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We at Ravat & Ray Dental Care pride ourselves in providing high quality dentistry for all the family on the NHS. Our highly skilled team are able to provide a wide range of general dental treatments that will treat existing and developing conditions, promote good oral health and prevent dental health problems.

How much will I pay for NHS dental treatment?

If you normally pay for NHS dental treatment, the amount you pay depends on what treatment you need.

Some people do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment. If you are covered by any of the exemptions listed below, evidence of your exemption must be produced on arrival for every Examination and emergency treatment appointments.

You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:
– under 18
– under 19 and in full-time education
– pregnant or you’ve had a baby in the 12 months before treatment starts
– staying in an NHS hospital and the hospital dentist carries out your treatment
– an NHS Hospital Dental Service outpatient (although you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges)

You can also get free NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts or when you’re asked to pay:
– you’re included in an award of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit guarantee credit
– you’re named on, or entitled to, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
– you’re named on a valid HC2 certificate

If you’re named on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your NHS dental treatment. HC2 and HC3 certificates are issued under the NHS Low Income Scheme – see below.

You will NOT be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment because you receive one of the benefits below when paid on their own:
– Incapacity Benefit
– Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
– Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
– Disability Living Allowance
– Council Tax Benefit
– Housing Benefit
– Pension Credit savings credit

NHS dental charges
There are three NHS charge bands.

Emergency dental treatment – £20.60
This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.

Band 1 course of treatment – £20.60
This covers an examination, diagnosis (includingX-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care such as the application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.

Band 2 course of treatment – £56.30
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings,root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.

Band 3 course of treatment – £244.30
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns,dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.

What if I need more treatment?
If, within two months of completing a course of treatment, you need more treatment from the same charge band or a lower one, for example another filling, you don’t have to pay anything extra.

However, after two months, you will have to pay an additional band charge.

Emergency or urgent treatment

If you require urgent care, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge of £18.50. Most urgent treatments can be done in one appointment. However, if more than one visit is required and you return to the same dentist to complete your urgent treatment, the Band 1 urgent charge is all that you should pay.

Once your urgent course of treatment is complete, you may be advised to make another appointment for a separate course of non-urgent treatment. In this case, the relevant Band charge will apply.

When you don’t have to pay
You don’t have to pay a dental charge:
– for denture repairs (conditions may apply)
– to have stitches removed
– if your dentist has to stop blood loss

Personal dental treatment plan
Your dentist should give you a personal treatment plan before you have Band 2 or 3 treatment. The plan gives details of the treatment and the amount you’ll have to pay. You’ll be asked to read and sign the plan.

If you’ve discussed having private treatment with your dentist, the details and costs of this treatment will be listed separately on your treatment plan.
Before having dental treatment, talk to your dentist about the benefits of treatment and any risks involved.

Paying for treatment
Your dentist is entitled to ask for your payment at any stage of your treatment. Our policy on collecting payments is the same across all Ravat & Ray practices. We require all patients to pay for their treatment on arrival for their appointment before seeing the clinician or having any treatment carried out.

Referral to another dentist
If you’re referred to another dentist to complete the treatment, you will still only pay one band charge. You will pay the full amount to the dentist who refers you.

If you’re referred to a private dentist (and you accept this option) you will:
Pay the appropriate NHS band charge to the dentist who referred you, and pay a fee for the dental work carried out by the private dentist you are referred to.