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Dental payment plans

If you are considering taking out a dental payment plan, it is best to compare each of their offerings before you proceed. The main points to consider are: Is there a claim waiting period from...
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What if I need treatment?

If you are in need of dental treatment and are not signed up to a dental practice, the best thing to do is to search for your local dental practice and give them a call....
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Anaesthesia and sedation

Most dental procedures surround sensitive tissues in the tooth. This is why it is important to feel as relaxed as possible and use effective pain control when necessary. Local anaesthetic There are two types of anaesthetic...
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Going overseas

Going abroad for your dental treatment may present you with a number of unanswered questions. The important thing is to be prepared. Below is advice from both the NHS the GDC about precautions you should take....
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Dental check-up

When you visit your dental practice for a dental check-up, your dentist may: Examine your overall health and take a medical history Examine your teeth, gums and mouth Give you a treatment plan Give you...
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Gum disease

If you are suffering from sore, swollen or bleeding gums you may have gum disease, which your dentist may call gingivitis. Gum disease is a very common condition that most people will experience at some...
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Private dentistry

Dental practices may offer some or all treatment on a private basis, called private dentistry (as opposed to NHS dentistry). Often, dental practices will offer a mix of both. Private dentistry means that all of...
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NHS dentistry

In the UK, a lot of dental work is provided under the NHS, which makes dentistry more affordable by covering some of the cost of the treatment. The government aims to make NHS dentistry accessible...
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Crowns and bridges

Crowns and bridges are ways to restore damaged teeth (crowns) and replace missing ones (bridges). Both crowns and bridges are fixed in place, and unlike dentures, cannot be removed by you. You may require a...
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X-rays

X-rays (radiography) are an important part of the dental care process. An X-ray is used as part of the diagnostic process when the image created can reveal areas that require treatment. Background An X-ray is...