Focus On: NHS Dentistry

We have had a number of calls from people who are confused about dental charges, particularly on the NHS.  Either they are not aware of what is included in each Band charge, or they feel they have been charged the wrong amount for treatment.

Further complications arise when a dentist refers a patient onto a private practice dentist — this is when the charges become prohibitive for many.

Banding Charges

  • Emergency dental treatment – £18.80
  • Band 1 course of treatment – £18.80 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 – £51.30 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.
  • Band 3 course of treatment – £222.50 This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.

For further help on dental charges go here

The General Dental Council has published the following check-list for individuals seeking dental treatment.

The General Dental Council (GDC) is the regulatory body for Dental Professionals in the UK.  Amongst other things they; register Dentists; set and enforce standards of dental practice and conduct and investigate complaints.

Before you agree to any dental treatment, you should ask yourself these questions.

  • Do you know whether the planned treatment will be provided under the NHS or privately?
  • Do you know the likely cost? If a price list is not on display in the practice, you can ask to see one.
  • Do you understand what the planned treatment involves? Ask for a written treatment plan, if you would find that helpful.
  • Has your dentist told you if there are other treatment options?
  • Do you have all the information you need to make an informed decision?
  • If a dental appliance is made for you, have you been offered a copy of the statement of manufacture?
  • If you have any concerns, you should ask your dental professional for more information.