We understand why patients can feel dental treatment band costs and what is included are not clear. Our staff do follow NHS guidelines but they put the immediate needs of patients first.
You may for example have a scale & polish as part of a regular visit, then another time not. This can depend on clinical need, or the time we are allowed, if perhaps you are also having x-rays, or minor treatment.
We are a committed NHS dentist and whether you are an NHS, or Independent patient, we carry out treatment at lowest cost. The same philosophy we would apply to treatment not covered by the NHS.
With every patient unique and treatment needs personal, there are not always concrete rules. We hope the notes below help clarify what you should normally expect.
NHS Banding Principles
Band 1 is the lowest cost and covers a regular dental examination, x-rays, perhaps orthodontic assessment, or taking teeth moulds. Where possible, we carry out minor adjustments to dentures, fillings etc.
Visits to your dentist to check appliances, or provide tissue samples also come under band 1, along with urgent appointments, including assessing your needs and providing prescriptions.
Band 2 takes in everything in band 1, plus a good percentage of treatment, for gum disease, tooth damage, or decay. An extraction, or more often fillings are included, regardless of number, root canal treatment, or minor oral surgery may well be.
More significant changes to dentures, or appliances come under band 2, or periodontal treatment. This might be deep scaling and polishing, root planing to remove bacteria, or removal of gum tissue.
Band 3 dental treatment holds the highest cost. Alongside everything mentioned in the previous bands, this covers replacement work such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.
If you do receive treatment under the NHS which includes veneers, orthodontic appliances, or dental implants, they will be under band 3. You should however bear in mind that NHS treatment in several areas is not often available.