Private dental care

What is private dental care?

Private dental care is available to everyone, you don't need insurance and there's no membership or contract involved.

It's all about choice. You choose from a wide range of treatments you can't get on the NHS, at a time that suits you, with different types of payment options available to you.

So, whether you're looking for a routine check-up or a smile makeover, private dental care might be the right choice for you.

What are the benefits of private dental care?

Longer appointments at a time that suits you

  • Flexible appointment times: Evenings, early mornings and weekend appointments are often available as a private patient.
  • Longer appointments: You’ll typically have more time in the chair during private appointments. This allows us plenty of time to listen to your needs, get to know you and provide the advice and choice you need
  • Appointment availability: With private dental care, you can usually be seen relatively quickly

Ways to pay for private dental care

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

There are several differences between private dental care and NHS, including the services available, the appointment length and appointment times.

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 dental treatments are only available privately?

Several treatments are only available on a private basis. On the NHS, you can access services required to keep your mouth healthy, such as check-ups and fillings, while private dental care offers a full spectrum of dental services. These include:

  • Cosmetic orthodontics: Where treatment is not clinically required, but you want it for aesthetic reasons
  • Dental implants: A fixed, natural-looking solution to replace missing or failing teeth
  • Teeth whitening: Professional whitening treatment overseen by a dentist to ensure it’s safe and effective
  • Composite bonding: A cosmetic treatment that can fill minor gaps between teeth, or minor damage such as chips and fractures

Find a Bupa Dental Care private dentist near you.

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.

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1 Source: LaingBuisson, Dentistry UK Market Report, 5th ed. If you require verification please email [email protected].
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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