Can anyone recommend me a good private dentist (London, preferably East London) who accepts NHS maternity exemption certificate, please. My local practice is awful and they only do silver fillings which I won't have. Many thanks.
Same as above. My private dentist is happy to treat me as NHS while I have the exemption card. In fact he's even listing all the things that he can do while it won't cost me (wisdom teeth out, root canal - oh the joy!). I'm in SE London/Kent, so a bit out of your way.
Don't know how it would work if you went to register as a new patient though, and I think that was the question you were asking originally.
Best you can do is phone around a few and see if they can take you on.
You'd have to ask if they do NHS treatment as well, and if so, if that makes a difference to what you can get.
My dentist doesn't do any NHS treatment so I can't use my exemption, but I'm happy with the treatment I get there so I'm staying.
I used to have an NHS dentist and they wouldn't do so many things because they didn't get enough money back from the NHS to cover more expensive treatment options. I got fed up of having fillings done as cheaply as possible!
What NHS treatment a private dentist will give you depends entirely on their contract with the Primary Care Trust: some will do children only, some will do more some will do less or none at all - it all depends on their contract. I think your best bet for finding one who will do maternity exemptions (if that's possible) is to phone your local PCT...
I'm in SE London and my local practice is amazing - white fillings, whitening, wisdom tooth extraction etc. I usually have to pay extra for perks not included in ordinary NHS treatments, but since falling pregnant I was offered a lot of services free of charge, including some non-essential but handy professional cleans . I have always been very pleased with my treatment there.
Maybe you can just change the NHS practice? I think mine still accepts new NHS patients, but don't know how fussy they are going to be about your postcode, as I really have no idea how they work. You may not want to travel that far either, but I thought it was worth mentioning anyway.
Fallingwithsttyle my dentist told me otherwise. He recommended it but said it wasn't available on the nhs. I declined because I was concerned about the possible effect of local aneasthetic on the baby, and also don't have the extra money now with baby coming. Surprised there appears to be such a difference betweem practices.
"All clinical treatments and dentures are available on the NHS. This means all treatment that is necessary to protect and maintain the health of your mouth, teeth and gums, including dentures, crowns, and bridges."