If you are lucky enough to be able to get an NHS dentist, there are 3 bands for NHS dental treatment.
£16.20 – examination, check up, diagnosis of problem, scale and polish, x-rays, advice and discussion regarding further treatment.
£44.60 – all treatment in Band 1 plus fillings, root canal treatment, extractions
£198 – all treatment in Bands 1 and 2 plus more complicated procedures such as crowns, bridges and dentures
Check up and filling only?
You will only pay the Band 2 charges. You do not pay both Band 1 and Band 2 charges.
More than one visit to complete the treatment?
You only pay the charge applicable to the Band relevant to your treatment. You do not pay each time you have treatment.
Returning for treatment within 2 months?
If the treatment is in the same Band (or lower Band) as before you will not be charged. For example if you have already been charged for a filling (Band 2) then need another filling a month later, you will not be charged.
Written treatment plan
If your treatment is in Bands 2 or 3 treatment you should get a treatment plan from your dentist detailing how much your treatment will cost.
Referral to another dentist?
You only pay one fee to the dentist who refers you. You do not pay both dentists unless the 2nd dentist is considered to be offering a specialist service such as sedation, home visit, or orthodontics.
There are no extra charges for removing stitches
Writing a Prescription
If you need a prescription there are no extra charges for this
If you miss an appointment you cannot be charged, however if you continue to miss appointments your dentist might decide not to treat you any more .
A dentist is allowed to charge a handling charge for credit card payments
The NHS do not cover work that is considered simply cosmetic such as white fillings for back teeth and whitening.
Urgent Care Charges £16.20
The fee is £16.20 regardless of how many appointments it takes to complete the work. This fee is charged if you are not attending your normal dental clinic or you are not currently having a course of treatment. The fee covers an examination, x-rays, temporary fillings, refixing crowns and bridges, one permanent filling, adjustment of dentures, extraction of no more than 2 teeth, and simple repairs to dentures.