New NHS Dental Charges Announcement
The NHS has announced that it’s updating its dental charges for 2019/20. These new charges will come into effect next week, on Monday 1st April 2019.
If you’re an NHS patient with us you may be interested to know what to expect from your next appointment. The dentist is one of the few departments of the NHS where you have to make a financial contribution towards the care you receive.
These contributions are arranged into three bands:
This is the amount you pay for a standard visit to the dentist. This includes your examination, diagnosis, x-rays and a scale and polish, if needed. This is also the fee you will pay for an emergency visit to the dentist.
This covers dental procedures such as tooth extractions, fillings, root canal treatment and the relining of dentures.
This covers more complicated dental procedures such as fitting crowns, bridges or dentures.
There is a standard fee for each of these three bands. You will pay the same band fee whatever treatment you have within that band. For example, you’ll pay the same band two fee whether you’re having a tooth extracted or whether you’re having a filling.
If you’re having band two or brand three treatment, you won’t also need to pay an additional band one fee for an examination, diagnosis or x-rays, as this will be included.
The fees for NHS dental charges differ based on which part of the UK you live in. The new fees for England are as follows:
Band one treatment: £22.40
Band two treatment: £62.10
Band three treatment: £269.30
You can view the new charges for dental treatment in Wales here. Fees for Scotland and Northern Ireland have not changed.
If you have more questions about NHS dental charges, why not get in touch with the team at Damira Dental South Ham, Basingstoke? Alternatively, you can find your local practice here.