if the prices are higher for Covid and she says that it is the normal price.

Does anyone know if £150 is the going rate for wisdom tooth extraction privately (in London)? Is my dentist too expensive, is my dental plan not paying out enough?

Thanks

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  • Toothsmith
    Toothsmith Posts: 10,075 Forumite
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    It's pretty much the same as my charge. I'd say it was pretty good for London.

    That's a 'non-surgical' price for me. 
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • Undervalued
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    If they were done on the NHS it would be a Band 2 charge which, from memory, is around £60 (that would be for both and include the initial check up and most other necessary treatments done at the same time.
  • brook2jack2
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    Not if it's a surgical extraction of a wisdom tooth. That would be referred to hospital or specialist service as a surgical extraction would not be generally done in practice. 
  • Undervalued
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    Not if it's a surgical extraction of a wisdom tooth. That would be referred to hospital or specialist service as a surgical extraction would not be generally done in practice. 
    In which case it would be completely free!
  • Toothsmith
    Toothsmith Posts: 10,075 Forumite
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    Not if it's a surgical extraction of a wisdom tooth. That would be referred to hospital or specialist service as a surgical extraction would not be generally done in practice. 
    In which case it would be completely free!
    Only at the point of delivery  ;)
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • dancing_star
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    I recently paid £220 for one extracted as a private patient, outside of my monthly plan (which is about £12)
    It was more expensive than the original quote because it was a tricky one apparently. I think £150 each is a bargain!
  • welshdent
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    Not if it's a surgical extraction of a wisdom tooth. That would be referred to hospital or specialist service as a surgical extraction would not be generally done in practice. 
    In which case it would be completely free!
    In which case they can chose wait on a waiting list or pay privately to have it done sooner. 
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