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We will do everything we can to assist you in understanding your treatment options and payment obligations under the NHS.
You may be eligible for help with all or part of the costs of your NHS dental treatment. To find out if this applies to you, please see the leaflet ‘NHS Dental Services in England’. We can provide you with this at our practice.
You can also visit the website of the Department of Health and Social Care for more information.
For advice on getting help with your health costs, call 0845 850 1166 (HC1). You can do this both from our practice and from Jobcentre Plus offices. Alternatively, please visit the NHSBSA website.
You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:
You can get free NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts or when you're asked to pay, you are:
If you are named on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all of your NHS dental treatment. HC2 and HC3 certificates are issued under the NHS Low Income Scheme (see below).
If you receive one of the following benefits below when paid on their own, you will not be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment:
You will be asked to show your dentist written proof that you are entitled to assistance with your dental treatment costs. This will vary depending on your circumstances.
We need to see proof of your exemption every time you come to our practice, so please prepare accordingly for each visit.
Treatment that you will not be entitled to includes Orthodontics (unless eligible for treatment under the NHS with waiting times applicable), Implants, Facial Aesthetics, Teeth Whitening, Sedation and Cosmetic Treatment.
The NHS Low Income Scheme provides income-related help to people who are not exempt from charges, but still need help with healthcare costs because of having a low income. If you have a low income, you may be entitled to full or partial help with your dental treatment costs.
Anyone can apply as long as they don't have savings or investments over the capital limit. In England, the capital limit is £16,000 (or £23,250 if you live permanently in a care home). Help is based on a comparison between your weekly income and assessed requirements at the time the claim is made. Entitlement broadly follows Income Support rules to decide how much, if anything, you must pay towards your healthcare costs, including dental treatment.
If you have less than £6,000 in capital or savings, then you can apply online for the NHS Low Income Scheme.
For more information on NHS dental services and dental charges, visit the Dental Services section of the NHS choices website.
This covers an examination, diagnosis (with diagnostic imaging including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish and the application of fluoride, varnish or fissure sealant. If you require urgent care, even if your urgent treatments require more than one appointment to complete, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge.
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canals and tooth extractions.
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus any lab work required such as crowns, dentures and bridges.