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Which Dental Treatments Are Available At Your NHS Dentist In Basildon?

Although NHS dentistry has had a lot a lot of what can only be considered as bad press with impossible-to-find practices and confusion over pricing, a recent survey suggests that around 85% of people are in fact extremely happy with their NHS dentist. In Basildon for example here at Felmores Dental Care we provide both private and NHS dental services, but for many there seems to be some confusion over what treatments are and aren’t available.

nhs dentist in BasildonIn essence any treatment that is (in the opinion of your dentist) clinically necessary to protect and maintain good oral health can be delivered under NHS care. This means any treatment to keep your mouth, gums, and teeth healthy and free from pain. Aside from general treatments such as check-ups, fillings and dealing with toothache, Basildon NHS dentists will also be able to provide services for missing teeth replacement such as

  • Bridges
  • Crowns
  • Dentures

but what about dental implants?

As a general rule of thumb, dental implants can be fitted on the NHS but only if there is a medical need. For instance if you’ve had an accident and unfortunately lost several of your teeth, then there’s a strong chance that it will be considered. Similarly if you’ve suffered a congenital defect and implants are the best course of action then again, implant treatment could well be a possibility.

What about cosmetic treatments?

Under normal circumstances NHS treatments won’t cover cosmetic dentistry in Basildon especially if it’s carried out for lifestyle reasons such as improving the appearance of your teeth and/or acquiring a more attractive smile. These include teeth whitening, veneers and inlays/onlays. If you are interested in cosmetic treatments such as those listed here then a selection of NHS dentists in Basildon also offer private treatments. For this reason it’s well worth finding out the price for private treatment as any charges can usually be added to the cost of your NHS treatment.

A word about Orthodontics

Although orthodontics are classed as cosmetic treatments there can in some cases be a medical need. Because of this, dental procedures such as braces to counteract crooked teeth or mouth guards to prevent teeth grinding are usually considered.

So there you have it, a quick run-down on what you can and can’t have on the NHS. If you feel that you have a special case then it’s always worth speaking to your dentist. Remember the NHS have a limited budget so any demands placed upon it are usually prioritised in terms of need and benefit. If you feel that a certain procedure will be of major benefit to you and you can demonstrate this, then you might well be in luck.

At Felmores Dental Care we’re accepting NHS patients for a limited time right now, so if you’re in pain and need the services of a Basildon dentist then contact us on 01268 726 789 or visit our website at to find out more.

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