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There are three bands of charges for all NHS dental treatments. It is important to note that these may change in April 2013.

Band 1 dental treatment: £18.80

Depending on what’s necessary, this can cover:

  •      a clinical examination, assessment and report
  •      an orthodontic assessment and report
  •      advice, diagnosing and planning your treatment
  •      X-rays
  •      moulds (casts) of your teeth, for example, to see how your teeth bite together
  •      taking coloured photographs
  •      advice on preventing future problems, such as diet advice and cleaning instructions
  •      applying sealants or fluoride preparations to the surfaces of your teeth
  •      a scale and polish
  •      marginal correction of fillings
  •      taking a sample of cells or tissue from your mouth to examine (pathological       examination)
  •      adjusting dentures (false teeth) or orthodontic appliances, such as braces
  •      treating sensitive cementum (the tissue that covers the root of a tooth)

Urgent treatment when you need to see a dentist immediately also costs £18.80.

Band 2 dental treatment: £51.30

Depending on what’s necessary, this can cover everything listed in band 1 above, plus:

  •     non-surgical treatment of periodontitis (a severe form of gum disease) - such as root planing (cleaning bacteria from the roots of your teeth) or deep scaling and a polish
  •     surgical treatment of periodontitis: such as removing some gum tissue (gingivectomy)
  •     free gingival grafts: when healthy tissue from the roof of your mouth is grafted (attached) to your teeth where the root is exposed
  •     fillings
  •     sealant restorations: when sealant is used to fill a small hole and seal any grooves in your teeth
  •     root canal treatment (endodontics)
  •     pulpotomy: removing dental pulp (the soft tissue at the centre of a tooth)
  •     apicectomy: removing the tip of the root of a tooth
  •     removing teeth (extraction)
  •     transplanting teeth: surgically implanting teeth
  •     oral surgery, such as removing a cyst (fluid-filled sac)
  •     soft tissue surgery to the mouth or lips
  •     frenectomy, frenoplasty or frenotomy: surgery to the folds of tissue that connect your tongue, lips and cheeks to your jaw bone
  •     relining and rebasing dentures
  •     adding to your dentures, such as adding a clasp or a tooth
  •     splinting loose teeth, for example, after an accident or due to periodontitis - this doesn’t include laboratory made splints
  •     bite-raising appliances (similar to a mouth guard), for example, to correct your jaw alignment - this doesn’t include laboratory made appliances

 

Band 3 dental treatment: £222.50

Depending on what’s necessary, this can cover everything listed in bands 1 and 2 above, plus:

  •     veneers and palatal veneers: new surfaces for the front or back of a tooth
  •     inlays, pinlays and onlays: used to restore damaged teeth
  •     crowns: a type of cap that completely covers your real tooth
  •     bridges: a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth
  •     dentures
  •     orthodontic treatment and appliances: such as braces
  •     other custom-made applications, not including sports guards

 

Treatments such as veneers and braces are only available on the NHS if there’s a clinical need for them (not for cosmetic reasons).