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What treatments should I expect to be provided under the NHS?

Reproduced by kind permission of the Department of Health, © 2014

You will be able to have all treatment provided under the NHS that your dentist feels is clinically necessary in order to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. If your dentists says that you need a particular type of treatment, you should not be asked to pay for it privately.
If you are moving to live in another area of the country soon, you may want to wait until you arrive in the new area before starting treatment. If you are unable to complete a course of treatment that has already been started before you move, speak to your dentist.
The NHS England Area Team responsible for your new area can help you to find another NHS dentist if you are having difficulty.

NHS dental charges

The charge you pay depends 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 – either Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3.

If you are not exempt from charges, you should pay one of the following charges for each course of treatment you receive:

Band 1 course of treatment – £18.50

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 – £50.50

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 – £219.00

This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges.

Dental appliances

Dental appliances, such as crowns and bridges, will usually be made by a dental laboratory, which must provide your dentist with a statement that they conform to European Union standard. If you would like a copy of this statement, please ask your dentist.

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