We provide a full range of NHS treatments in our practice or refer appropriately where specialist treatment is required.The charges for NHS treatments are set by Practitioner Services and are same for every NHS dentist in Scotland. Dental examination is FREE of charge for everyone.
Following a dental examination, your dentist will advise you of the treatment you require and the likely cost.
NHS treatment is free for:
- Everyone aged under 18;
- Those aged 18 and in full-time education;
- Pregnant women and nursing mothers, until the baby is 12 months old;
- Those with certificated exemption from payment because of income.
Not all treatments are available on the NHS. Cosmetic treatments are not available, for example, ‘white fillings’ on back teeth or a tooth coloured crown on a back tooth. Dental Implants and teeth whitening are also not available on the NHS.
NHS Dental Charges
Patient charges for NHS dental treatment in Scotland are agreed and set by Government. Some of items of treatment are not available under the terms of NHS dental services.
NHS dental examinations are free to all patients. Every other NHS item of treatment provided has a different charge attached. There are over 400 different items available.
There is a maximum charge for NHS dental treatment. At the moment this stands at £384.
It is not possible to provide a list of exactly how much each filling , denture or crown will cost as this will depend on several factors related to that specific clinical situation such as, the material used, the size, where it is and the number of teeth involved. For example, treatment for gum conditions, which involves scaling, polishing and oral hygiene instruction, can range from £9.76 to £85.12. Fillings can range from £6.60-£25.60.
It is important that the dentist provides an itemised treatment plan which includes costs before you commence treatment. It is also important to note that this treatment may change during the course and therefore the cost might change as well.
Extensive courses of NHS treatment may need to be approved by Practitioner Services Division before the dentist is allowed to provide the treatment.
Dentists may provide treatment items privately as an alternative to NHS care. You must discuss this with the dentist providing the treatment. The practice should be able to provide information on any private treatment and the costs involved.