The NHS will provide you with the dental care you require to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and pain-free.
It does not offer cosmetic treatments or advanced treatments such as dental implants, and uses functional rather than aesthetic materials within treatments. As an example, NHS treatment would use amalgam (silver metal) for fillings, rather than a white filling, which will blend better with the natural teeth.
NHS prices are fixed and within bands. Basic dental treatments are covered with Bands 2 and 3 as below:
England £53.90 Wales £43.00 NHS Band 2*
This covers everything listed in Band 1 (see NHS Check), plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.
England £233.70 Wales £185 NHS Band 3*
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 (see NHS Check), and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.
Please note that a different pricing structure operates under Health Service dentistry in Northern Ireland and the NHS in Scotland.
*Availability may be limited and NHS dental care may not always be available due to government contract restrictions. For availability at your local practice, please visit their practice pages.