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English teeth, English teeth, always having fun [Jan. 11th, 2008|12:51 pm]
Douglas Spencer
In other news, I was at the dentist's this morning for the first time in about four and a half years.

Lots of work to do. Something like a grand or a grand-and-a-half, over the next couple of months.

Oops.
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[User Picture]From: darth_tigger
2008-01-11 12:57 pm (UTC)
I'm on a scheme called Denplan where I pay about £15 a month, and then all my dental work is included. I went on it last year about a month before the appointment when I knew a lot of work would be planned (the dentist had said over the previous few visits "we'll sort that out next time you come, or the time after, it'll be a lot of work so we'll put it off for now" so I knew the work was coming).
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[User Picture]From: pigeonhed
2008-01-11 01:36 pm (UTC)
Last time I wanted to do that my dentist wouldn't let me until all exsisting work was done.
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[User Picture]From: cyka
2008-01-11 01:00 pm (UTC)
lay off the hobnobs and maybe you'll have less cavities. :P
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[User Picture]From: phlump
2008-01-11 01:00 pm (UTC)
I haven't been for 11 years... I dread to think about what I'll need doing if/when I actually pluck up the courage to go :S
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[User Picture]From: pierre_fermat
2008-01-11 01:11 pm (UTC)
Your dentist is obviously not NHS, or is not treating you as an NHS patient. There are max limits to how much the NHS charges you for dental work. I think it is £175ish per visit at the moment, under £200 anyway.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-01-11 01:21 pm (UTC)
It used to be £384, but it's been reduced to £189, but that's per course-of-treatment rather than per visit.

However, there's a limit to the amount that the NHS pays the dentist in addition to my £189, and they can't stay solvent if there's more than a certain amount of work included in the NHS stuff.

So I'll be having about half the work done under the NHS (for £189), and paying for the remainder.
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[User Picture]From: pierre_fermat
2008-01-12 01:14 pm (UTC)
Ah, your dentist used the old "I'm only making half-a-million a year" sob story?
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[User Picture]From: lucas_t_bear
2008-01-11 01:48 pm (UTC)
If it's any consolation I'm booked for a root canal next Tuesday - in Wimpole Street.

I'm not sure even my health insurance will protect me from needing a second mortgage.
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[User Picture]From: pisica
2008-01-12 03:18 pm (UTC)
Ouch, in more ways than one.
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