NHS Band 1
- 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
NHS Band 2
- 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.
NHS Band 3
- This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.
Emergency Dental Treatment (Urgent)
- This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.
Treatments free of charge
You do not have to pay a dental charge:
- if you are having stiches removed
- if your dentist has to stop bleeding from your mouth
- if your dentures need repair. However, if it isn’t possible to repair your dentures and you need new ones then you’ll have to pay for this with a Band 3 charge
The NHS will not provide cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, which you may want to make your teeth more attractive, but which are not clinically necessary. Even where treatment is clinically necessary the dentist will offer you a treatment option that is clinically appropriate. If you choose to have alternative treatment options then you will have to pay privately for these.
PLEASE NOTE THE NHS CHARGE DOES INCREASE ON 1st APRIL EVERY YEAR