Dear Blog – 20.36 – 26/05/21

Honestly, l am not usually this dim, but how much did you say?

So, today at 2pm, l attended my dentist appointment – went through the protocols of waiting outside, entering the surgery, having my temperature taken, then because l was classed as an NHS new patient [which for the record is quite important as you will see why later] – l had to undergo the whole proceedure of form filling [albeit thankfully those were filled in online before my appointment] and then led down stairs to see the dentist, who was different to the dentist as l saw as a Private new patient last year.

Sat in the dentist chair and explained my situation to the new dentist who then started probing and prodding as they do my teeth and asking questions and undergoing the freezing process as they must perform per tooth and then having several x-rays performed …… and then sat there and listened to the results.

The savvy amongst you may well have spotted a couple of differences … notably this – in 2020 the only way l could see an actual dentist was to go privately at the surgery. That way l was able to not have to wait nearly a year before l could see a dentist for an NHS appointment ………. and last year on the 10th March l was assured the following things as a private patient … that l had two plans available to me …..Plan A – full implants at a cost of £20,000 or Plan B a full denture at the cost of around £7,000 but that 45% of my teeth could be saved. My appointment cost at that time was £59.80 for thirty minutes. The overall recovery dental plan was expensive back then, but l thought okay, but at least it will be done and l had to look at it as a solid investment for my mental and physical well being!!

The second difference is that today l was able to see the dentist as an NHS patient despite being told last year that once l went private l would have to remain private as l would not be able to have NHS treatment from that dental surgery. Yet today l was breing treated as a new NHS patient to the surgery. Somehow l had been turned into an NHS patient as opposed to a private patient?

Today however they were brutally honest and said that due to the extensive damage and wear/tear on my teeth since my first appointment with them last year they would NOT be able to save 45% but maybe only 5% but that my jaw bone was solid and would support a new full denture. Basically a full new set of false teeth.

I was dreading the cost implication and expected to hear a figure of several thousand pounds for a full recovery dental plan. However when l heard the figure, l was speechless, l didn’t know what to say, l was stuttering and mumbling behind my mask and l just wanted to cry at that point, l had to keep asking them to repeat it, that strange figure of theirs?

“Honestly, l am not usually this dim, but how much did you say?”

“£282.50 Mr Matier”

“For everything, is that per tooth maybe?”

“Why would we charge you nearly £300 per tooth?”

“Is that top and bottom teeth?”

“Mr Matier, is this too little or too much?”

“I am astonished, you don’t know me well enough and my face is hidden behind a mask, but my eyes are saying ‘Seriously??’ l am dumbfounded, l was expecting to hear around £5000 thousand pounds minimum.”

“Oh right, well no. £282.50 will cover the whole lot these will be a temporary set till the new set are built for you and then there will be another smaller cost, but yes basically that figure awards you a new set of gnashers.”

I am still dumbfounded and think there has been a terrible mistake, and that maybe there is a clerical error to be discovered, but l have paid the full amount and l return to the dentists on the 21st June, the day the UK opens up again and the longest day of the year to start the first of a few journeys to getting my smile back at an astonishing and totally affordable price as a new NHS patient to the dental surgery l joined last year as a private patient! The other good news if you can call it that is that l don’t have an abscess in my mouth, but l do have a mouth filled with infection and apparently this can qualify me as an NHS patient and l fall under Band 3.

I still think there is a catch somewhere, how l was being quoted high figures like £20,000 and £5,000 last year privately from the same dentist that is now only going to charge me £282.50 as an NHS patient ……… but excuse the pun, but l think l have pulled a right result here! By the end of September at the very latest, l am going to have to start teaching me how to smile again 🙂

Finally something to feel good about and after last night’s terrible sleep, l should sleep better tonight!

Anyway, thanks for reading the update, l’ll keep you all informed!

