NHS treatment is based around treatment that you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free from pain. All treatments that, in your dentist's opinion, are necessary to protect and maintain good oral health are covered by the NHS including dentures, crowns and bridges.

Dental implants and orthodontic treatment (braces) are only available on the NHS where there is a medical need for the treatment.

Not all treatment options are available at each practice and you may be referred to another practice for consultation and/or treatment.

There are 3 charges for NHS dental treatment depending on the treatment required.

Band 1: Currently £21.60, covers your examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes x-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment.

Band 2: Currently £59.10, includes all treatment in band 1, plus additional treatment, such as, fillings, root canal treatment and extractions (removing teeth).

Band 3: currently £256.50, includes any treatment from bands 1 and 2, plus treatment where laboratory manufacture is required such as, crowns, dentures and bridges.

If, within 2 months of having treatment, you require further treatment within the same or a lower band, you will not pay anything extra.

Emergency appointments:

Emergency appointments pay the band 1 charge for appointments required to deal with the emergency, usually one, you may then be advised to return for a separate course of non urgent treatment, where normal charges will apply.

Your dentist should not:

  • charge you for missing an NHS appointment, however they may decide not to offer you any more appointments,
  • charge you extra for treatment included in the band e.g. x-rays, scaling and polishing
  • charge you for denture repairs
  • charge you for writing a prescription

For information on who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment click here.

You may be asked to pay for your treatment at any stage of the treatment and payment policies vary between practices. At Bishopton Lane Dental Practice we find we got better attendance rates for band 2 and band 3 appointments when patients have paid in advance, so our policy is to take payment at the time further appointments are made.

NHS dental treatment does not include cosmetic treatment, i.e. treatment designed to improve the appearance of your teeth, like whitening or veneers.

If you are interested in improving your smile you should contact us on 01642 676 521 to arrange a consultation. We will be happy to provide an estimate for private treatment, which would be in addition to any NHS treatment required.