Unlike the normal general practitioners (GP) services which tend to be free small nominal charges for with yourself as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a minimal contributions to your costs each time you visit the dentist.
The general outline of the common treatments and their costs at your visits. The costs are a flat fixed fee which is categorised under 3 bands and you will be charged depending on which treatment you had.
- Emergency dental treatment – £20.60 This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.
- Band 1 course of treatment – £20.60 This covers an examination, diagnosis (including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care such as the application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.
- Band 2 course of treatment – £56.30 This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.
- Band 3 course of treatment – £244.30
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.
Dentist visits are generally very costly and it is an excellent scheme that the local NHS has come with to charge on a fixed fee basis which makes the charges relatively cheaper.