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F*ck it - someone come talk dental charges to me!

(23 Posts)
Flamesparrow Sat 26-Jul-08 22:18:59

NHS charges.

My very much filled back tooth has just broken - i think it was the final remaining bit of actual tooth left so it will be a full removal and a crown I am guessing?

How much is that going to cost me so I can put some kidneys on ebay now?

thumbwitch Sat 26-Jul-08 22:21:46

If you have any tooth left to root fill it is £198 on NHS. NHS Crowns are steel (i.e. go black) and not sure how much as am going for a composite white/metal one (£400); all gold = £450; all white = £500.

If you have to have the tooth removed then you are looking at a bridge (or an implant but not on the NHS) - not too sure about the cost of that!

CarGirl Sat 26-Jul-08 22:21:48

A rough guess £250 minimum - I know the basic lab fees were £70 for the actual crown.

Hence I have HSA dental cover! At my local dentist the price difference between NHS & private is minimal - new patient appt including x-ray £21 NHS (3 month wait) or £25 private (see you within a few days).

Flamesparrow Sat 26-Jul-08 22:23:18

i'm scared

(of the work, not just the charges)

LyraSilvertongue Sat 26-Jul-08 22:25:31

The Department of Health site has a guide to NHS dental charges.
I recently had a course of treatment, which required three visits plus lots of x-rays, and the total cost was £44. I didn't have any crowns though.

CarGirl Sat 26-Jul-08 22:28:01

Having a crown done whilst unpleasant is absolutely marvellous compared to the pain of toothache, take your ipod with you tune it all out etc etc

Flamesparrow Sat 26-Jul-08 22:28:28

Ooh thanks lyra - £198 max (well, not but a figure in mind helps!!)

Tis a shame it feels horrible and will probably start hurting or I would leave it a few months and get pregnant! grin

MegBusset Sat 26-Jul-08 22:29:14

If you have it all done on the NHS then it will be a maximum of £198 for the whole lot.

Flamesparrow Sat 26-Jul-08 22:29:17

it has never occurred to me to take an ipod shock That sounds fabulous! I will probably also take some nice pills that make me floaty

Electricgooberella Sat 26-Jul-08 22:32:33

Can't you have it extracted and live with the gap? Cost £44, then it will all be over.

Flamesparrow Sat 26-Jul-08 22:35:36

It is the third tooth from the back, so too close to front for a gap really (I hate my teeth enough as it is, without a big gap). We have enough in the flexible loan to cover it - will just take a bit longer to clear debts.

ellideb Sat 26-Jul-08 22:35:39

Dentists are very reluctant to treat pregnant women with permanent solutions! You'll have to think of something else!

Flamesparrow Sat 26-Jul-08 22:36:51

The thought of a dentist coming near me when I have morning sickness and my pain threshold is non-existent (is it just me that is much more sensitive during pregnancy?) is enough to put me off that idea anyway!!!

Electricgooberella Sat 26-Jul-08 22:37:27

Are you pregnant? If so, it is free, surely?

Flamesparrow Sat 26-Jul-08 22:38:23

no, not pregnant

Ripeberry Sun 27-Jul-08 10:34:12

If you are still on NHS then you are very lucky, i've been quoted £2,500!! for a crown on a back tooth.
In the end just had it all taken out and had to pay £45 for the priveledge.
I've no idea whats going to happen in the next few years when NHS dentists are going to even stop treating children for free on the NHS sad

MegBusset Sun 27-Jul-08 12:12:44

If you are pregnant, do you get free dental care then? I remember having a maternity exemption card last time but can't recall how or when I got it. Not that I'm pg at the moment, but we are TTC and I need some costly root canal work done, so wondering if I should leave it a couple of months!

TheProvincialLady Sun 27-Jul-08 12:15:10

Yes you do get free dental care whilst pregnant. I see a private dentist but for some reason she treats me for free whilst pregnant and for a year afterwards. I have to sign a form and that is it.

TheProvincialLady Sun 27-Jul-08 12:15:58

I never bothered with my exemption card last time, just had to sign the form. Thanks for the reminder though, must send off my form now!

tink123 Sun 27-Jul-08 13:12:01

i have same tooth missing on both sides, never notice gaps

Flamesparrow Sun 27-Jul-08 14:46:01

Was looking in the mirror last night and was thinking that the gap might not be visible. Will ask the dentist what she thinks Odd today - it hurts when I lean forwards hmm

Electricgooberella Sun 27-Jul-08 14:56:04

That is just what I thought FS. You say it is the 3rd from the back, that is the same one that I have just had extracted. Do you have wisdom teeth? If so your 3rd one from the back is further back than mine. Mine is not visible even if I smile really hard.

Either option is painfull, but extraction alone is less painfull on your finances.

thumbwitch Mon 28-Jul-08 00:55:19

I am amazed that your private dentist exempts you from payment, TPL - mine is totally the opposite end of the scale from yours as she recommended I have my root canal work done privately (cost = £500) when I could have had it done for free on NHS. I didn't even think to challenge it (durr!), just took it for granted that she knew what was best, and to be fair, she might have been doing the best for my tooth - but clearly not for my finances!

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