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What is NHS Treatment?

NHS dental treatment is available at all Blackheath Dental practices to ensure that all those in need can access the treatment they need to protect and care for their teeth.

NHS treatment includes routine check-ups for adults and children as well as any treatment needed for dental problems such as decay or gum disease.

NHS treatment is available for a range of necessary dental treatments, including orthodontic care for children if needed. The provision of NHS dental care makes sure essential treatment is always accessible. While NHS treatment does carry a cost, those most in need should qualify for an exemption

Who is Entitled to NHS Treatment?

NHS dentists provide treatment within a national cost framework that aims to make dental care affordable for all.

Free NHS dental care is available to anyone under the of 18 years old – or aged 19 and in full-time education; pregnant women up to 12 months after the birth of their child, recipients of benefits such as Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance. Some patients will also qualify for help to meet NHS dental costs.

If you believe you are entitled to an NHS exemption or help to pay NHS dental costs you will need to make the dental practice aware of this.

NHS Dental Costs

Band 1 treatment - £22.70

The basic level of NHS dental treatment covers the cost of routine check-ups at the dentist, diagnosis of problems, advice on preventing dental problems and a scale and polish if necessary. Emergency dental treatment such as temporary fillings also cost £22.70.

Band 2 treatment - £62.10

Additional NHS dental treatment including root canal surgery, fillings or tooth extractions are covered in Band 2 as well as any treatment that falls within Band 1.

Band 3 treatment - £269.30

Dental repair work such as fitting dentures, crowns or bridges is covered by Band 3 NHS dental treatment, as well as any treatment that would fall under Band 1 or 2.

Why do we have NHS treatment?

The aim of all NHS dental treatment is to protect your natural teeth and your dentist will work to identify any potential problems before they become an issue.

Regular NHS dental check-ups are an important part of this and most patients should expect to make these routine visits, which will include a scale and polish if needed, every six to 12 months.

NHS dental treatment supports preventative treatment as well as repair and dentists may suggest treatment, such as applying fluoride varnish or a filling to protect teeth from erosion or to repair cavities caused by decay.

Repair work may mean that a patient needs a tooth extracted or a crown or bridge fitted as part of their NHS dental care.

When treatment is needed to protect the teeth from further damage, or repair work is needed, NHS dental costs will only need to be paid once.

The amount that you need to pay for NHS treatment will depend on the level of care needed to keep your teeth healthy. Once a cost has been set by the dental practice this will remain the same even if repeat visits to the dentist are required to complete the course of treatment.

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