When you first visit us for a NHS check-up, the dentist will assess your current oral health, any risk of future disease, and advise you on the care and treatment required to secure good oral health. It is important that you try to keep your teeth healthy and clean to maintain good oral health.
What to expect at your NHS check-up
The dentist will:
- carry out a full examination of your mouth, teeth and gums
- ask about your general health and any problems you have had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit
- ask about and give advice on your diet, smoking and drinking
- ask about your teeth-cleaning habits and give you advice on the most appropriate ways to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy
- explain any risks, as well as costs, of all treatment you may need
- discuss with you when your next visit should be
We offer treatment for NHS patients with the following charges (from April 2017):
Band 1: £21.60 – This charge will include an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes x-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment.
Band 2: £59.10 – This charge includes all treatment covered by Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions).
Band 3: £256.50– This charge includes all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.
Urgent Care: £21.60 – This charge will be for urgent treatment which is prompt care and treatment in circumstances where oral health will deteriorate significantly, or there is severe pain and treatment is provided only to the extent necessary to address those. If necessary will include assessment and advice.
Some patients are entitled to either full or part exemption from charges. If you think you may be exempt, please ask. Expectant mothers with a maternity exemption card are entitled to free dental treatment until their baby is one year old.