Understanding NHS dental charges from April 2019

13th March 2018 | Posted by: Christopher Hilling

Updated 12th March 2019

Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. The NHS dental charges information on this page is reproduced from the NHS website and explains what you may have to pay for your NHS dental treatment during the year from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2019.

Treatments such as veneers and braces are only available on the NHS if there’s a clinical need for them (not for cosmetic reasons). Similarly, other cosmetic treatments, such as teeth whitening, are not available on the NHS.

Any treatment that your dentist believes is clinically necessary to achieve and maintain good oral health could be available on the NHS.

For information about help with dental charges, including how to claim a refund, see the NHS website: help with health costs.

You will not be charged for individual items within an NHS course of treatment. Depending on what you need to have done, you should only ever be asked to pay one charge for each completed course of treatment, even if you need to visit your dentist more than once to finish it. A course of treatment is completed when the treatment listed in your treatment plan has been provided in full.

SpaDental only provides NHS treatment at some practices where we also provide private and plan dental treatment.  If you are at unsure whether you are paying for NHS or private treatment, or a mixture of the two, please ask any member of the SpaDental clinical staff before your treatment begins.

Be aware that being late for two or more of your treatment sessions or failure to attend appointments will result in the early termination of the course of treatment.  You will not be offered another NHS appointment at a SpaDental practice.

You do not have to pay a dental charge:

  • if you are having stitches removed
  • if your dentist has to stop bleeding from your mouth
  • if your dentures need repair. However, if it isn’t possible to repair your dentures and you need new ones then you’ll have to pay for this with a Band 3 charge

The NHS will not provide cosmetic treatment such as tooth whitening, which you may want to make your teeth more attractive, but which are not clinically necessary. Even where treatment is clinically necessary the dentist will offer you a treatment option that is clinically appropriate. If you choose to have alternative treatment options then you will have to pay privately for these.

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