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    I thought NHS Dentists- when you can get one - are supposed to be a bit cheap? After being told £189 for a root canal this morning I nearly fainted. I know its cheaper than going private by a long way.

    How much do you all pay for an NHS root canal? Looking through the net I have found several sites suggesting it should be £42ish......

    http://www.whatprice.co.uk/health/nhs-dentist.php
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    Sounds expensive but at least it's NHS. I've been forced to be private for years now, but i'm still waiting for my national health contributions to be discounted - right oh...

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    Here's the NHS Direct page on dental charges. If you've been charged £189 it implies that your treatment was more complex then the £42.40 band. Why not ask your dentist why you've been charged that? There may be a simple answer, or they may realise they've made a mistake.

    Afraid I can't give an answer on how much a root canal should cost, as I've never even had a single filling done.

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    But as far as I can read £189 includes all necessary "level 3" tratment?
    your treatment must include a crown or similar? I think this is cheap

    From NHS Website:

    "£15.50 - This charge will include an examination, diagnosis and preventive advice. If necessary, this will include X-rays, scale and polish, and planning for further treatment.
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    £42.40 - This charge includes all necessary treatment covered by the £15.50 charge plus added treatment such as fillings, root canal treatment or extractions.
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    £189.00 -This charge includes all necessary treatment covered by the £15.50and £42.40 charges plus more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures or bridges."

    In Sweden you will be charged for: (If you have a severe damaged tooth):

    Examniation
    X-ray
    root canal treatment ( diffrent for 1, 2 or 3 root canals)
    crown
    casting material

    For example I charge £125.40 for one root canal treatment ( one tooth with one root canal) and £200 for a crown (gold not included)

    Best regards

    CPHB (DDS)

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    Thats just it, I wanted to know why I was quoted a band 3 price and not a band 2.... No one seems to be able to tell me exactly what is covered in what band.... Must be more complex I guess?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrase20 View Post
    ... Must be more complex I guess?
    I think that's the basic reason!

    I had a check-up and scale and polish at Christmas, and thought it was going to be the £15.50 charge. Got charged the £42.40 band and asked why. Basically it was due to the treatment being a bit more involved as it involved a bit of stuff to keep my gums in good shape, so it went beyond the normal scale and polish!

    I still didn't understand why, but I've known, and trusted, my dentist for over 20 years so it wasn't due to him trying to pull a fast one.

    I'm sure if you ask your dentist to explain the charge, they should be able to explain why.

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    I haven't known tis one very long as I was private but recently found this NHS dentist taking on. Still it has to be done I guess
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    I hate dentists purely on the basis we don't know what they're up to & what they bill us for. In the chair I'm fine, I tend to doze off to sleep.
    The brother in laws partner's was a nurse & you wouldn't believe what they get away with. She's even assisted a dentist who went to work on the wrong side of the mouth until she kicked him under the chair.
    She also said some practices advertised as NHS only offer an inspection at NHS charges, they can then charge private fees for work to be done.

    Last time I went was to a new practice which had just been taken over & was taking on NHS so I left my private one behind.
    They left my teeth in such a state saying they've had to take away some & "you may want to think about getting a crown made" as I'm now left with a huge hole between two teeth & was left in unbearable pain for the rest of the day. So I don't know wether to go back to my private & get screwed on repairs although he was a really good dentist but can't afford it or go back to my private & get it sorted out.

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    Last work I had done, the guy quoted me £270 for a root canal, I had to have what could have been saved yanked out in the end for £60, not going there again.

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    dentist...can't afford a dentist! recently had to pay out over a grand for work. One intersting note though, apparently they are not allowed to do nhs and private work on the same tooth! so if you wanted a crown and root canal, but the crown was white ( private rather than gold (nhs)) then you would have to pay private rates for the canal work!....B**ggers

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