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Make 2016 The Year You Budget for Your Dental Care

10th February 2016

Capitation schemes allow you to budget for the cost of your ongoing dental treatment so that you are not hit with a large bill at your next appointment. Capitation schemes are designed to help you spread the cost of your dental treatment by making monthly payments by direct debit to your dentist or an independent company who will run the scheme. It is possible to have either a maintenance or a comprehensive plan. Costs will vary from dentist to dentist and will depend on the health of your teeth and gums.

A maintenance plan will offer preventative treatment including a set number of examinations, hygiene appointments and x-rays. You may also receive a discount on certain other routine treatments, specialist treatment will be excluded.

A comprehensive plan will offer unlimited dental treatment but may not cover laboratory fees and other specialist treatments. You will need to ensure that you have no outstanding dental treatment prior to joining this kind of plan.

Here at The Essex Smile Centre we are able to offer Denplan monthly payment plans. Denplan was founded in 1986 by two dentists who wanted to offer their patients an alternative to NHS dentistry. They created a system that simplified administration within the dental practice and allowed dentists to spend more time with their patients, focusing on preventive oral healthcare and providing high quality treatment.

Since this time Denplan have launched a number of different products including Denplan Care, Denplan Essentials, Denplan Membership and Plans for Children.

Now Denplan employs over 300 people, is the UK’s leading dental payment plan specialist with over 6,500 member dentists and approximately 1.8 million patients. The key focus of all Denplan Plans is to ensure that patients receive the best possible preventative dental care.

At The Essex Smile Centre we offer Denplan Care, Denplan Essentials and Denplan Plans for Children.

Denplan Care

Denplan care is a monthly payment plan based on your current oral health.

Payment is between £18.40 and £48.25 a month and this will cover you for all your routine and preventative dental treatment. This includes hygiene treatments, x-rays, necessary fillings and extractions. You will also receive 50% off any major restorative care from your dentist such as crowns, bridges, dentures and inlays. Denplan care does not cover laboratory fees and prescriptions, any treatment excluded from your contract, referral to a specialist, orthodontics, implants or cosmetic treatment.

By attending the dentist regularly, it is possible to spot and avoid dental problems before they happen, protecting your teeth and therefore saving you from extensive dental restorations. Denplan Care allows you to keep your teeth in excellent condition without worrying about unexpected bills and allows you to receive treatment fast in the event of a dental emergency.

Denplan Essentials

We offer 3 different Denplan Essentials Plans –

  • Category A – 2 x check-ups, 2 x routine hygiene appointments and x-rays – £13.50 a month
  • Category B – 2 x check-ups, 2 x intensive hygienist appointments and x-rays – £16.45 a month
  • Category C – 2 x check-ups, 3 x intensive hygienist appointments and x-rays – £22.10 a month

Alongside this you will also receive 15% off any additional treatment you require.

Denplan Essentials does not cover the cost of any restorative dental treatments, laboratory fees and prescriptions, referral to a specialist, orthodontics, implants and cosmetic treatment.

This plan allows you to ensure that you can keep up with the habit of regular check-ups, enabling the dentist the spot and avoid complex and expensive dental problems before they happen. The dentist is also able to provide you with advice and techniques to ensure that you always have the best tools to keep your teeth in excellent condition.

Denplan Plans for Children

Plans for Children are designed to allow parents to budget for their children’s dental care.

We have two different plans available

Category A – 2 x check-ups, polish with the dentist and fissure sealant – £7.49 a month

Category B – 2 x check-ups, 1 x hygienist session, any fissure sealants and 1 x filling – £10.99 a month

All the plans are paid for by a monthly direct debit, with a one off joining fee of £15.00, allowing costs to be spread into easy, manageable amounts, spread over the year. This will allow you to very clearly budget for you dental care and help to prevent any nasty surprises. Denplan also covers emergency out of hours treatment call out fees whether you are at home or abroad, although with Denplan Essentials you will still have to pay for any treatment required.
If you are interested in finding out more details of any of our plans, do not hesitate to call the surgery on 01268 742333 or ask one of the team at our next visit.