NHS dentists

We’re proud of the high standards of care we extend to all our NHS patients. If you’re entitled to NHS dentistry, treatments that are clinically necessary to maintain good oral health including dentures, crowns and bridges, can all be carried out in the relaxing environment of our practices.

Benefits and features

You’ll find NHS dental care in England, Wales and Scotland and Health Service dentistry in Northern Ireland, with many of our practices accepting new patients. NHS dental care is designed for everyone. NHS dentists are there to provide all the treatment that is necessary to help maintain your oral health.

What is an NHS Dentist?

Any dental treatment that is, in the opinion of your dentist, clinically required to maintain and protect your continued oral health is available on the NHS. This includes the following treatments:

Other treatments such as orthodontic treatments and dental implants are available on the NHS too, but only if there is a proven medical need for them. For more information on treatments available on the NHS, speak to your local Oasis Dental Care today.

What's the difference between an NHS dentist and a private one?

Most dentists will offer access to both NHS and private dental treatments. Cosmetic treatments, such as teeth whitening, are not available on the NHS. This is because NHS dentistry is specifically for treatments necessary to your oral health. With private dentists however, you have access to a full range of general and cosmetic treatments.

Dental practices can only take on a certain number of NHS patients, therefore there may be limitations when it comes to booking an NHS treatment.

NHS Dental Costs

There are three standard charges for NHS dental treatments. The three bands (see below) make it easy to know how much you may need to pay for the care you receive.

Band 1

An examination, diagnosis (eg X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems and a scale and polish, if necessary.

This level of treatment is £18.80 in England and £13.50 in Wales.

Urgent treatment also falls under Band 1.

Band 2

Band 2 covers everything listed in Band 1, as well as any further treatment like fillings, root canal work or extractions.

The charge for this level of treatment is £51.30 in England and £43 in Wales.

Band 3

Finally, Band 3 covers everything in Bands 1 and 2, but includes crowns, dentures or bridges.

The charge for Band 3 treatments is £222.50 in England and £185 in Wales.

Please note that a different pricing structure operates under Health Service dentistry in Northern Ireland and the NHS in Scotland.

All charges apply to an overall course of treatment and not the individually listed items. You’ll only have to pay one charge for each course of treatment, even if you need to visit your dentist more than once to finish it.

Some people, such as children younger than 18 and pregnant women, are exempt from any charge at all. Ask any of our staff members for more information before your treatment.

There are certain treatments – including those deemed to be cosmetic, like white fillings and crowns – that are not routinely available on the NHS. However, NHS patients can benefit from our full range of dental care privately if it’s not covered. Just speak to your Oasis dentist about the range of options we have available.