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My DH has been suffering with a 'bad tooth' for ages and he has only just been persuaded to get to a denist. (He has a fear of Dr's and Dentists! ) Anyway off he went yesterday and apparently he has to see a specialist because he has some advanced gum disease
He was told the appointment would cost £90. He didnt seem to know if they were going to do anything on that visit or not or what the plan of treatment was.
It just sounds a bit OTT for me if it's just a 10 minute visit or something. If they are going to do treatment then that is fair enough but he doesn't seem to know what they are going to do.
Because the dentist also does private I asked him to check if this was on the NHS too. Do they not have specialists at the hospital for that kind of thing?
It was private. No NHS dentists with room on their lists round here. But my suspicion is that your DH has been referred for private dental, and given he has serious gum disease you really should see if NHS care is available, because I would hate to think how expensive private treatment would be.
Thanks Beanlet. It does seem unfair how some people can't get onto NHS lists because of their area(DH did get taken on but has had to wait 3 weeks for this appointment). That was what I had thought and seeing as the initial appointment seems to cost the same as yours, it does seem that way doesnt it?
I was really referring to the cost at Beanlet's dentist. A specialist might well be more expensive, but for a standard dentist that is a lot, just wanted people to shop around a bit and not think £90 was the norm.
NHS costs are the same which ever dentist sees you ( costs are different in scotland to england etc)
in private practice the dentist sets the fees sometimes if denplan or bupa there will be greater parity but fee setting for dentists like any other business has to be free from collusion. ie all the dentists in gloucester for instance can not get together and decide that £45 is minimum fee for check up so no-one in gloucester can be seen for less that is illegal
but fees do vary depending on competition area reputation etc
severe gum disease takes a long time to treat and involves lots of visits but you can help prognosis considerable by homecare and lots of on going care
if you have a hole I can remove dacay and fill it and provided you dont bite on it too soon that's it finished, but with gum disease i can do a great job but if you do not floss clean etc exactly as told allmy work will be have been a waste of time within a couple of weeks, no dentist can fix gum disease without a high degree of patient commitment and compliance and unfortunately if you have or have had gum disease your oral hygiene has to be way above average standard to acheive a result