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Many patients are confused about the differences between private and NHS dentists and the treatments they are offering. So we have outlined some of the main differences below.

The common assumption is that private dentistry is more expensive but this may not always be the case and usually the service and treatment outcome you receive is better and unrestricted.

What are Differences Between NHS and Private Dentists

Private Dentists

  • Cosmetic treatment is not available on the NHS. This means the materials/treatments which produce the best appearance are often not used. Private treatment will always give you the best possible functional but also cosmetic result.
  • You are able to have private appointments at anytime a practice is open including in the evening after 5pm or on Saturdays and sometimes Sundays.
  • Private treatment gives us complete freedom to provide the very highest standard of treatment and materials. We have no funding restrictions and focus purely on quality of the treatment.
  • Private work such as dentures, crowns, bridges and implants are usually sent to different private laboratories where named experienced technicians hand make the item. There is also usually more flexibility in returning items from a private laboratory quickly.
  • Appointments are longer to allow plenty of time to complete your treatment at a more relaxed pace.
  • Certain treatments are not always available on the NHS eg. dental implants.
  • Tooth whitening is not usually available on the NHS.
  • With private treatments you can request your treatment to be performed by a specialist and be given quick and easy access e.g. a difficult extraction.
  • Orthodontic treatment for patients over the age of 18 is usually not available on the NHS and Invisalign is usually not offered on the NHS.
  • Your dentist will discuss your treatment options and costs and give you a written estimate before you commit to any treatment.

NHS Dentists

  • NHS patients are treated with the same care as our private patients though the government does impose some restrictions and fixes the patient charges nationally.
  • Treatment needs to be functional on the NHS and not for cosmetic reasons.
  • NHS treatment is designed to be cost effective for the tax payer and each NHS clinic works to a fixed NHS budget so naturally this means more cost effective materials and laboratories are used.
  • We must follow government guidelines for recalling patients which may mean you may not be entitled to a check up or clean as often as you want.
  • NHS cleaning is designed to ensure gum health and treat what is clinically necessary eg gum disease and not to specifically remove all stains or for cosmetic reasons.
  • Appointment availability may be limited. You may not be able to get appointments outside school or work hours. You may also not be able to see more experienced dentists or specialists who choose to work outside the NHS.
  • The government imposes limits on the amount of NHS treatment each practice can provide and the contracts are usually Monday to Friday 9-5. Once a clinic reaches its NHS limit they may not be able to offer any more NHS treatment until the next financial year.

Why Choose Tooth Doctor for Private Dental Treatments?

Choosing Tooth Doctor as your partner in overcoming dental anxiety is a wise decision for several compelling reasons. First and foremost, we understand the unique challenges that individuals with dental anxiety face. Our teams at Basildon, Brentwood and Stanford-le-Hope are not only highly skilled and experienced in providing premium dental care but also exceptionally compassionate and empathetic. We prioritise your comfort and well-being throughout every step of your dental journey.

At Tooth Doctor, we offer a range of dental anxiety management techniques, including conscious sedation and relaxation strategies, to ensure that your experience is as stress-free as possible. We take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and tailor our approach to your specific needs. Our modern and welcoming dental clinics in Basildon, Brentwood, and Stanford-le-Hope are designed to create a calming atmosphere, further enhancing your comfort.

Moreover, our flexible appointment scheduling, including evening and Saturday hours, allows you to choose a convenient time for your visit. We are committed to providing a dental experience that not only addresses your oral health but also helps you overcome your dental anxiety, paving the way for a lifetime of confident smiles. With Tooth Doctor, you can take the first step toward better oral health and a more positive dental experience.

