Huge variations of over 900% in the cost of even the simplest dental treatments are revealed in a survey of more than 500 private dental clinics’ prices carried out by WhatClinic.com. For a front tooth the much dreaded root canal treatment can cost as little as £57 in Newcastle and as much as £600 in London. Similar variations were observed in treatments ranging from simple dental check-ups (from £13 to £125, both in London) to in-clinic teeth whitening (from £99 in Glasgow to £895 in London).
The availability of such a wide range of prices is a sign of healthy competition in the private dental industry, but patients appear to be unaware of the potential savings available. A survey of 500 visitors to WhatClinic.com revealed that 84 % had put off dental treatment because of the costs involved. In addition, half admitted that they would travel more than 30 minutes to visit a more affordable dentist if they could, with 23 % willing to travel in excess of an hour. Even within cities, price differences can be dramatic. Birmingham residents can pay as little as £160 or as much as £650 for in-clinic teeth whitening.