Advice required with NHS Dental Pricing.

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
HI All,

I need a bit of advice with NHS Dental Pricing

Could anyone tell me if the pricing is correct for the following quote I have had for the work required that I will be having over the next 6 weeks?


2 Fillings (white @ £60 each) = £120

1 Removal of back tooth = £100
(below the gum line – so had to be passed on the another Dentist as mine is only a standard GP and is not qualified to carry out the procedure)

1 Sedation for the above = £100
(I assume this means totally knocked out for the procedure)

1 Clean & Examination = £16.40


Total = £336.40


Now I read somewhere that…. “The maximum amount you will pay in any continuous two month period for any number of treatments is £198. Basically you only pay for the treatment that is in the highest band"

Is the above statement true? If so is the “Sedation” classed as a type of optional extra?

Or are my “white filling being classed as “Private work” and therefore not included in the £198 maximum limit?

Or is £198 the maximum that I should be paying for the work?


Many Thanks – Look forward to your replies

Neil
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  • xxvickixxxxvickixx Forumite
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    Don't know all the answers but white fillings is private unfortunatly.
  • SparkyGSparkyG Forumite
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    The only NHS price on that estimate is £16.40 for the clean and examination! The rest are private prices which your dentist should have explained to you if he intends to carry out the work (or refer you) privately.

    The extraction and sedation *should*:rolleyes: be available on the NHS, but white fillings won't be unless they are in front teeth.

    HTH
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  • ToothsmithToothsmith Forumite
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    What she said!
    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.
  • SuziQSuziQ Forumite
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    I am paying £70 for a small white filling with my NHS dentist tomorrow-because of it's position she couldn't do it on NHS but I believe if it's right at the front they can?
    Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it!
  • LondonDivaLondonDiva Forumite
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    Yep. Front theeth are ok for NHS white fillings. Back theeth are cosmetic.

    If your dentist says that the NHS will NOT pay for fillings, extractions or sedation, he is lying and you need to contact the PCT asap.

    Whatever the dentist decided is clinically neccessary for your mouth - you should not pay more than £198 for the whole lot. If your dentist suddenly decides that he is not able to provide the treatment if you insist on NHS treatment & prices, but is offering any part of the proposed treatment privately (to you or other patients) please report to the PCT.

    Have you chosed to have a mixed NHS/private treatment? It sounds as though you are slightly confused and I suiggest you ring up and ask for a treatment plan (with costs) tomorrow and you make sure you understand and are happy with the proposed treatment and costs before any work is started.

    Good luck & remember that you can always speak to the PALS team at the PCT for information and advice.
    "This is a forum - not a support group. We do not "owe" anyone unconditional acceptance of their opinions."
  • hethmarhethmar Forumite
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    As it happens my OH had a back tooth below gum line removed last Saturday by a private dentist - he had to cut into the gum and remove the tooth piece by piece apparently and OH then had it stitched. He did it all under local anaesthetic and OH has had no probs with it apart from a bit of soreness which blow me, youd expect after that. He paid £86 for the job.
  • ToothsmithToothsmith Forumite
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    hethmar wrote: »
    As it happens my OH had a back tooth below gum line removed last Saturday by a private dentist - he had to cut into the gum and remove the tooth piece by piece apparently and OH then had it stitched. He did it all under local anaesthetic and OH has had no probs with it apart from a bit of soreness which blow me, youd expect after that. He paid £86 for the job.


    But at least he knew it was a private dentist.

    Not a 'mock' NHS dentist :D
    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.
  • hethmarhethmar Forumite
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    He'd seen what the chap had done for my teeth - thats why he opted out of his NHS dentist :) Well worth the money - oh and as the private chap works Saturdays, saved the loss of one days work for himself and employees - so much cheaper in fact than the NHS option. Apparently dentist did say there was a possibility of infection and to ring him if there was any pain. But so far, so good, bit of soreness and swelling, but to be expected after that performance.
  • NRexNRex Forumite
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    Thanks again for all your replies,

    It sounds like I’m getting mixed pricing from both “NHS” and “Private” Work (as mentioned by LondonDiva) – The NHS pricing being only £16.40, Therefore the rest of the work classed as private (costing £320) and not being included in the max threshold payment of £198. (Would this seem correct?)

    I forgot to mention that the Dentist that I have been referred to for the removal is the Manager/Boss of the NHS Surgery that I go to! So it’s the Surgery room upstairs, and all within the same building! Which I find a bit odd because if my NHS dentist is not qualified to do the removal then surely they should book me in with another NHS dentist within that surgery that is qualified.

    I’m going back for the fillings on the 10th Feb so I will ask my dentist to explain the costs of the removal in further detail before I commit.
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