If you’re thinking about visiting your NHS dentist in Oxford, you might be wondering about the treatments you can get. Here, we explore what you’re entitled to via the NHS, and explain the bands for charges – so that you can get a good idea of what to expect.
The basic principle in terms of entitlement to NHS dental treatment is that it should be considered necessary for the health of the patient. Your dentist decides what is required to keep your mouth healthy and pain free and NHS treatment is awarded in accordance with that.
For example, we might advise that fillings, crowns or bridges are required for your dental health – so you could be entitled to NHS help to pay for this. It is possible to get dental implants and orthodontic treatment in this way, but only if it is decided that these treatments are medically necessary.
Can you get cosmetic dentistry on the NHS?
If you’d like to improve your smile by getting your teeth whitened or having veneers applied, you won’t get NHS help to do so. This is because these kinds of treatments are not considered to be essential. However, as your NHS dentist in Oxford, we do offer cosmetic dentistry to our patients – and we have a range of payment plans to suit your circumstances.
How much is NHS dental treatment?
Some people are entitled to free dental care on the NHS, but this is dependent on your circumstances. If you are paying, the payments fall into several different bands. Here, we explore those bands and the charges related to each.
Band one covers what you would expect at a check-up, including an examination that may include x-rays, a diagnosis and advice on oral care. This band can also cover a scale and polish and making plans for treatment at a subsequent appointment. The charge for this is £23.70.
Band two encompasses everything that is included in band one plus treatment. This treatment could take the form of fillings, a root canal, or even a tooth extraction. Band two costs £62.10.
Band three includes the examination, diagnosis and treatments like fillings and so on, with the addition of some more complicated and detailed form of treatment. This might be getting dentures or having a crown or bridge fitted. The cost of band three treatments is £269.30.
If you have a dental emergency and need immediate attention, you will be charged at band one. However, it may be that a second appointment is required at a later date.
Talk to us
If you have any concerns or questions about paying for your treatment, please let us know. We will be happy to discuss any charges and work with you to ensure that your dental treatment is affordable for your circumstances, as well as being of the highest possible standard. Dental care is important for your health, so don’t let concerns about costs put you off getting the treatment you need.