NHS Treatment

BETHCAR -103Regular dental check ups will ensure that your long term oral health is maintained and any potential issues are revealed early enough so that a minimal intervention can be provided.

You and your dentist will be able to arrange an appropriate interval between each check up, based upon your needs. During your routine care, your dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth, checking all the teeth, the gums and the surrounding soft tissues.

Since 1st April 2006 NHS dental treatment costs have been organised under a simplified system which groups treatments under one of three price bands.

Charges will be for a course of treatment, so, for example, if three fillings are required, you will still only pay the one treatment charge.

If you need more treatment within the same charge band, for example an additional filling, within two months of completing a course of treatment, you should not have to pay anything extra. This does not apply to any emergency treatment you might need, which will normally be charged separately.


Band 1

Band 1 = £14.00

•       Basic scale and polish* (please see details below)
•       Examination, case assessment and report.
•       Advice, diagnosis and treatment planning.
•       X-rays and reports.
•       Instruction in the prevention of dental and oral disease including dietary advice and dental hygiene instruction.
•       Marginal correction of fillings.
•       Adjustments to and easing of dentures or orthodontic appliances.
*The price of scale and polishing treatments can vary depending on what exactly is being carried out, therefore ask your dental hygienist how much the treatment will cost beforehand. Treatment on the NHS should cost £14.00 for basic treatment, or £45.00 for more advanced treatment.


Band 2

Band 2 = £45.00

•       Advanced scale and polish.* (please see details above)
•       Permanent fillings and root canal treatment.
•       Extraction of teeth.
•       Transplantation of teeth.
•       Oral surgery including surgical removal of cyst, buried root, unerupted tooth, impacted tooth.


Band 3

Band 3 = £195.00

•       Crowns including any pin or post aids to retention.
•       Bridges including any pin or post aids to retention.
•       Full or partial dentures.
•       Orthodontic treatment and appliances.
•       Other custom made appliances excluding sports guards.


Do I get free Dental treatment?

Do I get free Dental treatment?

If you fall into any of these categories when a course of treatment starts you will not need to pay for your NHS dental treatment:
Please bring appropriate proof with you to your appointment

•       You are under 18, or are a full-time student under 19.
•       You are expecting a baby, or you have had a baby in the last 12 months.
•       You are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate.
•       You are named on an NHS HC2 certificate for full help with health costs.
Or, you get or are included in an award of someone getting:
•       Income Support,
•       Universal Credit,
•       Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (contribution based JSA does not entitle you to help with health costs),
•       Income-related Employment & Support Allowance (contribution based ESA does not entitle you to help with health costs), or
•       Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, (Pension Credit savings credit on its own does not entitle you to help with health costs).
Other benefits such as Incapacity benefit, Personal Independence Payment, Armed Forces Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance don’t entitle you to help with health costs because they are not income related.

Dental examinations are free in Wales if:
•       You are under 25 years of age or
•       You are aged 60 or over.

Any subsequent treatment as a result of the free examination carries the appropriate charge.

Practice Complaints Procedure

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