Are you wondering how much it costs for a dentist check-up? The cost of a check-up can vary depending on the type of services you need. At Dove Dental & Wellbeing Spa, we offer private check-ups for our patients. Let’s take a look at the general costs associated with a dentist check-up both private and by the NHS so that you can make an informed decision about your dental care.
How Much Is A Dentist Check-Up?*
The cost of a dentist check-up in the UK can vary depending on whether you are registered with an NHS or a private dentist.
- If you are registered with an NHS dentist, the cost of a check-up is currently £23.80 in England.
- If you are registered with a private dentist, the cost of a check-up can vary widely and can range from £20 to £100 or more.
It’s worth noting that charges for NHS dental treatment are based on the treatment you need, not your ability to pay. It’s always best to check with your specific dentist or dental practice for the most accurate and up-to-date pricing information. If you are interested in our dental treatments here at Dove Dental & Wellbeing Spa, take a look at our prices here.
NHS Dental Costs Vs Private Dentist Fees
The cost of dental treatment can vary significantly between NHS and private dentists.
In the UK, dental treatment is provided by the NHS, which operates on a banding system. The cost of treatment is based on the type of treatment needed and ranges from Band 1 £23.80 for a routine check-up to Band 3 £282.80 for complex treatments such as bridges, crowns and dentures.
On the other hand, private dentists are not bound by the same pricing structure and can charge whatever they wish for their services. Prices at a private dentist can be significantly higher than those at an NHS dentist, with a routine check-up costing anywhere from £20 to £100 or more.
Additionally, private dentists can offer a wider range of services than those available on the NHS, such as cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening and orthodontics, which can be more expensive.
It’s worth noting that for certain treatments such as dental implants, orthodontics, and advanced restorative treatments, a private dentist may be the only option.
It’s always best to check with your specific dentist or dental practice for the most accurate and up-to-date pricing information and to compare the cost of both options before deciding on the best course of action.
What Happens At A Dental Check-Up?
During a dental check-up, a dentist or dental hygienist will typically perform the following steps:
Examination: The dentist will visually examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of decay, disease, or other issues. They will also check for any issues with your bite and jaw alignment.
Cleaning: The dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth, removing any plaque or tartar that has built up. This helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
X-rays: Depending on your individual needs, the dentist may take X-rays of your teeth to check for decay or other issues that may not be visible during the visual examination.
Oral Cancer Screening: The dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening, looking for any signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth.
Oral Hygiene advice: The dentist or hygienist will advise you on how to maintain good oral hygiene, such as the proper technique for brushing and flossing and may give you tips on how to improve your oral hygiene routine.
Additional treatments: Depending on your individual needs, the dentist may also perform additional treatments during your check-up, such as fillings, extractions, or fluoride treatment.
Future treatment plan: The dentist will also give you recommendations for any necessary treatment or future check-ups.
It’s important to note that the specifics of a dental check-up may vary depending on your individual needs and the policies of the dental practice you visit.
How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Checked?
If you have good oral health, you will probably need to go to the dentist only once every 12 to 24 months; if you have more problems, you will need to go more frequently. Once every six months is recommended for dental check-ups.
Booking Your Checkup Appointment
Booking a dental check-up appointment is typically a straightforward process.
Here are a few steps you can take to schedule your appointment:
Find a dentist: You can find a dentist by searching online, asking for recommendations from friends or family, or looking for a dentist in your insurance network.
Contact the dentist: Once you have found a dentist, you can contact them by phone or email to schedule an appointment.
Confirm your insurance: If you have dental insurance, it’s a good idea to confirm with the dentist that they accept your insurance and to find out what your coverage includes.
Choose a date and time: The dentist will likely have a variety of dates and times available for you to choose from. Select a date and time that works best for you.
Confirm the appointment: Once you have chosen a date and time, the dentist will confirm your appointment and may give you instructions on what to expect and what to bring with you to the appointment.
* Reminder: Many dentists will send you a reminder of your appointment via email or text message a day before your check-up.
It’s important to keep in mind that some dental practices may require you to fill out paperwork before your appointment or may have specific instructions for new patients, so be sure to ask if there are any additional steps you need to take when booking your appointment.