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What Dental Treatments Are Covered On The NHS?

Are you confused about what dental treatments are covered on the NHS? Perhaps you need some work done, but are anxious about the cost implications? Maybe you don’t know whether you need to pay at all?


The NHS says:


“All treatment that is, in your dentist’s opinion, clinically necessary to protect and maintain good oral health is available on the NHS. This means the NHS provides any treatment that you need to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy and free of pain.”


Dental treatment covered on the NHS includes anything required for medical purposes. Anything cosmetic needs to be paid for privately. This includes treatments such as teeth whitening, veeners and white fillings. Dental treatments that are commonly covered on the NHS include dentures, crowns and bridges.

Orthodontic treatments, such as braces, are covered if there is a medical requirement for the treatment.

NHS dental treatment is separated into three bands of charges:

  • Band 1: £18.80 includes an examination, diagnosis and advice. It also includes X-rays, when necessary as well as a scale and polish, and planning for further treatment.
  • Band 2: £51.30 includes all treatment covered by Band 1, as well as additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatmentand removing teeth (extractions).
  • Band 3: £222.50 includes all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.

Additional Treatment

Sometimes you may need additional treatment on top of what you have already had. If you require more treatment within 2 months of the initial treatment completion date from the same charge band or a lower one, you do not have to pay anything extra. However, if you require treatment beyond the two months, you will have to pay for whatever treatment you receive as outlined by the band charges.


Emergency or urgent treatment

East Berkshire Primary Care Out of Hours Services provides urgent and emergency dental treatment when your usual dentist is closed. If you use our emergency dental services, you will be charged the band 1 rate.

Most emergency dental treatments can be dealt with in one appointment. However, if you do need to return to the same dentist for a second appointment, you will incur no extra charge. If, after any emergency dental treatment has been completed, you are required to attend your usual dentist for a non-urgent appointment, any further treatment will be charged as detailed in the charge bands.


Free Treatments

There are some treatments and circumstances for which you don’t have to pay. These include:

  • Denture repairs
  • Stitches removal
  • Dental blood loss when undergoing treatment
  • Dental prescription administration charges – however, if you pay for prescriptions, the usual prescription charge of £8.20 still applies upon collection.

If you are unsure what to do in the event of a dental emergency, please read our article: What To Do In A Dental Emergency? For more information on NHS Dental Treatment, please visit NHS Choices. To find your nearest dentist, NHS Choices provides a “Services Finder“. All you need to do is type in “dentist”, along with your postcode for a list of nearby dentists.