My wife has NHS dentistry. A little while ago, after a routine appointment, she was instructed by the dentist to visit the dental hygienist which would incur a £45 charge.
We couldn't (and at the moment, still can't) afford this so it didn't happen.
Today, the dentist has given my wife a bit of a grilling about this, seemingly saying she had failed to follow his advice.
So, my question is, is this okay? Even in recent times my (different) dentist has carried out a scale and polish as part of the routine check. Is the rise of the dental hygienist common and are you charged separately for it even if you are lucky enough to have a NHS dentist?
Band 1 course of treatment – £15.90 This covers an examination, diagnosis (e.g. x-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, and a scale and polish if needed. Urgent treatment, when you need to see a dentist immediately, also costs £15.90.
Our dentist (NHS) says he cannot charge NHS prices anymore otherwise he would be out of business. So I ended up paying £300 for a cap on my tooth (at least I think it was the term, this was two years ago, I haven't been back since because he said I need another two teeth capping and I just can't afford it).
If you do not use your dentist each six months for a check up you may find they will not see you at all. A condition of some dentists who offer NHS treatment.I am not sure if a filled tooth is an option for you but lack off treatment may cause decay that will result in a lot of pain,then a bill for extraction, more pain in the wallet even.
Well I've missed my 6 monthly check-ups once or twice and I haven't been warned yet, that's probably because he makes a fair bit of money out of me. It's not that I don't look after my teeth, it's my teeth that don't look after my wallet.
However, what I would like to know is, if I'm paying National Insurance, tax etc. etc. why is the dentist unable to charge me at NHS rates?