East Street Dental Practice

01903 716135
53 East Street, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 6AU

Why Private

Private dentistry focuses on the clinical aspect of dental health care, along with improving how a person’s smile appears.

Private dentistry prices are not fixed (unlike those under the NHS) and there is no limit to the number of appointments or the types of treatments available. You will have wider treatment choices available to you because treatment options will not be restricted (unlike the NHS). Because we are not limited to the number of private patients we see, we are able to offer a wider choice of appointment times and a shorter wait for appointments.

What are the main differences between NHS and private dentistry?

  • Private treatment gives us complete freedom to provide the very highest standard of treatment and materials. We have no restrictions on the type of fillings or denture we provide or how often we see you. As cosmetic treatment is not available on the NHS this means the materials/treatments which produce the best appearance are often not used in NHS treatment.
  • More evening appointments are available to private patients and appointments are also available on Saturdays.
  • Private work such as dentures, crowns, bridges and implants are sent to private laboratories where experienced technicians hand makes the item to the very highest quality.
  • Private treatment is especially good if you are anxious about your treatment or have complex dental needs
  • Appointments are longer to allow plenty of time to complete your treatment at a more relaxed pace and also to give more time for tailored preventative advice.
  • The children of our private patients (under 18) may be treated as NHS patients (no charge for standard check-ups/treatment) by the private dentist in order to keep family groups together.

  • 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.
  • NHS treatment is designed to be cost effective for mass use but naturally this means more cost effective materials and laboratories are used
  • Treatment needs to be functional on the NHS and not for cosmetic reasons.
  • NHS cleaning is designed to ensure gum health and not to specifically remove all stains
  • Orthodontic treatment for patients over the age of 18 is not available on the NHS
  • 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. Once we reach our limit we may not be able to offer any more NHS treatment until the next financial year.
  • Tooth whitening is not available on the NHS
  • Specialist referral on the NHS may not always be available and you will have to be placed on a waiting list if accepted


New Patient consultation and clinical examination
Recall Consultation
Radiographs small (per X-ray)
Study casts
Periodontal Treatment
With Hygienist
20 Minute
30 Minute
Amalgam fillings
Occlusal from
Two surfaces from
MO/DO from
MOD from
Composite (White) fillings
Occlusal from
Anterior composites from
Two surfaces
MO/DO from
MOD from
Incisor / Canine
Upper pre-molar
Lower pre-molar
Molar from
Per Denture
Repair denture (no impression needed)
Repair denture (with impression)
Additional including gum
Veneers and Inlays
Standard porcelain veneer from
Crown / Bridgework (N.B prices are per unit)
Standard Metal ceramic
Gold shell (60% gold)
Refix Crown/Inlay/Bridge
Oral Surgery
Extraction per tooth from
Surgical Extraction from
Dentures (from)
F/ - -/F
P/ - (1-3)
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