What Each NHS Dental Band Covers For Patients

Closeup of a woman on dental braces being checkedDental patients in the UK can choose from three band treatments provided by the National Health Service (NHS), with each type offering different procedures based on dental charges. Read on to find out more about the band treatments available for Brits.

Band Packages

A Band 1 dental treatment will require you to spend £20.60 and it covers basic services, including clinical assessment, X-rays and dental advice. Patients should take note that urgent treatment will cost them the same price. Whilst more services may be covered under this package, you should confirm with the NHS to avoid paying upfront costs.

If you are willing to spend a bit more, the Band 2 dental treatment costs £56.30. It covers all listed services on the Band 1 packages, whilst offering root canal treatment, teeth extraction and dental fillings. On the other hand, Band 3 dental treatment is the most expensive as it costs £244.30. It covers dentures, crowns, veneers and braces, aside from all services from the first two bands. Be aware that veneers in Hertfordshire or any other area will only be available for clinical reasons.

Bridging Gaps

Whilst bridges and veneers have different purposes, they all intend to repair or fix gaps in your teeth. The NHS defines a veneer as a new surface that covers the exterior of a tooth. Those from the NHS can be made from porcelain or composite materials.

Bridges are often used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. If you dislike the idea of having dentures, these are among your best options. Your dentist may recommend the best procedure for your case. Schedule a consultation and ask if bridges are ideal for your situation.

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Your budget will greatly affect your choice of an NHS dental band treatment. If you remain unsure of the best band treatment, it is best to consult your dentist.