What Dental Treatments Can I Have Done On The NHS?
Here at Together Dental, we frequently get asked “What dental treatments can I have on the NHS?” and “What dental treatments am I entitled to with the NHS?”
Basically the NHS will cover treatment which is considered essential by your dentist to maintain and protect good oral health such as scale and polish, fillings, root canal treatments and extractions. It also includes such things as dentures, bridges and crowns.
What it doesn’t include are cosmetic treatments such as tooth whitening and dental implants. Many of our patients combine NHS treatments with private care to meet their needs.
What to expect from an NHS Dentist
When you first join us as an NHS patient you may be wondering what to expect. Well… our dentists will:
- Examine your mouth, teeth and gums thoroughly.
- Give an explanation of your dental options and tell you what treatment can be carried out under the NHS and what other work, if you need it, can be done privately.
- Ensure that you understand the costs involved for both the NHS treatment and any private treatment and give you a written treatment plan before carrying out any dental work. This will list both NHS and private costs so there are no misunderstandings when you come to settle the bill.
- Discuss how often you should attend for a check-up.
- Give you a leaflet or brochure relating to the practice and all of the services provided.
How much does NHS treatment cost?
If you usually pay for NHS dental treatment then the amount you’ll be charged depends on what treatment you receive.
There are three separate price bands: (Information correct as of April 2023)
- Band 1 (Cost £25.80) – This covers examination, diagnosis and advice. If applicable it can also include dental treatments such as a scale and polish, X-rays, and a planning for future treatment.
- Band 2 (£70.70) – This includes everything in band 1 plus extra treatments such a fillings, root canal therapy, and extractions.
- Band 3 (£306.80) – This includes all treatments in the above bands, plus more complex treatments such as bridges, crowns and dentures.
If after completing a course of treatment and within two months you find you need more treatment, either from the same band or one below, such as a filling, then you won’t be charged by your NHS dentist.
However, if two months have elapsed and you need further treatment, then you’ll have to pay the relevant band charge. There is more information on understanding NHS dental charges here.
The Together Dental team aim to give the best dental treatments and care as thoroughly and efficiently as possible. You can find your local Together Dental practice here. Alternatively, you can call us on 0333 032 9339, where one of our team can help.