What is the difference in quality between NHS and private bridges?
Q. I have recently had a tooth extracted and have been told by my dentist that I should have a bridge fitted. As I now have a space where two teeth should be I would very much like to have this done.However.I cant decide if I should have a NHS bridge or it done privately.It is quite a substansial difference in cost. £400 for NHS and £1500 for private. What are your views on the quality of NHS bidges?,
A. There are no NHS bridges for £400 , the maximum NHS fee is £198. The NHS rules mean that no NHS contractor can say that the NHS treatment is not of a suitable standard. However they may state that Private is a higher standard. It is a minefield that is best explained by the dentist provides the treatment as the individual specification relies on the prescribing dentist. Rob
Dr Rob Tennet
St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