Our practice - NHS banding

There are three NHS charge bands (price from 1st April 2017).

Band 1: £20.60

Depending on what's necessary, this can cover:

  • a clinical examination, assessment and report
  • an orthodontic assessment and report
  • moulds (casts) of your teeth, for example, to see how your teeth bite together
  • taking coloured photographs
  • marginal correction of fillings
  • taking a sample of cells or tissue from your mouth to examine (pathological examination)
  • advice, diagnosing and planning your treatment
  • X-rays
  • advice on preventing future problems, such as diet advice and cleaning instructions
  • a scale and polish (deep clean)
  • 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 £20.60.

Band 2 dental treatment: £56.30

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

  • 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
  • pulpotomy: removing dental pulp (the soft tissue at the centre of a tooth)
  • removing teeth (extraction)
  • transplanting teeth: surgically implanting teeth
  • splinting loose teeth, for example, after an accident or due to periodontitis - this doesn't include laboratory made splints
  • 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
  • sealant restorations: when sealant is used to fill a small hole and seal any grooves in your teeth
  • frenectomy, frenoplasty or frenotomy: surgery to the folds of tissue that connect your tongue, lips and cheeks to your jaw bone
  • root canal treatment (endodontics)
  • apicectomy: removing the tip of the root of a tooth
  • soft tissue surgery to the mouth or lips
  • oral surgery, such as removing a cyst (fluid-filled sac)
  • relining and re basing dentures
  • adding to your dentures, such as adding a clasp or a tooth
  • 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: £244.30

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

 

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

For more information please visit nhs.uk