What is a private dentist – what services do they offer?

Private dentistry

What is a private dentist?

You may have heard of private dentistry but have no understanding of what that means and how it is different from NHS (public) dentistry. In this blog post, we are going to talk about what a private dentist is and, more specifically what we, as a private dentist offer.

What is private dentistry? 

Private dentists generally specialise in more advanced and complicated procedures and treatments. They will register their patients, as opposed to taking on NHS patients. Therefore if you want to attend a private dentist, you will have to book an initial consultation. Also with a private dentist, you can choose whether you want ongoing services, such as check-ups, X-rays, etc or if you want a one-off treatment, such as dental implants. Private dentists will work with you and your choices. 

What are the benefits of a private dentist?

You may be wondering what the benefits are of going to a private dentist, compared to an NHS dentist. The main benefit is you will have longer and more personalised appointments with your dentist, which means that you will have more thorough examinations as well. 

Some of the other benefits are: 

  • Private dentists have access to state-of-the-art technology and have the best equipment. Therefore you are assured that your treatments will be of the highest standard.
  • There is a wide range of treatments available at private dentists. 
  • Usually, private surgeries/practices will be more relaxed; fewer people will be in the waiting room, to help make you feel calmer. 
  • Private dentists will be more modern in their appearance i.e more stylish, bright, attractive. Some dentists even offer entertainment sources such as TV to help their patients relax. 
  • Private dental practices will usually be more available than NHS (public) dentists. You won’t be on a waiting list for months! You will most commonly have an appointment when you need it. 

How is private dentistry different from dental public health (NHS)?

There are a few differences between these two types of dentists. The main comparison is that NHS dentistry is all about caring about the health of your teeth (such as undertaking check-ups, doing dental fillings, taking X-rays, etc). Whereas, private dentistry is involved in both the health of your teeth and performing treatments that enhance the appearance of your teeth. The NHS does not perform cosmetic treatment; therefore this is the big difference between the two. Generally, private dentistry will also give you the best results and treatment as they have access to more equipment and tools. 

What services do we offer?

As a private dentist, we offer a range of treatments; from complex procedures to general dentistry, such as root canal treatment. We specialise in dental implants but we also offer some other treatments in the cosmetic dentistry field.

To read more thorough descriptions of each treatment we offer, use the links below:

To learn about our dental implant procedure and options, go to our dental implant page. From there you can view all the information we have on the dental implant journey and the material and equipment we use. 

For more information on our complex treatments, such as veneers, tooth whitening, composite bonding, facial aesthetics, or tooth straightening (and our online smile assessment), see our cosmetic dentistry page.

To view all the other services and treatments we offer, go to our general dentistry section.