What is included in each NHS dental band charge?

There are three bands of charges for all NHS dental treatments. The current dental charges are: Band 1 dental treatment: £20.60 Band 2 dental treatment: £56.30 Band 3 dental treatment: £244.60

There are three bands of charges for all NHS dental treatments.

As from April 2017, the current dental charges are:

Band 1 dental treatment: £20.60

This covers one or more treatments (as many as are necessary) from the following list :

  • adjusting false teeth (dentures) or orthodontic appliances, such as braces
  • applying sealants or fluoride preparations to the surfaces of your teeth
  • a clinical examination, assessment and report
  • marginal correction of fillings
  • moulds of your teeth – for example, to see how your teeth bite together
  • an orthodontic assessment and report
  • a scale and polish (if clinically necessary)
  • coloured photographs
  • taking a sample of cells or tissue from your mouth for examination
  • treating sensitive cementum (the tissue that covers the root of a tooth)
  • X-rays 

Emergency treatment (when you need to see a dentist immediately) also costs £20.60.

Band 2 dental treatment: £56.30

This can cover anything listed in band 1 above, plus any of the following:

  • an addition to your dentures – such as adding a clasp or a tooth
  • apicectomy – removing the tip of the root of a tooth
  • a mouth guard to correct your "bite" (doesn't include a laboratory-made appliance)
  • fillings
  • free gingival grafts – when healthy tissue from the roof of your mouth is attached to your teeth where the root is exposed
  • frenectomy, frenoplasty or frenotomy – surgery to the folds of tissue that connect your tongue, lips and cheeks to your jaw bone
  • treatment for severe gum disease – such as root planing (cleaning bacteria from the roots of your teeth), deep scaling and a polish, or a gingivectomy (removal of gum tissue)
  • oral surgery – such as removing a cyst, or soft tissue surgery to the mouth or lips
  • pulpotomy – removing dental pulp (the soft tissue at the centre of a tooth)
  • relining and rebasing dentures
  • removing teeth (extraction) 
  • root canal treatment 
  • sealant to fill small holes or grooves in your teeth
  • splinting loose teeth – for example, after an accident (this doesn't include laboratory-made splints) 
  • transplanting teeth

Band 3 dental treatment: £244.30

This can cover anything listed in bands 1 and 2 above, plus any of the following :

  • bridges – a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth
    crowns – a type of cap that completely covers your real tooth
  • dentures
  • inlays, pinlays and onlays – used to restore damaged teeth
  • orthodontic treatment and appliances such as braces
  • other custom-made appliances, not including sports guards
  • veneers and palatal veneers – new surfaces for the front or back of a tooth

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.

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