Welcome to The Bridge Dental | Marple Bridge

Contact: 0161 449 7080

Frequently asked questions

  • 1) My teeth are discoloured, what can I do?

    There are many reasons why teeth can become discoloured.

    It may just be the passage of time or due to breakdown of the tooth surface. If you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth please let your dentist know, there are several treatments available to you to improve the appearance.


  • 2) Do you have a hygienist?

    Yes, Sharon our Hygienist and is available on a Tuesday

    Sharon works on a private basis. She will see patients either referred by your dentist or on a self referral basis providing that certain criteria have been met.

    You will be given oral hygiene instruction and periodontal care as is necessary. Treatment time intervals will be recommended according to your oral health status and your specific requirements.

  • 3) Do you do payment plans?

    Unfortunately we cannot offer payment plans and treatment must be paid for upon completion.

    NHS charges and rules are as follows:

    Dental charges depend on the treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. You will only ever be asked to pay one charge for each complete course of treatment, even if you need to visit your dentist more than once to finish it. If you are referred to another dentist for another, separate course of treatment, you can expect a second charge. Some minor treatments are free.

    NHS dental charges from 1 April 2014

    Band 1 course of treatment – £21.60
    This covers an examination, diagnosis (eg X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant. If you require urgent care, even if your urgent treatment needs more than one appointment to complete, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge.

    Band 2 course of treatment – £59.10
    This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth.

    Band 3 course of treatment – £256.50
    This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges if clinically necessary.

    You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts, you are:

     - aged under 18

     - under 19 and receiving full-time education

     - pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months

     - staying in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist

     - an NHS hospital dental service outpatient (however, you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges).

    You do not have to pay if, during the course of treatment, you or your partner, receive:

     - Income Support

     - Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

     - Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

     - Pension Credit guarantee credit

     - Universal Credit


     - you are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate or you are entitled to an NHS tax credit exemption certificate

     - you are named on a valid HC2 certificate

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    If your name is on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your treatment. Checks are made on free and reduced cost treatment claims. If you say you have the right to free treatment when you do not, you may incur a penalty charge.

    You will not be exempt from paying because you receive: Incapacity Benefit, contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance, contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit savings credit, when paid on their own.

      Medical conditions do not exempt patients from payment for dental treatment.

      You will be asked to show your dentist written proof that you do not have to pay for all or part of your NHS treatment. You will also be asked to sign a form to confirm that you do not have to pay.

    Private rules are as follows:

    The receptionist may ask for a percentage up front depending on the nature of your treatment plan. All of this will be discussed with you at your initial examination/consultation.

    Please note: We cannot and will not accept more than 3 separate payments as this is considered to be a credit agreement in which we do not hold a license for.


  • 4) When will my treatment have to be paid by?

    At The Bridge Dental Care, patients are aware at time of examination/first initial assessment the fees should they require any dental treatment.

     - It is our practice policy to give patients full information about the cost of their dental work before any treatment is undertaken.

     - A written estimate and treatment plan will be provided for all dental treatment.

     - You may pay for your dental care by cheque, cash, or credit/debit card.

     - We try to make payment as straightforward as possible.  Our normal policy is that private patients are asked to pay a proportion each visit unless agreed otherwise with their dentist.  The balance must be taken on completion of treatment.

     - NHS patients must pay for their treatment either in advance of their appointments or when asked to do so by the receptionists. Most patients elect to pay for their treatment at the time of each appointment. All treatment must be paid for upon completion.

    Note:- As discussed previously in question 4, we cannot and will not accept more than 3 separate payments as this is considered to be a credit agreement in which we do not hold a license for.


  • 5) I dislike my smile, I hate having a photo taken, what can you do?

    Consultations at the practice are free of charge for registered patients.

    At this appointment we will discuss what you are unhappy with, assess your dentition and if necessary take some clinical photographs of your teeth and look at them together. At that point we can discuss all of the various treatment options and methods available and suitable to you in order to improve your aesthetic and keep you smiling.

  • 6) Is private treatment better than NHS?

    Not necessarily.

    However, there are more advanced and cosmetic procedures that can be accessed outside of the NHS framework.

  • 7) Are tooth coloured fillings available under the NHS?

    Tooth coloured fillings are available under the NHS if they are clinically appropriate.

    Generally tooth coloured fillings can be placed under the NHS framework on anterior teeth. Occasionally, it may be clinically appropriate to place a tooth coloured filling in a posterior tooth, however, generally most posterior tooth coloured fillings are placed for cosmetic reasons under a private basis. Your dentist will discuss suitability and your desired outcome with you at your examination.


  • 8) Are veneers available under the NHS?

    Not usually as they're considered a cosmetic treatment.

    However, if your dentist thinks the procedure is clinically necessary, it can be available on the NHS.

  • 9) Do I need to attend for a dental check up every 6 months?

    No. It used to be recommended that people see their dentist for a check-up every six months, but the national guidelines changed in 2004.

    Adults are recommended to have a check-up at least once every two years, and children at least once a year.

    However, your dentist will recommend how often you should see them, based on your current dental health. See the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) website for more information.

  • 10) Do I have to be registered to make an appointment?

    Yes for all NHS treatment.

    However if you are unregistered and wish to access our Hygienist/Therapists for scale and polishing, please contact the practice, we may be able to offer you a private session on a self referral basis. (Providing certain criteria are met.)


  • 11) Do you do emergency appointments?

    Yes for registered patients only.

     If you are not registered with us, you may seek advice from NHS Direct who will be able to offer you a dental assessment, advice and treatment if needed within your area of residence.

    The telephone number for in hours Urgent Dental Problems in the areas of Stockport, Trafford, Tameside or Glossop is 0161 476 9649.

    The Out of Hours number for these areas of residence is 0161 337 2246. If you live outside of these areas, please call NHS 111 who will advise you on how to contact the out of hours service in your area of residence.

Opening Times

Monday - Friday

8:45 - 17:00


8:30 - 14:30

Late evening and Saturday by appointment only.

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The Bridge Dental

Tel: 0161 449 7080