If accepted for NHS treatment, this will mean that any essential care needed to maintain a good standard of oral health will partly be covered by the NHS.
The NHS provides all the treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy at only a fraction of the price. The care available includes dental examinations/x-rays, fillings, root canal treatment, extractions, bridges and crowns etc. For more details please visit the NHS website or come in and say hello at our practice, where we will be happy to explain more about the treatments and answer any other questions.
Emergency dental treatment
This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.
Band 1 course of treatment
This covers an examination, diagnosis (including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care such as the application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.
Band 2 course of treatment
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.
Band 3 course of treatment
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.
For more information, see what is included in each NHS dental band charge?
What if I need more treatment?
If, within two months of completing a course of treatment, you need more treatment from the same charge band or a lower one – such as another filling – you don’t have to pay anything extra.
However, after two months of completing a course of treatment, you will have to pay the NHS charge Band (listed above) for any dental treatment received.
Emergency or urgent treatment
If you require urgent care, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge of £20.60. Most urgent treatments can be done in one appointment.
However, if more than one visit is required and you return to the same dentist to complete your urgent treatment, the Band 1 urgent charge is all that you should pay.
Once your urgent course of treatment is complete, you may be advised to make another appointment for a separate course of non-urgent treatment. In this case, the relevant Band charge will apply.
When you don’t have to pay
You don’t have to pay a NHS dental charge if you are a registered NHS patient with our practice for:
- for NHS denture repairs
- to have stitches removed
- if your dentist has to stop blood loss