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User543896 said on 10 April 2011

To 'dave001' - The 47$ (sorry my keyboard doesn't have the pound sign) you paid should INCLUDE the filling as well as the check-up and a scale and polish. You should NOT have to pay 17$ and then another 47$ for the filling. Please speak to the practice manager before paying or getting any treatment done. As for the private hygiene treatment, it is probably not profitable to the dentist to spend all that time, effort, materials on you do to a filling and a cleaning for you since the NHS doesn't pay anything extra to the dentist. You're better off with the hygienist who will / should give you your penny's worth rather than with the dentist who will just spray some water in your mouth under the banner of scale and polish.