The results above shows dentists within a 10 mile radius of Blackheath, Lewisham, London, listing both NHS and private appointments. Unlike with GPs, you are free to go to any dentist without needing to register – even if you are registered with a dentist already.
About Private and NHS dentists
NHS dentists only perform treatments that ensure your teeth and gums are healthy (cosmetic treatments are excluded). The most common treatments include check-ups, fillings, crowns and dentures. Some dentists may not take on new NHS patients all year round.
NHS treatments in England fall into three price bands (currently £18.80, £51.30 or £222.50). You may be eligible for free NHS treatment if you are pregnant, on certain benefits, or if you are under 18 and in fulltime education. More information about what’s included in England’s NHS pricing is available here
. Please note that NHS pricing for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is different.
Private dentists typically offer the full list of dental treatments, from fillings and crowns to teeth whitening and teeth straightening. Many people choose to go a private dentist due to the wide range of treatments and because the dentist can often spend longer with each patient. You can expect to pay from £45 for an examination, higher in central urban areas. Most dentists offer payment plans and other financing options to help you spread the cost of a treatment over several months.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, you can go to either a private or an NHS dentist. The most common dental emergency conditions include broken tooth, wisdom tooth pain and dental abscesses. If you are experiencing a dental emergency and cannot find a dentist that suits your needs, you should call 111 for further advice.
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