In this country...


You can get an abortion on the NHS...and kill a child.

You can have a sex change on the NHS...and mutilate your body.

But you can't get dental implants on the NHS...so you can eat properly because you can't wear dentures.

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NHS Help Direct said…
Can I get any help for dental implants from the NHS?
The NHS doesn’t usually pay for dental implant treatment although there are exceptions to this. They will pay for implants if the patient shows that there is a clear medical need. In other words, they will not pay for something which you have chosen to have for lifestyle reasons.

If you require implants because of an accident or injury; a congenital defect or ill fitting dentures then the NHS may pay but you need to check this with your dentist.

The NHS had a limited budget and because so many demands are made on it they tend to prioritise treatment according to need and benefits. If you can demonstrate that this procedure will result in a major benefit for you then you may be one of the lucky ones!

If you can’t obtain NHS funding then your options include approaching a dental school to see if they will take you on as a patient, or going ‘private’.

In the latter case this means paying for the treatment yourself. If this is difficult then many clinics do have their own finance scheme which allows you to pay for your treatment via a series of instalments.

Another option is a specialist dental loan, which is comparable to other types of loan schemes. Speak to your dentist about this.
Anonymous said…
You can get dental implant treatment on the NHS if there is a medical need, and this would also be free if (a)you are exempt from charges because you are on benefits, and/or (b) the procedure needs to be administered in a hospital dental department.
Anonymous said…
Can I ask why you deleted my previous message stating that people on benefits are exempt from NHS dental charges, and the attached factual information?

If you are asking for donations, you should make it clear why they are necessary and warranted when the treatment is available free.
Coffee Catholic said…
It's been stated that dental implants are *only* available if the NHS agrees that your need is warranted. Which of course is open to opinion... with the NHS's "limited budget" in mind. If this person can't eat properly without dental implants then shouldn't this be considered a clear medical need? After all, how can a person remain healthy without proper nutrition?

So why is George going without dental implants? Maybe there are details that are being witheld and we are being fleeced? That is a possibility of course. Perhaps George hasn't bothered to try hard enough?

But then again what if he has exhausted all attempts to get these dental implants and his requests are being denied due to... "limited budget."

I'd say that it's been made rather clear here that even with the free NHS dental care available George is still going without dental implants. And that he needs dental implants in order to eat properly. It's only logical to assume that without eating properly his health will fail. So one has to wonder, when do dental implants become "medical need" ~ before or after his health declines due to lack of proper nutrition?
Anonymous said…
The provisions of free dental implants on the NHS is not subject to 'limited budgets' but subject to medical need. In any case, someone of income based social security benefits is entitled to free NHS dentistry.
JoannaB said…
There is no care in the NHS these days.