How much does a dentist charge?

 

NHS and private dental costs explained
    By The Simplyhealth Team Updated: 8 March 2021
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Visiting the dentist is a trip into the unknown. You never know what treatment you’re going to need. Even if everything seems fine, you might be recommended to have some preventative treatment.

 

Rest assured, your dentist won’t perform any costly work on your teeth without speaking to you first. They’ll run through what you need to have done, why they’re recommending it, and the cost. This will be your opportunity to ask any questions and make sure you understand your options and associated costs.

 

Dentistry is one of the few areas of the NHS where you pay towards your care. NHS dentistry charges are split into three bands. Band one covers basic care, like your check-up. Band two for moderate treatment, such as a filling. And band three includes complex work such as crowns or dentures.

NHS charges in England

 

Band One - £23.80

Covers examination, diagnosis and advice, X-rays (if required), scale and polish and treatment planning.

 

Band Two - £65.20

Covers all treatment in Band One plus additional treatment such as fillings, root canal treatment, and teeth extraction.

 

Band three - £282.80

Covers all treatment included in Band One & Two plus more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures, and bridges.

NHS charges in Wales

 

Band One - £14.70

Covers examination, diagnosis and advice, X-rays (if required), scale and polish and treatment planning.

 

Band Two - £17.00

Covers all treatment in Band One plus additional treatment such as fillings, root canal treatment, and teeth extraction.

 

Band three - £203.00

Covers all treatment included in Band One & Two plus more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures, and bridges.

NHS dental charges in Scotland and Northern Ireland

 

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, you’ll pay 80% of the cost of your NHS dental treatment, up to a maximum of £384.

Private dental charges

 

The cost of private dental treatment varies from dentist to dentist. Most dental practices are very transparent with their private treatment pricing. So you should be able to look up the private treatment costs of your local dentist online. They will also be able to provide you with their prices in the practice.

 

On average, it's likely your private dental treatment will cost more than going through the NHS.

 

However, with private treatment, you will receive additional time with your dentist which they will spend looking at your mouth for early signs of oral health problems. They'll have more time to spend with you to discuss and improve your oral health routine as well.

Paying for your dental appointment in 2021

 

From level 2 and up, our Simplyhealth Plan helps with dental costs. Whether it's NHS or private charges, you can claim back, up to your limits, on dental check-ups, crowns, bridges and fillings, as well as hygienist fees and dentures. That's on top of support for other health & wellbeing treatments.

 

If you're looking for purely dental cover, our Simply Dental Plan provides coverage across the spectrum. You have separate pots to claim from for routine appointments, scale and polish, and even emergency visits.


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