NHS helps patients getting the dental treatments they need at NHS hospitals and practices like Perfect Smile’s without having to worry about costs.
When it comes to decide about health, price shouldn’t be an issue. That’s the reason why most NHS treatments are free of charge. Others, however, involve some payment, depending on the type of treatment, the severity of what has to be treated and the circumstances of the patient. This is the case of dental treatments, where NHS applies charges, of which some patients are automatically exempt or eligible for exemption.
The first thing to bear in mind when a patient qualifies for help with dental costs is that not all dentists accept NHS patients. It is essential to make sure your dentist does, and to tell him you want an NHS treatment when you make your appointment. But, how can you know whether or not you are eligible for cost exemption or to make a claim for help with all or part of your dental treatment costs?
You can have a look at the official information booklet Help with health costs, which you will find at your local Jobcentre Plus, at any NHS hospital in your area, and at most pharmacists, doctors, dentists and opticians. Further information is also available online, visiting the websites of the Government, the NHS Services Authority and the Department of Health. You should consider, however, that NHS dental treatments are aimed to help patients improve and maintain their dental health, so cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually out of NHS treatment support.
This doesn’t mean those treatments are not important; for example, while NHS covers many orthodontic treatments for teenagers it doesn’t offer help with costs of others, like Invisalign for teens. However similar in terms of efficiency as a treatment, Invisalign adds an aesthetic value to orthodontics, which makes it part of cosmetic dentistry and thus not covered by NHS. Similarly, dental veneers procedure in London is a much demanded treatment that helps patients regain confidence in themselves and fight the negative effects that stained or misshapen teeth can have in social and professional life. Because this doesn’t have an immediate impact on the overall health of the patient, NHS doesn’t cover its costs.
In other cases, however, a procedure usually performed by cosmetic dentistry becomes an NHS dental treatment because of the special circumstances of the patient, as Perfect Smile’s endodontist specialist in London points out. In case of accident, severe trauma or oral cancer, for example, a patient needing dental implants can be helped by NHS with the costs of this procedure. This is due to the importance of replacement of teeth in maintaining an optimal oral health, as well as preventing further problems such as bone loss, periodontitis or misalignment problems on teeth.
To know more about NHS treatments and get the best professional advice for your dental health, call us at any of our dental implants clinics.