Full NHS Dental Care in Ipswich
Keeping our patient’s teeth in good health through essential care.
Ever since the formation of the NHS in 1948, everybody in the UK has had access to affordable oral health care. Whilst, at that time, dental care would have been relatively rudimentary, advances in dentistry means that even essential dental health care is now quite sophisticated. Whereas once, a problematic tooth would have to be extracted, there are now procedures, such as root canal treatment, that can save it, in many cases.
At the Foxhall Dental Practice in Ipswich, we are proud to offer NHS care to our patients for those who are eligible and where we have places available.
What does NHS dental care offer?
The essential dental care offered under the NHS should be sufficient to ensure that, with regular care, a patient has healthy teeth and gums. Of course, the degree to which treatment may be needed will depend on the patient’s lifestyle choices and family genetics, as well as how regularly they attend their local dentist for checkups.
Prevention is an important aspect of this essential care and, by ensuring that your teeth are checked regularly, any problems such as decay or gum disease can be treated early and less invasively than if left for longer periods of time. Most patients will be asked to return for a checkup every six months or so. Some groups, such as diabetics, may be asked to attend more frequently due to higher risk of gum disease. Where treatment is needed, there are three bands, each priced accordingly. Full details of these can be found on the NHS page of our website.
Essentially though, band a) offers minor treatments such as minor fillings, xrays and a scale and polish. Band b) covers more extensive work, including some root canal treatment, extractions and some oral soft tissue surgery. Band c) offers more advanced procedures such as dental braces (orthodontics), crowns and bridges.
What the NHS does not offer
It should be noted that NHS dental care does not cover all procedures that we have available at our Foxhall Road practice. Whilst we can help to keep your teeth and gums healthy under this scheme, procedures that are used solely to enhance the appearance of your teeth fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry, and these have to be paid for on a private basis. Some of these, such as a teeth whitening procedure are, essentially, completely cosmetic in their function. Others, such as dental implants, can be used as a substitute for dentures, and many of our Ipswich patients who have had implants placed, have told us that they wish they had not put up with the inconvenience of their dentures for so long.
Whether you are looking for essential NHS dental care, or wondering what we can do to enhance the appearance of your smile, you will find a friendly welcome at our Ipswich dental practice.
Please contact Foxhall Dental Practice today on 01473 258396.