to want to milk my free dental treatment for all it's worth?

(34 Posts)
CyrilSneers Sun 13-Jan-13 09:39:12

What can I get done for 'free' before my maternity exemption runs out? Is a scale and polish as much as I can expect? Guessing it won't cover a full set of Hollywood style veneers...?

MadonnaKebab Sun 13-Jan-13 13:48:44

Fluorosis, face like
More commonly found in mint-loving kids who sneaked extra tastes of toothpaste
But often misdiagnosed , should be enamel hypo mineralisation ( various causes)

thesnootyfox Sun 13-Jan-13 13:59:41

I had veneers done within the maternity exemption. I already had them and they needed replacing after my pregnancy. I also had some non urgent fillings. My dentist said they would probably need replacing within the next couple of years but he would do them earlier so I could have them for free. Very nice dentist. smile

sarahtigh Sun 13-Jan-13 14:17:42

Exemption for pregnant women in UK has been in place for at least 20 years and I think much longer

generally dentists avoid removing metal fillings during pregnancy unless pain so treatment generally kept to a minimum before birth but then it is free until baby a year old to the day ( please note the date on your maternity exemption certificate is irrelevant for dentistry, treatment must start before child one year old ( exemption also applies for still born children too)

cosmetic treatment generally not available on NHS at any time, the average lifespan of a crown/ veneer is 10-20 years, normally by that time as our gum line shrinks with age the margins are often visible and look grey,

if veneers are not generally cosmetic but to cover brown fluorosis marks or tetracycline staining they are more likely to be done on NHS and you may find a dentist who will do them on NHS, I would generally do them on NHS for defects in enamel but not if you wanted your teeth straighter and whiter

I got my veneers redone after I had DD. I'm onto my third lot - all done on NHS. I was told that some cosmetic work can be done on the Nhs, and mine qualified. I fell off my bike at 14 and damaged my front teeth so they discoloured. They're my two top front teeth so I'm very self conscious of them. They seem to have a shelf life of about 10 years, and it happened they needed done when DD was a few months old. No quibble. Maybe I just have a lovely dentist?

thesnootyfox Sun 13-Jan-13 14:24:38

Sarah my veneers were originally done for cosmetic reasons. I
was surprised that I was entitled to have replacements for free under the NHS and I expressed my surprise to my dentist. He said that although they were originally done for cosmetic reasons the replacements are not considered cosmetic because without them I would effectively be left with a half a tooth. He also replaced my metallic fillings with white ones free of charge. I thought that white fillings were specifically exempt under the NHS treatment guidelines but my dentist said I could have them for free under the maternity exemption!

FaceLikeAPickledOnion Sun 13-Jan-13 14:58:33

Hmmm think I need to change my dentist, two different practices I've been to have said they have to be re-done privately, and not on nhs. Anyone had them done in worcestershire per chance?

sarahtigh Tue 15-Jan-13 19:18:15

it generally depends on which back tooth counting from centre front 3 always white on NHS , 4 and 5 can be either; 6,7 and 8 generally metal if involve biting surface can be white on surface next to cheek, rules a bit complicated

Skinnywhippet Tue 15-Jan-13 21:32:47

Do you need to have an nhs dentist to qualify, or will the private dentist do the check ups and necessary work and then claim?

saycheeeeeese Wed 16-Jan-13 15:43:56

As far as I know if thety are totally private you will need to get on the books of an NHS dentist to qualify, my dentist does both so I was lucky.

Someone might be along o tell me im wrong though smile

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