In Britain, dentists operate both under the National Health Service (NHS) for a subsidised fee, or privately. Some people who are eligible for specific benefits may receive a higher subsidiary for dental care or may be able to receive some treatments free of charge.
What happens when you visit an NHS dentist?
When you see your dentist for a check-up, they will first carry out an examination or assessment.
This is the first part of each course of NHS treatment and is included in the “Band One” charge.
The NHS website states that this is £23.80.
You do not have to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP to receive NHS treatment.
Therefore, you should not be asked to have an examination or pay for any private work before being accepted by an NHS dentist.
However, if you want to have any cosmetic dental treatment, such as tooth whitening, this must be done privately for an added cost.
Different dental surgeries may carry their own specific pricing for this type of treatment.
At your check-up, your dentist will assess your mouth, teeth and gums and advise you on how to look after them.