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NHS Dentistry

We are pleased to be able to offer a full range of NHS Dental Services to our NHS patients.

All the treatment your dentist believes is clinically necessary to achieve and maintain good oral health is available on the NHS. This means that the NHS provides any treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free of pain. It does not include treatments that you might want for cosmetic reasons but that are not clinically necessary. You may wish to have these carried out privately.

NHS Availability for New Patients

Please note that we only have a limited number of NHS spaces available at the practice, and so we may not always be able to take on new NHS patients. Please contact the practice to find out if we have any spaces available.

Existing NHS Patients

It is important to attend regularly for your routine dental check-ups in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy. The dentist will advise you how frequently you will need to attend depending upon your individual oral health needs. This may vary from anywhere between every 3 months to every 2 years.

 

We have a large number of people wanting to join the practice as NHS patients.

Please be advised that if you have not attended for your routine dental examination in the last 3 years, we will assume you no longer want NHS care, and we will then be able to offer your space to someone else.

NHS Dental Charges

Most people have to pay a contribution towards the cost of their NHS Dental Care.

The amount you pay will depend on what treatment you need, as determined by your dentist.

There are 3 different NHS charge bands:​

  • Band 1 course of treatment – £25.80

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 – £70.70

This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work, treatment for gum disease or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.

  • Band 3 course of treatment – £306.80

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

Urgent Dental Treatment

If you need urgent dental treatment such as pain relief or a temporary filling, you will pay the Band 1 fee of £25.80

Free NHS Dental Treatment

Some people are entitled to free NHS dental care. Find out who's entitled to free NHS dental treatment

You do not have to pay for NHS dental care if you're:

  • under 18, or under 19 and in full-time education

  • pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months

  • receiving low income benefits, or you're under 20 and a dependant of someone receiving low income benefits such as:

    • Income Support

    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

    • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

    • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

    • Universal Credit (in certain circumstances)

You can also receive free NHS dental treatment if you're entitled to or named on:​

  • a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate

  • a valid HC2 certificate – which is available for people on a low income

  • a valid maternity exemption certificate

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

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