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10 Benefits of Seeing a Private Dentist

Ritchie has struggled with selecting dental care in the UK and is here to share his advice.

Should you go to a private dentist or an NHS?

Should you go to a private dentist or an NHS?

Are you wondering if it’s worth paying that little bit extra to see a private dentist? Here are ten benefits of seeing a private dentist that may just persuade you.

Having just come out of the lockdown with Coronavirus in the UK, I feel like I am uniquely positioned to comment on this given that pre-pandemic I was with the NHS and now post-pandemic - I've gone with a private dentist.

What's the Difference Between an NHS dentist and a Private Dentist?

The main difference between NHS dentists and private dentists is the cost of treatment. NHS dental treatment is free at the point of delivery, while private dental treatment is usually charged at an hourly rate. Private dentists may also offer a wider range of treatments than NHS dentists.

Another difference between the two is that private dentists are not bound by the same waiting lists as NHS surgeries. This means you may be able to get treatment quickly if you see a private dentist.

Finally, private practices are usually independently owned and so the money you spend will stay in the local community, while NHS funding goes towards supporting dental services across the country.

Ultimately, whether or not to switch to a private dentist is a personal decision.

1. You Can Choose Your Own Dentist

When you visit a private dentist, you have the freedom to choose who you want to see. This means you can pick someone who you feel comfortable with and who you know will do a good job.

2. You’ll Get to See the Same Dentist Each time

Unlike when you go to an NHS dental surgery, where you may have to see a different dentist each time depending on who is working that day, when you visit a private practice you’ll always see the same person. This can be really beneficial as it means they’ll get to know your mouth, your teeth and your individual needs.

3. You Won’t Have to Wait as Long for Appointments

One of the main benefits of seeing a private dentist is that you won’t have to wait as long for an appointment. This is because private dental practices have more control over their appointment scheduling.

4. You May be Able to Get Appointments at Convenient Times

Another great benefit of private dentistry is that you may be able to get appointments at times that are more convenient for you. This could include early morning, evening or weekend appointments.

5. You’ll Usually Get More Time with the Dentist

When you visit a private dentist, you can expect to get a lot more time with them than you would if you visited an NHS surgery. This is because they won’t be seeing as many patients and so they’ll have more time to spend with you.

6. You May be Treated by a Specialist

If you visit a private dental practice, there’s a good chance you’ll be treated by a specialist. This could include an orthodontist, periodontist or endodontist. Private dentists tend to attract more money and better pay than an NHS dentist, so this is why you could potentially be seen by someone who is specially trained in a given area to specifically see your ailment.

7. You May Have More Treatment Options

When you visit a private dentist, you may have more treatment options available to you than you would if you went to an NHS surgery. This is because private practices are usually able to offer a wider range of treatments.

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8. You May be Able to Get Treatment Quicker

Another benefit of seeing a private dentist is that you may be able to get treatment quicker. This is because they aren’t bound by the same waiting lists as NHS surgeries. This includes what was described to me as more preventative care too, so where they are proactive instead of a more reactive service from the NHS.

9. You’ll Usually Get Better Aftercare

When you visit a private dental practice, you can expect to receive better aftercare than you would if you went to an NHS surgery. This is because they will have more time to spend with you and will be able to offer you tailored advice.

10. You’ll Be Supporting the Local Economy

Finally, by choosing to see a private dentist rather than an NHS one, you’ll be supporting the local economy. This is because private practices are usually independently owned and so the money you spend will stay in the local community.

I hope this has given you something to think about if you’re considering seeing a private dentist. As someone who has made the switch myself, I can say that there are definitely some benefits to doing so!

What are the Drawbacks of a Private Dentist?

While there are some definite benefits to seeing a private dentist, there are also some drawbacks that you should be aware of before making the switch. These include:

1. Cost

The biggest drawback of seeing a private dentist is the cost. Private dental treatment is usually much more expensive than NHS treatment. This means it may not be an option for everyone.

2. Availability

Another downside of choosing a private dentist is that they may not be as readily available as an NHS surgery. This is because there are usually fewer private practices than NHS surgeries. This is usually dependent on your location.

3. Limited Treatment Options

While you may have more treatment options available to you at a private practice, there are still likely to be some limitations. This is because private practices usually only offer a limited range of treatments.

4. Limited Opening Hours

Private practices also tend to have more limited opening hours than NHS surgeries. This means you may not be able to get an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.

5. No Guarantee of Care

Finally, while private dentists usually provide a high standard of care, there’s no guarantee that this will always be the case. This is because they are not regulated in the same way as NHS surgeries and so standards can vary from practice to practice.

As you can see, there are both benefits and drawbacks to seeing a private dentist. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to switch to private practice is a personal one and will depend on your individual circumstances.

If you are considering making the switch, I would recommend doing some research to find a reputable private practice in your area. You can then make an informed decision about whether or not it’s the right choice for you.

So Is It Better to Go to a Private Dentist?

The answer to this question is that it depends. There are both benefits and drawbacks to seeing a private dentist, so it ultimately comes down to your personal circumstances.

If you’re considering making the switch, I would recommend doing some research to find a reputable private practice in your area. You can then make an informed decision about whether or not it’s the right choice for you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Ritchie Hughie