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What Our Patients Say

Hay CHay C
10:35 23 Apr 24
I wanted to improve my smile for my wedding. I had a hygiene clean & teeth whitening. As someone who dreads the dentist they made me feel comfortable whilst being professional. Reccomend.
Terry WilliamsTerry Williams
14:47 02 Apr 24
Chelcie JollyChelcie Jolly
20:30 15 Mar 24
I went to Brentwood dentist very nervous because of bad experiences priorAnd I had such a good experience with Anthony the dentist there he is so patient calming and kind and I will be going to only from now onI thought he deserves a review and for fellow nervous patients i highly recommend
Carmen BogarCarmen Bogar
17:24 01 Mar 24
Lovely and welcoming People👌
Rebecca BrownRebecca Brown
19:12 23 Feb 24
Dr Anthony is a brilliant dentist, understanding, kind, explains everything simply, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.My partner has had bad experiences with the dentist, very anxious, Dr Anthony gave him confidence to return, my whole family will be joining you soon.
Ros ClarkRos Clark
08:15 03 Feb 24
I can’t praise the Brentwood Tooth Doctor enough. Having had previously bad experiences at dentists and not having been to a dentist for longer than I care to remember I went with trepidation. But I found everyone to be very pleasant and professional from the receptionist, the nurse and Anthony the dentist. Anthony was friendly, calming and never judgmental. My nervousness of getting treatment washed away. I can’t thank the team enough.
Sharon LapslieSharon Lapslie
09:54 09 Jan 24
Jade is lovely and patient. I’m nervous of the dentist, she talked me through everything involved in my tooth extraction. She was as gentle as she could be, I have the confidence to go back now for a check up to see what else needs doing.
matt aredematt arede
13:39 28 Dec 23
This is by far the best dentist I ever been. The receptionist Nanayaa was super simpatic and was calming me down before the consultation. I had a initial consultation with Dr. Anthony who was very helpful and understanding considering that I am a very anxious patient. He was gentle, kind and really solved my problem. After that I needed to do a filling with Dr.Jade as the days that Dr. Anthony works I wasn't around. She was so clever as she really understand my situation and helped me out to make the best decision in my case. Her assistant (also called Jade) was very kind on holding my hand while she applied the anaesthetic and the filling was great and I couldn't be more happier. TOTALLY RECOMEND.
Abbie RichardsonAbbie Richardson
22:57 01 Dec 23
After avoiding the dentist for years, Anthony was outstanding. I physically could not recommend this dentist practise or Anthony anymore, everyone there was lovely
Sophisticated knightSophisticated knight
14:03 30 Nov 23
Clean professional outfit. Friendly staff, reasonable prices and makes what can be an experience a lot of people dread a more pleasant one.
Soo Ling OonSoo Ling Oon
13:32 29 Nov 23
Bradley MorrisBradley Morris
08:43 21 Nov 23
Recommended to these guys by a friend, and I can see why!Great customer service, treated me on the same day, lovely staff - I highly recommend these guys too if looking for dental care in Brentwood
Neethu VargheseNeethu Varghese
10:04 11 Nov 23
Lovely place and staffs. The doctor Anthony was very friendly and made me feel comfortable throughout the process.
Lea EkwubiriLea Ekwubiri
14:11 23 Oct 23
Anthony is probably the best Dentist I have ever seen. I've always had a terrible fear of Dentists, but after meeting Anthony I felt relaxed, I felt that I could trust him too, which is so important to me. I would recommend him to anybody, he's a lovely young, and knows his stuff.
Kemi OKemi O
09:28 10 Oct 23
Amazing service! I left my local dentist of 8 years due to bad service and I am so happy my family is under the care of Jayde. Professional, personal and knowledgeable. She educates you on your teeth - something I have never had. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quality dentist who does not see you as just a number.
Darren HutsonDarren Hutson
08:24 22 Aug 23
Paul WhalleyPaul Whalley
09:58 16 Aug 23
Dentist Jayde is very pleasant, very through and very professional.Practice is private only, no NHS.
Sandra PAVEYSandra PAVEY
08:44 16 Aug 23
Very good serviceJadye is an excellent dentistWould highly recommend
matt aredematt arede
11:30 30 Jul 23
Gigi TacelGigi Tacel
08:13 26 Jul 23
Great dentist, would recommend to anyone wanting any treatments or dental hygiene, fillings, etc.Special shout out to dentist Jayde who was very supportive, professional, made me feel comfortable, explains everything clearly and I was very satisfied with everything done. Highly recommended!
Krissy RaceKrissy Race
09:56 18 Jul 23
funkylurcherfunkylurcher
11:55 11 Apr 23
Absolutely Amazing, got me in when fully booked as I was in Pain, the Staff all staff second to none, top Service, can't praise them enough 🙌 👏
Freddie TurnerFreddie Turner
13:47 25 Jan 23
What a fantastic dentists!After trying most of the local dentists in the Brentwood area and most having a long waiting list I was presently surprised at how fast and simple the booking process was.The dental treatment was for my father who suffers from poor mental health and hadn't been to the dentist for over 20 years so this was extremely daunting for him.From the first call to our last treatment, the team were Fantastic. They went above and beyond to make my father feel at ease throughout the process and have such a high level for patients care and wellbeing.The work carried out was A1 and my father was extremely happy with his dental work and would highly recommend!!From Derek and Feeddie THANK YOU!ps. Sorry for the delay!
OliviaOlivia
17:59 08 Nov 22
I have just finished my Invisalign treatment with Jayde @ the Brentwood branch and I could not recommend more highly. From start to finish Jayde explained each step thoroughly & kept me at ease. I am over the moon with how my teeth now look. The process was smooth painless and fast! Thank you so much
Gina PavlovaGina Pavlova
14:58 17 Oct 22
I required an emergency appointment and they were able to accommodate.The staff were all very friendly , welcoming and explained everything to me which made me very much at ease .I would defiantly recommend
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Our 3 Locations in Essex and Thurrock

Tooth Doctor proudly serves the community of Essex and Thurrock with three conveniently located dental clinics. Whether you’re in Basildon, Brentwood or Stanford-le-Hope, a top-tier dental experience is just around the corner. The Basildon clinic is situated at 7 Market Pavement SS14 1DD. The Brentwood clinic is at 27 High Street CM14 4RG. The Stanford-le-Hope clinic is at 26 Corringham Rd SS17 0AH. They are all easily accessible both by car and public transportation. With ample parking options and proximity to major transit routes, getting to us for your dental treatments is a breeze. No matter which surrounding area you’re coming from, Tooth Doctor ensures a smooth journey to a brighter smile!

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