NHS, Denplan or Private Dental Care?

NHS Treatment at Willaston Dental Care

NHS dental care is available to all patients, including those who have a valid NHS exemption benefit.

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 any treatment that you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free of pain, including basic dentures and crowns.

It does not guarantee registration with the practice, is bound by the regulations of NHS dentistry as laid down by the Department of Health, and it does not include cosmetic options such as white fillings on back teeth, implants or replacement crowns and fillings to improve appearance. If you need help with those, please ask us about our Private Dental Care options.

Free NHS Treatments

You do not have to pay a dental charge if:

  • You are having stiches removed
  • Your dentist has to stop bleeding from your mouth
  • Your dentures need repair (however, if it isn’t possible to repair your dentures and you need new ones then you’ll have to pay for this with a Band 3 charge.)
  • You have an current NHS exemption certificate
  • You are in receipt of certain benefits

Not available on the NHS

The NHS will not provide cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, which you may want to make your teeth more attractive, but which are not clinically necessary. Even where treatment is clinically necessary the dentist will offer you a treatment option that is clinically appropriate. If you choose to have alternative treatment options then you will have to pay privately for these.

Further information on NHS Primary Dental Services can be obtained from the Primary Care Team, Cheshire, Warrington & Wirral Area Team (NHS England) 1829 Building, Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1HJ Tel 01244 650300

Making Appointments

The NHS now asks us to provide a fixed, limited amount of NHS care each year and so we have to allocate our time and our NHS budget accordingly. If you ask us for an appointment, we will try to offer you one as soon as possible at a convenient time within the hours set aside for NHS patients, but as we have a large patient base, there may be a few weeks wait for routine appointments. Please advise the receptionist if your requirements are of a more urgent nature.

Treatment must be completed within a timely manner, and any course of treatment that is left more than 2 months (60 days) between appointments will automatically be closed. A new band charge will be due when restarted. This is a restriction set by the NHS, not the practice.

Need More Information?

Further information on NHS treatments and exemptions can be found on the NHS website here.