More commonly known as false teeth, dentures are fitted in place of natural teeth. A full set is used to replace all your teeth. A part set is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made using impressions (moulds) of your gums. They are usually made from metal or plastic. Dentures are…
Fillings are used to repair a hole in a tooth caused by decay. The most common type of filling material used is amalgam which is made from a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin, copper and zinc. Your dentist will offer the most appropriate type of filling according to your clinical needs.
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) tackles infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal). When the blood or nerve supply of the tooth has become infected, if root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out. During treatment, all the infection is removed…
When you attend for your examination you should expect:- A thorough examination of your mouth, teeth and gums. Advice on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy A full explanation of your treatment options and the costs involved Information about NHS charges are displayed in the waiting room Information leaflets about dental treatments
As we get older our teeth tend to become darker, tooth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to reverse this process and make them a lighter colour. Bleaching improves the appearance of your teeth without harming the tooth and is a better option than a veneer or crown if you simply wish to lighten the colour of…
There are three standard charges for all NHS dental treatments:
Band 1 course of treatment £19.70
This covers an examination, diagnosis (including x-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.
Band 2 course of treatment £53.90
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth.
Band 3 course of treatment £233.70
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges.
Band 4 emergency treatment £19.70
If you require urgent care you will pay the same as a Band 1 treatment. You will then be required to return for whatever treatment will be necessary to secure and maintain oral health.
You may be entitled to exemption from dental charges please see the NHS Choices web site for details or pick up a leaflet at the practice. If you are exempt from NHS charges you will need to bring documentary proof of the exemption. If no proof of your eligibility is shown you may be checked by the Dental Services Executive.
Visit our page on NHS Choices for more information: Yate Dental NHS Choices Page
A recent survey on cosmetic dentistry revealed that:
- Over 75% of people don’t feel confident to smile in a photograph.
- Over 45% of people make judgments about people by the look of their smile.
- Over 75% of people think that a beautiful smile helps people psychologically.
Whether treating patients with professional tooth whitening or changing the shape of an individual’s teeth with porcelain veneers (see Cosmetic Enhancements), we use modern dental techniques with proven long lasting results.
We can undertake simple improvements to improve your smile such as replacing black amalgam fillings with tooth coloured composite fillings, or provide entire makeovers that can help you smile with confidence.
Whilst most dental treatments are offered by the NHS, those that are carried out to improve the look of your teeth and that are not clinically necessary are not covered. They are classed as cosmetic and are only offered privately.