Our NHS fees are determined by the NHS. They tell us how much we must charge our patients. These are increased each year in April by the NHS. The NHS do allow some people to be exempt from paying these charges. Some of these exemptions are listed below:
- Patients under the age of 18
- Patients who are 18 but still in full-time education
- Patients who are pregnant
- Nursing mothers
- Others receiving various low income benefits
The amount you pay for dental treatments is capped. Treatments fall into four bands and are shown below:
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.
If you require Band 2 or Band 3 treatments, you will receive a personal treatment plan. You will also receive a written treatment plan if you mix NHS and private treatments.
Once your teeth and gums are declared healthy, you will be asked to book for a check-up at an interval agreed by you and your dentist. At the next check up the treatment charges start again.
Practice Policy for Charges and Cancellations
- All dental charges for treatment carried out are respectfully expected to be paid for at the time of the appointment.
- On occasions we may ask for a deposit to be paid towards your treatment.
- If account balances are left unpaid then you may be refused future treatment or appointments.
- Two failed appointments without notice will result in us being unable to provide you with further NHS care.