Dental Implants on the NHS
Dental implants are an alternative to dentures or bridgework to replace missing teeth. They offer a safe, fixed, aesthetically pleasing solution which look and feel like your natural teeth. Dental implants are available on the NHS in hospital settings and on a private basis in general dental practice.
What are the costs of dental implants on the NHS?
Dental implants can be available for free on the NHS for people who can demonstrate a clear medical need. Unfortunately, due to the finite resources of the NHS, dental implants are only available under certain circumstances. This usually applies to people who have had their teeth or face damaged by accident or through oral cancer. Patients who have been born with missing teeth or cleft lip and palate would be other prime examples of having a clear medical need for which they would be assessed for the possibility of dental implants on the NHS.
There are some medical and dental factors which have been taken into consideration before NHS treatment. Some of the more important factors include age and life expectancy, general health, tobacco smoking, available bone and oral hygiene.
The majority of Dental treatment may be available Free on the NHS in exceptional circumstances. 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 within 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 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 are named on, or entitled to, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- You are named on a valid HC2 certificate (if you are named on valid HC3 certificate then you may get a reduction in the NHS charges)
If you usually pay for NHS dental treatment, the cost will depend on what clinical treatment you need.
NHS Dental Charges
As of June 2017, there are 3 NHS charge (cost) bands:
- Band 1: £20.60 covers an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment.
- Band 2: £56.30 covers all treatment covered by Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions).
- Band 3: £244.30 covers all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.
This list is not exhaustive but covers the most common types of treatment.
All treatment that is, in your dentist’s opinion, clinically necessary to protect and maintain good oral health is available on the NHS. This means the NHS provides any treatment that you need to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy and free of pain.
Cosmetic Dentistry is generally regarded as any treatment that aesthetically improves the appearance of the mouth and teeth but is not a clinical necessity. Essentially, this means that if your dentist decides that a particular course of treatment is beneficial to improve the health of your mouth, teeth or gums, then it is available on the NHS. But if it is deemed as only a visual enhancement, then it can only be done privately. The NHS will not provide cosmetic dental treatments that are not clinically necessary such as teeth whitening, which you may want to make your teeth more attractive but which are not clinically necessary. White fillings are available on the NHS where in your dentist’s opinion, they are clinically appropriate. However, in some situations, silver coloured (amalgam) fillings may be a more suitable, cost effective and durable option.
If you’re interested in having any cosmetic dental treatments which are not available on the NHS, you should ask your dentist how much private treatment will cost. Charges for any private treatment would generally be added to the charges for your NHS treatment.
Dental Implants are available on private at Dentalogica Dental Practice here in Witham. We are lucky to have the care and experience of Dr. Arfan Rashid and his team, who regularly carry out high-quality dental implant solutions for patients using state of the art equipment and procedures.
Finance for Dental Implants
Dentalogica Dental Practice also offers 0% finance if required which helps to spread the cost of your treatment over a period. This financing offer is available to patients on an individual basis, dependent upon financial circumstances.
For further information or to book an appointment please call Dentalogica Dental Practice on 01376 513100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.