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How to Insure your Dental Cover

How to Insure your Dental Cover?

Even though you may be part of the NHS dental plan, the amount of money allotted for most treatments has been steadily declining over the years, which leaves more than 50% of UK citizens without adequate dental insurance cover.

If you are trying to safeguard your dental cover, there are a number of private insurance options which can provide the benefits you need. This guide can help you determine which type of private dental cover would best suit your needs in terms of dental work and budget.

Many Dentists No Longer Accepting NHS

One of the problems you are likely to encounter is the fact that a good percentage of dentists are no longer under the NHS. They are treating private practice patients only.

This means that your wait time to get into a dentist could be many months. If it is a routine check-up you may wait even longer. Dentists who do take both privately insured and NHS patients will, of course, book you in first if you have private cover. It’s a fact of life – money talks.


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Necessary Types of Dental Cover Available

The reality is that routine treatment has gone by the wayside as many of us just can’t afford the astronomical costs associated with regular check-ups, x-rays and cleanings. At the very least, you should look for dental cover that will in fact pay for dental emergencies.

How to Insure your Dental Cover

Some types of cover pay the excess over and above what NHS covers, which is a good plan to have. This will ensure that you get in as quickly as possible to the dentist of your choice.

Also, consider choosing a policy that covers dental emergencies such as would happen if a tooth broke off or you experienced acute pain and/or swelling.

Serious dental problems need to be thought of as well. Sometimes it even becomes necessary to be seen as an in-patient if surgery is required. NHS covers very little of this type of bill. Some dental insurance to think about would also cover fractures of the facial bones and/or jaw.

What would happen if you suddenly found you had oral cancer? Any type of reconstructive surgery would most often not be covered under an NHS plan and treatments of cysts and tumours would be long delayed waiting for an appointment. A private dental plan would also cover such things as surgical removal of tooth roots, treatments for problems with salivary glands and even abscesses and other types of infections.

Optional Cosmetic Cover

Cosmetic cover is another aspect you might want to consider as NHS does not cover teeth whitening procedures. More and more we are finding that it is even difficult to get a job with stained, yellowed teeth which is why it is a good idea to find a dental plan that has the optional cosmetic cover available. Keep in mind what your mother has always told you, first impressions are lasting impressions. Cosmetic cover is something you should seriously consider.

Before you settle on one dental insurance plan over another, take the time to see what is available and compare costs side by side. Just because one plan appears to be a bit less expensive than another doesn’t mean that you will be saving any real money. When it comes right down to it, you may have a larger co-pay which would negate any benefits of paying less for a policy.

You may pay a few pounds more each month, but in an emergency you would have greater cover and that’s what good dental insurance should provide – the best range of cover for all your dental needs.


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