40 thoughts on “Dear Blog – 20.36 – 26/05/21

    1. Well l have checked it all up, under the NHS cover costs and l see l qualify and l have checked my receipt and l see l have paid that exact amount Geoff.

      Some new policy with NHS Dental practices now following Covid and a backlog, l fall under the backlog and can now qualify 🙂

      When l have my new teeth and l haven’t paid several thousand pounds for them, then l will breathe a sigh of relief and know it’s all genuine 🙂

  1. NHS is awesome. I was lucky enough to live in England for three years and received care from the NHS. If only we here in the states had something similar. Medicare may come close, but we also have to pay a monthly premium, and buy drug insurance and supplemental insurance-all of which have monthly premiums. – but then, out of pocket costs are minimal. Sadly eye care and dental care are not covered.

    1. Hey Ruth, yes l agree – sadly however – the NHS are not like they used to be – but it’s still one of the best systems in the world when you can get it.

      It’s been so very long since l received NHS dental care due to there not being many dentists or rather NHS dentists around the UK, that l think l have simply forgotten how very lucky we are to have them ……….. but still, l am hoping that l haven’t made an error somewhere and there is some massive bill hidden 🙂

  2. WOOT WOOT!!🥳🎶💃🏼 Finally some good news! I had to pay those bigger numbers… in dollars, not pounds but yeah… expensive.

    I’m so excited for you!! Soon I can welcome you to the false teeth club😂😂😂

    1. Well as l wrote, l am still dumbfounded, and only once it is all done and dusted will l believe these low figures are the true ones .. l am just blown away by the huge difference between the first set to the second set from the same dental surgery and the difference between private and NHS???

      1. It’s sad that we’re so used to getting the pointed end of the stick that we mistrust when good things happen.
        I get it. I probably wouldn’t trust it til it was done & dusted either.

  3. Wonderful news, Rory! I’m so happy for you to be actually starting your dental restoration! You will feel so much better. 😊

  4. All the best Rory, wish you big smiles and always keep safe. Dental issues also trouble eyes in big way. Thanks to the nice drs and wish you well. Cheers.

      1. Not only due to pain, upper jaw line link with optical nerves and can cause head ache and fluctuation in blood pressure which can lead to further health issues . Glad its treated now finally. NHS team have a great set of drs. Wish you well and smiles.

  5. Hey Rory, that’s good mews indeed. It’s a shock when the cost is just right, isn’t it?
    I hope they helped with the bleeding and pain too?

    1. Sadly not, those problems will be with me till the start of the plan and with me till basically they are not. Once the denture is in place, everything should be fine again.

    1. I know what you mean Gary, one of the main reasons for my teeth being so bad, is trying to 1] find an NHS dentist in your area and 2] them actually taking new NHS patients. Years ago when l lived in Lincolnshire, my nearest was 70 miles away and l simply couldn’t attend.

  6. I’ve spent a fortune on my teeth through the years as I was not gifted with healthy teeth. They were pretty and white but very soft, and I’ve had crowns redone three different times.

    Crowns don’t last forever and the dentist one goes to makes a huge difference. My last dentist was fabulous and she replaced all of my old crowns. Unfortunately, we moved and I haven’t found a dentist that compares.

    Good luck, Rory, and I hope all goes well. 😁

  7. You may have put your finger squarely on why ‘privatized’ medicine/dentistry and the rest isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Over here in the USA, some keep trying to get ‘socialized’ medicine, like the NHS in your country, and it keeps getting squashed. Too many fat cats on the health insurance and medical practices gravy train I suppose. The patients are the ones who suffer. I’m amazed at the cost of your dentures, that’s wonderful news! I’m also a touch jealous. It’ll NEVER be cheap for me.

    1. Hey Melanie, yes sadly there are way too many fat cats, over here, no different to the States we have many of the big chemical companies that profit equally as much as fat cat doctors and dental surgeons who would prefer that there was NHS and only private care, but they forget that not everyone can afford that.

      It’ll not be that many years l fear before everything will be privatised here .

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