Private dental care

What is private dental care?

    Private dental care is available to everyone, you don’t need to have insurance, there’s no membership or contract involved. As a private patient, it merely means you get access to a greater suite of treatments, such as teeth whitening, white fillings for cosmetic reasons, dental implants, etc… Your consultations are longer and typically you can choose more flexible appointment times, such as evenings and weekends. You simply pay for the treatment you have, when you have it.

    Private dental care is all about choice. You choose to pay full price for your treatments in exchange for a wide range of benefits and services you can’t get on the NHS. So, whether you’re looking for ongoing services like check-ups and general dentistry, or a one-off treatment such as adult teeth straightening, we’ll be delighted to see you.

What are the benefits of private dental care?

  • Flexible appointment times: Evenings, early mornings and weekend appointments are often available as a private patient.
  • See the same dentist: You can choose which of our private dentists you'd like to see - and see the same one every time.
  • Wider choice of services: As a private patient, you can access a wider choice of services not available on the NHS, including cosmetic treatments. These may be as simple as white fillings for cosmetic purposes, teeth whitening, or more complex treatments such as orthodontics and dental implants.
  • Longer consultations: More time is allocated to private appointments, to give you the opportunity to discuss your oral health and any potential concerns or options.

We’re the leading provider of private dental care in the UK.1 To discuss becoming a private patient, or for further information, find your local Bupa Dental Care practice.

Can you mix NHS and private dental treatment?

If you’re one of our NHS patients, and you'd like a private treatment, you can choose to pay privately for treatments which the NHS doesn’t cover, such as veneers or teeth whitening. Just talk to your dentist for more information.

What’s the difference between private and NHS dental care?

What dental treatments are only available privately?

There are some treatments that you can only access on a private basis. NHS dental care provides you with the essential services and treatment needed to keep your mouth healthy. However, private dental care gives you access to a host of treatments and services, including:

  • Cosmetic orthodontics: Treatment that is not clinically required, but you want it for aesthetic reasons.
  • Dental implants: A long-term solution for replacing missing teeth, by surgically placing a titanium implant into the jawbone, which supports a crown or denture.
  • Teeth whitening: A dental professional will oversee your teeth whitening treatment to ensure it is safe and effective.
  • Cosmetic composite bonding: Bonding is usually used to fill chips, fractures or gaps between teeth.

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What’s the cost of private dental care?

Private dental charges vary, so it’s always best to check with the practice. All Bupa Dental Care practices publish their prices on this website. Just as an example, the average cost of a private check-up across all of our practices is £50.012. You’ll pay after you’ve had your treatment, although our practices do offer finance options. Finance can be particularly helpful if you’re having more substantial treatment, such as implants. Speak to your practice for specific details.

What about children's private dental care?

Although all children are entitled to free dental care on the NHS, some families prefer to have the whole family treated privately. This may be for the benefits listed above, or to have parents and children treated at the same practice. Check-ups for under 5's are free as a Bupa Dental Essentials patients.

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1 Source: LaingBuisson, Dentistry UK Market Report, 5th ed. If you require verification please email
2 Average price stated for a private check-up is based on published prices at 324 Bupa Dental Care practices as at March 2019.

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