FAQ
Surgery@102 Limited
(formally named SR Vora & Associates)
Treatment Options and Costs

What is the difference between NHS and private dentistry?

Most dentists offer both NHS and private treatment.

Some treatments - like tooth whitening, for example - are only available privately, although the range of NHS treatments is quite broad.

The main difference between NHS and private care is the materials used, such as filling materials and types of denture.

Before you start a course of treatment, make sure you know whether you're being treated as an NHS or a private patient, as this may make a difference in the price you have to pay.

How much is private dental treatment?

Each dental practice sets their own private fees.

Your dentist will provide a written cost estimate before treatment is started.

What treatments are available privately?

The range of treatments available privately is wider than those available on the NHS. The major treatments which are only available privately are teeth bleaching, white fillings and crowns on back teeth and implants.

Is my treatment really necessary?

Whether you are considering NHS or private treatment, you should feel comfortable discussing your options with your dentist. They are there to help you and will be happy to explain.

If the dentist offers you a choice between treatments, ask them what the difference is, and, most importantly, what the end result will be. Don't agree to a course of treatment until you are totally happy.

Is private dental treatment better than NHS treatment?

Not necessarily.

Often the difference between NHS and private dental work is in the materials used, like filling materials or even which technician makes the dentures.

The range of treatments a dentist can offer privately is wider than what the NHS has to offer.

The dentist will also spend more time with you if you are being treated privately. Ultimately, though, the choice is yours - whether you decide to opt for NHS or private care, you must feel comfortable with your dentist and with the treatment they recommend.

Is private dentistry expensive?

Private charges are set by the dentist and are usually 3 times greater than the cost of the same treatment (if available) than on the NHS. The main reasons for this higher price are due to no money being received from the government towards the cost of treatment, longer times spent on treatment, better materials and private pension contribution. When thinking about the fees charged by private dentists, remember those fees charged by other professionals such as solicitors and accountants.

Why is one dentist offering treatment cheaper than another?

The price for private treatment will often vary from dentist to dentist. This could be because one dentist has more experience in a certain field - like treating gum disease - or because they dedicate more time to each patient, or simply because their practice is in a different area. Because dentists operate like small businesses, 

they have to pay for all their own equipment, their staff and their premises, so if they work in an expensive area - like in the middle of a town - they may have to pass this cost on through their charges  

How can I pay for my dental treatment?

Most people pay for their dental treatment on a 'pay as you go' basis and some practices may ask for payment in advance for certain treatments. If you need to visit the dentist more regularly, then you might want to consider signing up to a payment plan. Sometimes these are run by the practice themselves or by an external company on behalf of the practice and just involve paying a certain amount each month. The best known example of this is http://www.denplan.co.uk

Other schemes are also available which are individual to you, so you can take the plan with you if you decide to change dental practice. Another popular scheme is the 'cash plan', where you pay a certain amount each month and then you get 'cash back' after treatment. These plans - like HSA - often cover more than dental treatment, so they're well worth looking into.

For more details or to request a quote, contact us on

020 8902 5082

We welcome all patients including those requesting National Health Service treatment, children and private patients.