Choose to be treated privately or through the NHS at Larne Dental Centre

At Larne Dental Centre we offer private and NHS dentistry, but what’s the difference?

Many people automatically think that private dentistry is more expensive, although this may not always be the case. But as you’d probably expect, the service and eventual outcome can often be better and you won’t face the same restrictions on the type of treatment available if you choose to ‘go private’. Here’s a summary of the differences:

 Private dentistry

  • Gives you the best possible functional and cosmetic result.
  • Offers cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening and adult orthodontics that aren’t available on the NHS.
  • Offers much shorter waiting times for appointments.
  • Offers more flexible appointments.
  • Offers longer appointments.
  • Provides dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers and implants which are made by hand.
  • Provides quick and easy access to important procedures such as extractions.
  • Provides an array of options and costs which will be discussed with you at length before you make a decision.

NHS dentistry

One thing you can be certain of: at Larne Dental Centre NHS patients are treated with the same care as our private patients. Perhaps the biggest difference between NHS and private dentistry is the fact that the government does impose some restrictions and fixes the patient charges nationally.

  • Treatment needs to be functional on the NHS and not for cosmetic reasons.
  • NHS treatment is designed to be cost effective which naturally means less expensive materials and laboratories are used.
  • Government guidelines for recalling patients must be followed, meaning you may not be entitled to a check-up or hygiene appointment as often as you my wish.
  • NHS cleaning is designed to ensure gum health and not to specifically remove all stains.
  • Appointment availability may be limited, especially outside school or work hours.
  • Some treatments are not available under the NHS. These include cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, dental implants and certain preventative treatments such as fissure sealants for low decay risk patients.
  • Hygienists are usually not funded by the NHS
  • Specialist referral on the NHS may not always be available and you will have to be placed on a waiting list if accepted.
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