Emergency Dental Care: Private vs. NHS

Dental Health Advice

When it comes to emergency dental care, you may be wondering what the difference is between private dental treatment and emergency dental care from the NHS. While both are experts in the dental industry and will effectively provide the care you need to resolve any dental issues you may be having, there are a number of key differences and benefits to consider before booking your appointment.

Emergency Dental Care from Private Dentists

Typically, with a private dentist you’ll be able to receive emergency dental care much quicker than when you book through the NHS. 

At The 247 Dentist we provide same day appointments, as well as out of hours appointments and emergency dental care on weekends, evenings and bank holidays. Meaning you can get the treatment you need to resolve your dental emergency within hours – which, in some instances, can make a huge difference in the severity of your treatment and the 

It is important to remember, however, that because private dental care is not subsidised by the government, it may cost more than NHS treatments. Private dental care is best if you’re experiencing a dental emergency and cannot wait to be seen by a dentist. If you require urgent dental care or have experienced dental trauma please do not hesitate to book an emergency appointment and ensure you’re seen as soon as possible. 

Benefits of private emergency dental care:

  • Urgent appointments are always available – we offer emergency dental care all day every day (including weekends and bank holidays).
  • You may find there are more options/alternative treatments available in some cases.
  • It is often faster and easier to be seen and treated – with more appointments available and often more time to discuss your dental emergency to ensure you understand the issue and make your decision based on how to best approach the problem at hand.
  • More flexibility – unlike NHS emergency dental care, when you book a private appointment you can be seen at a time that suits you, rather than simply at a time that’s available (which may be inconvenient for your own schedule).
  • You do not have to be registered at the dental practice to receive your emergency dental care

Things to consider:

  • Private dental care may cost more

NHS Emergency Dental Care

Some of the key differences between emergency dental care from private dentists and NHS practices are the wait times and overall costs. The NHS dental care is a service that is subsidised by public funding, meaning prices are often cheaper than private dentists. However you typically have to wait much longer for an appointment at an NHS practice than with a private dentist. 

This service is ideal if you do not require emergency dental care and can wait a few days for your appointment.

Benefits of NHS emergency dental care:

  • Treatment is often cheaper/more affordable as NHS dental services are subsidised by government/public funding.
  • Ideal if you do not require emergency dental care and you are happy to wait for your appointment.

Things to consider:

  • Your appointment may be shorter than a private appointment.
  • Not everyone is eligible for NHS dental support meaning prices can vary for each patient.

When to book in for emergency dental care

Dental emergencies are often classified as ongoing, persistent issues or severe damage. For example toothaches and pains that won’t go away, ongoing bleeding from your teeth or gums, broken fillings, lost or chipped teeth and infections within the teeth and gums.

Find out more about what is classed as a dental emergency, and when you require emergency dental care.

If you believe you meet the criteria and wish to speak with an emergency dentist, get in touch today! Call 03301 759995 for an appointment at your nearest clinic, or alternatively you can use our video dentist service for a one to one discussion with a dentist via video call.

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