Cost to visit a Dentist

Beast

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Had a ring around the local practises & lucky I was sitting down.
£65 for your first visit Sir & then you pay for any work that may be needed ?

Ok can you give me a ball park for a loose tooth that odds on will have to be pulled ?

Ermm do not have that to hand (yeah right)

I am sitting down (I said) and I fancy you have a good idea so lets hear it so not to waste each others time.

£185 is the normal fee .................... Bye.
All those I called juggled the this & that but were all in the same bracket more or less, how do they justify these prices ?
Lucky I then called our local GP surgery and someone sitting waithing to be called in overheard and told the receptionist to tell us to call a practise in the next town who are taking on new NHS clients, booked in now for less than a third of those prices.

Typical price in rural Spain is 40eu for an extraction with no first visit fee, oh well better get used to things here now. ;)
 

clumsy_geezer

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The RAF sorted mine (what was left of them) out in 1961- they took the last remaining toofs out and later gave me a full set of plastic jobbies. (I still have the same ones in some 57 years later)

I cannot begin to guess how much money that saved me over the years...... (Thank you Hugh T)

Added bonus is I can stick em in a bowl of sugar and watch em ache......


Teefs? They may be a bit over-rated.
 

North Face

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It's going to cost over £50,000 for me to sort my teeth out, and that's going abroad to have them done. I'm not smiling. :(
 

PAD

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Fifty grand’s worth of parts and labour!!! :yikes: Are you having a new head???
 

Pete/48

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Jesus wept, and well he might :rolleye: , think if I was in that position I'd have to learn to survive on soup alone :eusa_doh:,
 

Beast

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It's going to cost over £50,000 for me to sort my teeth out, and that's going abroad to have them done. I'm not smiling. :(
Christ and there was me moaning about a couple of hundred ;)

Where are you off to for the work ?
 

clumsy_geezer

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Maybe CG is right. Again.
Again? :confundio1::confundio1::confundio1:

What :watchout:, --- you mean he pours soup over his chips
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You'd have to have chips to pour owt over them..... (yeah I know, I ought to have got over it by now......)

It's going to cost over £50,000 for me to sort my teeth out, and that's going abroad to have them done.
That's just incomprehensible to me Northy..... (I'm tempted to say 'forget the diamond insets') But that would be rude of me.

What are you having done mate?
 

North Face

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Beast....Hungary, (no pun untended), or India are top of the list. A deeply rooted fear of the dentist, mispent youth and years on pain killers, (dry mouth). wiped out my teeth completely. The normal thing to do would have been to have false teeth but I know they wouldn't work for me and would probably get left in the dish in the bathroom. So, only other option is implants and bone grafts. The technology has moved on a hell of a lot in recent years and it's getting cheaper all the time. Only problem is, I can't afford them until my old man pegs it and I inherit the house but I've done such a good job of looking after him since he had a stroke that that doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon. Not much fun being toothless and, combined with the fact I managed to burn off the left side of my face a few years back, it makes socialising difficult to say the least. That's why I spend so much time on the interweb.
 

North Face

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Incidentaly, (no pun intended again), one of the main reasons people in the UK were famous, (esp in the US), for having bad teeth was because of school dentists and how they put a lot of people off going to see them after they left school. My school dentist took delight in inflicting pain on the kids. I used to kick him in the shins so they would tie my legs to the chair!!
 

Beast

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Incidentaly, (no pun intended again), one of the main reasons people in the UK were famous, (esp in the US), for having bad teeth was because of school dentists and how they put a lot of people off going to see them after they left school. My school dentist took delight in inflicting pain on the kids. I used to kick him in the shins so they would tie my legs to the chair!!
Yes I know exactly what you mean as have been there myself to many times.
The easy route for those shysters was to simply tell you how painful a filling would be so you opted for an extraction using gas & air (?)
 

PAD

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That’s a sorry tale.:( And there ‘but for the grace of the gods’ go I, NF. And, I suspect, a good many others.
 

North Face

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My school dentist would poke each tooth with a steel pick repeating the words "how about this one, does it hurt when I do this" and would continue until a jarring lightning strike of pain would shoot through your jaw. It was the dental surgeon at Addenbrookes Hospital who told me about school dentists and the problems they caused and I've had it confirmed by other experienced dentists. I can't let them take complete blame though, I was a bit wild as a youth and dental hygiene sadly took a back seat for a while :(
I found a great dentist when I was about 25 and was on the way to getting some decent reconstruction work done before it was too late, then he went back to New Zealand, ('can't say I blame him), and the work was taken over by a young woman who was completely useless and who just wanted to pull everything out.
 

BigHarv

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And I thought i had been robbed for temporary palette, 3-tooth upper front bridge & lower molar crown at approx £2.5K
My dentist also told me they were rather too quick with grinding teeth out & amalgam fillings in the past when there was no need.
Good luck with that North Face, hope it goes well when you eventually get it done.
 
I’ve had a check up and a scale n polish for £70 that’s private.

I’ve been NHS and it’s 35 but they always say only the front teeth need doing and they’ll remove calculus but not stains. and if I want the rest done then it’s another £35.

So I ses feckem and go to a private place anyway.
 

FTM

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After years of looking I finally got on the books of a NHS dentist about 5 years ago. I'd book my check-up 6 months in advance then 2 weeks before the appointment I'd get a text from the dentist saying I need to phone them and make another appointment because my dentist was on holiday. Every 6 months the same text, dentist on holiday, remake your appointment. I chipped a tooth and the dentist told me nothing needed to be done with it. 6 months later the same dentist said "oh you've chipped a tooth, we'd better do something with that"! I declined and went private again. Last summer I had a terrible toothache, I phoned my private dentist and she opened the surgery just for me on a Saturday. It turned out I needed root canal treatment so she drilled out the filling and replaced it with a temporary one, cost £75. Coming in to work for one patient on a Saturday morning and only charging £75 I'd call going above and beyond. Even I'd charge more than that for a Saturday morning job!
 
Best I ever had was a check up and scale and polish whilst working in Liverpool in 2001. Eighteen bucks!

I got another appointment through the post 6 months later and I worked out that cost wise it stacked up for me to travel up from Birmingham.
But it was time and will that were the real factors, plus as they say up there,' I just couldn't be arsed'. Bu' dare agen, I cudav ad a night out on dat dare Machew Street.
 
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