Your local NHS dentist in Dentalcare Hook
We believe in the NHS and all that it stands for. We firmly believe that everyone should have access to a good standard of dental care, and so we will always be proud to see patients on the NHS service.
NHS dental care includes treatment that keeps your teeth, gums and life healthy. This will include services such as general check-ups and should you need treatment for fillings or broken teeth etc. Cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening or adult braces are not covered on the NHS as these services are deemed to be non-essential to your health. As an NHS dental patient, you are of course welcome to pay for cosmetic and non-essential treatment. We offer 0% interest and finance plans to help with the cost.
All children under the age of 18 are entitled to free dental treatment on the NHS.
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The cost for NHS dental treatment in Dentalcare Hook
NHS dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you are expected to pay a contribution towards the cost of your dental care.
The NHS have introduced 3 bands of NHS dental treatments:
This includes a regular dental check-up and will cover the costs of examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it will also include X-rays, a scale and polish and planning further treatment. The cost in this band also covers urgent or emergency treatment to help stop or reduce any pain that you are experiencing.
This covers everything mentioned in the first band of treatment, plus it will include treatment for fillings, root canal, periodontal care and the extractions of teeth.
Band 3 includes everything mentioned in band 1 and 2 treatment plus more complex dental treatments involving the construction of appliances such as dentures, crowns and bridges.
Patients entitled to free NHS dental treatment at Dentalcare Hook
You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if you’re:
- Under 18 or under 19 and in full-time education
- Pregnant or have had a baby in the past 12 months
- Being treated in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist (you may still have to pay for dentures and bridges)
- Receiving low income benefits or you’re under 20 and a dependent of someone who is receiving low income benefits
You are entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you or your spouse receive:
- Income support
- Income related employment and support allowance
- Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
- Pension credit guarantee credit
- Universal credit and meet the criteria
You can also receive free NHS dental treatment if:
- You are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- You are named on a valid HC2 certificate which is available for people on a low income
Look after your NHS Dental Registration or you may lose it!
Did you know that in order to keep your NHS dental registration at Dentalcare Hook you need to attend regularly? Many of our patients forget to make regular visits to see their dentist. And then, before they realise, it’s been nearly two years! Due to the high number of people wishing to receive NHS dental treatment and the very long waiting lists, we have no choice but to de-register patients who have not attended for two years or more. At Dentalcare Hook, we try to remind our patients when they are due for their dental examinations via text message and email. However, we often find that many of our communications do not get through as patients do not update their details with us.
If you miss or cancel at short notice three appointments, you will no longer be allowed to book NHS appointments. We do offer to reregister patients privately where there is a fee for missed appointments.
What to do to keep your registration?
Always attend any appointment booked or cancel the appointment more than 24 hours in advance. Missed appointments are one of the reasons why you can lose your NHS dental registration. Make sure you book your next dental examination before you leave the practice. Whether it’s three, six, nine or even twelve months in advance, our reception teams will help you make your next appointment and send you reminders nearer the time as well.
Check and update your contact details
Be sure they are correct, especially your email address and mobile phone, if you have one. If we can keep in touch with you, then we can help you keep on track, so you don’t miss your appointment. If you are caring for an older person, then help them to keep up their registration too by tracking their appointments for them.
Use it! Don’t lose it!
Once you have been de-registered, you are no longer able to receive NHS treatment at Dentalcare Hook. Our recommendation is that you protect your registered status.
Remember: Our recommendation is that you protect your registered status by attending your appointments, and booking your next appointment before you leave the practice.
Check list for staying on the NHS dental register:
- attend all your appointments or cancel well in advance.
- always book your next appointment before you leave the surgery.
- keep your contact details up to date.
- make sure you visit your dentist regularly (and don’t leave it for longer than two years!).