NHS treatments

All the treatment your dentist believes is clinically necessary to achieve and maintain good oral health is available on the NHS. This means that the NHS provides any treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. It does not include treatments such as teeth whitening or veneers, which you might want for cosmetic reasons but which are not clinically necessary. We are happy to provide these services to our patients, but on a private basis only.


The following list of dental treatments is therefore not a comprehensive list of treatments that all patients are entitled to under NHS services provision. For each individual course of treatment, our dentists will indicate the treatment options that are clinically appropriate for your personal circumstances and based on specific clinical judgement each time.


Band 1 course of treatment: £22.70

  • clinical examination, case assessment and report
  • advice, dental charting, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • radiographic examination and radiological report
  • study casts
  • colour photographs
  • instruction in the prevention of dental and oral disease including dietary advice and dental hygiene instruction
  • surface application as primary preventive measures of sealants and topical fluoride preparations
  • simple scale and polish, where the calculus (tartar) build up is affecting the health of the gums, but no pockets are present (this indicates more advanced stages of gum disease and requires more complex treatment)
  • Marginal correction of fillings – for example adjustment of a high filling.
  • adjustments to and easing of dentures or orthodontic appliances (adjustment only, any reline or other modification is band 2)
  • treatment of sensitive cementum with fluoride varnish or desensitising agent
  • Emergency  NHS dental care will cost you £20.60. This includes treatment to get you out of immediate pain, such as a prescription, emergency extraction, or incision of an abscess. After this appointment you may have to make another appointment for separate non-urgent treatment, where you will have to pay a second charge in the relevant treatment band. Such examples could include a band two course of treatment for root canal treatment.


Band 2 course of treatment: £62.10


Periodontal treatment:

  • non-surgical periodontal treatment (gum disease treatment), 
  • root-planing,
  • deep scaling,
  • irrigation of periodontal pockets
  • subgingival curettage
  • all necessary scaling and polishing.
  • Any surgical periodontal treatments, such as gingivectomy, gingivoplasty, removal of operculum, raising and replacement of mucoperiosteal flap, curettage, root planning and bone resection is included in band two treatments. Depending on the complexity, these will be done either by your treating dentist, or by a specialist, for which the practice will apply for NHS funding on your behalf.

Restorative treatment:

  • permanent fillings in amalgam, composite resin, synthetic resin, glass ionomer, compomers, silicate or silico-phosphate, including acid etch retention
  • sealant restorations
  • endodontic treatments (root canal treatment) of permanent or retained deciduous teeth


Surgical treatment: (Apart from extraction, the other surgical treatments are likely to be referred to an oral surgery specialist, which is included in the band 2 cost)

  • extraction of teeth
  • transplantation of teeth
  • oral surgery including surgical removal of cyst, buried root, unerupted tooth, impacted tooth or exostosed tooth and alveolectomy
  • soft tissue surgery in relation to the buccal cavity and lips
  • frenectomy, frenuloplasty, frenotomy
  • Apicectomy


Prosthetic treatment:

  • relining and rebasing dentures including soft linings
  • addition of tooth, clasp, labial or buccal flange to dentures
  • splints (other than laboratory made splints) in relation to periodontally compromised teeth and in connection with external trauma
  • bite raising appliances (other than laboratory made appliances)



Band 3 course of treatment: £269.30


For all laboratory made items, your dentist will discuss with you the materials that are best suited to your individual needs, and clinically most appropriate in your case. We will consider aesthetics, however function is a priority and will be the main factor in deciding which material is most suitable.


Inlays and veneers:

  • laboratory made porcelain or composite veneers, including acid etch retention, for functional purposes only
  • inlays, onlays and palatal veneers, in alloys containing 60% or more fine gold, porcelain, composite resin and ceramics


  • full or three-quarter crown cast in alloys containing not less than 33% fine gold or platinum or palladium
  •  full or jacket crown cast in alloys containing stainless steel or cobalt chromium or nickel chromium
  •  crown in porcelain, synthetic resin and other non-metallic crowns
  •  full or jacket crowns in alloys containing not less than 33% fine gold or platinum or palladium, or alloys containing stainless steel or cobalt chromium or nickel chromium, with thermally bonded porcelain
  •  jacket crown thermally bonded to wrought platinum coping
  •  prefabricated full or jacket crown, including any pin or post retention



  •  bridges in alloys containing 60% or more fine gold with or without thermally bonded facings
  •  bridges cast in alloys containing stainless steel, cobalt chromium or nickel chromium, with or without thermally bonded facings
  •  acid etch retained bridges
  •  bridges in other materials



  •  provision of full (completed) or partial dentures, overdentures and obturators in synthetic resin or metal or both synthetic resin and metal, including any cast or wrought metal components or aids to retention
  •  orthodontic treatment and appliances
  •  other custom made applications such as night guards, excluding sports guards


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