Finding an NHS dentist doesn’t have to be taxing. Southend Dental Care accepts NHS patients of all ages. We are committed to providing the highest standards of dental treatment to all patients, regardless of their circumstances or needs. To sign up with an NHS dentist in Southend, get in touch today.
NHS dental treatment is delivered on the basis of clinical need. It is priced by band, meaning you will have a clear idea of treatment costs no matter what procedure you require. Prices for NHS dental care are scheduled to rise again in April 2017, so it is best to book your first appointment today to avoid these price increases.
For the year 2016-17, the bands and prices for treatment from an NHS dentist are as follows:
Band 1 course of treatment – £19.70
This covers the basics – clinical examination by a dentist, including x-rays as necessary. It also covers diagnosis, advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish with a dentist if you need it, and preventative application of fissure sealants and fluoride varnish.
Band 2 course of treatment – £53.90
As well as everything included in Band 1, this second band includes any fillings you may require, as well as root canal treatment to treat tooth infection, and tooth extractions.
Band 3 course of treatment – £233.70
The final band includes everything in Bands 1 and 2, and also covers more extensive restorative procedures. This includes the placement of dental crowns, dentures, or bridges.
Free NHS dental treatment
Many people qualify for free dental treatment on the NHS. This includes pregnant women, and children up to the age of 18 (as well as 19-year-olds who are in full-time education). People who receive a number of state benefits also qualify for free treatment – if you are unsure if you qualify in this category, you should contact our Southend dental practice or your local benefits office to check your status.
Those who qualify for free NHS dentistry should bring their exemption certificate or any other supporting information with them to their first appointment. For those who pay for NHS dental care, payment is required at the first appointment.