Found 14th Jun 2011
Just been to the dentist (after a period of not going for years). Teeth are pretty fine, but needs a visit to a hygienist. But the dentist has quoted £ 240.00 for this which seems pretty steap even for private. Can anyone confirm what a session at the hygienist usually costs?

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I usually pay £40 for my hygienist via NHS.

I pay £110 privately - £240 is far too much!

My dentist wanted £30 this morning for hygienist - I think that's gone up in price (NHS)
Edited by: "meandog101" 14th Jun 2011

Definatley not £240, thats a rip off, around £40 -£60 i would say sounds right.

I pay £79 Private

I'd seek another private dentist. £240 is scandalously expensive for just hygienist work.

oO.....£240, ...no way!! Is that just for a scale and polish ??

£30 - plus another 30 for 'extras'

Get some floss and an electric toothbrush. Job done!

supermod

If you get your dental treatment on the NHS basic scaling and polishing should be included as part of your check up charge ?

nhs.uk/NHS…spx

My dentist has told me that I have to pay to see the hygienist separately … My dentist has told me that I have to pay to see the hygienist separately to have a scale and polish. Is this true? No. If your dentist thinks your teeth need scaling and polishing then it should form part of your treatment plan and you should pay a band 1 charge (unless you are having other treatment that is in a higher charge band). It does not matter whether it is the dentist or the hygienist that actually does the scale and polish – it is still part of your NHS treatment and included in the overall cost of your treatment.



nhs.uk/NHS…spx

Band 1 course of treatment: £17.00 clinical examination, case … Band 1 course of treatment: £17.00 clinical examination, case assessment and report orthodontic case assessment and report advice, dental charting, diagnosis and treatment planning radiographic examination, including panoral and lateral headplates, and radiological report study casts including in association with occlusal analysis colour photographs instruction in the prevention of dental and oral disease including dietary advice and dental hygiene instruction surface application as primary preventive measures of sealants and topical fluoride preparations scaling, polishing and marginal correction of fillings taking material for pathological examination adjustments to and easing of dentures or orthodontic appliances treatment of sensitive cementum



Seems excessive. Wife paid about £35-40 couple of weeks ago.

Find another dentist.

My dentist has told me that I have to pay to see the hygienist separately … My dentist has told me that I have to pay to see the hygienist separately to have a scale and polish. Is this true? No. If your dentist thinks your teeth need scaling and polishing then it should form part of your treatment plan and you should pay a band 1 charge (unless you are having other treatment that is in a higher charge band). It does not matter whether it is the dentist or the hygienist that actually does the scale and polish – it is still part of your NHS treatment and included in the overall cost of your treatment.

Band 1 course of treatment: £17.00clinical examination, case assessment … Band 1 course of treatment: £17.00clinical examination, case assessment and reportorthodontic case assessment and reportadvice, dental charting, diagnosis and treatment planningradiographic examination, including panoral and lateral headplates, and radiological reportstudy casts including in association with occlusal analysiscolour photographsinstruction in the prevention of dental and oral disease including dietary advice and dental hygiene instructionsurface application as primary preventive measures of sealants and topical fluoride preparationsscaling, polishing and marginal correction of fillingstaking material for pathological examinationadjustments to and easing of dentures or orthodontic appliancestreatment of sensitive cementum



I always read your posts with marge simpson voice, it sounds so funny lol. On a more serious note, £240 is a rip off.

Also, thanks for that info, my cheeky **** dentist charged me £17 to sit on his chair and for him to tell me i need to pay 3.5k or wait 3 years to have my wisdom tooth taken out. Waited 3 years and coming out next week

One more thing, when you say dentist via NHS thats just your regular dentist, unless you have private health care like bupa etc? correct????
Edited by: "Rupz" 14th Jun 2011

I always read your posts with marge simpson voice, it sounds so funny … I always read your posts with marge simpson voice, it sounds so funny lol. On a more serious note, £240 is a rip off. Also, thanks for that info, my cheeky **** dentist charged me £17 to sit on his chair and for him to tell me i need to pay 3.5k or wait 3 years to have my wisdom tooth taken out. Waited 3 years and coming out next week One more thing, when you say dentist via NHS thats just your regular dentist, unless you have private health care like bupa etc? correct????



£3500 or 3 year wait! wow! think i'm now glad i've had 2 out already!

SuperEd

Are you getting free teeth with it?! oO

I waited 2 weeks last year to have my wisdom tooth out on the NHS and that was just because it was the first appointment I could make. A definite lucky dip which dentist you have I think.

£240! I paid £37 and she did a thorough job too.

You sure you dont get anything "else" for that £240?

My dental hygenist charges just over £10 for a scale and polish, she is a bloody butcher as well getting right into the teeth, worse than getting fillings and teeth pulled

boabbyrab

My dental hygenist charges just over £10 for a scale and polish, she is a … My dental hygenist charges just over £10 for a scale and polish, she is a bloody butcher as well getting right into the teeth, worse than getting fillings and teeth pulled



if she looks anything like your avatar she can butcher me all she wants X)

you should of been given an estimate of what treatment you are having and the cost weather it be private , NHS or mixed - if this is not provided then go back and get one as they should do this - if not just ring up and confirm what you are having done .
cleaning alone doesnt cost that much - approx £30 - 70 private max depending where you go .
NHS provides a scaling for £17.50 but this is just to remove calculus / tartar and not to remove stain/ improve apperance ie it is remove/ clean what could be detrimental to your dental health , not to just make them look/ feel nice / cleaner .

Edited by: "astonmart4321" 14th Jun 2011

Original Poster

Thankyou for all your comments. As far I know it is just removing the hard plaque, nothing else. They call it "whole mouth cleanse". As they have since phoned me wanting me to book (must be looking for my custom :-) -I hang on for a bit, and then ask them exactly what the over-charge is about. At the end of the day, they are business (just like a plumber), so if they want my custom, they need to re-estimate it.
Trying to get a NHS dentist, was told i have to wait until end of the year. No wonder more people are loosing their teeth?

Cheers guys

Are you sure he quoted £240 per 'session' and not total? I had the whole mouth cleanse done and the hygienist did it in four separate sessions each costing £50 and that included each sessions doing upper left, lower left etc so £200 total and this was about 2 years ago.

So perhaps your hygienist meant £240 in total.
Edited by: "keltbrat" 14th Jun 2011

Original Poster

I believe the cost is just for one session. Costs are

New consultation with xray £ 60.00
large amalgam filling - £ 110.00
Whole Mouth Cleanse £ 240.00

You can ring / contact your pct and ask where a local / closest NHS dentist accepting new pt 's is , another way is to go to NHS direct , then find local services for a dentist by entering your postcode .
From there you can check which one is accepting new nhs paitents -

Unless you live in the highlands of scotland , you should be able to find a nhs dentist if you try .

i pay £40 private, but if people need to have an extra clean then its £60

astonmart4321

Unless you live in the highlands of scotland , you should be able to find … Unless you live in the highlands of scotland , you should be able to find a nhs dentist if you try .



I live in England, and have been on the waiting list for two years with no sign of an NHS dentist on the horizon. Neighbouring PCTs have dentists taking on patients, but apparently I cannot register with one that far from where I live - even though I have no objection to a half hours drive to get there. 'Emergency' dentist won't see anyone unless the pain is so bad it is keeping them awake at night and they are unable to eat, or their teeth are bleeding or oozing pus - this is what they told my son when he phoned as he was concerned about an emerging wisdom tooth.
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