NHS Dentist in Swindon

FREE NHS DENTAL TREATMENT is provided at Ambience Dental Practice for the following categories of patients if at the start of your treatment you are:

  • A child under 18 years old
  • In full time education and under 19 years old
  • Pregnant or if you had a baby in the previous 12 months before treatment
  • Staying in an NHS hospital where your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist
  • A NHS Hospital Dental Service outpatient (although your denture and bridges may have to be paid for)

You will also obtain FREE NHS DENTAL TREATMENT if when the treatment starts, you are in receipt of any one of the following awards:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension credit guarantee credit
  • A named person on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • A named person on a HC2 certificate

Contributions based Jobseekers Allowance, Council Tax benefits, contribution based Employment and Support Allowance , Disability Living allowance, and Incapacity benefit does not qualify for free treatment when paid to you on their own.

Proof of your entitlement

We will ask for written proof that you are entitled to help with your dental treatment costs, and ask you to sign a form confirming that you do not have to pay, or to pay a reduced amount. If you sign to say that you are in receipt of an exemption when you are not, you may incur a penalty charge. To check which documents you need, please see NHS HC11 LEAFLET (Help with health costs).

NHS DENTAL CHARGES (for patients who are not exempt)

There are three charging bands for NHS dental care:

Band 1

21.60 which includes x-rays, a basic plaque removal scale and polish, oral health assessment, study models and Denture Ease.

Band 2

59.10 Covers band 1 plus treatment such as fillings, extractions, surgical procedures, dental additions, periodontal treatment (deep clean) and root canal treatment.

Band 3

256.50 Covers band 1 and 2 plus bridgework, crowns dentures and Nightguards (excluding sportguards).

Band 4

21.60 Covers Urgent treatment (emergencies only).

We are entitled to ask you to pay for your dental treatment at any stage of your treatment, and our policy is to request payment once the work within a charging band has commenced. Please ask our receptionists for further details.

How often do I need to visit my dentist?

It is important to visit your dentist for routine checkups although the interval between your visits will depend on your oral health at various stages in your life. It is important to attend regular checkups in order to maintain good oral health, and help to prevent future problems.

If you are experiencing any problems between your planned check ups, then please ring us for an earlier appointment which will also be covered under the NHS.

Which dental treatments are available under the NHS?

Any dental treatment which your dentist feels is clinically necessary in order to maintain good oral health for your teeth, gums and mouth and pain free is available under the NHS. If a dentist says that the prescribed treatment is clinically necessary, then you would not expect to have to pay for it privately.

Cosmetic treatments which are not clinically necessary for example veneers and teeth whitening are not available under the NHS as they are used to improve the appearance of your teeth and make them look more attractive.

If you are interested in having cosmetic dental treatments, your dentist will tell you how much you will have to pay, and these charges will be in addition to your NHS dental charges.

We at Ambience Dental Practice recognise that all patients are cost conscious, and with this in mind, we have set our cosmetic treatment fees very competitively . We always endeavour to provide affordable cosmetic dental treatments. We also have a finance plan to help with the spreading of the cost of cosmetic dental care. Please ask at reception for further details.

tel: 01793 529 985

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