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What is the difference between Private and NHS dentistry?

Private dentistry refers to dental care that is provided by a dentist or dental practice that is not affiliated with the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.

Private dentistry typically involves paying for dental treatment either through private dental insurance or by paying directly for the services received.

NHS dentistry, on the other hand, is a government-funded healthcare service provided by dentists who are contracted by the NHS. Patients who receive NHS dental treatment pay a subsidised fee for their care, which is typically less than private dental care.

There are several differences between Private and NHS dentistry, including the types of services offered, the cost of treatment, and the availability of appointments.

Private dentistry tends to offer a wider range of services, including cosmetic treatments such as composite (white) fillings, teeth whitening, dental implants, Invisalign (orthodontic treatment for adults), veneers and much more which are not typically available through the NHS.

Private dentists also tend to have more flexibility in their appointment scheduling and may be able to offer more convenient appointment times.

In addition to this, private practices usually offer a practice plan where patients can become members of the practice for a monthly fee conveniently by direct debit. By becoming members, patients benefit from extra services to a far greater extent than the NHS can offer.

Our plans at hermitage dental practice include:

  • Complimentary emergency appointments, if you contact us at 8.30am in the morning you are guaranteed to receive an appointment with one of our clinicians on the same day

  • 10% discount off most treatments for our plan members

  • Free emergency cover when on holiday worldwide

  • Hygiene and routine care appointments scheduled in advance - regular attendance to the practice reduces the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and identifies dental problems early to prevent pain, discomfort and inconvenience

  • Eligibility to request assistance from the Global Dental Scheme

  • Clinically necessary x-rays included

Our dental plans are the most cost effective way to be seen in the practice, saving you money compared to our pay-as-you-go fees.

For more information you can contact us by email at or by phone at 01530 510533.

Information on our plans can also be viewed on our website.

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