Online Question – NHS Dentistry
“I have a few issues, hope you can be some help, I and my family are currently on NHS dentist but lately my dentist has been charging me a little more then usual ,
they are NHS and private. I know the costs under band 1,2 and 3 but he says we don’t get any fundings from the government for NHS unless I’m unemployed, tax credit, disability allowance. Also what are “uds” I’ve heard that mentioned. What can we do, I’m not confident to speak to him, but should this be happening if I’m NHS patient?
My husband had some work done some was private but I still feel it was costly.”
The three NHS charge bands from 1 April 2012 are:
Band 1: £17.50 examination, diagnosis and advice
Band 2: £48 includes work in Band 1, plus additional work such as fillings, root canal treatment and extractions
Band 3: £209 includes work in Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex work such as crowns, dentures and bridges.
If your NHS dentist tells you that you clinically need some form of dental treatment you should not be asked to pay privately for the treatment. If you don’t wan’t to take it up with your dentist then go to the Primary Care Trust (PCT) for advice. A UDA is a unit of dental activity. A dentist is contracted by his PCT to do a set number of UDAs